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Prep football: No looking back now

The expectations are already high as Trinity comes off a dominant season in 8-man play

Posted: August 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy junior Eli Skorich carries the ball through traffic during a drill at practice on Thursday at Castaic Recreation Center.

 

It wasn’t even two years ago this team was celebrating its first win in school history.

Now Trinity Classical Academy football is talking CIF championship.

They grow up so fast, don’t they?

Trinity made its debut as a varsity 8-man team in 2010, where it finished 4-5-1 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

It was perfectly respectable for a brand-new program.

Then, the Knights took it a notch up last season when the team steamrolled through its schedule, went undefeated in the regular season and finished 11-1 after a loss to Cuyama Valley in the CIF-Southern Section Division II 8-man semifinals.

If you ask members of the 2012 Trinity team, that still wasn’t good enough, hence the ramped up work ethic leading up to the season.

“I think it’s the general desire to get better,” said returning senior lineman Donny MacAdam of the extra work.

“You’ve got to take it to the next level, and that’s how you get there.”

MacAdam and the rest of the team were practicing at Castaic Recreation Center, one of two or three rotating sites where Trinity practices.

The school may not have an on-campus facility, but it has plenty of confidence and swagger, and for good reason.

This new-and-improved version of Trinity has lofty goals this year, especially with all but three graduated players returning from the 2011 team.

It will be a squad with more depth, more experience and more strength.

“We know how big we are now and there’s a lot more expectation put on us and we need to find a way that will allow us to carry those expectations,” said senior Chris Buchanan. “We’re not the underdog team anymore.”

If anything, the Knights have become a powerhouse in Division II after beating opponents by an average of 41.3 points per game last season, excluding a forfeit victory.

Those kind of numbers has the team ready to step up to a much more difficult schedule this year and a new home in the Heritage League, which Trinity switched to from the Omega League after two years.

“If we stayed in the same league and we won every game by 48, that gets monotonous,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan.

It all comes down to preparing for the postseason. Presumably, tougher opponents in the regular season ought to serve Trinity well when it comes to meeting the cream of the division’s crop in playoffs.

And the way this team is talking, there is little doubt this increasingly talented group will be able to handle it.

“The younger guys are better than (the seniors) were two years ago, and that’s what has me excited because the program’s really developed a next generation,” Buchanan said.

All this from a team that didn’t even exist three years ago?

Apparently football has caught on quick at Trinity.

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