TRINITY — At the beginning of the 2019 season, there wasn’t a ton a faith out there that Mitchell could continue its streak of winning district championships after the new district realignments were released by the FHSAA.
The Mustangs got placed in Class 7A, District 9 with the likes of neighboring East Lake and Sickles, in Hillsborough County, plus Pinellas County power Pinellas Park. Also throw in Sunlake and Leto, in Tampa, and Mitchell was facing its toughest test to date when it came to going down the road to winning another district crown.
Now the playoffs have arrived and so have Mitchell, right back at the doorstep of where they have been the last few seasons, playing a home postseason game after winning a district championship. The Mustangs finished the regular season with an impressive record at 9-1, with the lone loss coming in a 29-19 stumble against Pinellas Park.
Outside of the one blunder, the Mustangs have been able to maneuver themselves out of another district despite facing immense odds of actually winning the division. Mitchell, East Lake and Pinellas Park are all on pace to get into the postseason and the Mustangs have heavily relied upon their offense to put up some big numbers this season.
Alonso transfer Ezra Brennan has been one of the area’s most impressive signal callers, as the junior has thrown for 1,752 yards and 24 touchdowns against three interceptions through nine games. Mitchell running back Tyler Williams has been the offense’s catalyst, however, as the senior workhorse has rushed for 1,156 yards and 19 touchdowns through nine contests.
The 2019 season may be Mitchell head coach Andy Schmitz’s best job yet, as he went over 50 career victories this year. Along with defensive coordinator Justin Fenton having to retool the Mustangs’ defense after losing Kymmani King, Dominic Marino and Nick Ferrini to graduation, Mitchell’s 9-1 season this year has been one to remember.