For nearly two quarters of play, Friday’s All American Conference (White Tier) game between Struthers and Niles had all the makings of a nail-biter-til-the-end contest typical when the two teams meet.
Enter Willie Mitchell!
The Struthers junior made two big plays — on just before halftime, and one to start the third quarter — and the Wildcats never looked back in a 41-23 road win at Bo Rein Stadium.
With the win, Struthers (3-0) stretches its regular-season winning streak to 10 games, dating back to Sept. 9 of last year when it lost to Niles.
The Red Dragons fall to 0-3.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.