PREVIEW: #25 San Clemente at #13 Tesoro

San Clemente Triton football

With league openers on the horizon next week, #14 Tesoro (4-1) and #25 San Clemente (4-1) will both get a good indication of where they both stand when they square-off in Las Flores Friday night.

San Clemente has won four straight after losing its opener to San Juan Hills, currently ranked #22 in the High School Football America/SoCal Top 25.  Tesoro’s only loss was to nationally-ranked Mater Dei.

Related: High School Football America National Top 25

Related: High School Football America/SoCal Top 25

Tesoro football

Tesoro is 4-1 and ranked #14 in the latest High School Football America/SoCal Top 25.

Tesoro is led by Arizona-bound quarterback Devon Modster, who has completed 67.7% of his passes.  The dual threat QB has completed 107-of-158 passes for 1,455 yards and nine touchdowns.  Modster has also rushed for 112 yards and eight TDs.

Anthony Battista is the Titans leading ball carrier with 124 yards with two touchdowns.

Carter Jaenichen has been Modster’s favorite target with 31 catches with four touchdowns.  He’s averaging 12.1 yards per catch.

Jack Sears, who had the tough task for taking-over for Sam Darnold (now at USC) as the Tritons’ QB, has already thrown for 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions.  He’s completed 64-of-91 (70.7%) for 949 yards.  Sears is also the team’s second leading rusher with with 327 yards and five touchdowns.  He’s averaging 8.8 yard per carry.

San Clemente’s ground game has been averaging 231 yards a game with Vlad Dzhabiyev leading the way with 396 yards and three touchdowns.  He’s averaging 11.3 yards per carry.  Also averaging double-digits per carry is sophomore Austin Whitsett, who’s gained 222 yards on an 11.7 yards per touch.

The teams are also battling with their fellow students and fans in a sock drive called “Socks for Heroes” with a goal of collecting 10,000 pairs of brown or black cotton socks that will be donated to the U.S. Military in memory of former Tesoro student Donald Hogan, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.  Donald and his family were also residents of San Clemente.

Related: Tesoro and San Clemente hold sock drive

Tesoro leads the all-time series 8-4.

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