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Prep football: Trinity rides big fourth

Knights explode for 22 points to complete comeback

Posted: September 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

If Trinity Classical Academy football needed an indication that it’s improving in just its second season as a varsity program, the team just got some solid affirmation.

After three quarters of play against Immanuel Christian of Ridgecrest, the Knights trailed by 18 points.

A few blocking adjustments and 22 unanswered points later, Trinity came out on top 34-30 on Saturday afternoon in Ridgecrest.

“That was a really bright spot for me was the way the guys responded in the fourth quarter and just didn’t give up,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan.

The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that the Knights (2-0) avenged a 74-32 loss to Immanuel Christian (0-2) last year in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II playoffs.

The comeback was made possible by a simple scheming change in the fourth quarter.

With quarterback Chris Buchanan in the game, coaches elected to bring in two extra tight ends to protect the passer from the Crusaders’ constant blitzing.

It started to pay dividends quickly, and Chris was able to find Brooks open in single coverage three times in a row in the fourth quarter.

Chris threw scoring passes of 15, 42 and 21 yards to Brooks in the fourth, giving Brooks six catches for 101 yards on the day.

Chris also threw an 8-yard touchdown to Brooks earlier in the game to push the quarterback’s total to four scores and a 7-for-12, 101-yard day passing.

“We realized we needed some more blocking to protect Chris in the backfield because when he has time to sit back there and set his feet he’s spot on,” Mike said.

The fifth touchdown came from sophomore quarterback Spencer Klehn on a 5-yard pass in the first half.

For the second week in a row, the Knights started sloppy, falling behind 8-0 after the first quarter and 14-12 at halftime.

The Crusaders then began to pile it on when they scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to extend their lead to 30-12 after the third quarter.

Immanuel relied mostly on running back Steven Soden, who ran behind a physical offensive line.

“He ran like a horse today but we had to get four or five guys on him to bring him down,” Mike said.

Fortunately, Trinity’s defense made enough plays, including an interception from Andrew Spinello and an interception, fumble recovery and blocked punt from Klehn.

Patch Kulp led the Knights with 17 tackles and Shane Larsen was the team’s top rusher with nine carries for 45 yards.

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