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San Clemente dominates Sunny Hills, 52-0

STAFF WRITER

SAN CLEMENTE – The wing-T offense isn’t common among South Orange County football teams, so San Clemente coach Jaime Ortiz understood that it might take his defense a series or two to adjust to Sunny Hills’ offensive style.

Once the Tritons figured it out, it was smooth sailing. Andrew Frohner hauled in two interceptions to lead the defense and the offense did its part in a 52-0 home win in the first round of the CIF-SS Southwest Division playoffs on Friday night.

San Clemente will be at Sonora in the second round. Sonora beat Tustin, 42-14.

“We had to put in a new defensive front to handle their wing-T,” Frohner said. “I thought we handled it well, though it took us a while to get going.”

Sunny Hills (5-6) took the opening drive to the Tritons’ 32-yard line before Frohner intercepted a pass by Malcolm Dixon and returned it to the Lancers’ 8-yard line. Two plays later, Jack Sears connected with Cole Fotheringham to open the scoring.

Sears completed 15 of 18 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to Fotheringham. Austin Whitsett added touchdown runs of 19 and 3 yards, while Vlad Dzhabiyev added a TD and 35 yards on six rushes.

The Lancers reached the San Clemente 16-yard line on their second possession, but turned the ball over on downs. San Clemente (9-2) prevented Sunny Hills from getting past midfield until the final drive of the game.

“It took a series or two, but the kids got a turnover and they executed,” Ortiz said. “They were disciplined, that‘s the most important part. Sonora will be a good test. We’ll have our hands full next week.”

Brandon Castelo gained 104 yards on 20 carries for the Lancers.David Cabral added 15 rushes for 64 yards.

Contact the writer: npercy@ocregister.com


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