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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