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Trinity football: Clinch is a cinch

Knights claim second straight Omega League championship

Posted: November 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Trinity Classical Academy football might be out of its league, and not in a bad way.

In what was supposed to be its biggest test of the season, Trinity rolled over the Omega League second-place Westmark of Encino 61-0 on Thursday night at Valencia High School.

Westmark came into the game as the 10th-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II, but the fourth-ranked Knights (9-0, 4-0) dominated yet another opponent this season.

“I wanted to come out here and prepare for the playoffs,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “They’re a playoff team, we’re a playoff team. We wanted to get ready.”

Trinity finished its first undefeated run through just its second varsity season and clinched its second straight Omega championship in the process.

The Knights outscored league opponents by a combined 159-18, which included an automatic win against First Lutheran last week due to forfeiture.

Despite playing its first game in nearly two weeks, the Knights looked sharp from start to finish.

The Trinity defense forced Westmark (5-4, 2-2) into three straight three-and-outs and converted each one into touchdowns in the first quarter to jump ahead 22-0.

Thanks to four Lions turnovers in the second quarter, the Knights scored four more times in the quarter to make it a 54-0 halftime lead.

“Our defense this year has just been pheonenal,” said Trinity senior James Brooks. “Not many teams have been able to do much against us this year.”

Brooks scored three touchdowns in the game, one rushing and two receiving. He ended up with three catches for 80 yards including scoring catches of 10 and 47 yards which were both delivered from his little brother Ryan.

James also ran 20 yards for a score in the first quarter.

Patch Kulp and Spencer Klehn each scored two touchdowns for Trinity and Dakota Prochnow added another.

The Lions were held to 13 total offensive yards and turned the ball over five times.

“Now the real (test) of improvement is how far we go in the playoffs,” Buchanan said.

And that begins next week for the Knights.

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