TRINITY — Wiregrass Ranch has not had a victory in a while. So it will take small victories to get to a bigger victory, one that would snap the Bulls’ 22-game losing streak.
“We’ve got to take the smaller ones and work our way to bigger and better things,” first-year Wiregrass coach Mike Lawrence said. “It’s still one day at a time, but I’m liking what I’m seeing out of everyone.”
Lawrence especially liked what he saw Saturday morning, as the Bulls grabbed a 14-7 preseason win against Mitchell, as the teams made up a game that was rained out Thursday evening.
“Oh, I’m happy,” longtime Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz said. “There’s a reason they call them classics, so we saw a lot of what we wanted to see. I thought we did a great job in the third quarter and put a lot of pressure on their quarterback. But coming into this game, I told the players we’re playing a 0-20 team, but they won’t play like a 0-20 team. They are vastly improved.”
The Bulls got off to a fast start, jumping to a 7-0 lead when junior quarterback Shane Bucenell hit James Jackson for a 86-yard touchdown on the second play of the game. Bucenell finished three quarters 9-for-15 passing for 157 yards, but he did lose a fumble and was sacked three times.
Mitchell tied the game on a 3-yard run by running back Nate Boler, but Wiregrass used a 78-yard drive in the second to take the 14-7 lead on a 7-yard run by Giomani Davis, who had 42 rushing yards.
Both teams were missing their starting running backs: Wiregrass had Mark Hutchinson and John Harris-Davis out with injuries, while Mitchell’s Christian Trinidad was suspended due to violation of team rules.
Mitchell also alternated quarterbacks Taylor Schneider and Alec Lambert. Schneider threw two picks, one to James Gibson and another to Zach Drury, and Lambert was picked off by Johnny White.
Bucenell threw to a barrage of receivers, including Jackson, Jaye Miner and Zach Davidson.
Mitchell suffered a devastating hit early in the game when senior captain Sam Mercer was knocked out of the game with an apparent ACL injury.