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Trinity football: Knights, with authority

Trinity uses strong ground game to rout another opponent

Posted: October 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.

A gang of Trinity tacklers stop Antelope Valley Christian’s Cujuan Henson on Saturday at Antelope Valley Christian School

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Trinity football wanted to throw the ball more this time around.

Given the circumstances in Saturday’s Omega League matchup against Antelope Valley Christian School, it wasn’t necessary.

The Knights rushed for 267 yards on a combined 29 carries to beat AVC 60-8 on a windy day in Lancaster.

“I really wanted to come up here and throw the ball eight out of 10 times because that’s a strength we wanted to continue to work on,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan, “but because the wind was blowing pretty heavy in the first and third quarter, we weren’t able to do that.”

Trinity (6-0, 2-0) once again outmatched its opponent in numbers and dominated on both sides of the ball, scoring at least 50 points for the fourth time this season.

Buchanan wasn’t talking about the offense after the game though.

“We beat them with our defense and our pack of wolves mentality,” Buchanan said.

The eight points the Eagles (1-6, 0-3) scored on Saturday came on a wacky special teams play where an AVC payer recovered his own fumble on a punt play and bolted for a score in the second quarter.

Outside of that play, the defense didn’t budge.

The Knights went ahead 30-8 by halftime lead for the Knights, who then added two quick scored to start the third quarter, thus resulting in a running clock the rest of the way.

Spencer Klehn was Trinity’s leading rusher with 5 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Shane Larsen, Patch Kulp, James Almeida and usual lineman Cameron Taylor also had rushing touchdowns for the Knights.

Larsen also scored on a fumble recovery in the first quarter to help Trinity jump out to a 22-0 lead after the opening frame.

“In 8-man football, there’s not a whole lot of defense played,” Buchanan said. “Really in 8-man, it’s easy to pick apart any defense, and when I took over as coach, I wanted to make sure that was going to be our cry.”

In addition to keeping the Eagles out of the end zone most of the night, Trinity gained favorable field position multiple times via turnovers.

Kulp forced two fumbles in the game, recovered one and tallied 11 tackles.

Nick Spinello’s 14 tackles led the Knights.

Though the passing game was fairly limited due to the wind, Trinity did get two touchdown tosses from Dakota Prochnow to Kulp and another from Ryan Brooks to his older brother James.

James Brooks now has 17 touchdown receptions this season.

So far this season, Trinity margin of victory averages nearly 38 points per game.

“We’re building on that,” Buchanan said of his team’s dominance. “We’re building to the playoffs. We’ve got the championship in front of us. We’re trying to be task oriented.”

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