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Trinity lets key game get away

Posted: October 18, 2013 11:31 p.m.
Updated: October 18, 2013 11:31 p.m.

This game was for the Heritage League championship. Or at least that’s how Trinity Classical Academy football head coach Mike Buchanan put it.

And that’s what made it that much more disappointing for Trinity to fall short in a 36-34 loss to Joshua Springs High of Yucca Valley on Friday night at Joshua Springs High.

Though it was only Trinity’s third of five league games, this was a matchup of the No. 2 (Trinity) and No. 3 (Joshua Springs) ranked teams in the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division II.

“To pinpoint it, we came in thinking we were going to whoop them,” Buchanan said. “And then they just came out, younger team, they came out with thunder and they were ready to play.”

With a strong offensive game plan, Joshua Springs jumped out to a 22-0 lead on the Trinity Knights (5-2 overall, 2-1 Heritage League) in the first half.

“It was a well greased offense by (Joshua Springs),” Buchanan said. “They came out and really stood us up and they knew everything we were going to do on offense.”

The Knights fought back behind the impressive running of Spencer Klehn, who went for 77 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. The senior also recovered a fumble in the game.

Ryan Brooks picked off Joshua Springs (5-2, 3-0) at the goal line and sprinted the length of the field, 80 yards, for a touchdown as time expired in the first half.

That cut Joshua Springs’ lead to 28-22.

It went back-and-forth from there, but the Knights never got closer than the eventual final score.

“We didn’t play to our ability and we just got frustrated,” Buchanan said.

For Trinity, Colton Oshiro caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Brooks and Ian Caddow led the team defensively with 14 tackles.


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