Trinity Classical Academy lost to Rio Hondo, 39-0, on Saturday afternoon at College of the Canyons, the Knights’ fifth loss of the season.
Trinity coach Les Robinson has seen it all before.
“We’ll be there, it’s just a matter of time,” he said. “It was (like this) a few years ago at SCCS. It’s just the process. The main thing is you can’t get down.”
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Robinson helped build the Cardinals program, and he’s doing the same with Trinity, which is in its second year of 11-man football. The Knights have a young squad – with only four seniors – that has been trying to get its footing throughout the season.
Injury has also plagued the team, temporarily sidelining quarterback Phineas Yi and ending receiver and linebacker Ryan DeMarois’ season completely.
Against Rio Hondo, the Knights only accumulated 126 yards of total offense (60 passing, 66 rushing) to the Kares’ 345 (250 rushing, 95 passing).
Tyler Lee began the game against the Kares at running back, but was forced to switch to quarterback when Yi began to struggle with his previously injured ankle.
“(Yi) played but he’s still limping,” Robinson said. “With Tyler there’s that added dimension where he can run. We needed to try to make something happen and Tyler gives us that extra element.”
Lee, a junior, has also made an impact on defense as a safety.
“He’s been money,” said Robinson. “He’s probably overall one of the most improved players offensively and defensively on the team. In time, he’s going to be great. I’m so thankful he’s a part of our program.”
In Saturday’s game, Lee passed for 22 yards, had four receptions for 26 yards and rushed for 68 yards.
With a few key players and optimism as bedrock, the coach believes his team is something great in the making.
“It’s tough because I’ve been through it before, but I know what it will be,” he said. “We’re getting close. We’re staying positive every week.”
The Knights take on Firebaugh at Lynwood High School, Friday.