By Zach Cavanagh

Our City Scoreboard keeps you updated on all of the local San Clemente youth and community team accomplishments and special individual performances of the week. Email zcavanagh@picketfencemedia.com for submission.

Olympica Gymnastics Earns Podium Spots

Olympica Gymnastics’ compulsory gymnasts earned three golds and three bronzes at the Masquerade Mania meet hosted by Precision Gymnastics in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, Sept. 29.

In the 9-10 year old division, Level 5 Kylie Phillips of Laguna Niguel took home first place on vault with a score of 9.525 and tied for third place on bars with Kirra Schmitt of San Clemente, who posted a score of 9.2. Phillips won the all-around title with a score of 36.75.

Level 4 gymnast Reese Larson of Aliso Viejo won first place on vault with a score of 9.225 in the nine year old division.

Level 3 gymnasts also did well on vault. Eight-year-old Ruby Rock of Ladera Ranch placed third with a score of 9.3, and Hannah Dos Santos of San Clemente placed third with a score of 8.475 in the 5-6 year old division.

Darnold Adjusts to Early NFL Tests

The first quarter of Sam Darnold’s rookie NFL season has been a trial by fire.

The San Clemente High School alum threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his very first NFL regular season play. Not good, but with a steady hand and the support of the New York Jets’ defense and special teams, Darnold helmed the team to a Monday Night Football win at Detroit, 48-17.

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, completed 76 percent of his passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. So far, the opener could be called his best game.

San Clemente High School alum Sam Darnold is taking his time adjusting to the pro game in his first four starts. Photo: New York Jets
San Clemente High School alum Sam Darnold is taking his time adjusting to the pro game in his first four starts. Photo: New York Jets

In Week 2’s home opener against Miami, Darnold threw for more yards (334) and completed more passes on more attempts (25 of 41), but the Jets only managed 12 points in a loss, 20-12.

Week 3 presented the Jets’ third game in 11 days with a trip to Cleveland on a Thursday night. Darnold completed 48 percent of his passes and threw for two interceptions and no touchdowns as No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield came in late to rally the Browns to a 19-game winless streak-breaking win, 21-17.

Darnold faced his third road game, of his first four NFL games, against the league’s best passing and total defense in terms of yards at Jacksonville. Darnold threw for a touchdown and no interceptions, but he threw for only 167 yards in a third consecutive loss, 31-12.

Darnold will now look to get some home comfort with three straight Sunday afternoon games at MetLife Stadium against the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings. The Broncos are ranked No. 17 in total defense, the Colts No. 18 and the Vikings are No. 21.

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