Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CIF has pushed back the California high school football season to January. Most sections are now scheduled to start practice in December and play games starting in early January.
As teams across the state finalize their 2020-21 football schedules, SBLive will take a closer look at the schedules and best matchups for California’s top programs.
Here’s an inside look at San Clemente’s 2021 schedule:
- Week 1 – Away vs. Torrey Pines – 1/8
- Week 2 – Away vs. La Costa Canyon – 1/15
- Week 3 – Home vs. Corona Del Mar – 1/22
- Week 4 – Away vs. Edison – 1/29
- Week 5 – Home vs. Murrieta Valley – 2/5
- Week 6 – Home vs. Loyola – 2/12
- Week 7 – Home vs. Westlake – 2/19
- Week 8 – Away vs. Tesoro – 2/26
- Week 9 – Away vs. San Juan Hills– 3/5
- Week 10 – Home vs. Mission Viejo – 3/12
2019 RECORD: 0-13. San Clemente dealt with the extremely unfortunate fate of having to forfeit all of their games a year ago after the CIF found evidence that the Tritons fielded an ineligible player. San Clemente had won two Division 2 Southern Section playoff games before the decision came down that ended their season. They were 10-2 at that point.
2021 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS: This is a tough schedule. Both Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon should be top ten teams in San Diego. Corona Del Mar against San Clemente should be a very competitive game. The same can be said of the Tritons’ other non-league contests against Edison, Murrieta Valley, Loyola and Westlake. There are no gimmes there.
In the South Coast League, games against San Juan Hills and Mission Viejo will challenge San Clemente too.
The Tritons have a very talented senior class led by two-way standouts Cole Batson (Boston College commit) and Bentley Redden (BYU commit) as well as star running back James Bohls (Arizona commit). If these three play, San Clemente will be very dangerous.
2022 quarterback Lachlan Rosmalen transferred in from St. John Bosco this offseason. He should take over for Nick Billoups, who had a great 2019 before the Tritons’ season came to an abrupt end. To state the obvious, Rosmalen’s performance under center will have a big impact on San Clemente football’s season.
CAN’T MISS CONTESTS: Week 3 vs. Corona Del Mar and Week 9 at San Juan Hills.
Where will San Clemente rank in the Orange County high school football hierarchy this year? Mission Viejo will be one. Who comes next? The results of the two games listed above will answer that question.
TRAP GAME: Week 7 vs. Westlake
Quarterback Jaden Jones has transferred from Oxnard to Westlake. He’ll be tough to contain. Texas A&M commit Victory Vaka, a defensive lineman, will be playing his senior year for the Warriors, he announced after initially saying he wouldn’t. Those are two big time football players.
Westlake may have gone 2-9 a year ago, but they were competitive in many of those defeats while playing one of the toughest schedules in the region. This won’t be a cakewalk for San Clemente.