TRINITY — Nate Boler ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns to help Mitchell keep its playoff hopes alive with a 34-10 win over Fivay on Friday.
To get in, Mitchell (5-2, 1-2 Class 6A, District 6) must beat Springstead next week and get help from Fivay.
“I don’t know what our chances are of beating Springstead,” Mustangs coach Scott Schmitz said. “But I do know they’re better after what I saw tonight.”
Boler showed Mitchell’s run game can deal without Christian Trinidad. The Mustangs went for 278 yards, sophomore Keith Satterwhite adding 43.
Schmitz confirmed Trinidad, a senior, is no longer on the team but did not disclose why.
Fivay (3-4, 0-2) was not eliminated from playoff contention but must beat Land O’Lakes and Sunlake. And they might have to do so without running back Davion Sutton, who was ejected late in the first half. Sutton, who went for 73 yards on 13 carries, converted a fourth and 1 to the Mitchell 5 but got up and threw a punch. The resulting penalty led to a missed field goal and Mitchell maintaining a 13-3 lead.
Mitchell started the third quarter strong, Boler scoring on an 18-yard yard. Taylor Schneider, not called on to do much passing (5-of-8 for 32 yards), had a big third-down conversion to Dan Mason during the drive.
Fivay didn’t have much trouble moving the ball without Sutton, but finishing drives was an issue. After Vic Taylor’s 29-yard run to the Mitchell 6, a tackle-for-loss by Alec Lambert and sack/fumble on fourth down ended the drive.
Taylor (75 yards) and the Falcons cashed in on their next drive with a second-effort touchdown on fourth down from the 1. But Mitchell answered, Boler converting on a short fourth down then breaking off a 24-yarder to the 10.
From there, Will Fairbank went around right end to make it 27-10.
Satterwhite’s 2-yard run put Mitchell up 6-0 early.
After a lateral hit the turf and Trevor Maples recovered, the Mustangs went 41 yards, Boler going the final 34 for a 13-0 lead.
“He deserves to have a big night,” Schmitz said of Boler.
“He’s a quiet kid, but he works hard. He’s a great running back.”
After Fivay’s first score, a 37-yard field goal by Josh Jones, made it 13-3, Nicolas Manglaris recovered a pooch kickoff at the Mustangs 35. But a sack by Joe Reinhardt stripped the Falcons of their momentum.