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CIF football: First round, no problem

Prep football: Trinity wins first playoff game in program history

Posted: November 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Trinity senior Cameron Taylor, left, sacks Calvary Baptist’s Miguel Garcia-Salas on Saturday at Saugus High.



Trinity Classical Academy won its first playoff game in school history, but that’s just a small step on the way to what the team hopes is something much bigger.

A stifling defensive performance catapulted Trinity to a 45-20 win over Calvary Baptist of La Verne in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II playoffs on Saturday at Saugus High School.

Last year, Trinity’s first varsity football season was ended by a 74-32 loss to Immanuel Christian in the opening round.

The undefeated Knights (10-0) weren’t interested in seeing history repeat itself.

With the help of three defensive scores, the Knights scored all of their points in the first half, which ended in a 45-0 Trinity lead.

"That’s really what our stamp is," said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. "Our offense is good, but our defense is great."

Dakota Prochnow highlighted the defense with 12 tackles and three interceptions, one of which was returned 22 yards for a touchdown.

Prochnow was also the day’s top offensive performer, completing 6-of-8 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns at quarterback along with six carries for 74 yards.

Freshman Ryan Brooks reeled in a 38-yard touchdown pass for Prochnow’s first and older brother James Brooks caught his own score from 49 yards out.

Spencer Klehn capped off Trinity’s offensive scoring with a 25-yard touchdown reception of his own.

Other than that it was all defense.

Calvary Baptist (1-7) primarily plays against 8-man Division I opponents and made it to the playoffs with an at-large bid.

The Cougars tried to get a ground game established with quarterback Miguel Garcia-Salas, but the Knights knew what to expect after already beating Calvary Baptist 54-20 on Sept. 8.

"We had the big men pushing them and the ball being thrown off the quarterback’s back foot," Buchanan said.

As a result, Trinity tallied four interceptions and recovered two Cougar fumbles to help build the first-half lead.

Nick Spinello and James Almeida returned both of those fumbles for scores.

The Cougars scored all their second-half points after Trinity subbed out some of its starters and switched to a more conservative game plan, Buchanan said.

In the second round, the Knights will go on the road to face Hope Center Academy of Compton on Friday.

Buchanan said Hope Center is a team that plays a quicker style of football than Trinity may be accustomed to.

"I’m not sure we have (played a team like that)," he said. "That’s the one thing I’m a little anxious to find out."



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