Trabuco Hills erases two-TD deficit to beat San Clemente
SAN CLEMENTE - After trailing by 14 points halfway through the second quarter, No. 14 Trabuco Hills’ playoff hopes were looking bleak. But the Mustangs came roaring back, scoring a late second-quarter touchdown and rallying to beat No. 10 San Clemente, 21-14, Friday night.
In the South Coast finale for both teams, the Tritons (5-5, 1-3) pounded the ball down the throats of the Mustangs (5-5, 1-3) early in the game. Senior running back Landon Cook scored from a yard out, then caught a 10-yard touchdown pass to put the Tritons ahead 14-0.
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The Mustangs scored late in the first half after the Tritons committed a pass-interference penalty. Quarterback Nathan Perry found Alex Staff wide open in the middle of the field for a 19-yard TD with 5 seconds left to make the score 14-7.
In the fourth, Perry scored on a broken play from 20 yards on a third-and-goal to tie the score.
The Tritons were driving but fumbled the ball after a completion took them to the Mustangs’ 16. The Mustangs recovered.
Perry drove his team down the field with completions and also used his feet, and JT Land punched the ball in with 19 seconds left for the Mustangs’ first lead of the game.
Both coaches said their teams will be applying for CIF playoff consideration. Mustangs Coach Scott Orloff believes his team will make it.
“We had the fifth-hardest schedule in the Pac 5, and I have no doubt in my mind we will make CIF.”