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Prep football: Quite a start

Trinity 8-Man football wins its first ever varsity home game

Posted: September 17, 2010 11:02 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2010 11:02 p.m.

Trinity’s Patch Kulp (42) knocks down a pass intended for Ojai Valley’s Miles Munding-Becker at Cougar Stadium on Friday.

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Trinity Classical Academy won its first varsity football game — ever.

And it did so with authority, blowing out Ojai Valley 48-0 Friday night at College of the Canyons.

“It’s awesome,” Trinity head coach Ben Froemming said after he got doused by a jug full of water by his players. “This is our 10th game and it’s a long time coming.”

Last year was the program’s inaugural season, but the Knights finished their junior varsity debut without a win.

Friday marked the second game of the 2010 season following a 20-16 loss to Calvary Baptist last week.

Trinity pounced early, starting with a 2-yard touchdown scamper by sophomore quarterback Dakota Prochnow just a minute and 46 seconds into the game. The play capped off a seven-play, 62-yard drive on which freshman Spencer Klehn played quarterback most of the way.

Klehn started the game, but he and Prochnow switched off at quarterback throughout the night.

“I had more fun than I’ve ever had in my life,” said Prochnow, who picked up 51 yards on 12 carries and two scores on the ground.

Ojai Valley (0-1) struggled to get anything going offensively.

Early in the game, the Spuds had multiple opportunities set up by Trinity turnovers, but the drives stalled each time.
Most of the game, Ojai Valley lined up with three potential quarterbacks in the backfield with each one taking his share of snaps.

The tricky formation didn’t fool Trinity’s defense, as Ojai Valley totaled just 139 yards of offense on the night.

Klehn represented most of the Knights offense on the night after the opening score.

He got all his scoring done in the second quarter, starting with a 4-yard keeper up the middle.

After the ensuing kickoff was fumbled, Trinity took over at the Ojai Valley 17-yard line.

Four plays later, Klehn fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to junior Shane Larsen to put the score at 22-0 after the two-point conversion.

In the closing seconds of the first half, Klehn ran in another score from 3 yards out and the Knights were comfortably ahead 30-0.

“I knew they had it in them,” Froemming said of the lopsided score.

In all, Klehn gained 109 yards on 16 carries in addition to a 3-for-14 day passing with 73 yards.

Sophomore Chris Buchanan also played quarterback for Trinity later in the game.

He went 2-for-2 with 42 yards and a touchdown heave in the fourth quarter.

“A lot of it was, we dedicated ourselves to playing hard up front,” Froemming said of the ground game. Normally, he said it’s a pass-first offense.

Now with 1-1 record, Trinity doesn’t want to sit on a single win.

Froemming said the key will be focusing on a few major points the team has stressed all season.
He was plenty satisfied with how they were applied Friday.

“They’re great, they’re strong and they’re fast,” he said.

Next up for Trinity will be Santa Clarita Christian School on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The game will take place at West Ranch High School.

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