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CIF football playoffs: Knights season ends in familiar fashion

Trinity overpowered by 8-man power Joshua Springs, fall in semis in second-st

Posted: November 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Trinity Classical Academy running back Spencer Klehn (4) fends off a tackle by Joshua Springs' Dylan Hadley in a CIF-Southern Section 8-Man Div. II semifinal game on Friday night at Valencia High.

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Trailing by 20 points at halftime, the deficit proved too big to overcome as Trinity Classical Academy lost to Joshua Springs of Yucca Valley 46-28 Friday at Valencia High in the CIF-Southern Section Division II 8-man semifinals.

It marks the second straight season Trinity’s year ended in the semifinals.

Compared to Trinity’s 17 offensive plays and 3:16 time of possession in the first half, the Lightning built their lead by running 45 offensive plays and controlling the ball for 19:35.

“They play a tough, hard-noised style of football, and have a heck of a running game,” said Trinity head coach Mike Buchanan.

Running back Jeff Bachman was a workhorse for Joshua Springs (10-2) as he rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts in the first half.

He finished with 39 carries for 120 yards.

Because of their effectiveness running the ball, the Lightning used play action to set up big plays down field in the passing game.

Quarterback Joseph Leichtner connected with wide receiver Ryan Green for three touchdowns, including a 38-yard score to put Joshua Springs ahead 36-16 with 25 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Leichtner finished the game going 8-for-10 for 150 yards and four touchdowns, while Green caught six passes for 105 yards.

“I give them a lot of credit,” Buchanan said. “Their size and strength really affected us on both sides of the ball. Dakota [Prochnow] didn’t have any time to work in the pocket.”

Prochnow was hounded by Joshua Spring’s defensive line throughout the entire game.

Defensive end Kaleb Wezdenko sacked Prochnow 3.5 times and was in involved in a safety that made the score 46-22 with 2:26 to play in the third quarter.

“It came down to not executing,” Prochnow said. “We made too many mistakes to overcome.”

Prochnow finished the night 11-for-18 for 222 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

The senior added a 38-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

Prochnow’s favorite target on the night was wide receiver Ryan Brooks who finished with 149 yards and caught touchdowns of 65 yards and 76 yards, respectively.

Spencer Klehn had 5 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.

“It’s been a great season. We won the Heritage League in our first year. We would have liked a better outcome, but that’s how things go,” Prochnow said.

Other than Prochnow, Chris Buchanan, and Donny Macadam, the rest of Knights (9-3) will return next season to defend its Heritage League title.

As for Joshua Springs, they advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division II 8-man finals where they meet the winner between Hope Centre and Desert Chapel.







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