LAND O'LAKES — Sunlake fed off the energy of its home crowd on homecoming night and earned a 20-3 over Mitchell.
Led by senior linebacker Ben Wood, the Seahawks defense had an impressive performance by holding Mitchell (3-3, 0-2) to 25 yards of total offense in the first half and less than 100 for the game. The Mustangs utilized several running backs but Sunlake's defense consistently plugged holes and won the battle of the line of scrimmage.
Penalties plagued the Seahawks (5-1, 1-1) throughout the game, totaling 15 penalties for 150 yards. Despite the setbacks, they were able to string together several impressive drives.
"It was a huge win," coach Bill Browning said. "It keeps us in the hunt and makes the next district game that much bigger."
Starting quarterback Dayton Feiden was knocked out of the game on Sunlake's first drive. Backup Esteban LeWallen provided a seamless transition for the Seahawks. He went 7-of-14 and had 51 yards passing.
"Our offensive line stepped up and blocked for (running back) Nathan Johnson," LeWallen said. "The defense held the line of scrimmage and we came through with a win."
Another impressive performance by Johnson propelled the Seahawks. He finished the game with 22 carries and 159 yards and two touchdowns.
"The offensive line did really good tonight," Johnson said. "They picked up their blocks. "We are happy about this win and got to keep improving. We are going to continue to do the best that we can to get to the playoffs."
John Schwindt had the Mustangs' only points, a 43-yard field goal.
Samuel Henninger, Times correspondent