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Mustangs victorious in opener

Mitchell wins its first-ever football game by overwhelming the Pasco junior varsity team 19-7.

Mitchell is playing a junior varsity schedule in its inaugural season. But to Pasco, the Mustangs must seem like a varsity team.

In its first game in school history, Mitchell controlled both lines of scrimmage Thursday and took a 19-7 win over the Pirates at W.F. Edwards Stadium.

The outcome snapped a four-game winning streak for Pasco (1-1), which opened the season with a 20-0 win over Hudson on Aug. 31.

"I've been through the other way," said Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz, who went 0-10 in 1991 when River Ridge played a varsity schedule without seniors in its first season. "We not only did not win a game, we were only in one."

Mitchell's first win was Schmidt's first on the JV level after 24 years as a varsity coach.

"I know they're not playing a varsity schedule, but they're being coached like a varsity football team," Schmitz said.

Donte O'Neal, who scored Pasco's touchdown on a 10-yard run with 13 seconds left in the game, would agree with the opposing coach.

"They were pretty good," O'Neal said. "Their linebackers were hurting us."

Though the Mustangs (1-0) twice marched downfield, two fumbles in the red zone kept the game scoreless early. The loose balls were recovered by Pasco's Roy Rodriguez and Maurice Standifer.

That changed with 1:41 left in the first quarter when Mitchell quarterback Sean Gillen connected with wide receiver Vincent Munoz for a 49-yard touchdown, the first in school history.

"That's pretty big," Gillen said. "I'll be forever remembering it in some kind of way.

"I got around the end and saw Vinny just wide open (in the left flat). He kind of scared me when he turned around, then he caught it and I just ran down the field."

Not a bad catch for Munoz, who played his first-ever football game.

"It was awesome," Munoz said. "When the ball came, I just didn't want to let the team down."

Munoz caught another pass in the second half, but this time it was an interception to halt a Pasco drive.

Mitchell failed to score on that turnover, but did capitalize on a second-quarter fumble by Daniel Carter to take a 13-0 lead.

David Satinoff recovered Carter's fumble at the Pasco 35-yard line and Stefan Egan capped a five-play drive with a 5-yard scoring run off left tackle. In the third quarter, Mitchell pulled ahead to a 19-0 lead after Satinoff scored on a 22-yard run up the middle.

Next up for Mitchell is a Sept. 14 game at Land O'Lakes, whose JV team went 7-1 last season.