TRINITY — Trey Drury threw three touchdowns and led Mitchell to a 46-3 win against River Ridge at home Friday night.
The Royal Knights (1-2) started well with Brian Clinkscale’s 60-yard opening kickoff return, but had to settle for a field goal against a stingy Mustangs defense.
Mitchell (4-0) took control of the game from its first possession. Christian Trinidad capped a drive of 13 rushes for 67 yards with a 5-yard touchdown run. Nathaniel Hayes’ point-after attempt was blocked.
River Ridge running back Justin Haystrand had a nice night rushing with 72 yards but did not help his team by losing a fumble on first down on the next possession. The defense bailed him out by stopping Mitchell on fourth down.
Drury began his aerial attack midway through the second quarter with a 64-yard touchdown pass to Dan Barber to put the Mustangs up 12-3.
“Trey really came into his own tonight throwing the football,” Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz said.
Mitchell kept River Ridge to 86 yards of offense in the first half.
“(The defense has) been playing hard all year,” Schmitz said. “They swarm, they get to the ball.
“Sometimes they bend, but they don’t break.”
Barber caught another touchdown pass from Drury to open the second half, and Drury threw his final pass to Anthony Pack for a 32-yard score.
Ryan Marsh finished the game with a 43-yard touchdown run and the Mustangs gained 327 yards on the ground to add to Drury’s night in the air.
“It’s a team offense,” Schmitz said. “We’ve got some kids who can run the football.”