By Steve Breazeale
The San Clemente football team will play host to La Costa Canyon tonight. The Tritons (2-1) are coming off a loss to Dana Hills. In the second quarter against the Dolphins, quarterback Sam Darnold fractured his foot, likely sidelining him for the season. Senior Loren Applegate will start under center for the Tritons.
Location: San Clemente High
Time: 7 p.m.
La Costa Canyon Coach: Scott Sovacool
2012-2013 record: 7-4 (3-1 league)
2012 vs. SC: Loss, 21-10
La Costa Canyon has been a mainstay on the Tritons preseason roster for the past three years and for good reason. The Mavericks have proven to be a tough preseason opponent out of the San Diego Section and have earned a berth in the CIF playoffs in each of the past nine seasons. San Clemente has gotten the better of the team from the south in their past three meetings.
The Mavericks enter the game with a 1-1 record and are coming off a 17-7 loss to Poway.
La Costa Canyon did their damage on the ground last year, racking up 2,134 total rushing yards. Departed senior Deon Dickey provided 1,267 of those yards and will not be a factor this time around. Senior Jake Mann figures to replace Dickey as the go-to running back.