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Mon. October 12, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

TRINITY --How good has Mitchell RB Ricky Trinidad been this fall?A year ago, he rushed for more than 900 yards.

After another 100-plus yard performance last Friday in a win over Zephyrhills, Trinidad not only topped that total but went over 1,000 yards for the year -- and the Mustangs are only six games into the season.

“He’s been great,” Mitchell coach Brian Wachtel said last week.

As anyone who has seen the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Trinidad play, speed is a big part of his game. But Trinidad ’s power, which is somewhat deceptive, often gets overlooked despite the critical role it plays to his success.

“He’s not afraid of running into people,” Wachtel said. “He’s strong for his size. And he runs with a passion.”

During the offseason, Trinidad gained 10 pounds of muscle.

Most of it went to his legs, which was by design.

“I worked pretty hard,” he said. “I worked on my lower body because I already have a pretty good upper body.”

So far, so good.

Against Zephyrhills, Trindidad gained 131 yards on 21 carries, many of them being tough, in-between-the-tackle runs.

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