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Prep football: It’s their Heritage

Trinity wins championship in first year in the more competitive league

Posted: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Dakota Prochnow (9) evades Lancaster Baptist's Josh Allen (81) at College of the Canyons on Saturday.

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Trinity Classical Academy exploded for 30 first-quarter points on the way to a 54–14 victory over Lancaster Baptist in a game that decided the Heritage League title Saturday at College of the Canyons.

Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan said his Knights played as a team in all aspects of the game.

“I would have never expected in a million years what the score was at halftime,” Buchanan said.

The Knights relied on strong play in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams — to build an insurmountable 54-0 lead heading into the break.

Midway through the first quarter, Trinity (7-2,3-0) was jump-started by a pair of 9-yard touchdown runs from quarterback Dakota Prochnow to take a 16-0 lead.

Prochnow’s second touchdown run was set up by Spencer Klehn’s blocked punt.

Later in the quarter, Klehn punched in a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Knights in front by a score of 24-0.

On the ensuing Lancaster Baptist possession, quarterback Matt McDaniel was intercepted by Prochnow, which gave the Knights great field position at the Eagle 3-yard line.

Three plays later, Prochnow connected with Patch Kulp for a 1-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 30-0.

“We’ve built up very good chemistry,” Prochnow said. “Especially this season.”

With 4:29 to play in the second quarter, the Knights received another big play from their defense.

As McDaniel’s pass was in the air, Klehn cut in front of the intended receiver, intercepted the pass and returned the ball 45 yards for the score.

“All I wanted was to just do my job and trust the people around me to do their job,” Klehn said.

The touchdown gave Trinity a commanding 46-0 lead.

However, the Knights were not done scoring as Prochnow returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown to make the score 54-0.

On the play, a timely block from Klehn eventually sprung Prochnow into open field.

After an undefeated regular season and Omega League Championship in 2011, Trinity proved itself in its first season in the more competitive Heritage League.

“This league championship gives us more respect in the 8-man community,” Klehn said.

With the win, Trinity clinches a spot in the CIF 8-man Div-II playoffs.

The brackets will be released Monday.

“I’m in awe from what happened tonight, but now we need to focus on a playoff run,” Buchanan said.

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