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Trinity, SCCS football ready for 2nd 'Faith Bowl'

Posted: September 30, 2016 11:33 p.m.
Updated: September 30, 2016 11:33 p.m.
In this file photo from the 2015 “Faith Bowl,” Santa Clarita Christian defensive lineman Tommy Shields (54) tries to bring down Trinity quarterback Tyler Lee (9) at Canyon High. Dan Watson/The Signal In this file photo from the 2015 “Faith Bowl,” Santa Clarita Christian defensive lineman Tommy Shields (54) tries to bring down Trinity quarterback Tyler Lee (9) at Canyon High. Dan Watson/The Signal
In this file photo from the 2015 “Faith Bowl,” Santa Clarita Christian defensive lineman Tommy Shields (54) tries to bring down Trinity quarterback Tyler Lee (9) at Canyon High. Dan Watson/The Signal
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Santa Clarita Christian football isn’t used to being the underdog.

Yet the Cardinals are entering the second annual Faith Bowl against Trinity Classical Academy on Saturday at Canyon High as a winless team across four games this season.

“They’re hungry and they look one week at a time,” said SCCS coach Garrick Moss. “All we do is strive to learn from the past weeks. One week at a time.”

The Cards have been dealing with injuries, which began in passing league when two-way starters Ethan Schwesinger and Caden Brenner both suffered ACL injuries.

Other players with absences since then include running back Seth Yu, O-lineman and linebacker Logan Eagle, and lineman Tommy Shields.

A bye last week has eased the minds — and bodies — of SCCS.

“It’s been frustrating for sure,” said SCCS corner and kicker Billy Latch. “But we know that with the guys we have, we can win a game and we will win a game. It’s just we have to be more hungry than ever and this week we can feel that. This week is the week we’re going to get the win.”

Trinity, conversely, has been steadily gaining momentum after a week one blunder. The Knights were shut out by Silver Valley 34-0.

Since then, the Knights have won three consecutive games.

Tyler Lee has made a huge impact. Originally starting quarterback, he switched to tight end when Phineas Yi got the starting job. But when Yi injured his ankle, it was back to QB for Lee.

Lee accounted for all four of Trinity’s touchdowns on Sept. 16 in a 26-18 win over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey, a game in which the Knights trailed 18-0.

“The great thing is he is athletic enough and smart enough to do all of those things and do all of them well,” said coach Les Robinson. “He’s really played a big role in the success of our team. He’s the ultimate team player. He’s very mature and unselfish about anything you ask him to do.”

It’s unclear what Lee’s role will be on Saturday. Robinson said that Yi will be a game-time decision.

Receiver/linebacker Ryan DeMarois and running back/linebacker Caden Kulp are also major contributors. In his most recent game against Southlands Christian, DeMarois rushed for 115 and two touchdowns on 19 carries and caught five passes for 40 yards. On defense, he notched 11 tackles and two sacks.

Kulp left the game after the first half with a leg injury, but managed 87 yards on four catches and 51 yards on seven carries. He’ll be in the game this weekend, according to Robinson.

SCCS’ main source of power this year has been receiver and corner Jacob Moss, who played both running back and receiver on offense and accumulated 102 receiving yards, 101 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the team’s last outing against Gabrielino.

“He’s a great leader and he pushes our team probably more than anyone,” Latch said. “Having someone like that show you the way makes it easier and it makes us want to go harder for him and our brothers next to us.”

Robinson, who once coach Jacob as SCCS’ offensive coordinator, instructed his team to shut down big plays and contain impact players, but he also told them to be cautious of the win-hungry Cardinals.

“We really focus on what we need to do and the plays we need to make and the assignments,” he said. “Every team goes through those phases where they get beat up, and that’s what makes our game great. Teams, when their backs against the wall, really step up.”

SCCS won the 2015 Faith Bowl 42-18. Trinity, though, led 18-14 at halftime. 

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