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By Zach Cavanagh

It was a different opponent, different location and different day than the San Clemente football team was originally supposed to play last week, but the Tritons got the job done all the same.

Senior quarterback Lachlan Van Rosmalen threw two touchdowns and Blake Allen ran for more than 100 yards as San Clemente went on the road to defeat San Jacinto, 15-13, on Saturday, Aug. 28.

San Clemente (2-0) was originally scheduled to play at Torrey Pines on Friday, Aug. 27, but Torrey Pines canceled the game earlier in the week due to a positive COVID-19 test in the program. San Jacinto was originally supposed to play Long Beach Wilson on Saturday, but Wilson also had a positive COVID-19 test in its program. The Tritons and Tigers then scheduled the game on short notice to keep a full season schedule intact.

It was another banner day for Allen, who continues to break out in his junior season. Allen ran for 115 yards on 18 carries and caught four passes for 27 yards.

Van Rosmalen completed 25 of 38 passes for 208 yards with two touchdowns, both caught by junior Thomas Hartanov. Hartanov caught six passes for 71 yards, and junior Reid Kontiranta caught 11 passes for 64 yards.

In what became a tight affair, the defense was again paramount for the Tritons. Junior Brad Gerken led San Clemente with nine total tackles, including eight solo tackles. Junior Reese McDonald again brought the pressure to collect the Tritons’ only sack of the game, and sophomore Drew Shanley grabbed an interception.

San Clemente is next in action at La Costa Canyon in Carlsbad on Friday, Sept. 3, and comes home for Military Appreciation Night and Orange County competition against Corona del Mar on Sept. 10.

Zach Cavanagh

Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a multiple California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. Email at zcavanagh@picketfencemedia.com.

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