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Trinity football starts season with a shutout

Posted: September 7, 2013 10:22 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2013 10:22 p.m.

The graduation of star player Dakota Prochnow left many wondering who would shoulder the load for the Trinity Classical Academy football team in 2013.

As the old saying goes, when one door closes, another opens, and Ryan Brooks brought the frame down with him in his first chance to shine.

The junior caught a touchdown pass, ran for another score, threw for 41 yards and nabbed two interceptions, helping lead the Knights to a 40-0 shutout of Fulton Prep of Van Nuys at College of the Canyons.

Showing their newfound versatility on offense and a defense that forced five turnovers, Trinity (1-0) overcame a sluggish start, which included a fumble on its opening possession and more penalties than head coach Mike Buchanan would have liked to see, to upend the Jaguars (1-1) by 40 for the second straight season.

Brooks, who is listed as both a wide receiver and a quarterback, shared the signal-calling duties with fellow junior Colton Oshiro and each completed passes to one another, with Oshiro’s 40-yard bomb to Brooks 1:06 into the second quarter pushing Trinity ahead 18-0.

Oshiro finished the night three of six through the air for 85 yards and two scores and also carried the ball three times for 23 yards.

Senior running backs Patch Kulp and Nick Spinello also did more than their fair share on the ground, with Kulp carrying the ball 17 times for 75 yards and a score and Spinello going for 90 yards on five touches, the majority of which came on a 55-yard touchdown trot late in the third quarter.

The versatility the Knights showed was the first thing Brooks touched on after the game. “We have a wide range of talent on this team and it actually surprised me how well we came out and executed.”

Execution was something Fulton Prep’s offense didn’t do much of the entire night, as the Jaguars set the tone early when they also fumbled the ball away on their opening possession.

They were able to drive the ball inside Trinity’s 10 yard-line twice, but failed to score each time, with one drive ending on a Brooks interception and the other on an odd play, as Fulton Prep chose to take a kneel down with 30 seconds left in the game.

Buchanan loved what he saw out of his offense but was even more happy with the way his defense performed,

“When we started 8-man football three years ago, we decided we wanted to make a statement by playing great defense, which you don’t see a lot of at this level.” Buchanan said. “Tonight we did just that and will have to be even better next week against Mojave.”


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