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Senior Tyler Williams will be back at tailback for Mitchell. The county’s best running back, Williams may mount an assault on the 2,000-yard plateau.

Preseason prep football games start up this week around the state of Florida, and we start to take a closer look at teams around Pasco County. The fifth team we take a look at is Mitchell High School, which is coming off a 8-3 campaign under coach Andy Schmitz. The Mustangs head into the 2019 campaign with high expectations once again after winning a district championship and reaching the playoffs last year. Slated to start at running back for the Mustangs is Tyler Williams, who returns as the top tailback in Pasco County. We take a closer look at Mitchell in our “Around the county” previews leading into prep football season.

Mitchell Mustangs

Head coach: Andy Schmitz

Last year’s record: 8-3

Key Players: Tyler Williams (Sr., RB), Robert Graham (Sr., WR/DB), Nic Fairbank (Jr., FS/QB), Gary Shepard (Jr., OL), Cole Nerad (Sr., WR), Dimitri Edmond (Jr., WR/DB).

Preview: Overcoming the losses of several key seniors from a year ago in a tough new district will be the ultimate challenge for head coach Andy Schmitz and this group. The Mustangs lost two-way starter Kymmani King, who played quarterback and started at cornerback for Mitchell. Schmitz’s club also has to find suitable replacements for linebacker Nick Ferrini and defensive lineman Dominic Marino. All three players were key cogs in the Mustangs’ last three playoff runs. The spotlight will ultimately shine brightest on running back Tyler Williams, who could try to push for 2,000-plus rushing yards this fall. Mitchell is in a new district that sports the likes of East Lake, Sickles, Sunlake and Pinellas Park.