Youth1 was on hand to watch an epic midget youth football battle between Susquehanna Township and Mountville this past weekend. After two quarters of play, both teams had scored zero points. The game looked like it would be a defensive battle to the very end. However, both teams had different ideas as their offenses came to life in the second-half. Susquehanna Township defeated Mountville 31-25 in double-overtime in one of the more exciting games that we've had an opportunity to watch this season.
One of the main reasons why Susquehanna Township was able to come away with the victory is because of Jay'shaun Mitchell. Once Mitchell was moved to quarterback, it gave Mountville's defense a ton of issues to worry about. He's not the biggest (5-foot-3, 135-pounds), but Mitchell is quick, fast, and plays much bigger than his size. Against Mountville, Mitchell had a hand in every point Susquehanna Township scored.
Mitchell helped get Susquehanna Township on the board with a nice 45-plus yard run out of the shotgun (he was the quarterback) to help tie the game at 6-6. He would then throw a 21-yard touchdown pass, with the help of a great catch by his wide receiver, to tie the game at 12-12. After Mountville retook the lead at 18-12, Mitchell once again came through with touchdown pass to tie the game at 18-18. That would be the last scored headed into overtime.
As you can guess, Susquehanna Township kept the football in Mitchell's hands. He would score on a touchdown run from the five-yard line and run in the extra-point to give Susquehanna Township a 25-18 lead. Mountville would score on its overtime possession and tie the game at 25-25. Mountville would get the ball first in the second overtime. They ended up fumbling the football and Susquehanna Township would recover it. All Susquehanna Township had to do at that point is score and they would win the game.
On the very first play of their second overtime possession, Mitchell would take it in from the 10-yard line to give Susquehanna Township the 31-25 win over Mountville.
Youth1 previously scouted Mitchell during the preseason game.
Jayshaun Mitchell did a little bit of everything in Susquehanna Township's scrimmage against Red Land. He made a couple of tackles and recovered a fumble. However, his impact was felt that most on offense. Mitchell, who is a running back, scored three long touchdowns from at least 40-plus yards. I've had an opportunity to see him in game-action a few times in the past year and he made it look real easy out there. Mitchell is explosive off the ball, runs with pads low, and explodes through the whole. During the scrimmage, he showed his ability to run through contact and tackles for extra yardage. Mitchell is also elusive in space and is hard to tackle in one-on-one situations. His lateral quickness enabled him to bounce a couple of runs wide and beat defenders to the corner.
Mitchell and his teammates will take on rival Central Penn next weekend. Central Penn also has several players that we've kept our eyes on. Make sure to check back with Youth1 for more live evaluations.
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