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Wolfpack ready for semis after running over Breakers

By Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com

Claremont High School’s head varsity football coach Shane Hile ended Friday’s game against Laguna Beach with a huge grin on his face as he told his team, “I’ll see you next week for practice,” after the Wolfpack brushed off the Laguna Beach Breakers, 38-7, during the second round of the CIF playoffs.

Claremont’s offense had a solid ground game, in front of the home crowd efficiently moving the ball all four quarters picking up over 200 yards and rushing for four touchdowns. The defense wasn’t too shabby either, only allowing Laguna one solid, scoring drive on their first possession the third quarter. After that the Wolfpack stopped the Breakers quick rush offense passing to their tight ends in the flats.

“They’re very cerebral. They listen, they’re well coached. They’re just doing a great job, they’re executing [plays]. Coach Hile said of his defense. “Coach Hile Jr. is doing a great job with his lesson plans and studying film, I think sometimes he knows what the offensive coordinator is going to call before they do and just all around, everyone’s doing a great job.”

With the win Claremont advances to the semifinals of the CIF tournament against St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, next Friday in San Juan Capistrano. With the two playoff wins Claremont now has a 7-5 record. St. Margaret’s beat San Dimas on Friday, 38-28, and have 9-4 record.

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