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Trinity Football: Right form, right time

Prep football: Trinity ends regular season with blowout win over rival

Posted: November 2, 2013 10:09 p.m.
Updated: November 2, 2013 10:09 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Ryan Brooks, right, reaches out to make a catch against Faith Baptist defender Kyle Cadoma (24).

 

The Trinity Classical Academy Knights football team closed its regular season strong with a 46-20 win over Faith Baptist on Saturday afternoon at West Ranch High School.

After defeating the Contenders in a one-point contest a year ago, the Knights’ relentless defense smothered Faith Baptist and made a hotly contested rivalry game look like a formality.

“Today was our homecoming, and we knew playoffs were coming up soon,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “Our team knew that (Faith Baptist) had fire in their bellies, and I wasn’t going to let our team come out flat.”

If that was Buchanan’s goal on Saturday, it’s fair to say he succeeded.

After Faith Baptist all-purpose player Clive Gordon scored on a 58-yard pass play to give the Contenders (5-4) an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter, Trinity (7-2) responded with a flurry of points.

Knights’ running back Nick Spinello evened things up at 8-8 with 7:19 left to go in the first quarter when he punched it in from 3 yards out.

The senior’s score was quickly followed by another, when teammate Spencer Klehn exploded for a 55-yard touchdown run to give the Knights a 16-8 lead.

Klehn and Spinello combined for 120 yards and four touchdowns on the ground on Saturday.

“We have a lot of good players coming in and out of our rotation,” Spinello said. “Not a lot of guys get big individual stats but when you put them together I’d like to see how they stack up with the other rushing leaders in our league.”

Klehn added his second score of the day with just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, and after the Contenders’ early touchdown, Trinity cruised to a 38-14 halftime advantage.

Such a result was a steep departure from last year’s game, when Trinity went on the road and pulled out a 35-34 nail-biter against the Contenders in front of their homecoming crowd.

But Trinity’s homecoming was that much more triumphant.

In the fourth quarter, the Knights went up 46-14 when Colton Oshiro ran it in from 27 yards out to effectively seal the game.

Now, after an impressive victory to end the regular season, the CIF-Southern Section Division II 8-man No. 2-ranked Trinity Knights focus their attention on the playoffs.

Postseason play has been bittersweet for the Knights (7-2) the past couple of seasons, as the team has lost in the Division II 8-man semifinals two years running.

The Knights have lost to their two best opponents this season, Mojave and Joshua Springs, ranked No. 1 in Division I and Division II, respectively.

However, Trinity fell by a combined nine points in those two games, so it is within reason to believe that the Knights are capable of beating those teams if a rematch takes shape.

Additionally, the Faith Baptist team that the Knights easily dispatched during Saturday’s season finale was ranked seventh in Division II, meaning that Trinity is in good form at the right time.

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