Trinity was already in the hole before kickoff Friday night, with key players on both sides of the ball in Ryan DeMarois, Tyler Lee and Carson Campuzano out due to injury.
It also didn’t help that the Knights were pitted against Pasadena Poly, which rolled in with a four-game winning streak.
Pasadena Poly established itself with five first-half touchdowns and eased by the Knights for a 54-6 win at Valencia High School in each team’s Prep League opener.
Panthers senior running back Cameron McFarlane kicked off the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run on the team’s first possession.
The Knights (2-5, 0-1 Prep League) were backed up to their own 24 on a fourth-down attempt their next drive and a botched snap out of a shotgun formation led to a Panthers recovery in the end zone.
After Trinity punted and threw an interception over its next two possessions, Phineas Yi set up the Knights up with a kickoff return to the Panthers 10-yard line. Yi scored it himself with a 10-yard quarterback keeper on the first play of the drive.
The Panthers (6-1-1, 1-0) scored on their ensuing two possessions, with both coming on rushes from McFarlane, giving them a 33-6 lead at the half.
McFarlane struck the Knights again to open the second half, recovering a fumble for a score on Trinity’s first possession of the second half.
Rick Roberts took over for Yi at quarterback midway through the second quarter but exited with an apparent right arm injury early in the second half. Roberts completed 6 of 10 passes for 39 yards. Kyle Fields led the Knights with four catches for 40 yards.
With DeMarois sidelined, the Knights were without their second leading rusher and receiver. He also leads the team with six touchdown catches on the year and was the second-leading tackler. Campuzano is the team-leader in receiving yards, tackles and sacks. Lee leads the Knights with three interceptions.
The Knights continue league play next Friday at Rio Hondo Prep.