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Prep football: Trinity forces the end

Knights win first-ever Heritage League game

Posted: October 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Trinity Classical Academy forced Milken to wave the white flag Thursday night.

The Knights 8-man football team defeated the Wildcats 51-0 at Birmingham High in a game that didn’t go the distance.

After an early fourth-quarter touchdown by Trinity’s Nick Spinello that set the score at 51-0, Milken stopped the game right there and the Knights accepted.

It was Trinity’s first-ever Heritage League win after spending two years in the Omega League.

“I’m very, very happy to bounce back,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan, whose team lost 29-20 last Saturday to Mojave. “But I didn’t expect to blow out Milken in the fashion we did.”

The Wildcats (3-1-2, 0-1) were averaging 42.6 points per game coming in.

But Buchanan said Milken’s quarterback exiting with an injury in the first quarter and a Trinity defense that repeatedly gave thew Knights a short field on offense were keys to the blowout.

Trinity (5-2, 1-0) got things started with a 70-yard punt return for touchdown by Dakota Prochnow early in the first quarter. With a two-point conversion, the Knights were up 8-0.

Trinity scored 22 points in the second with a 72-yard scoring pass from Prochnow to Ryan Brooks, a Spencer Klehn 1-yard touchdown reception and a Prochnow 9-yard rushing touchdown.

Patch Kulp (20 yards) and Klehn (28 yards) added rushing touchdowns in the third to give Trinity a 45-0 lead.

On defense, Eli Skorich had a sack, two forced fumbles and eight tackles and James Almeida added nine tackles.

Trinity now faces its toughest regular-season stretch ever with games against 1-5 Faith Baptist (usually a Division I 8-man power) and 6-0 Lancaster Baptist.

“It’s a big step up for us,” Buchanan said. “The Heritage League is one of top two leagues in Southern California always. It’s helping our boys mature.”

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