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By Victor Carno

The San Clemente football team started out strong against visiting Tesoro Friday, but eventually fell in a 30-14 South Coast League loss.

For a while it looked like the Tritons (2-7, 0-3 league) might pull an upset when they jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. Memories of last year’s come from behind fourth quarter triumph started to creep in. But a quick rally by the Titans (7-2, 3-1) erased any hopes of an upset and handed the Tritons their seventh straight loss.

San Clemente’s opening drive ended in a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Loren Applegate to junior tight end Cole Harlow five minutes into the first quarter. San Clemente followed that touchdown by returning a Tesoro fumble 40 yards for another score, ending the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.

The momentum took a drastic change in the second quarter when Tesoro’s junior offensive lineman, Nick Fehrenbach, opened up big gap in the San Clemente defense, allowing junior running back Jon Rivera to run in Tesoro’s first touchdown.

Tesoro then embarked on their scoring spree, which included three unanswered touchdowns and a field goal.

“Tesoro really got into their groove … “I’m proud of our guys’ effort, we knew that Tesoro was a good team,” San Clemente head coach Jaime Ortiz said.

The Tritons final game of the season, and last chance to pick up a league win, will come at Trabuco Hills on November 8.

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