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Mitchell Talks 2-Peat, Senior Season

Mitchell (far left) and Smith (far right) will work out together this offseason before arriving at VT next summer
Mitchell (far left) and Smith (far right) will work out together this offseason before arriving at VT next summer

Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) is the Non-Public, Group 4 state champion for the second consecutive season. The Paladins accomplished the feat by defeating St. Peter’s Prep, 13-6, in this year’s championship game.

Virginia Tech-bound offensive lineman Billy Ray Mitchell, a senior, compared this year’s championship with last year’s.

“The first one was awesome for the school. We were the underdogs and nobody expected us to make that type of noise. It was an awesome moment,” he said. “Last year, with Don Bosco losing, we avoided them in the playoffs. This year, we beat Don Bosco. This year we beat St. Peter’s. Both [championships] were awesome but the fact that we are going out doing it two times in a row and bringing the program to where it is now, it’s great.”

The 6’4″, 275-pound Mitchell played all over the offensive line his senior year, starting at right tackle the first two games and playing the final three games of the year at center. In between, he played guard.

“This year was kind of interesting,” Mitchell said. “I think I had a pretty good year. I did a better job of getting off the first block and into the second level. As a group, we had a very good season. We played awesome.”

Having played most of the positions on the offensive line, Mitchell

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