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A lot to overcome for Trinity football

Posted: September 13, 2013 10:28 p.m.
Updated: September 13, 2013 10:28 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Ryan Brooks, right, is pursued by Mojave's Garrett Scott on Friday at Mojave High.

 

The Trinity Classical Academy Knights already had sizeable challenge in front of them in facing a CIF-Southern Section 8-man power on Friday.

Add a couple turnovers and some injuries to starters, and it was just one too many obstacles for Trinity, which lost 13-6 to the Mojave Mustangs at Mojave High.

“Every time we got things going, we’d take a step back with a bad quarterback-center exchange,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “We had about six or seven of those.”

Part of the issue for the Knights (1-1) was the fact that they came in without starting center and defensive tackle Chase Duguid, who broke his ankle. Also absent from the game due to injuries was running back/linebacker Spencer Klehn and lineman Jordan Thomas.

Despite all that, Trinity was on the board first when quarterback Ryan Brooks found Colton Oshiro for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

The Knights led 6-0 after a missed two-point try.

Mojave (3-0) answered back with a score to take a 7-6 lead, and that’s where the score remained through the first three quarters as both defenses clamped down.

“They’re very fast,” Buchanan said of Mojave, which beat Trinity 29-20 last season. “They’ve learned to play defense since we played last year.”

The Mustangs play in CIF-SS 8-man Division I, while the Knights compete in Division II.

Eventually, Trinity gave way to Mojave, which extended its lead with a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

The Knights’ potential game-tying drive afterward stalled at the Mojave 20-yard line.

“When you’ve got 20 players on a team and three starters are out it makes it tough,” Buchanan said. “But they played tough and I was really proud of them.”

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