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Trinity football: Strength and numbers

Trinity improves to 5-0 against a short-handed Maricopa team

Posted: October 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Trinity’s James Brooks, right, tries to evade Maricopa defenders Brandon Kingsbury, left, and Kris Houston during Friday night’s game at College of the Canyons. Brooks caught three passes for 95 yards and had three touchdowns in the game.

The Maricopa Indians, with just 11 players traveling to their game against Trinity at College of the Canyons on Friday night, were overmatched from the start.

And the Knights (5-0, 1-0 Omega League) showed it early and often, dominating the game with scores from passing, running, a fumble recovery, a blocked punt and a safety en route to a 59-6 non-league victory that marked the first time in school history Trinity has won five games in a season.

The Knights’ defense wasn’t to be overlooked either, as they continually forced Inidians’ quarterback Brandon Cannaday into rushed throws and short scrambles.

Cannaday finished just 1-of-3 for 12 yards and an interception.

Maricopa (0-4) running back Esteban Carrillo finished with 23 yards on 15 carries.

“It starts with defense,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “We said at the beginning of the year we want to be known for our defense.”

Unlike in previous games this year, the Knights primarily used one quarterback for most of the first half: Dakota Prochnow, who finished 5-of-8 with 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Prochnow’s favorite target was senior wide receiver James Brooks, who caught two first-half touchdowns for 44 and 12 yards from Prochnow, helping the Knights jump out to 38-0 halftime lead.

Brooks finished with three receptions, all for touchdowns, for 95 yards.

Running back Patch Kulp finished as the team’s leading rusher with 35 yards and a touchdown on four carries.

Quarterback Chris Buchanan was out with a broken thumb and Spencer Klehn did not line up under center because of a hurt shoulder.

The second half saw much of the same, with freshman Ryan Brooks taking the majority of second quarter snaps and freshman Colton Oshiro came in halfway through the fourth to go 1-of-2 for 11 yards.

Ryan finished 2-of-4 for 44 yard and two touchdowns, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kulp that saw Brooks avoid a sack and get the pass off for a 51-0 lead with 6:25 left in the third.

One highlight of the night came when Ryan hit his brother James on a 39-yard reception with 2:02 to go in the third quarter to give the Knights a 57-0 lead.

Kulp dominated the second half early on, taking the third quarter kickoff 48 yards to the Maricopa 23-yard line before taking the handoff on the next snap and rumbling 23-yards for a touchdown and catching the pass from Ryan Brooks on the next possession.

For Maricopa, the game simply came down to being a young team facing more talented competition.

“We’re young and there was just a lot of mistakes and you deal with it,” said Maricopa head coach Al Allen. “They were a good team.”

And is it possible to take anything away from such a large win over lesser competition?

“We can take something from every game,” James Brooks said. “We had two special teams touchdowns, I think that’s our first special teams touchdown this year.”

The win continues Trinity’s undefeated start to the season with their second Omega League game coming next week against Antelope Valley Christian.


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