Knights pre­pared for fa­mil­iar foe

The Signal - - SPORTS - By Jonathan Smith Sig­nal Staff Writer

A late come­back ef­fort last week for Trin­ity Clas­si­cal Academy foot­ball team didn’t trans­late to a win, but that hasn’t de­terred the Knights’ spirit.

The Knights (0-2) will be search­ing for their first vic­tory on Fri­day when they face St. Bernard in Fill­more. It would be the Knights’ first home game.

“We’re just a lit­tle be­hind,” coach Les Robin­son said. “Not hav­ing a scrim­mage (game) re­ally put us back. But we’ve made a lot of progress. Our kids played

well last week. We just couldn’t fin­ish.”

In­deed, the Knights were close last week against Cen­tury of Santa Ana. Trin­ity lost 20-14.

The team went deep into Cen­tury ter­ri­tory three times with­out scor­ing any points, Robin­son said. The Knights made a last-minute

ef­fort, but an in­ter­cep­tion cut their hopes short.

“We should’ve won that game,” Robin­son said. “We pen­e­trated the red zone three times and we came up with zero points all three times.

“We were driv­ing late but we threw an in­ter­cep­tion, which kind of iced the game for them … We have a fine team and we’re still en­cour­aged. The best is yet to come.”

Against St. Bernard this Fri­day, Robin­son said the team will rely on their pre­vi­ous meet­ings to game plan for a win.

“We’re fa­mil­iar with them and they are fa­mil­iar with us,” Robin­son said. “Our team re­sponded well last week and even bet­ter dur­ing prac­tice this week.

“I be­lieve they are ready,” he said. “They’re a good group of young men. It should be a good con­test.”

Sig­nal File Photos

(Top) Canyon’s Dy­lan Gal­lardo (4) in­ter­cepts a pass against Bur­bank High at Canyon High ear­lier this sea­son. (Above) Hart’s DJ Palmer (3) looks for a route around Downey’s Ni­cholas Whit­ney on Sept. 2.

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