The defensive coordinators for Tesoro and San Clemente might not be getting a whole lot of sleep this week in preparation for Thursday's game at San Clemente. Dealing with the quarterbacks is the problem.
"I think this game has two of the best quarterbacks in Orange County, if not Southern California," Tesoro Coach Matt Poston said.
San Clemente (5-0) relies on Sam Darnold, a USC commit.
"He's special," Poston said. "You got a quarterbacks who's 6-5, 215 pounds. He's got a rocket for an arm. When he gets into a scrambling situation, he keeps his eyes down field. One of the keys is to contain him."
Tesoro (4-1) has junior Devon Modster, who has a scholarship offer from Arizona. He's almost a carbon copy of Darnold in being able to run and pass.
"One thing we feel good about is our defense has been playing against a quarterback like Darnold," Poston said. "It's not going to be a foreign concept. They're very similar."
Tesoro has been playing in so many big games the players probably think they're in the Trinity League. There have been few breaks since starting the season with a loss to La Miraada. The Titans then knocked off Chaparral, Upland, West Covina and ended Corona del Mar's 30-game win streak last week. After San Clemente, there's rivals El Toro and Mission Viejo ahead.
Tesoro is in the new West Valley Division this season, so competing for a section title is very possible. Ditto for San Clemente, which is in the Southwest Division.