TRINITY — With the potent Mitchell offense in charge most of the night, the Mustangs toppled Hudson 39-7 in Thursday's preseason classic rematch.
Star back Ricky Trinidad put on a spectacular exhibition, picking up where he left off the past two seasons. Rushing for 178 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns, he shared carries with Mordell Holly (seven carries, 62 yards, one touchdown) and Eddie Musto (14 carries, 85 yards).
"The offensive line did a great job from start to finish," Mitchell coach Brian Wachtel said, "and the running backs blocked well, too."
Matt Michaels (2-for-5, 18 yards, one touchdown) looked good under center as the Mitchell offense outgained its Hudson counterparts 394-72.
First-year Hudson quarterback Cody Beck got the hang of running the offense in the second half when his unit started moving the ball. Beck ran in a 31-yard touchdown with 5:09 left in the third quarter for Hudson's lone score.
It was sweet revenge for the Mustangs. During last year's preseason classic with Hudson, Mitchell was dealt what seemed like a devastating blow when quarterback Cody Van de Boe injured his right knee.
Michaels, a junior at the time, took over and went on to lead the team to an 8-0 start as the program narrowly missed the postseason. It was an odd twist of fate few could have seen coming, but it goes to show how far-reaching every play on the field is.
"We had a lot of butterflies out there at first as a team after being off for so long," Trinidad said, "but it felt good to beat them."