NEW PORT RICHEY — Mitchell used Christian Trinidad’s four rushing touchdowns and a kick return to defeat Ridgewood 48-6 Friday night.
Dan Barber’s 70-yard opening kickoff return led to three consecutive Trinidad rushes and the Mustangs’ (3-0) opening score. Sean Presti’s PAT was blocked, however, giving Ridgewood just a six-point deficit.
The Rams (0-3) replied with a 10-play drive and quarterback Will Fulmer’s touchdown run from the 1-yard line. Running back Tyler Vito attempted to get the extra two points, but was tackled behind the line of scrimmage.
Trinidad returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and the Mustangs kept the Rams off of the scoreboard throughout the rest of the first half.
Backup kicker Nathaniel Hayes took the rest of the Mustangs’ PATs and successfully completed each.
The Rams suffered a couple of key injuries to tight end Max Livingstone and lineman Chris Branfield early in the third quarter.
“Those are two guys that are big-time kids for us,” Ridgewood coach Jay Fulmer said. “Then the other kids see that, and they’ve got their heads hanging.
“It’s a snowball that keeps rolling down the hill and gains speed.”
Despite the margin of victory, it could have been worse for the home team. Barber had multiple long runs called back because of penalties, including a 50-yard rush into the end zone.
Ridgewood hosts Hudson next week, while River Ridge visits undefeated Mitchell.