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Trinity football: Knights lose grip

Trinity leads late, but can’t hang on as it suffers second loss of season

Posted: October 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Patch Kulp, right, tries to stiff-arm Mojave's Joe Godoy during Saturday's game at College of the Canyons.

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In a game with five lead changes, Trinity Classical Academy lost to Mojave 29-20 Saturday at College of the Canyons.

After taking a 20-16 lead with 5:14 to play in the third, the Knights were unable to stop Mojave (5-1) as the Mustangs scored 13 unanswered points to escape with a victory.

“Mojave came out very competitive tonight,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan. “This was the summit of their schedule and they played to win.”

Good defense from both teams kept the game scoreless for much of the first half.

With 6:19 to play in the second quarter, the Knights (4-2) took an 8-0 lead by way of a 4-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Prochnow to Spencer Klehn.

Three plays later, Mojave’s Matt Carder connected with Tra’von Powell for a 55-yard touchdown pass to tie the score 8-8.

Starting with the ball to open the second half, an 11-yard touchdown run by Patch Kulp capped off a six play, 54-yard scoring drive and put the Knights ahead 14-8.

But Carder responded once again on the ensuing Mustang possession with a 19-yard scamper to give Mojave a 16-14 lead with 7:14 to play in the third.

Carder finished with 19 rushes for 128 yards, and went 11-for-14 for 191 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions, both to Prochnow, through the air.

Trinity (4-2) received a big play from receiver Ryan Brooks on its next possession.

The sophomore took a pass from Prochnow 50 yards for a touchdown to make the score 20-16 in favor of the Knights.

Brooks finished with two catches for 56 yards, while Prochnow went 11-for-16 for 137 yards passing, along with 97 yards rushing on 25 attempts.

However, Trinity relinquished the lead for good later in third quarter.

Mojave running back Michael Phillips plunged into the end zone from a yard out to give the Mustangs a 22-20 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Phillips finished the game with 63 yards rushing on 13 carries.

The Mustangs added their final touchdown with 1:11 left in the game on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Carder to Joe Godoy to set the final score at 29-20.

“We can’t come away with a loss in a tight games,” said Prochnow. “These are the games we need to win.”
The loss snaps Trinity’s two-game winning streak.

The Knights will be in action again on Thursday as they open Heritage League play at Milken of Los Angeles.

“This was one of the best teams we’ve faced so far, but I also think that losing tonight will really prepare us for league,” Buchanan said.


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