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Trinity: A winning routine

Trinity reaches semifinal in its second varsity season

Posted: November 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

A group of Trinity defenders swarm a Hope Centre ball carrier during their CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II playoff game. The Knights won 54-6 to advance to the semifinals.

This is starting to become a routine result for Trinity Classical Academy football.

Each time it faces an unfamiliar, supposedly challenging opponent, Trinity seems to deliver.

Saturday marked the latest accolade accomplished by the upstart Knights, who undid Hope Centre Academy of Compton 54-6 in the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II quarterfinals at Daniels Field in Los Angeles.

In just its second season as a varsity team, Trinity finds itself in a semifinal matchup Friday against the division’s No. 2-ranked Cuyama Valley on the road.

"This is a different thing," said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. "I’m starting to see it in (the players’) eyes. ‘What are we doing playing football in November?’ And I say, ‘That’s the good time of the year to play.’"

This time around, the Knights (11-0) used stout defense to get things going and a balanced offensive attack to pull away.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Knights ripped off 30 points to take a 30-0 lead into halftime.

Quarterback Dakota Prochnow scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 1-yard carry for Trinity’s first score.

Prochnow later scored on runs of 7 and 40 yards on his way to an 11 carry, 106-yard game.

On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Prochnow also tossed a 60-yard touchdown pass to James Brooks.

"We had a really balanced offensive attack today," Buchanan said. "We had over 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing."

Chris Buchanan also contributed in the passing game for the Knights, throwing a 19-yard scoring strike to Brooks in the second quarter.

Overall, Trinity passers finished 8-for-18 with 205 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Despite the turnovers, Hope Centre (3-8) was stymied all day long by the constant interior pressure applied by Trinity defensive linemen Cameron Taylor and Eli Skorich.

Both players ended up sacking Hope Centre’s quarterback for safeties. The Knights came up with three safeties defensively in the contest.

"Our defense was ferocious again and played really well against a big, tough team in Hope Centre," Mike Buchanan said, "and they had a lot of weight on the front line so it was a good battle all day."

Patch Kulp also carried the ball 13 times for 68 yards and led the team with 15 tackles while also adding an interception.


: Before kickoff, the entire team signed a football and dedicated the game to Johnny Buchanan, the 10-year-old son of the team’s head coach. Johnny is in the hospital recovering Cystic Fibrosis.


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