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Kings Christian scores first, but rest of night belongs to Trinity

Posted: September 28, 2013 10:51 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2013 10:51 p.m.

Trinity quarterback Ryan Brooks (19) runs the ball against Kings Christian at College of the Canyons on Saturday night. Trinity beat Kings Christian 50-12.

 

 

When the Kings Christian High School Crusaders 8-man football team marched down the field to score a touchdown on its opening possession, it seemed that the Trinity Classical Academy Knights were in for a dogfight on Saturday night at College of the Canyons.

Instead, the Crusaders’ first drive served as more of a fluke than an indicator of what was to follow, as the Knights rebounded to churn out a comprehensive 50-12 blowout win to move to 3-1 on the season.

On defense, the plan was simple for Trinity — stop Kings Christian standout tailback Mason Munoz, who entered Saturday night’s contest averaging more than 185 all-purpose yards a game.

“I warned my players about his abilities,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “People tend to pay less attention to defensive achievements, but I wanted to remind everyone how good we can be on that side of the ball.”

On Saturday, Trinity was better than good, holding Munoz to just 77 yards on 21 touches.

“When they stop the focal point of your offense, your game plan changes a lot,” said Kings Christian head coach Cameron Brooks. “We had to go to the passing game much earlier than we wanted to.”

While the Knights put plenty of points on the scoreboard on Saturday, the offense struggled with consistency in the first half.

Because of this, defense proved to be the best offense for Trinity, which broke the game open 24-6 late in the second quarter after Knights senior linebacker Patch Kulp forced a fumble deep in Crusaders’ territory.

The same story played out in the third quarter, when again a big play by the Knights’ defense was followed directly by a scoring drive.

This time it was Spencer Klehn making the big plays, first intercepting a pass at the Trinity goal line before amassing 36 yards on the ensuing 79-yard touchdown drive.

That drive was capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Trinity junior quarterback Colton Oshiro to receiver Ryan Brooks with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter, bringing the score to 32-6 and effectively putting the game out of reach for a Kings Christian squad that just couldn’t figure out its problems on offense.

Oshiro and Brooks gave Trinity fans a lot to be excited about in the second half, hooking up four times for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

Klehn was also productive as an all-around threat on offense, gaining 134 all-purpose yards with three total touchdowns.

 

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