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Prep football: First year, first crown

Trinity earns at least a share of Omega League championship

Posted: October 28, 2010 10:57 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy defensive players Patch Kulp (42), Shane Larsen (33) and T.J. Jordan (55) stop First Lutheran player Joshua Walker, center, on Thursday at Valencia High. Trinity won the game 39-26.

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It took Trinity Classical Academy just one season and now its a league champion.

The Knights defeated First Lutheran High of Sylmar on Thursday 39-26 at Valencia High and claimed at least a share of the Omega League championship.

"We're pretty excited," said Trinity head coach Ben Froemming. "I don't know if we're ready for a state championship yet, but if a bunch of freshmen and a bunch of juniors can come out and win league their first year, we're going to have some pretty good stuff moving forward."

This is Trinity's first year of varsity football.

But momentum was an elusive thing to come by early for the 8-man football team.

In fact it wasn't until late in the fourth quarter that the Knights were finally able to pull away.

First Lutheran, a team which has relied almost exclusively on the run this season, struck early with a 42-yard play action pass from quarterback Javier Velasquez to wide receiver D.J. Eichorn-dardis to put the Falcons up 6-0.

After the teams traded punts, the Knights drove deep into Falcons territory before being stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line.

With momentum completely on the side of the Falcons, running back Joshua Walker, who finished with 67 yards on 26 carries, made his only mistake of the night, fumbling on the Falcons' 32-yard line.

For the first of many times to come, momentum switched quickly as the Knights recovered the fumble and took the lead four plays later on a touchdown pass from quarterback Dakotah Prochnow to wide out James Brooks, putting the score at 8-6 after a successful two-point conversion.

Prochnow, who started in place of last-minute scratch Spencer Klehn (back spasms), dissected the Falcons defense, passing for 164 yards and one touchdown on 16-of-28 passing, and rushing for 156 yards on 14 carries, including three touchdowns and two two-point conversions.

"We call him Han Solo because he's got that crooked grin and swagger," Froemming said. "He's got a good head for the job. He's a natural born quarterback, and he's got some good years of football ahead of him."

Despite leading nearly the entire game, the Knights were forced on their heels by uncharacteristic play-action passes and trick plays by the Falcons offense.

With 7:56 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Falcons trailing 31-18, Velasquez faked a hand-off to Walker, slowly headed toward the sideline and took off for the end zone as the Knights defense was piling on top of the phantom ball carrier at the line of scrimmage.

The Knights bounced back quickly though, driving down for a 6-yard touchdown run by Prochnow, who rolled across a defender and stretched for the end zone, giving the Knights a 39-26 lead after another successful two-point conversion.

The victory assures Trinity at least a share of the Omega League title, with only a victory next week against Hillcrest Christian or a loss by Westmark, who the Knights defeated on October 8 by the score of 40-28, standing between them and an outright title.

 

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