TRINITY – When looking for a model of consistency of prep football in Pasco County, the focus should go to the school located on Little Road, a bit north of the Pasco-Pinellas border.
There lies Mitchell High. The Mustangs' football program remains one of the top teams each year and there are plenty of reasons why no drop off is expected in 2022. Topping the list is the coaching staff, which remains one of the best around under the guidance of Andy Schmitz.
Schmitz heads the team's offense as the play-caller and mastermind to the playbook, but he is accompanied by long-time friend and defensive coordinator Justin Fenton. Fenton retains a strong unit from a year ago, which must look for more depth on the defensive line after losing a couple key starters. Senior defensive tackle Tayshawn Sullivan (28 tackles in 2021) is the top returner up front.
Throw in the return of quarterback/safety Chris Ferrini (929 total yards of offense, 48 tackles), a dynamo all over the field in 2021, and the Mustangs have themselves the potential to once again contend for a district championship in a tough league. Mitchell enters the new metro/suburban state series in Class 4A-Suburban, District 6 and has some familiar rivals to deal with. The Mustangs will share a district with Wiregrass Ranch, Sunlake, Springstead and Land O' Lakes, in what should be a division to watch all season long.
2022 Mitchell Mustangs Schedule
Aug. 26 Gulf
Sep. 2 East Lake
Sep. 9 at River Ridge
Sep. 16 Wiregrass Ranch
Sep. 23 at South Sumter
Sep. 30 at Land O' Lakes
Oct. 7 The Villages
Oct. 21 Springstead
Oct. 28 at Sunlake
Nov. 4 at Wesley Chapel
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