TRINITY — John Benedetto has endured a bizarre preseason.
He missed several days of practice because of wind, rain and his wife's emergency gallbladder surgery. And when a pair of lights failed to illuminate half the field during a preseason classic Thursday at Mitchell, the veteran Land O'Lakes coach had seen enough.
The game was called at halftime with Land O'Lakes leading 21-14.
The Gators scaled down their spread offense. Both offenses had plenty of juice highlighted by a pair of sophomores — Gators quarterback Stevie Weatherford and Mustangs running back Ricky Trinidad.
Weatherford finished 7-for-11 for 83 yards. He dazzled when he was forced from the pocket, dashing to big runs including a 51-yard touchdown for the final score.
"(Weatherford) looked poised and was able to move the team down the field," Benedetto said.
Trinidad continued to shine, rushing for 111 yards on nine carries and a pair of touchdowns including a 56-yard score.
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer