TRINITY — Mitchell needed just 24 seconds and one play to open the scoring against Anclote on Friday night in the Mustangs' 20-10 win.
After seemingly being brought down in the backfield, Christian Trinidad found daylight past a few defenders for an 86-yard touchdown run and an early lead for the Mustangs.
"He runs hard, keeps his legs moving, and he's got good speed," Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz said. "That was a big play to get us off on the right foot."
Trinidad left the game late with an injury.
Anclote's first possession got to the 9-yard line thanks to positive run plays and quarterback John Forgione's clinical passing, but offensive penalties meant the Sharks had to settle for a field goal.
With six minutes to go in the opening half, Mitchell quarterback Trey Drury linked up with Anthony Pack for a 52-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 14-3.
Anclote running back Willie Barrett had a strong second half with 70 yards gained on nine plays, including a 15-yard touchdown run to bring the Sharks within four.
Mitchell answered on the next drive, however, as Drury found Ryan Marsh for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Sean Presti's ensuing point-after attempt was blocked.
Anclote failed to find the end zone again.
Mitchell visits Gulf next week, while Anclote hosts Springstead.
Chad Wise, Times correspondent