HUDSON - For 13 games, Zack Wynn was the quarterback of the future for Hudson.
Friday night, the future arrived.
Given a few more passing plays by the coaching staff this week in preparation for Mitchell, the sophomore could sense that he was about to emerge. And he lived up to those hopes, throwing for 284 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-27 win against Mitchell (2-2).
'We planned on opening it up, and we did,' Wynn said. 'It's amazing. With this win, I'm just going to keep getting better. My confidence is going to go up, and our team's confidence is going up.'
Wynn was surgical in slicing up the Mustangs' defense. He started by completing six of his first seven passes, including a 39-yard touchdown to Dylan Jordan that answered a 21-yard run from Mitchell tailback Sterling Ross on the opening drive. Then he found Anthony Germano in the end zone for a 2-point conversion that made it 8-7.
From there, Wynn was nearly flawless, aside from a spectacular interception by Mitchell linebacker Niko Hall, who tipped a slant pass to himself to stall a drive. Just before halftime, on fourth-and-5, Wynn found Sean Scott on a throwback screen for a 33-yard touchdown.
The Cobras (2-2) held a one-point lead at halftime, and kept throwing, as Wynn found Germano for two more scores, from 31 and 22 yards.
'We gave him a little bit more this week,' Nash said. 'He didn't have a perfect night. He made some mistakes, but he's a sophomore. He's going to make mistakes.'
It was Nash's first victory as coach of Class 3A Hudson against Class 5A Mitchell.
Wynn's last touchdown gave the Cobras a 17-point lead, which they comfortably held on to thanks to the rushing of Scott. The senior rushed for 150 yards on 18 carries, caught two passes for 65 yards and had two total touchdowns.
Mitchell was without all-everything starting quarterback Tate Humphrey, in street clothes on the sideline with a right ankle sprain. Coach Scott Schmitz said that was 'mostly' the reason why he didn't play, though he wouldn't elaborate on what that meant.
His replacement, Yaz Grabowski, threw for 99 yards and a touchdown (to Jesse Dustin) on 10-of-19 passing, far below Humphrey's per-game average.
The Mustangs were paced by Ross, a junior who ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns.
Schmitz said Humphrey would return to action next week for the Mustangs.
Mitchell71208-27Hudson81288-36 M-Ross 21 run (Trapp kick)
H-Jordan 39 pass from Wynn (Germano pass from Wynn)
M-Ross 48 run (kick failed)
H-Scott 1 run (run failed)
H-Scott 33 pass from Wynn (pass failed)
M-Dustin 15 pass from Grabowski (kick failed)
H-Germano 31 pass from Wynn (Newton pass from Wynn)
H-Germano 22 pass from Wynn (Germano pass from Wynn)
M-Ross 15 run (Ross run)
TEAM STATISTICS MIT HUDFirst downs 1316Rushing 33-21434-187Passing 10-19-9917-27-284Total yards 313471Interceptions by 10Sacks by 02Fumbles-lost 1-01-0Penalties-yards 7-729-61