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Prep football: Great night for the Knights

Trinity makes quick work of Orcutt in season opener

Posted: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy tight end Nathan Santillana drags himself for a first down during the Knights season opener against Orcutt Academy at College of the Canyons on Saturday night.

The Trinity Classical Academy football team spoiled Orcutt Academy’s program debut Saturday at College of the Canyons.

Led by returning starters Dakota Prochnow and Patch Kulp, the Knights scored 16 points in the first quarter and never looked back as they were on route to a season-opening 52-14 victory.

“We came out and had a good attack on both offense and defense,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “I was pleased with Dakota’s ability to read the defense and see the weaknesses. I told him this was the best quarter and a half I’ve ever seen him play.”

Trinity took an early lead with 7:48 in the first quarter as Prochnow connected with Spencer Klehn for an eight-yard touchdown pass. Kulp then powered in the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0.

Prochnow finished the game 6-for-11 for 63 yards and a touchdown through the air with two interceptions.

Following the score, the Knights quickly got the ball back after Prochnow intercepted Orcutt (0-1) starting quarterback Dominic Miller.

Prochnow capitalized on the turnover with a 33-yard touchdown run to give Trinity the 16-0 lead.

“I felt more aware out there than I did last season,” Prochnow said. “The offensive line also did their job and played great tonight.”

Running strong behind the offensive line, Prochnow added his second rushing touchdown of the game in the second quarter.

He finished with seven carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Kulp also ran the ball well as he finished with eight carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Kulp was also an impact player for the Knights defense that played aggressively and limited Orcutt scoring chances throughout the game.

He finished with 9 tackles, one pass break-up, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, limited Orcutt scoring chances throughout the game.

Klehn added 16 tackles, including two for losses, from his linebacker position.

One of the few bright moments for Orcutt came with 10:14 in the second quarter as a half-back pass from Ricky Nuno to Enzo Stagnaro marked the first ever touchdown in the school’s history.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way our guys supported and had each other’s back,” said Orcutt head coach Tony Payne. “This is just the first step for us.”

Orcutt will play at Coast Union on Friday.

As for the Knights, they look to stay unbeaten as they play Immanuel Christian on Friday at West Ranch.



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