Week 1: San Clemente Tritons 35, Oceanside Pirates 13

The scene was set on Parents’ Night at Oceanside High School as the San Clemente Tritons stole a victory against the Oceanside Pirates, 35-13.

The game started as a defensive battle at the end of the 1st quarter it was 0-0.

However, in the second quarter, it was an offensive explosion.

The second play of the second quarter was a 19-yard touchdown run by All-Avocado league running back Kavika Tua for the Pirates.

The answer came later on in the quarter when Nick Billoups scored on a 12-yard read option with a fantastic fake on the defense, leaving him a wide-open lane to the endzone.

San Clemente would tack on another touchdown two minutes later to go up 14-7.

The second half started with trading interceptions by both teams.

At the 4:44 mark in the third quarter, Tua had a spectacular 64-yard touchdown run, running over two triton defenders to make the score 14-13 Tritons. Going into the fourth quarter the score remained 14-13.

The scoring came alive again in the fourth but it was all San Clemente.

First, it was Billoups to Carl Batson on a 49-yard screen pass which made the score 21-13 Tritons.

Later in the fourth, San Clemente drove down for a 1st and goal where Billoups made the read option and kept it for a 10-yard touchdown run untouched.

With Oceanside trying to get back in the game, Carl Batson got on the scoreboard with a 55-yard pick-six to put the final nail in this one.

San Clemente goes to 1-0 and Oceanside falls to 0-1 in this non-conference battle on Parents’ Night.


Oceanside High School is the scene for the Pirates’ nonconference season opener on Parents’ Night against the San Clemente Tritons.

This time last year, the Tritons came away with a 34-19 win over the Pirates. The series between these two teams is led by San Clemente who are 2-1 against the Pirates.

The Tritons (0-0) will look to start the season on the right foot after losing their home playoff game last season.

Jaime Ortiz is returning for his seventh season as the head coach of San Clemente.

The loss of quarterback Brandon Costello means that senior quarterback Drayton Joseph gets his opportunity to lead the Tritons back to the playoffs.

The main player to watch on offense for the Tritons is Preston Rex, who is a BYU commit, and will be all over the field Friday night. Another receiver to watch is Cian Smith who was second-team all-league in the previous season.

The Pirates (0-0) will look to get off to the right start after the bad taste of losing in their quarterfinal playoff game last year in CIF.

David Rodriguez returns for his fifth season as the head coach of the Pirates.

The offense is led by returning All-Avocado league running back Kavika Tua, along with a talented group of receivers with Rich Jamie, Trejan Apodaca and Kiki Laie.

The Pirates get three returning starters on the offensive line to look for in Gabe McMahon, Moises Ross, and Chris Hunter.

On the defensive side, the Pirates have linebackers Isaiah Hernandez and Jalen Ramsey. To go along with the defense is a very talented secondary with Jaylin Moncrief, Tyrell Bellmon and Trejan Apadoca.

Oceanside will look to tie the series against San Clemente this Friday Night at 7 p.m. at Oceanside High School.

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