HUDSON — After gathering his team on the field following its 40-29 preseason win over Mitchell, Hudson coach Mark Nash was quick to praise the Cobras.
"You gave great effort tonight," he said.
It certainly paid off.
Hudson's offense was sharp from start to finish Thursday and its defense recovered three fumbles.
Even the Cobras' special teams got into the act and forced a turnover.
If you guessed Hudson quarterback Zack Wynn, you would be correct.
Playing as if it were late in the season and not late August, the senior — who has more than 4,500 career yards and 28 starts — completed 22 of 34 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yarder to Jamie Tello.
For good measure, Wynn ran for another score.
"We do what we do," Nash said.
Mitchell struggled at times on both sides of the ball, but the Mustangs also had to play most of the game without starting quarterback Cody Van De Boe, which certainly didn't help.
Van De Boe went down in the first quarter with an injured right knee and was expected to have X-rays and an MRI exam late Thursday night.
In his absence, backup Matt Michaels performed admirably, and looked particularly sharp on a fourth-quarter 22-yard touchdown run.
Tailback Ricky Trinidad, who added a 49-yard scoring rush, also was solid.
But on this night, it was all about Wynn and the Cobras.
"If we stay focused, we're a great team," Nash said.