LAND O'LAKES — Mitchell had to earn an extension on its undefeated season Friday as the Mustangs edged Sunlake 16-3.
"They are a very good football team and they have gotten massively better from last year," Mustangs coach Brian Wachtel said. "They fought us tooth and nail. It was a war tonight."
The game, which produced only 388 yards of total offense, remained scoreless at the half because of staunch defense and multiple penalties. In the second quarter, Mitchell went from Seahawks territory to third and 45 on its own 25 because of penalties.
"We have to eliminate the penalties, we shot ourselves in the foot a few times," Wachtel said. "We didn't play disciplined in regards to that and those penalties really hurt us tonight."
Sunlake (3-4, 3-2) received the kick at the start of the third quarter, marched down the field and promptly scored as Jordan Landry made a 20-yard field goal. But it was the subsequent kickoff return deep into Seahawk territory by the Mustangs (8-0, 5-0) that changed the face of the game. With excellent field position, the Mustangs' Freddie Jones was able to run in for a score to put his team up 6-3.
Jones, who had 90 yards on 13 carries, scored again in the fourth quarter from 44 yards out. Mustangs kicker Codi Folsom kicked a 39-yard field goal in the waning minutes.
"There is no such thing as a good loss," Seahawks coach Bill Browning said. "We anticipated a good fight tonight, but we came into this ball game fully expecting to win it."
Mitchell leading rusher Ricky Trinidad had 17 yards on nine carries after back spasms forced him to the bench for the duration of the second half. The Sunlake running game was led by Rashaud Daniels, who had 118 yards on 15 carries.