TRINITY- The Mitchell Mustangs fell short in their fifth straight post season appearance Friday night in a 30-21 defeat at the hands of the Lake Weir Hurricanes. The loss eliminates them from the 2018 FHSAA 6A, Region 2 playoff race.
The night started strong for Mitchell (8-3) who took a 14-0 lead with touchdown runs from Kym-mani King and Tyler Williams. The staunch Mustangs defense stopped the Canes 2,000-yard passer Deiontae Simpkins, by not allowing a completion on their first two drives.
After the second Mitchell score Lake Weir found a way to move the ball and put together a seven minute, 15-play drive that ended with a 4-yard Simpkins touchdown run. The momentum stayed with the Hurricanes who intercepted a Mustang pass that was followed by a 20-yard touchdown toss to USF commit Brian Dillard to tie the score at 14 each at the half.
Lake Weir (8-3) came out strong to open the second half and put together a quick 5-play scoring drive to take the lead. In an attempt to turn the tide back in favor of the Mustangs, Nic Fairbanks stopped a Hurricane drive with an interception inside the Mitchell red-zone. After the turnover Williams was featured in an 8-play, 56-yard Mustang drive that ended in the endzone to once again tie the score.
With just under 4 minutes remaining, Lake Weir took the lead with a field goal, but the final blow was a Dillard interception, his second of the night. Three plays later the Canes were in the endzone again to end the scoring at 30-21 and advance to the semifinal round next week.
The Hurricanes, who will stay on the road next week, will now have to face perennial powerhouse Armwood. The Hawks (10-1) moved to the semifinal via a 54-0 trouncing of South Lake