At Sunlake in Land O'Lakes
Mitchell 17, Sunlake 8 (two quarters)
Spring game-breakers: Following a three and out on the first series for the Sunlake offense, rising senior Jon Damiani returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown. To put the cherry on top of the play, he trucked Seahawks punter Adrian Krupka at the 10-yard line before strolling into the end zone. On the ensuing kickoff, he then recovered a fumble. …Mitchell tailback Daniel Barber, a rising sophomore, added the second touchdown on a drive following that Sunlake turnover. After the Mustangs offense was unable to muster anything at first, he dove into the end zone from 3 yards out to give his team a 17-0 advantage with 43 seconds remaining in the quarter. …The first string for both programs entered the game in the second quarter, and that is when the Sunlake offense came alive. Seahawks quarterback Jacob Jackson (nine carries, 57 yards, 1-for-3, 13 yards passing), a rising senior, led a touchdown drive that was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run from Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez then plunged in for a two-point conversion to cut it to 17-8.
Did you know? The game was called at halftime due to lightning in the area. The first string was set to play the third quarter before both teams brought the backups back in to finish. …Sunlake's captains for the game were rising seniors Matt Sanders and Craig King, and rising juniors Rashaud Daniels and Jamel Jones. …The Mitchell captain sent out for the coin toss was rising junior Chris Schalles. …An 80-yard run from Sunlake tailback Jerome Samuels, a rising sophomore, was negated by a block in the back at the end of the first quarter. …Mitchell star running back Ricky Trinidad (two carries, 14 yards) didn't get his first carry until the five-minute mark of the second quarter.
Audible 1: "From a special teams standpoint, we played very well tonight. The second half would have been nice to play, but it is what it is." — Mitchell coach Brian Wachtel
Audible 2: "(Jacob Jackson) is probably the most underrated quarterback in the Tampa Bay area. He's in store for a terrific senior year." — Sunlake coach Bill Browning
Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent