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Trinity reaches 8-man Division II semifinal

Spencer Klehn scores five touchdowns in 71-6 rout

Posted: November 15, 2013 11:19 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2013 11:19 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy running back Patch Kulp (42) runs away from Noli Indian defenders on Friday at College of the Canyons.

 

Maybe the third time will be the charm for the Trinity Classical Academy football team.

Behind Spencer Klehn’s five touchdown performance, the Knights defeated the Noli Indian Braves 71-6 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II playoffs Friday at College of the Canyons.

The victory moves Trinity (8-3) into the semifinals for the third consecutive year, but this season the Knights are determined to get over the hump and bring home the school’s first-ever CIF title.

“Going to the semifinals isn’t a big deal,” said Klehn, who finished with 100 yards rushing on eight carries. “It’s going to be the finals, and winning that will mean a lot to me.”

What appeared to be a close matchup on paper, quickly turned into a rout.

The Braves entered with a record of 10-0, but the Knights’ high-octane offense proved too much for the opposition to stop.

Trinity led 40-6 at halftime.

Klehn showed off his big-play ability as three of his touchdowns were from 47 yards or longer, including a 75-yard kickoff return and a 72-yard rushing score.

“I was able to run through the first tacklers, and break away. And after that, I had blockers downfield who opened up holes and lanes for me,” Klehn said.

Patch Kulp also hit the century mark on the ground as he rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 12 attempts.

Junior Colton Oshiro threw two touchdown passes, and ran for one more in his first-ever postseason start at quarterback.

“I saw Colton Oshiro play the best game of his career thus far in my opinion,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan.

Adding to the offensive execution, the Knights defense controlled the Braves’ run-oriented attack.

Noli finished with 125-yards rushing, with much of those coming in the fourth quarter.

Sadiq Kabeer had 50 yards and one rushing touchdown on 15 carries, while Ash-Wut Vega added 80 yards on 13 attempts for the Braves.

Trinity had three interceptions, including one from Klehn and two by freshman Caden Kulp.

In the fourth quarter, Kulp returned his first interception 58 yards to the house, while his second pick came on the final play from scrimmage.

The Knights will continue their playoff run on Friday as they match up against the winner of Trona and Desert Chapel.

Another win puts Trinity in the CIF championship for the first time in its short four-year history of varsity football.

“A lot of energy at practice. A lot of heart. A lot of just going for it and playing hard,” Buchanan said in regards to what he wants to see from his team next week.

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