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Mitchell’s Jakob Mattos comes up aces on the gridiron

  • TRINITY — The starting quarterback for Mitchell High School is, first and foremost, a baseball guy.
  • Jakob Mattos didn’t play football as a sophomore and, given the fact that he’s committed to pitch next year for Coastal Carolina University, would have been apt to stick to that sport as a senior.
  • Mattos’ arm is just one of the many reasons Mitchell is 5-0 heading into Friday’s Class 6A, District 6 first-place battle with Springstead.
  • He did well, throwing for 638 yards in five starts as the Mustangs won a playoff game for the first time.
  • “I stopped playing football when I was 10 because I was too into travel (baseball),” Mattos said.

TRINITY — The starting quarterback for Mitchell High School is, first and foremost, a baseball guy. Jakob Mattos didn’t play football as a sophomore and, given the fact that he’s committed to pitch next year for Coastal Carolina University, would have been apt to stick to that sport as a senior.

TRINITY — The starting quarterback for Mitchell High School is, first and foremost, a baseball guy. Jakob Mattos didn’t play football as a sophomore and, given the fact that he’s committed to pitch next year for Coastal Carolina University, would have been apt to stick to that sport as a senior.

Turns out Mattos’ sports worlds have co-existed nicely. His football coach, in fact, thinks there’s been a beneficial spillover effect. It came to the forefront in Mitchell’s most challenging game this year.

“The game against Clearwater just showed to me, how competitive he is,” Mustangs football coach Andy Schmitz said. “He didn’t really play that well in the first half, missed some open receivers, was pressing a little bit I think. And then in the second half he just made every play. He played a dang near-perfect second half.”

In that Sept. 22 matchup, then-and-still undefeated Mitchell saw a 24-14 lead vanish early in the fourth quarter. Mattos’ responded by leading a minute-long drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Stephaun “Tank” Peters with seven minutes left. Mattos threw 27 passes, completing 14, for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

It was almost like a pitcher coming through with a couple of big-time strikeouts with the bases loaded in a one-run game.

“That’s a competitive thing he showed, coming from being a pitcher…

Mitchell’s Jakob Mattos comes up aces on the gridiron