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Prep football: The Knights finish

8-man Trinity wins its season opener by closing out strong

Posted: September 8, 2011 11:02 p.m.
Updated: September 8, 2011 11:02 p.m.

Trinity quarterback Chris Buchanan (19) throws a pass with pressure from Calvary Baptist’s Tyler Hurts on Thursday at Valencia High School. Trinity won the game, its season opener, 54-20.

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For two-and-a-half quarters, Trinity Classical Academy put on a clinic in how to let a team stick around.

Three plays led to 20 points for Calvary Baptist and kept things interesting before Trinity pulled away in the third quarter to win 54-20 Thursday at Valencia High.

On the Cougars’ first play, running back Solomon Frisco ran 32 yards for a touchdown and put his team up 8-0 early.

“I was very discouraged with that,” Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan said of the early mistakes. “I started back pedaling with my game plan.”

Trinity bounced back on defense, though, as the Cougars finished with six rushing yards after numerous tackles for loss.

Calvary Baptist had trouble getting its passing game going as well, but quarterback Miguel Garcia-Salvis was able to find wide receiver Mark Garcia-Salvis on catches of 65 yards with 10:32 remaining in the half and 39 yards with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter for touchdowns, pulling the Cougars to within 24-20.

And that’s when things changed.

With 4:18 remaining in the third, quarterback Chris Buchanan found wide out James Brooks in the end zone, putting the Knights ahead 38-20 after the two-point conversation.

On the next possession, Trinity defensive back Caleb Durst intercepted Garcia-Salvis and returned the ball 58 yards, leading to Buchanan’s second touchdown pass of the day and giving the Knights the 38-20 lead with 11 seconds to play in the third.

The two plays ended the drama, as the Knights never looked back, sacking Garcia-Salvis nine times in the game, including a sack by Patch Kulp that resulted in a safety late in the second quarter.

Brooks led the Knights with six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns, while Dakota Prochnow led the defense with two interceptions.

Prochnow also led Trinity on the ground with 102 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.

In the end, the Cougars just didn’t have the experience of Trinity.

“They have more players on their team than we have in our high school,” said Calvary Baptist head coach Lincoln Dial. “They have a lot to learn, but they’re not going to quit and I’m proud of them.”

During the game, the Knights found success through the air from both quarterback Spencer Klehn, who finished 2-of-5 with a touchdown, and Buchanan, who finished 4-of-9 with two touchdowns and 64 yards.

Nonetheless, they know they need to fix their mental errors going forward.

“We’ve been going after it for the game (in practice),” Mike Buchanan said. “I can see I need to step back and focus on the fundamentals.”

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