2021 Triton Football: rough so far

RUNNING BACK Blake Allen scampering up the middle against Oceanside. SC Times

Jack Hagen | Sports Editor

September 23, 2021

This season has not gone quite as planned for the Triton football team so far. After a decisive opening win against Oceanside, beating them 34-0, the team won two very tight games against San Jacinto and La Costa Canyon. Since that third game, however, the Tritons have dropped two in a row without even scoring a touchdown. The first loss, against Corona Del Mar, was a very close game in which the Triton defense prevented scoring, but ultimately lacked support from the offensive side of the ball, losing 7-3. Many would like to forget the game against Edison. The final score ended up at 42-0 as neither the offense of defense could get anything going.

It is uncharacteristic for the Tritons to fail in this manner, as the team has always been strong in non-conference play in the past. It seems that every year, Division I players are produced out of the program. Some of the big names include Travis Wilson, Jack Sears, and current Carolina Panthers’ starting quarterback, Sam Darnold. This year, however, not one player on the team is committed to a college program. However, a select few do have offers or interest to play at the next level. 

While on paper, this team may not appear as talented as years past, they are tough and without a doubt will fight until the end. Promising junior Blake Allen has rushed for over 300 yards so far, with three touchdowns to accompany it. He also leads the team in receiving yards with over 200 yards.

“We’re looking to keep building and getting better every week,” senior linebacker Jack Smith said. “We’re planning on nothing less than a championship.”

Junior linebacker Reese McDonald going in for a tackle. SC Times

It’s going to take everyone working their hardest to make this season a success. Their upcoming game against Murrieta Valley may be the toughest one yet. “Murrieta Valley is a good team and has a lot of good athletes, but we have been preparing all week,” senior defensive end Asher Gardiner said. “We are looking to bounce back with energy and intensity to show out under the lights and represent the city.”

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