(CBS) RAHSHAUN HAYLOCK — Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow was at Orange Coast College Friday night. We can only assume he was there to see San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson, who is a Utah commit.
Chow saw Wilson. He also saw the Christian Tober Show.
The senior wide receiver/defensive back showed why he is one of the most explosive playmakers in South Orange County in the Tritons 51-16 win over South Coast League rival Tesoro (8-5) to advance to their first CIF Final since 1979.
The senior had two touchdown receptions, and a touchdown return on a free kick.
“He’s been lights out all year,” said San Clemente interim head coach Jon Hamro.
The Tritons (12-1) scored twice on screen passes. The first time it was Wilson finding Tober and he took it 80 yards to put San Clemente up 7-0.
Football isn’t known as a game of runs, but the Tritons certainly had theirs on Friday night. They started the game scoring 14 straight points.
Facing a 14-0 deficit, Syd Reynolds returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for Tesoro to cut the San Clemente lead in half.
But that’s when Tober and company answered with a string of 23 straight points to end the first half.
On the Tritons’ ensuing possession, Tober caught a pass from Wilson up the sideline that went 73 yards to put San Clemente up 21-7.
After the Tritons forced a safety to go up 30-7, Tober then returned the free kick 75 yards for a touchdown.
“I caught the ball and our special teams blocked perfectly. It was wide open in the middle. You could have drove a truck through that thing,” said Tober.
San Clemente led 37-7 at the half and never looked back.
The Tritons advance to the PAC-5 Championship against Santa Margarita (11-2) next Saturday at Angel Stadium.
There was a scary moment in the third quarter when backup linebacker Brian Knauf went down with a shoulder injury after hitting a teammate.
Knauf was taken away in an ambulance. He did have a tingling sensation in his shoulder coaches said.
“It was all precautionary. I think he’ll be fine,” said Hamro.