Mitchell's postseason hopes just took a big hit.
Standout senior running back Ricky Trinidad is out for the season with a torn ACL. Trinidad injured his knee in last week's loss to Clearwater Central Catholic and post-game X-rays over the weekend appeared to show little damage to the knee. He thought he would be fine and possibly just miss one game, tonight's district opener against Anclote.
But when Trinidad went back to the doctor Tuesday, he had an MRI and the tear was discovered. Doctors told Trinidad he should be back to 100 percent in mid March.
"I was pretty devastated. It was my senior year and I didn't want to miss any games," Trinidad said Friday. "I thought I was okay. I was walking on it and it didn't even hurt, but I'm not going to let this get me down.
"I'm going to work hard rehabbing and getting back to 100 percent."
Through three games this season, Trinidad led the North Suncoast and bay area with 609 rushing yards on 30 carries and seven touchdowns. Trinidad tallied 1,389 yards and 16 touchdowns in nine games a season ago.
Trinidad has scholarship offers from Georgia Southern and Youngstown State, but was hoping a big season would draw more interest from major Division 1-A programs.