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Spring football capsule: Mitchell

Around the North Suncoast in 30 days

A daily spring preview of football programs on the North Suncoast


Coach: Brian Wachtel (first season)

District: 3A-7 (Anclote, Gulf, Land O'Lakes, Pasco, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills)

Last season: 5-5

Key losses: G/LB Dominick Booth, TE/DE Joe Crozier, RB/LB Ryan Gallagher, FB/DE James Hamilton, RB/DB Justin Hogston

Who's back: TE/LB Anthony Moore, WR/DB Cory Smith, RB/DB Ricky Trinidad, QB/DB Cody Van De Boe

What's new: New coach Wachtel has made an early impression by setting the bar high for his 2009 Mustangs, coming off a 5-5 season under Scott Schmitz, who retired last winter. "They are doing everything that they are asked and they are really working great together so far," Wachtel said. Dylan Buono, who transferred from Hudson to Mitchell during the winter, gives the Mustangs a top wide receiver. Buono caught 55 passes for 759 yards last season compared with Mitchell's 2008 leading receiver, Trinidad with 131 yards. "Our offense is going to be very balanced this spring and we are going to pass just as much as we are going to run the ball," Wachtel said.

Audible: "Our objective this coming season is to compete for the district championship and we are pretty much going into the spring with open competition. I told the kids there is not one starter at any position and the best player will play at every position." — Wachtel

Did you know? Wachtel has revamped the Mitchell program by repainting the locker rooms, installing a new attitude and even ridding the team of a jersey number — No. 1. Wachtel informed players no one would wear No. 1 as long as he is head coach. "The whole concept here is team and you go out on the field, you will see the No. 1 retired and that is because there is no No. 1s on this football team," Wachtel said.

Spring scrimmage: 7 p.m. May 21

2009 schedule

Aug. 27 at Hudson (classic)

Sept. 4 River Ridge

Sept. 11 at Ridgewood

Sept. 18 at Clearwater Central Catholic

Sept. 25 at Anclote

Oct. 2 Wesley Chapel

Oct. 9 Zephyrhills

Oct. 15 at Gulf

Oct. 23 at Sunlake

Oct. 30 Pasco

Nov. 6 Land O'Lakes

Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent

Spring football capsule: Mitchell 05/12/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 6:58pm]
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