Magnolia High selects Thavis Miller as new football coach

Thavis Miller credits the lessons he learned playing football for helping him succeed as a father, husband and coach.

Now, he’s ready to pass on those teachings to Magnolia High.

The father of six and former collegiate assistant has been has hired as the Sentinels’ football coach, he said on Thursday, Sept. 24. It’s Miller’s first head coaching position.

“It’s about giving back,” he said.

Miller, a walk-on who also works as a job coach in Los Alamitos High’s adult transition program, replaces three-year coach Desmond Hernandez, now an assistant and full-time physical education teacher at Portola.

Hernandez was not a full-time teacher at Magnolia — he served as substitute teacher.

Miller was a defensive line coach the University La Verne from 2017-18. Before that, he served as an assistant at Cerritos College.

He has been an assistant high school coach in Iowa and North Dakota, rising to defensive coordinator at Boone (Iowa) and North (North Dakota), respectively.

Miller was an all-state high school football player at Wilcox in Georgia and became an all-conference defensive lineman at Iowa Wesleyan.

He also played two years for Milwaukee in the Arena Football League.

Miller is married to former Pacifica star softball player Brittany Weil, now an assistant at Loyola Marymount.

The couple has six children, including standout high school athletes Zatyvion (Los Alamitos/Cerritos College football), Lataviah (Buena Park basketball) and Tajavis (Servite basketball).

Tajavis, a junior point guard, holds offers from Washington State, LMU, San Diego and Pepperdine.

Zatyvion was the Sunset League’s defensive lineman of the year last season. Lataviah, a senior, averaged about 17 points and 11 rebounds last season.

In 2019, Magnolia won seven games on the field (one victory was forfeited for an ineligible player) after winning a combined three games its first two seasons under Hernandez.

Miller said he will focus on the character development of his players. He also aims to build off the success Hernandez experienced last season and take “the next step.”

“The challenge is something I felt I’m up for,” he said.

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Dana Hills hires ex-Mater Dei, Corona del Mar player Trevor Gladych as boys water polo coach

Dana Hills High’s new boys water polo coach will be drawing from an array of experience in and outside of the pool.

The South Coast League contender has hired former Mater Dei and Corona del Mar player Trevor Gladych as its coach, replacing veteran Matt Rosa.

Gladych, 31, played collegiate club water polo and earned a law degree from Georgetown and a screenwriting degree from Loyola Marymount.

He played club water polo at Villanova for coach Dan Sharadin, his top coaching mentor and a key figure in the rise of the College Water Polo Association in the eastern U.S.

Gladych red-shirted for Loyola Marymount’s men’s water polo team.

He has coached and taught the past five years at Saint Francis in Mountain View.

Gladych inherits a team that has been chasing San Clemente the past few seasons in the South Coast League but remained among the top programs in Orange County.

Rosa resigned after 17 seasons in November to spend more time with his family. The Dolphins qualified for the playoffs the past 13 seasons under Rosa, highlighted by a CIF-SS Division 2 runner-up finish to Foothill in 2015.

Gladych praised Rosa for his coaching and the character he instilled in players. He views water polo as the vehicle to achieve character goals.

“The boys at Dana Hills are phenomenal,” Gladych said. “I could not be more excited.”

Gladych will serve as a walk-on coach and be assisted by Kenny Yamamoto.

Gladych also works as a paralegal and a counselor with “Admissions Buddy”, a service for college-bound students. He said he aspires to start a club water polo program.

His brother, Ryan, was a standout center at Mater Dei and played at Brown.

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Tesoro girls swimming coach Todd Conrad departing for Pennsylvania after stellar eight-year run

Tesoro High girls swimming coach Todd Conrad called it a “bittersweet” decision.

The former Orange County high school coach of the year and veteran club coach said Monday, Sept. 14 that he will be resigning and moving with his family to Pennsylvania.

“It was a hard decision,” he said, “but it’s the right move for the family.”

Married with two young sons, Conrad will relocate to Downingtown, a suburb of Philadelphia, and become the head age-group coach with Upper Main Line YMCA. The club has a silver medal-standing with USA Swimming and about 300 year-round swimmers.

“We’re excited to have a new adventure,” Conrad said.

He will take considerable experience on the trek. He guided Tesoro for eight seasons, leading the Titans to the past six consecutive South Coast League titles.

The Titans also have finished second to Santa Margarita at the past three CIF-SS Division 1 championships.

Conrad, the Register’s coach of the year in 2018, also was known for building tight-knit teams and his enthusiasm on the pool deck.

He has been serving as director of operations at FAST the past eight months. His signature post in O.C. club swimming was leading the Coto Coyotes for 14 years. He also was recently the general manager of the Mission Viejo Nadadores.

Conrad swam at UC Irvine and also coached with the Irvine Aquazot and Santa Margarita.

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Beau Green, Turlock quarterback with Auburn offer, enrolls at Mater Dei

The quarterback competition at Mater Dei High has an intriguing new entry.

Beau Green, who missed last season at Turlock in the Central Valley due to an injury but holds an offer from Auburn, has enrolled at Mater Dei, the junior said Friday, Sept. 11.

Green (6-2, 210) didn’t play his sophomore campaign because of labrum surgery on his right, throwing shoulder but recovered to train well over the summer.

“The highlight (of the summer) was getting an extended period of time to really work on my mechanics and clean up my stroke,” Green said. “Another thing that has been nice is finally getting in contact with a lot of college coaches since Sept. 1.”

Green also has been offered by William & Mary, a FCS school.

He played his freshman season at Thomas Downey in Modesto.

Green said he starts distance learning with Mater Dei on Monday. The Trinity League school plans to return to in-person instruction in its hybrid plan on Sept. 22, the first day Orange County high schools can reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The confirmation of Green’s transfer arrives as news of Miller Moss’ departure surfaced this week. The USC-committed quarterback transferred to Mater Dei in June but has returned to Alemany with a plan to graduate early.

Mater Dei is seeking to replace two-year starting quarterback Bryce Young, now a freshman and the No. 2 quarterback at Alabama. Other top contenders for the spot are junior Emmett Brown and sophomore Parker Awad.

Brown transferred to Mater Dei from San Marcos in the offseason while Awad was the freshman quarterback at Mater Dei last season.

Mater Dei quarterback Tobey Schmidt transferred to Maranatha earlier in the offseason.

Please send football news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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College commits Thomas Bouda, Jake Trachtman raise profile of Corona del Mar linemen

Corona del Mar High football has become known for its record-setting quarterbacks and wide receivers, and gifted tight ends.

But don’t forget about the Sea Kings’ linemen, especially in the class of 2021.

Seniors Thomas Bouda and Jake Trachtman both recently committed to college programs.

Bouda (6-4, 270) committed to Army as a defensive tackle while Trachtman (6-7, 295) committed to Cal Poly SLO as an offensive tackle.

Bouda said he picked Army for its academics, camaraderie, coaching staff and opportunities after football.

“Army is the No. 1 leadership school in the country and I want to be part of something that is bigger than me,” he said.

Trachtman said he is excited to attend Cal Poly SLO, a member of the Big Sky Conference and another school with a strong reputation for academics.

At Corona del Mar, Bouda and Trachtman also team up to play offensive line. Bouda was the Sunset League’s offensive lineman of the year last season.

Both players helped the Sea Kings finish 16-0 last season with CIF-SS Division 3 and CIF State Division 1-A titles. Corona del Mar’s 16-game winning streak is the third longest active streak in the state.

Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Orange Lutheran punter Ashton Logan commits to Colorado

Punters usually don’t receive scholarships coming out of high school. Those rewards seem to go to every other position except punter.

Orange Lutheran High senior Ashton Logan isn’t your usual punter.

The Chris Sailer Kicking five-star recruit has committed to Colorado as a scholarship punter.

“I’m super-excited and blessed,” Logan said of his commitment to the Pac-12 school. “I’ve worked extremely hard to master my craft and playing for a Power 5 program has always been the dream.”

Sailer describes Logan (6-2, 185) as having a live leg with the ability to combine distance and hang time.

“He is averaging 45-plus yards and 4.4-plus (seconds) hang time,” Sailer writes in his evaluation of Logan. “Also shows the ability to hit 50-plus yard punts, with 5.0-plus hang time. … Fantastic prospect.”

Logan could be Orange County’s best punting prospect since Mater Dei’s Ryan Stonehouse, now a standout senior at Colorado State.

Last season, Logan was selected the Trinity League’s MVP Kicker.

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Photos: CIF-SS Track and Field Divisional Finals

The CIF-SS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance.

  • Oluwatob Adegoke of Los Osos places first with a distance of 23-00.50 in the boys Division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Madison Dietz, center, of Notre Dame at the start of the Division 3 Girls100 M Dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Darius Hill of Vista Murrieta jumps in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mark Perry, right, of Rancho Cucamonga wears decorated shoes for the Division 1 Boys 100 M Dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Paige Sommers of Westlake fist bumps her coach after clearing 13-00.00 to place first in the girls Division 2 Pole Vault competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jayla Flowers of Burbank competes in the girls division 1 long jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jacob Haley of Irvine places first with a distance 22-08.00 in the boys division 2 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Max Agbonkpolo of Santa Margarita clears a height of 6-02.00 in Division 3 high jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy Johnson of Glendora places fifth with a distance of 37-09.50 in the triple jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Darius Hill of Vista Murrieta jumps in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Egbe Ndip-Agbor of Corona wins the Division 1 200 meter dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Egbe Ndip-Agbor of Corona wins the Division 1 200 meter dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Mekhi Mays of Serra wins the Division 4 200 meter dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Kenyon Reed, center, of Long Beach Poly wins the Division 1 200 meter dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Caleb L Roberson of Upland wins the Division 1 100 meter dash as Kenyon Reed of Long Beach Poly finished second during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Lucas Tailin of South Pasadena clears a height of 14-06.00 to place second in the boys division 3 pole vault competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Aiden Lieb Peninsula jumps a distance of 22-07.00 in the boys division 2 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Oluwatob Adegoke of Los Osos places first with a distance of 23-00.50 in the boys Division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Summer Stevenson of Great Oak finishes first with a distance of 39-09.00 in the girls Division 1 triple jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Ethan Amata of Roosevelt clears 15-06.00 in Division 1 Pole Vault competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Deondre Ruth of Heritage jumps in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Drake Nguyen of Woodbridge places third with a distance of 22-04.00 in the boys division 2 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Namir Hemphill of Upland competes in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Madison Dietz, center, of Notre Dame at the start of the Division 3 Girls100 M Dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Darius Hill of Vista Murrieta jumps in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Mark Perry, right, of Rancho Cucamonga wears decorated shoes for the Division 1 Boys 100 M Dash during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Deondre Ruth of Heritage jumps in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Paige Sommers of Westlake fist bumps her coach after clearing 13-00.00 to place first in the girls Division 2 Pole Vault competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jayla Flowers of Burbank competes in the girls division 1 long jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Jacob Haley of Irvine places first with a distance 22-08.00 in the boys division 2 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Max Agbonkpolo of Santa Margarita clears a height of 6-02.00 in Division 3 high jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Summer Stevenson of Great Oak finishes first with a distance of 39-09.00 in the girls Division 1 triple jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy Johnson of Glendora places fifth with a distance of 37-09.50 in the triple jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Anyssa Romo of Ayala competes in the girls division 1 long jump completion during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Layne Hayward of South Torrance prepares to jump 12-06.00 in the girls division 2 pole vault competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Namir Hemphill of Upland competes in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Anyssa Romo of Ayala competes in the girls division 1 long jump completion during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Long Beach Poly jumps in the Division 1 Girls Long Jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Sean Ayale of Los Alamitos jumps in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Darius Hill of Vista Murrieta jumps in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Namir Hemphill of Upland competes in the boys division 1 long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kennedy Johnson of Glendora places fifth with a distance of 37-09.50 in the triple jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Quincy Craig of Mater Dei jumps a distance of 20-08.00 in the division 2 boys long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Stanon Rudley of Rancho Verde jumps a distance of 22-03.00, placing third in the division 2 boys long jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kamari Maddox of Elsinore competes in the division 2 boys long jump during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

  • A Long Beach Poly jumps in the Division 1 Girls Long Jump competition during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Torrance, California. (Photo by Libby Cline Birmingham, Contributing Photographer)

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San Clemente stays on track for title shot by rolling over San Juan Hills

  • San Juan Hills' Ryan Canary carries the ball during a league game against San Clemente at San Juan Hills High on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Juan Hills’ Ryan Canary carries the ball during a league game against San Clemente at San Juan Hills High on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello, left, runs with the ball during a quarterback keeper play in a league game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello, left, runs with the ball during a quarterback keeper play in a league game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello runs with the ball during a quarterback keeper play in a league game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello runs with the ball during a quarterback keeper play in a league game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente's RJ Donaldson catches the ball during their South Coast League game against San Juan Hills at San Juan Hills High School on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente’s RJ Donaldson catches the ball during their South Coast League game against San Juan Hills at San Juan Hills High School on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente students, wearing all pink, cheer on the Tritons during a football game at San Juan Hills High School on Friday night, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente students, wearing all pink, cheer on the Tritons during a football game at San Juan Hills High School on Friday night, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills students, wearing all black, hold up their cell phone flashlights while cheering on the Stallions during a home football game against San Clemente on October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Juan Hills students, wearing all black, hold up their cell phone flashlights while cheering on the Stallions during a home football game against San Clemente on October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente students, wearing all pink, cheer on the Tritons during a football game at San Juan Hills High School on Friday night, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente students, wearing all pink, cheer on the Tritons during a football game at San Juan Hills High School on Friday night, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills student Vagelie Guillen runs with the school flag on a smoke-filled field before the start of a football game against San Clemente on Friday night, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Juan Hills student Vagelie Guillen runs with the school flag on a smoke-filled field before the start of a football game against San Clemente on Friday night, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello throws the ball during a South Coast League game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello throws the ball during a South Coast League game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills wide receiver Travis Lau stretches for a touchdown during a South Coast League game against San Clemente at San Juan Hills High on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Juan Hills wide receiver Travis Lau stretches for a touchdown during a South Coast League game against San Clemente at San Juan Hills High on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello throws the ball while on the run during a South Coast League game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello throws the ball while on the run during a South Coast League game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello, right, throws the ball while on the run during a South Coast League game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente quarterback Brendan Costello, right, throws the ball while on the run during a South Coast League game against San Juan Hills on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Clemente's RJ Donaldson carries the ball during a South Coast League game at San Juan Hills High School on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Clemente’s RJ Donaldson carries the ball during a South Coast League game at San Juan Hills High School on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Juan Hills quarterback Matt Rodriguez throws the ball during a South Coast League game against San Clemente on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

    San Juan Hills quarterback Matt Rodriguez throws the ball during a South Coast League game against San Clemente on Friday, October 20, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – If San Clemente is to compete with Mission Viejo for the South Coast League championship, they needed to beat San Juan Hills on Friday.

The Tritons did so, and convincingly.

They defeated the Stallions, 31-13, in a league game at San Juan Hills High.
San Clemente is 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Coast League. Mission Viejo is one-half game ahead of San Clemente with its 3-0 league record.

San Clemente plays Mission Viejo on Nov. 3, the final day of the regular season. Mission Viejo is the last team to beat San Clemente before the Tritons went on their run to CIF-Southern Section and CIF State championships. San Clemente next plays Trabuco Hills in a league home game next Friday, Oct. 27.

San Juan Hills plays at Tesoro next Friday, Oct. 27, in the Stallions’ final game of the regular season. They have a bye on Week 10, the final week of the regular season. The playoffs begin Nov. 10; if they qualify, San Clemente would play in Division 1, San Juan Hills in Division 4.

San Clemente senior running back Austin Whitsett rushed for 172 and two touchdowns on 19 carries. He scored on runs of 73 and 33 yards. The Tritons also got touchdown runs of 3 yards by quarterback Brendan Costello and 66 yards by Sean Turcotte, and a 21-yard field goal by Tristan Trager.

Costello, a junior, completed 16 of 20 passes for 114 yards to eight different receives. Only two of his completions were for more than 9 yards.

San Juan Hills senior quarterback Matt Rodriguez threw two touchdown passes.

Whitsett scored on his 73-yard run on the game’s third play from scrimmage for a 7-0 lead for the Tritons.

San Juan Hills’ first drive yielded their first touchdown. They maneuvered 80 yards on 13 plays, with Rodriguez passing to receiver Travis Lau for a 9-yard touchdown. The extra-point kick was no good and San Clemente had a 7-6 lead.

San Clemente used up all of the final 10:32 of the second quarter on one drive. The Tritons, starting from their 20-yard line, used 18 plays to arrive at a first down at the San Juan Hills 5-yard line. A pass and two running plays got only two yards, so San Clemente had to settle for Tristan Trager’s 21-yard field goal as the first half expired for a 10-6 lead.

The Tritons made it 17-6 on Costello’s touchdown run, pushed the lead to 24-6 on Whitsett’s 33-yard touchdown, and put the game away, 31-6, on Turcotte’s touchdown.

San Juan Hills was without several starters because of a series of injuries, of which Stallions coach Aaron Flowers said, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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