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Mitchell brothers have record setting seasons

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By Greg Woods

Brandon Mitchell finished his high school football career as one of the biggest record holders in Warrior history. With two more records added to the five he had last year, Mitchell now holds seven EHS football records.

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Not to be outdone, Justin, his younger brother, set nine records this year. That’s 16 records between the brothers.

That begs the question: Are the Mitchell brothers the most accomplished family members in team history? It would be hard to imagine any other siblings having more.

Brandon set five records in 2011. He had the most receptions in a game against Bracken County with 11. He tied that record against Berea this year. He had the most yards receiving in a single game with 264 against Bracken Co. In 2011, he broke Ed Berry’s record for receiving yards in a season with 1,081. This year he topped himself with 1,160 yards. He also holds the record for most touchdown receptions in a game with five against Shawnee in 2011. This record is 2nd in the state all-time.

This year Brandon set the school record for most catches in a season with 72. He also finished tied with Ed Berry for the most career touchdown receptions in school history with 39.

Brandon finished 2nd all-time to Berry in career catches. Berry had 193 to Mitchell’s 161. He also finished second to Berry in career receiving yards. Berry had 3,101 to Mitchell’s 3,012. One has wonder if Brandon would have gotten that record too if not for a concussion that made him miss a game and a half.

Brandon has all the qualities of a good receiver: he’s athletic, tall, fast, run good routes, hasgood hands and is aggressive in coming to the football when the pass aren’t perfectly on target. That all adds up to a record setting season.

As a freshman, Justin looked to be following in big brother’s footsteps as a receiver. That all changed this year when he was switched to quarterback. The decision proved to be a good one for the Warriors as Justin set nine school records in leading the team to seven victories.

His records include:

Most pass completions in a season-157

Most passing touchdowns in a season-21

Most pass attempts in a single game-51

Most completions in a game-26

Most passing yards in a game-438

Most total offense in a game-454

Most all-purpose yards in a game-509

Longest run from scrimmage-99 yards

Most passing attempts in a season-303

And Justin has two years to go.

“The thing about these young men is that they are outstanding people as well as good football players,” coach Steve Frommeyer said of the record setting siblings. “Brandon was a Governor’s Scholar and a great team leader and Justin is also an excellent student. I think Justin’s biggest accomplishment came in the playoff game where he seemed to come to grips with his role as a leader, showing great poise and control!”