San Clemente Times
The San Clemente High School football team continued its historic march through the postseason by defeating Edison 39-35 in the CIF State Division 1-A Southern Regional on Dec. 10.
The win earned the Tritons (12-3) a berth in next Saturday’s CIF State Division 1-A Championship game. The Tritons will play Del Oro, which defeated Bakersfield 57-16 in the north regional.
The Chargers and the Tritons went toe-to-toe at Hungtinton Beach High Saturday night, and both teams went the distance. But in the end, it was the Tritons who were able to secure the win following a one-yard touchdown run by Brandon Reaves that made it final at 39-35.
San Clemente led early, taking a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. But Edison, led by quarterback Griffin O’Connor, responded with a flurry on offense before the end of the first half. O’Connor ran in a short touchdown late in the second quarter to put Edison up 21-17.
Both offenses were firing on all cylinders in the second half.
San Clemente quarterback Jack Sears tossed two touchdowns in the final two quarters, including one to Isaac Rex that allowed San Clemente to re-take the lead at 25-21. The Tritons padded their lead to 32-21 when Sears hit Keith Jones for a seven-yard strike.
Edison responded with a blistering 80-yard catch and run for a score by Shaun Colamonico to trim the San Clemente lead. EJ Ginnis intercepted Sears on the Tritons next drive and returned the pick 100 yards for a touchdown to give the Chargers a 35-32 lead.
Sears passed for 262 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 79 yards.