Cougars claw Burlingame Panthers 38-20

For the second time this season, the Half Moon Bay Cougars faced off against the Burlingame Panthers.  Yet again, the Cougars beat the Panthers 38-20 in a hard fought game to advance to the CCS Division III Semi-Finals.

The Panthers brought their bruising rushing attack (222 yards for HMB, and 224 yards for Burlingame), but the Cougar defense bent but did not break, and the offense kept pace on the ground and relied on the precision passing attack to keep momentum going.

#8 Gavin Tomberlin had one of his best games of the year, which helped make the difference for the Cougars. Completing 72% of his passes for 178 yards, he tossed 3 touchdowns, one each to #27 Hayden Von Almen, #11 Dylan Williams, and #26 Jake Quosig. In addition, Gavin rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries, with a 37 yard carry that lead to a rushing TD by #9 Dom Padua.

#21 Chase Hofmann was the bruiser for the game, rushing for 65 yards and 1 TD, mostly right up the middle, thanks to the heavy blocking by #53 Ricky Camacho #57 Arron Baird #52 Zach Henry, #56 Gerardo Penaloza, and #58 Kellan Royce.

Defensively, the Cougars had their work cut out for them. The Panthers rely heavily on their running game, with 2 running backs that are fantastic and have a great downfield running style that is hard to stop. However, when they needed a stop, the Cougar defense came through. #12 Tristan Hofmann lead the team with 7 total tackles and 2 sacks while flying around the field laying out some fantastic hits on the Panthers. #58 Kellen Royce had 8 total tackles and 1 sack, and was consistently getting pressure up the middle to stifle the Panther running game.

Even with the Panthers coming out in the 2nd half with a 60 yard touchdown run on the first play of the game, and then scoring again on their next drive to make the score 21-20, the Cougars continued to play their smash mouth style of football and rolled up 2 more touchdowns, plus a field goal from #11 Dylan Williams, giving the Cougars a solid 2nd victory against Burlingame for the year, and moving on to their next CCS game.


Here is the game video recap: http://www.hudl.com/v/28LcVW


The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:

Offense:  #8 Senior QB- Gavin Tomberlin
Defense: #58 Junior DL- Kellan Royce
ST: #21 Senior Kick Blocker- Chase Hofmann
Scout: #2 Freshman Slot/DB- Connor Quosig
 
This week’s Community Cougar is a regular in our Community Cougar rotation, Becky Ruppel.  Becky is one of the team photographers who takes amazing photos of our players. Becky supports HMB Football as well as many other community organizations and events in our community.  Thank you Becky for your loyalty to our players, high school and town.

Next up for the Cougars is their 2nd round CCS game against the Live Oak Acorns from Morgan Hill. Live Oak beat Sacred Heart Cathedral 28-21, and will come to HMB for the game with a record of 7-4 on the year. The game will kick off at 7PM on Friday November 24th. Go Cougars!

COUGARS DROWN SACRED HEART GATORS 40-26

With a perfect 10-0 regular season record on the line, along with facing an opponent that was fighting for their inclusion in CCS, the Half Moon Bay Cougars overcame a slow start and beat the Sacred Heart Prep Gators by a score of 40-26.

The game was originally scheduled for mid-October, but because of the poor air quality stemming from the devastating fires in Santa Rosa, all high school games were postponed till this week. This was also the first day game for the Cougars this year, which seemed to set the team in slow mode as the game kicked off.

The Gators took the opening kickoff, and then proceeded to march 80 yards down the field in 12 plays, capping the drive with a 38 yard touchdown pass. Even with #21 Chase Hofmann laying out and blocking the extra point kick, the Cougars could not get anything going, with a score of 6-0 heading into the 2nd quarter.

However, the Cougars finally got some momentum going when the Gators fumbled a punt return, and #12 Tristan Hofmann fell on it to give the Cougars a second chance on the possession and great field position. 3 plays later, Chase Hofmann pushed his way in from 1 yard out to put the Cougars on the scoreboard.

The Gators were completely selling out to stop the Cougar’s rushing attack, which meant that #8 Gavin Tomberlin would be leaned on to get the ball down the field. On the next possession, #11 Dylan Williams had single coverage, running a sprint pattern to the end-zone, where a perfectly placed pass by Tomberlin hit him for a 23 yard touchdown catch. In all, #8 Gavin Tomberlin had 3 touchdown passes on the day, including 2 more to #27 Hayden Von Almen, and has a 74% completion ratio with 199 yards of passing.

One of the key players of the game was #26 Jake Quosig, who not only had 90 yards of total offense (71 yards receiving plus 19 yards of rushing), but had some fantastic tackles (ending up with 5 total on the day) during the game which stopped Sacred Heart Prep during some key drives. #15 Johnny Carrillo stepped in as the dive back for the game, carrying most of the running load on the day with 13 carries for 41 yards, taking some serious hits from the Gator defense but continuing to push forward every play.

One of the most overlooked parts of a game is the kicking game. The Cougars have one, if not the best, kickers in the nation in #11 Dylan Williams. Field position is one of the critical aspects of a game, and with Dylan consistently setting up teams at their own 20 to start drives with his booming kickoffs, opponents have that much more work to score. He also had two field goals on the day, giving him 8 on the year.

As the 2nd half went on, the Gators kept clawing back trying to match the pace of Half Moon Bay, but could not. In addition to Hayden Von Almen’s second TD catch, the Cougars recovered an onside kick and then drove 40 yards down the field, finishing with a 2 yard TD run by Chase Hofmann. Sacred Heart Prep kept relying on their passing game, but once again, #13 Sean Fitzgerald intercepted a pass with a dazzling display of athleticism. You’d think by now teams would not throw at him late in the game, but Sean got his 5th interception on the year and ending the Gator’s chance to score, setting the final score at 40-26.

Here is this week’s game video recap: http://www.hudl.com/v/28JKL2

The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:

Offense: #8 Senior QB- Gavin Tomberlin
Defense: #21 Senior DB - Chase Hofmann and #9 Senior DB- Dom Padua
ST: #11 Senior Kicker/Punter/Return Man- Dylan Williams
Scout: #26 Senior Slot and DB- Jake Quosig

COUGARS SKIN TERRA NOVA TIGERS 45-7

What was supposed to be a dreary, wet, slugfest of a game turned into a ripping victory against a supremely talented archrival on their home turf. Even with a perfect 8-0 record, having beat teams soundly that were heavily favored to win, the Half Moon Bay Cougars came into the annual Skull Game versus Terra Nova understanding that in a rivalry game, favorites and underdogs do not matter. In the end, the Cougars scorched the Tigers for over 300 yards of offense, winning 45-7. This was the first time Half Moon Bay has beat Terra Nova in Pacifica this century, and with the win the Cougars locked in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division Championship.

The game started off looking to be evenly matched. Terra Nova has a strong passing offense, and with the absence of the expected rain, it seemed as though they would be ready to capitalize on that. The Cougars had first possession, and methodically ran the ball down the field, capping off the drive with a 1 yard TD run by Chase Hofmann. On Terra Nova’s first possession, they seemed to have a solid game plan in place...till #15 Jonathan Carrillo blitzed and sacked their QB ending their initial drive. However, two possessions later, the Tigers did score on a 8 yard passing play, tying the game at 7-7.

However, that was the last time Terra Nova was in the game, because at this point, the Cougars took off and never looked back. In the 2nd quarter, HMB scored twice more, once on another rush from Chase Hofmann, and a spot on corner end-zone pass from #8 Gavin Tomberlin to #11 Dylan Willams.

Keeping the momentum going in the 2nd half, the Cougars scored on their first drive, with #26 Jake Quosig running in from 3 yards out. #21 Chase Hofmann scored again on a 10 yard run, and then Dylan Williams hit a 33 yard field goal. By this time, HMB was easily in control of the game. Turning to their Jumbo package, #12 Tristan Hofmann entered the game to grind out the clock. Taking the pitch, Tristan drove into the middle of the line, but then squirted out the side to the surprise of everyone, and ran 45 yards for a touchdown to cap the score at 45-7.

Defensively, the Cougars kept strong pressure on the Tigers all game. In addition to holding the Tiger offense to only 130 yards passing, they also kept the rushing game to -2 yards, and kept them to only 36% 3rd down conversion. Leading the team in tackles was #13 Sean Fitzgerald, who had 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, and successfully covered the single receiver side player all game with blanketing coverage. Along with the sack early in the game by Carrillo, #68 Bobby Lester and #58 Kellan Royce had key sacks as well.

One of the critical battles on the line was between #50 JoJo Weinberger and the Terra Nova Left Tackle. One of the keys to the game was stopping the explosive Tiger passing attack. Being outweighed by at least 100 lbs, JoJo was consistently held on almost every pass play. During halftime, the coaches adapted the defensive strategy, and coming into the 3rd quarter JoJo adjusted his pass rush. Using a solid spin move, JoJo was able to get to the QB for his first sack, and then was able to get there again the next series, knocking the ball loose which #15 Jonathan Carrillo recovered.
 
Here is the game recap video: http://www.hudl.com/v/28FS5D

The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:

Offense:  #26 Slot- Jake Quosig
Defense: The entire defense
ST: #11 Kicker, Punter, Return Man- Dylan Williams
Scout: #62 OL/DL- Dillon Prosser

The JV Cougars lost a very inspired football game to the Terra Nova JV. Missing key players on both sides of the ball, young guys stepped up and gave a valiant effort in the physical game. Slot back, Connor Quosig, had a huge day on the ground, scoring both touchdowns in the 12-21 game. Praises go out to the Cougars offensive and defensive lines that dominated the game. Unfortunately, the Cougars struggled to match the big plays from the Tigers down the stretch.

This week’s Community Cougar is John Nazar.  Mr. Nazar is one of our greatest supporters.  His enthusiasm for our football program is unparalleled.  Mr. Nazar never fails to offer words of encouragement and kindness to everyone involved in our football program.  Thank you Mr. Nazar not only for what you do for Cougar Football, but also for what you do for Half Moon Bay High School and this community.   

Next up for the Cougars is the the rescheduled game against Sacred Heart Prep. The game was originally planned for October 14th, but due to the poor air quality from the devastating fires in Marin County, all games were canceled. The game will be in Atherton at Sacred Heart Prep, with JV playing on Thursday November 9th at 2:45 PM, and Varsity playing on Friday November 10th at 2:45 PM. Go Cougars!

Cougars disarm aragon dons 21-14

The match was set, two undefeated teams, looking to exit the game with a perfect record and continue to be the dominant force in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division. As the 4th quarter ended, the Half Moon Bay Cougars sat victorious against the Aragon Dons, playing a hard fought game to a 21-14 victory.

On the 2nd play of the game, #21 Chase Hofmann took the ball and raced 90 yards for a Cougar touchdown. The Dons came back to tie up the game 7-7 with a 3 yard rushing touchdown. However, the Cougars came back on the next possession, scoring a touchdown on a 35 yard pass from #8 QB Gavin Tomberlin to #11 Dylan Williams, that was set up with a 36 yard kickoff return by #12 Tristan Hofmann. From there, Half Moon Bay never looked back. In the 3rd quarter, the Cougars went up 21-7 with another touchdown pass from QB Gavin Tomberlin to #27 Hayden Von Almen. The Dons made several attempts to tie the game up, getting one more score in the 4th quarter, but the Cougars kept fighting and held onto the victory.

It was a evenly-matched game, with both teams gaining equal yardage on the ground, but it was the Cougar defense that dug deep in the 2nd half. The Dons unleashed a punishing rushing attack, but each time the defense, led by #58 Kellen Royce (9 total tackles, 1 TFL), and #12 Tristan Hofmann (9 total tackles), along with the rest of the front 7, stepped up and made stops when they needed them. The Dons had one more possession at the end of the game, but thanks to pressure from #50 JoJo Weinberger, the pass was thrown short, allowing #13 Sean Fitzgerald to intercept the pass and put the game away.

The Half Moon Bay Cougars are now 8-0 on the season, and lead the Bay Division.

Here is the game recap video: http://www.hudl.com/v/28C7ni


The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:

Offense:  #8 QB- Gavin Tomberlin and #21 RB- Chase Hofmann
Defense: #50 DE- Jojo Weinberger and #57 DE- Arron Baird
ST: #52 Short and Long Snapper- Zach Henry
Scout: #55 Gibran Cahuantzi

The JV Cougars won their 2nd league game defeating the Aragon Dons 29-6. Running back, Blake Schmieder started the scoring for the Cougars with the rushing score. Quarterback,Cade Duncan, ran one in and then connected with wide receiver, Nohea Sharp, on the long reception for a score. Slot back, Luke James, rounded out the scoring for the Cougars with the rushing touchdown. It was a nice day for the Cougar offense, but the game was won by a dominating performance by the defense. Cade Duncan, playing linebacker on the other side of the ball, had a fumble recovery, taking the ball right out of the ball carrier's hands. Cornerback, Tanner Bye, also had a pick on the day. 


This week’s Community Cougar is the entire Seaton Family.  Many of the Seaton Family are alumni of Half Moon Bay High School.  When they played here, they symbolized what it means to play Cougar Football.  They were often not the biggest, fastest, or strongest, but they did play with the most heart and that was enough. Audrey was a team mom for many years.  Currently, the Seatons continue to support our program in many ways including working the chains for all the varsity home games.    

Next up for the Cougars is the annual Skull Game against rival Terra Nova on Friday, November 3rd. The Tigers are 4-3 on the season, but are in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. However, with rivalry games, this will be a tough and exciting game. The games will be at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica on Friday November 3, with the JV team starting at 5PM, and Varsity kicking off at 7:30PM. Go Cougars!

COUGARS TRAP MENLO-ATHERTON BEARS 28-10

Facing both a challenging and emotional night, the team overcame delays, obstacles, and competition in the way only a 2-time defending CCS championship team can, defeating the extremely talented Menlo-Atherton Bears 28-10.
 
There is no doubt this is one of the all-time victories for the team. The Cougars were coming off an unexpected bye week, where the Sacred Heart Prep game was rescheduled last weekend due to the unhealthy air quality stemming from the fires in the North Bay.  The Cougars also had to deal with the emotions of the Seniors having family and loved ones on the field for their final homecoming game.  Plus the Cougars were  facing a team that has seven players heading to Div. 1 schools next year.  Yet, the Cougars remain unbeaten on the year, and are now ranked as one of the top teams in Bay Area high schools.

The game started off on the rough side, with HMB losing two fumbles in the opening quarter. However, Menlo-Atherton was not able to capitalize on those turnovers due to  a swarming defense all night. Setting the tone early, and one of the biggest plays of the game, was an interception by #13 Sean Fitzgerald. Intercepting a deep pass near the end-zone, Sean out leaped the Menlo-Atherton receiver and came down with the ball.

The Cougars finally got on the board with a 32 yard FG from #11 Dylan Williams. In addition to getting the first score of the game, Dylan also kicked a 49 yard FG (for a school record), took a kickoff return 75 yards,  and on a crucial 4th down rushed on a reverse for 31 yards to put the Cougars in position for Chase Hofmann to score on a 4 yard rush to put the game away.

Another exciting score was set up by a fumble recovery by #13 Sean Fitzgerald, who fell on the ball when Menlo-Atherton fumbled a punt. Chase Hofmann had an 18 yard rushing TD, followed up by a 2-point conversion by #8 Gavin Tomberlin.

The offense had 248 total yards on offense, and was a perfect 4 for 4 on fourth down conversions, which was critical in keeping the ball out of MA’s hands.

Over on the defensive side of the ball, Half Moon Bay was ready for the very odd offensive scheme that Menlo-Atherton runs. Beyond the turnovers that #13 Sean Fitzgerald had, great efforts by #26 Jake Quosig (5 Tackles, 1 Sack), #15 Johnny Carrillo (5 Tackles, 4 Assists, and just generally all around the ball all game), and #12 Tristan Hofmann (5 Tackles, 1 Sack, and 1 Fumble Recovery), kept the Bears wondering how to move the ball all game.

Even when the Bears began to get momentum, great plays by #58 Kelan Royce (2 Tackles, and a great spin move to get a sack), along with pressure and containment off the edge from #50 JoJo Weinberger and #57 Arron Baird kept Menlo Atherton out of the endzone for the majority of the game.

See the game recap video here: http://www.hudl.com/v/289AHA

The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
 
Offense:  The Offensive Line (#53 Ricky Camacho, #56 Gerardo Penaloza, #52 Zach Henry, #58 Kellan Royce, #57 Arron Baird, #27 Hayden Von Almen, and #12 Tristan Hofmann)
Defense: The Entire Defense
ST: #11 Kicker/Return Man- Dylan Williams, #15 Kick Off Cover Man- Jonathan Carrillo
Scout: #39 Joe Lemos

The JV Cougars suffered their first league loss to a very good, undefeated Menlo-Atherton team. There was not many bright spots in the 53-0 loss. The young Cougars will use this game as a learning experience and hope to bounce back against the Aragon Dons this Friday.

This week’s Community Cougar is Jake Ward.  Jake played for the Cougars in the late 80s and graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1990.  After graduating from University of Oregon, Jake taught for some time at the high school in the early 2000s and has just recently returned as a substitute.  Jake has been subbing in the library and has gotten the opportunity to offer words of encouragement and support to our players. If you can spot Jake on game day, you’d know he is our most animated fan.    

Next week the undefeated Cougars take on the Aragon Dons in San Mateo. Both teams are 7-0 on the season, so this will be the next big test for the Cougars. JV starts at 5:00PM, and Varsity kicking off at 7:30PM. Go Cougars!
 

COUGARS MAUL BURLINGAME PANTHERS 39-15

Facing the first league challenge of the year, the Half Moon Bay Cougars were victorious against Burlingame High School with a score of 39-15. 

Getting the game started was #21 Chase Hofmann, who rumbled in and over a Burlingame defender for an 8 yard TD run. QB Gavin Tomberlin scored a 2 point conversion with a quick rush into the endzone. Gavin then had the next score in the game, taking an option play 2 yards for the score. Chase Hofmann scored three more 1 yard rushing TDs during the game, with Dylan Williams hitting a 46 yard field goal.

Overall, QB Gavin Tomberlin was 10 for 16 on the night for 104 yards, along with rushing for 21 yards. The receiving corps had four equally solid performances from Jake Quosig, Hayden Von Almen, Dan Padua, and Dylan Williams. Each had 20+ yards receiving, with Jake Quosig having the longest reception of the game at 29 yards.Chase Hofmann ended up with 90 yards rushing along with his 4 TDs, and Jake Quosig earned 21 yards on the ground as well. As the game entered the 4th quarter, Ronan Spigelman came into the game to hit on 3 dive plays to help put the Panthers away.

The Panthers did have 2 breakout touchdowns during the game; an 80 yard run and a 66 yard pass. The score at one point in the 2nd quarter was 18-15, but the Cougars stuck to their tried and true game plan and simply wore out the Panther defense. 

On the defensive side of the ball, #12 Tristan Hofmann was a machine, flying all over the field for 8 tackles, 1 assist, and 1 sack, which was a massive hit on the Burlingame QB who tried to scramble out of the pocket. #15 Jonathan Carrillo also had a fantastic game, getting a critical sack and also recovering a fumble. Also having a great play on the game was #13 Sean Fitzgerald. Burlingame tried a fake punt early in the game, but Sean was ready, intercepting the pass and returning it 55 yards, which led to the first score of the game.

Here is the link to Hudl Recap:  http://www.hudl.com/v/283BMN

This week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:

Offense: #21 Senior Running Back- Chase Hofmann
Deffense: #12 Freshman Linebacker- Tristan Hofmann and #13 Senior Corner- Sean Fitzgerald
Special Teams:  #11 Senior Kicker- Dylan Williams
Scout: #8 Senior QB- GavinTomberlin
The JV Cougars got off to a great start in league with a 22-12 victory over the Panthers of Burlingame. Running back, Blake Schmieder started the scoring with a touchdown run. Slot back, Connor Quosig, added two more touchdowns to his season total. The Cougars elected to go for a 2-point coversion and were successful with a little trickery. Cade Duncan threw quick pass to Connor Quosig, who then pitched the ball to kicker, Oz Monroy, on a hook-and-ladder to complete the conversion. Monroy converted on both of his point-after attempts as well. Although, the offense was great, the game was won by the team effort of the Cougar defense. Lineman, Atticus Hart, forced a fumble that was recovered by Schmieder on kick-off coverage that helped swing the momentum towards HMB early in the game and the Cougars never looked back.

The Cougars have selected Robin and Lois Baird as this week's Community Cougars. Robin graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1958. Lodie was a sophomore at HMBHS the first year the school moved to its current location on the hill. She served as the homecoming queen and graduated in 1965.  Lodie's father Bob Peterson served as a member of the CUSD Board. Their sons are both HMBHS graduates.  Matt graduated in 1998 and David graduated in 1989. They are the grandparents of alumni, Sean Baird (2017) and senior Arron Baird. Their grandchildren are 4th generation HMBHS graduates. Robin and Lodie host HMBHS class reunions and Taco Night for the football players. They never miss a football game! 

Coming up next for the Cougars will be facing Sacred Heart Prep. This will be a Saturday game at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton. The Gators are 1-5 on the year, but will put up a great fight against the Cougars. JV kicks off at 11AM, with Varsity being rescheduled to 2:30 PM. Go Cougars!

cougars sink vikings 62-0

Rarely do you see a football team score over 60 points without gaining over 500 yards in offense, but the Half Moon Bay football team did just that against Mills on Friday, Sept. 22nd, 2017.

Facing a determined but undermatched Mills High School football team, the Cougars came right out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Starting with the opening kickoff, Dylan Williams took the ball at the 9 yard line and proceeded to weave through the crowd for a 91 yard touchdown return. But that wasn’t all Dylan accomplished that night, because in addition to that TD, he had 2 punt return TDs as well, racking up 229 return yards In addition to his normal kick off duties, where he had 7 touchbacks. He also was a perfect 8 for 8 on extra point kicks. Even on one of his kickoffs where he didn’t blast the ball into the endzone, Dylan de-cleated the runner with a great tackle.

In addition to #11’s herculean efforts on the night, the Cougar football team had several outstanding efforts from key individual players. With only 75 total plays in the game due to a running clock starting in the 2nd quarter, QB Gavin Tomberlin made the most of the short game, throwing 2 passes for 61 yards, but also rushing once for a touchdown. The most exciting play for Gavin was the throwback TD reception he had, where he pitched the ball to #12 Tristan Hofmann, who sprinted right and then threw back to Gavin on the opposite side of the field, who then outran the coverage to score.

Both Chase and Tristan Hofmann had spectacular running games on the night, with Chase scoring 2 rushing TDs on 54 yards, and Tristan added a rushing TD to his passing TD, along with 29 yards of rushing. Ronan Spigelman capped off the night with 4 dive running plays for 18 yards. The top receiver for the night was Hayden Von Almen, who had 2 catches for 60 yards, one of them almost being a TD before being tripped up at the 1 yard line.

Defensively the Cougars were a swarming mass on the night, allowing Mills only 19 yards in offense. Leading the team was Jonathan Carillo, who had 5 solo tackles and 2 assists, plus a fumble recovery. There were 3 players with 2 tackles-for-loss: Chase Hoffman, Juan Vaquez, and Adrian Rangel. In addition, JoJo Weinberger had a fumble recovery, and Sean Fitzgerald picked off a pass for his first interception of the year.

However, the play of the game on defense was the pick 6 by #58 Kellen Royce. After a “questionable” offsides call on the Cougars, the Mills had a bit of momentum going with a 3rd and 2 situation. The Mills QB dropped back to pass and quickly threw to his right. #57 Arron Baird got his hands up quickly to tip the pass, and as Kellen was dropping back into coverage, the ball went right into his grasp, where he ran 25 yards for a defensive TD.

Here is the game recap video: http://www.hudl.com/v/27xacy

The JV Cougars go into the bye week with a winning record, defeating the Mills Vikings 41-6. Quarterback, Cade Duncan continued his strong season with two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground. He connected with wide receivers, Oz Monroy and Nohea Sharp, through the air for two scores. He also rushed in for a score off of an option read. Freshman slot back, Luke James, had his first rushing touchdown of the season. Todd Damrosch and Connor Quosig also continue their strong seasons with a touchdown rush a piece.

Half Moon Bay has a much needed bye week coming up, and then begins to get into the meat of their schedule. Coming up on October 6th, the Cougars will face Burlingame High School at home, kicking off the final 5 games of the season. JV will kick off at 5PM, and Varsity will start at 7:30PM.

Cougars saddle Colts 56-0

Continuing the season win streak, Half Moon Bay ran away with a 56-0 victory against El Camino High School. Entering halftime with a solid 42-0 lead, the Cougars held the Colts to under 100 yards in total offense while putting up 441 yards. Chase Hofmann took the opening kickoff back 82 yards, and Dom Padua ran the ball in for a 15 yard touchdown. Also adding rushing touchdowns were Chase Hofmann, Jake Quosig, and Jonathan Carrillo. 8 players in total had double digit rushing yardage on the game. Gavin Tomberlin had 2 touchdown passes on the night with 127 yards passing, along with getting 49 yards on the ground. Defensively, the Cougars stopped the Colts on every possession, in addition to not allowing a running play over 9 yards. Tristan Hofmann led the team in tackles, with 4 solo and 2 assists. Seth Tanisaki had a huge sack to stall a drive in the 2nd quarter, and Sean Fitzgerald had a great hit on a kickoff in the 4th quarter. 


Here is this weeks game recap: http://www.hudl.com/v/27v9Rw


The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense- #9 Senior- Slot, Dom Padua
Defense- #28 Senior- Defensive Tackle, Juan Vasquez
Special Team- #41 Senior- Specialist, Adrian Rangel
Scout- #18 Senior- Slot and DB, Carlos Luna

Community Cougar - Tom Daly
Tom is a spirited supporter of Cougar Football.  Along with bringing his sparkling personality on game day, Tom takes care of all the Cougars' equipment needs.  Tom's wife, Rachel, is in charge of the Cougar snack bar.  Tom's daughter, Danielle, cheers for the Cougars and his son Tommy is a junior on the team.  

Coming up next week, the Cougars finish off their non-league schedule, facing off against Mills High School at home. JV game will start at 5PM, and Varsity will take the field at 7:30PM

Cougars tame Mustangs 52-0

Continuing the momentum of an undefeated start to the season, and adding the excitement of the season home opener at the newly renovated John Francis Field, the Half Moon Bay Cougars pitched a shutout win against the Capuchino High School Mustangs 52-0.

Starting the game off with a 9 play drive that ended with a 8 yard TD,the Cougars never let their foot off the gas pedal. Including the opening TD, Chase Hofmann had 4 scores on the day; 3 rushing and 1 on a 30 yard pass completion. QB Gavin Tomberlin had a superb day under center, tossing 3 touchdown passes for a total of 197 yards, and adding 40 yards rushing. Catching those additional touchdown passes was Hayden Von Almen (who had a break away 73 yard touchdown catch) and Dylan Williams. Four Cougars had double-digit rushing yardage, and the offense gained a total of 402 yards on the day.

Even with a strong rushing attack, the Cougar defense held strong and didn’t allow the Mustangs inside their red zone all game. While holding Capuchino to 112 total yards for the game, there were several key plays throughout the game. Dylan Williams had a great interception at the end zone, and Dom Padua jumped on a loose ball to end a Mustangs drive. In addition, 5 players had a sack: Chase Hofmann, JoJo Weinberger, Jonathan Carrillo, Jake Quosig, and Bobby Lester.

See the game recap video here: http://www.hudl.com/v/27qn12
See the highlight video here: http://www.hudl.com/v/27r3tp

Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense:  #8 Senior QB- Gavin Tomberlin
Defense:  #27 Senior Safety- Hayden Von Almen
Special Teams: #26 Senior Return Man- Jake Quosig
Scout:  #6 Slot/Corner- Tommy Daly  

The JV Cougars got their first win of the season, defeating Capuchino 41-6. Slot back, Connor Quosig, led the Cougars in scoring with two touchdown scores on the day. Quarterback, Cade Duncan, took an option read in for long touchdown run. Running back, Todd Damrosch, ran in for his first touchdown score of the year. Also getting a score on the day was slot back Sean Nugent. The last score came from a fumble recovery in the end zone by defensive lineman, Brian Voris, off of a blocked punt by defensive lineman and leader, Preston Dimas. 

This Week’s Community Cougar - Cameron Palmer
Cameron is an HMBHS grad who has supported the football program for decades. Cameron hosts the weekly team meals for the football program.  Along with supporting the football program, Cameron also volunteers many hours to various other programs in the community.  Let's thank Cameron for what he does for our football program and community.


The Cougars next game will be on Friday September 15th at El Camino High School in South San Francisco. The JV game starts at 5PM and Varsity kicking off at 7:30PM.

Cougars scorch Vikings 48-7

The weather was not the only thing blazing on Friday, as the HMBHS Cougars scorched the Palo Alto High Vikings with a 48-7 win. Facing a delay in the start of the game due to the excessive heat, the Cougars started fast, racking up 4 touchdowns in the 1st quarter. Chase Hoffman had the first 2 TDs of the game, with runs of 3 and 2 yards. Gavin Tomberlin then capped the 1st quarter scores with 2 passing TD’s to Hayden Von Almen and Tristan Hofmann. As the game progressed, the offense continued to have great field position to start each drive, gaining 324 yards and a 83% 3rd down conversion rate. The stellar Cougar defense held Palo Alto to 227 total yards, and a paltry 23% 3rd down conversion rate. Jonathan Carrillo had a fantastic game, logging 5 tackles and a key sack to stop a drive. Palo Alto had only 5 completed passes on 19 attempts, most of which were deep passes that showed signs of desperation to make something happen against the stifling coverage and front pressure from the Cougar defense all game. As the game progressed, the Cougar running attack wore down Palo Alto, with Chase Hoffman ending any momentum recovery by the Vikings with a 30 yard TD run in the 2nd quarter, and adding 2 more rushing TDs in the 3rd quarter. Ronan Spiegelman came in at dive back to secure the win, rushing for 28 yards on 5 carries.

See the game recap video here: http://www.hudl.com/v/27mvbQ

The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense:  #21 Senior-Chase Hofmann
Defense:  #13 Senior-Sean Fitzgerald
ST:  #21 Senior-Chase Hofmann
Scout:  #68 Sophomore-Bobby Lester


The JV Cougars suffered their 2nd defeat of the season, going down to the Palo Alto Vikings 39-8. Turnovers by the offense killed the early momentum for the Cougars, but the defense played with a lot of resilience and pride despite the early deficit from playing on their side of the field for much of the game. The lone score for the Cougars was pass from quarterback, Cade Duncan, connecting with slot, Sean Nugent, on a seam route. The Cougars elected to go for 2 points, and the attempt was successful with Duncan connecting with Nugent once again.

Please help us in congratulating this week's Community Cougar, Team Mom, Julie Baird.  Julie handles all communications for our football program as well as organizes team meals for our players.  Julie is an HMBHS graduate (class of '92) whose husband, Dave, played for the Cougars (class of '89) as well as her oldest son, Sean (class of '17). Her youngest son, Arron, is currently a senior on the team. 


The Cougars have their first home game of the season coming up on Friday night against  Capuchino High School. Capuchino is also 2-0 on the season, so this will be a great match-up. JV starts at 5:00 pm and the Varsity will kick off at 7:30 pm.

cougars win 2017 season kickoff

The HMBHS Cougars have kicked off the 2017 season with a decisive 63-7 victory over Saratoga High. Starting fast and keeping the momentum going strong throughout, the Cougars excelled in all areas of the game. Offensively, the team gained 368 yards, splitting 162 yards passing and 206 yards rushing. Gavin Tomberlin got things going in the 1st quarter with a 8 yard TD run. He had another TD run in the 3rd quarter, and threw for 162 yards on 7 completions, with no interceptions, including a spot on TD pass to Hayden Von Alman in the 3rd quarter. Chase Hoffman had 3 TD runs as well, leading the Cougars in scoring while gaining 41 yards on 7 carries. Tristan Hoffman and Ronan Spigelman also added TD runs in the 2nd half. Jake Quosig had a fantastic all-around game, carrying the ball for 8 yards while catching 2 passes for 80 yards.

Big plays on the defensive side of the ball were also on order, keeping the Falcons to negative rushing yards and out of the endzone till the last series of the game. Leading the defense was freshman Tristan Hoffman, who along with 4 tackles had 1 sack and a forced fumble, ending up with the ball in his hands on a great strip tackle. Juan Vasquez was also a fixture in the Falcon’s backfield with 1 sack and 2 tackles for loss. All together, the defense had 5 sacks, forced 2 fumbles, and kept the Falcon’s offense sputtering the entire game.

Having a career day was Dylan Williams. Not only was he a perfect 7 for 7 on PATs, but he also was 2 for 2 on FG attempts, and ran the ball in for a 2 point conversion on the first TD of the game.
 
Here is a link to the Hudl Recap: http://www.hudl.com/v/27jXDJ
 
The JV Cougars got off to a slow start to the 2017 season with a 28-40 loss to the Saratoga Falcons JV squad. The Cougars went into the half down 6-34. The solo passing score of the half was from the arm of quarterback, Cade Duncan, connecting with slot back, Connor Quosig.
 
The young Cougars squad executed much better in the 2nd half, outscoring the Falcons 22-6. Duncan connected with slot back, Sean Nugent, for one score and wide receiver, Oz Monroy, on another, finishing the day with his 3rd passing touchdown. Connor Quosig took a pitch early in the 4th quarter for his 2nd score of the day. Quosig and Nugent also capped all scoring with rushing in for a pair of 2-point conversions. The 2nd half push was not enough for the victory, however, as the young Cougars fell to the Falcons.
 
The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense:  #8-QB, Senior - Gavin Tomberlin
Defense:  The Entire Defense
Special Teams: #11-Kicker/Punter Senior - Dylan Williams
Scout: #5-Running Back, Junior- Ronan Spigelman
 
A huge thank you to Week 1 Community Cougar, Superintendent, Jane Yuster. Superintendent Yuster set precedent for upcoming Community Cougars by attending chalk talk along with practice.  We are extremely lucky as a football community to have her support.  
 
Please help the entire football program congratulate Week 2 Community Cougar, Len Tomberlin.  Len is a Half Moon Bay High School alumni as well as quarterback, Gavin Tomberlin’s father. No one is more passionate about Cougar Football than Len.  Len is our number one promoter.  When Len is not doing favors for our high school program, he can be found on the field, coaching the Pop Warner program. 

Cougars defeated the gators and head to finals

The varsity football team continued on their path to a CCS championship with a round #2 victory over Sacred Heart Prep. On Friday night, in front ofa full and excited crowd at John Francis Field, the Cougars defeated the Gators by the score of 16-13. HMB took the opening kickoff and methodically moved down the field with Chase Hofmann completing the scoring drive with a touchdown run to give the Cougars a 7-0 lead. SHP came right back scoring a touchdown but a botched extra point allowed HMB to maintain the lead at 7-6 after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter HMB sacked the Gators QB in the endzone for a safety and a 9-6 lead. Later in the 2nd quarter Gavin Tomberlin connected with Hayden Von Almen for a touchdown pass and a 16-6 lead at halftime. Both teams' defenses stiffened in the second half with the Gators scoring the lone touchdown in the 4th quarter to cut the lead to 16-13. SHP chose not to attempt an onside kick and HMB fielded the ball and were able to run out most of the clock. The Gators attempted one last desperation pass but it was not enough and HMB secured its second trip to the CCS championship game in two years and third in school history.

Huld Game Recap: http://www.hudl.com/video/2/17201/583013df5b3cd82c088a66e4

San Mateo Daily Journal Article: Read

The Cougars will now have the chance to defend their Division 5 championship next Saturday against fellow PAL Ocean division contender Menlo School. The game will take place at Sequoia High School. Time is TBD.

This Week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - Junior #8 Quarterback Gavin Tomberlin
Defense - Senior #51 Linebacker Sean Baird
Special Teams - Junior #44 Arron Baird
Scout Team - Senior #35 RunningbackJesse Luis

A huge thank you to this week's Community Cougars the Seaton family. We thank you all for all that your family has done for our players and coaches over the years.

Please join all of this season's players and coaches in congratulating championship week's Community Cougars, the previous CCS championship teams from 2005 and 2015.  Both these teams have demonstrated what can be accomplished when you put team first and play for one another. 

Round 1 Victory!

The varsity football team began their playoff run with a round 1 victory over #5 seed Scotts Valley High School on Friday Night. The #4 seeded Cougars defeated the Falcons 49-30 in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate. Scott's Valley opened the game with an onside kick recovery and took an early 7-0 lead. HMB came right back and scored its first touchdown on a Chase Hofmann run and 2pt conversion to take a 8-7 lead. The Cougars would never trail again. Hofmann added another touchdown to give HMB a 15-7 lead after the 1st quarter. Scotts Valley cut the lead to 15-10 but it was all HMB through the 3rd quarter. Jake Quosig scored a touchdown and then threw a touchdown pass to Andrew Olivero to give HMB a 29-10 halftime lead. In the 3rd quarte,r HMB added two more touchdowns on runs by Hofmann and Gavin Tomberlin to take a commanding 42-10 lead. In the 4th quarter the Cougars made several substitutions in an effort to get everybody into the game and subsequently gave up 3 Scotts Valley scores to make the game closer at 42-30. HMB then answered with another Hofmann touchdown to ice the game at 49-30.

Hudl Game Recap:
http://www.hudl.com/video/2/17201/5826e1c5f5605e14545c1f6f

Article about the Game:
http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/sports/2016-11-12/hmb-grounds-falcons/1776425171278.html
 

The Cougars will now move on to the Semi-finals to face the #8 seed, Sacred Heart Prep. The Cougars will play at home at 7:00 on Friday.

This week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - The entire offensive line
Defense - Junior #28 Linebacker Juan Vasquez
Special Teams - The Kickoff Team
Scout Team - Chad Messer


Please join the players and coaches in thanking this weeks Community Cougar Travis Donovan. We all hope Travis enjoyed the week and got an up close look at how the Cougars prepare for the games.

A huge HMBHS congratulations goes out to next week's Community Cougars the Seaton family.  The Seatons have been a huge part of Cougar Football for many generations.  Mike was John Francis Award winner at HMBHS and coached Pop Warner for many years.  His wife, Audrey, served as our team mom for many years while her sons played at HMBHS and still supports our program. Mike and his brothers, Dave, Phil, and Steve currently serve as our chain gang for Friday night home games.  Many other Seatons, Little Dave, Michael, Nick, Nate, and Neal have been a huge part of Cougar Football and still offer support to our program.  A huge thank you to the Seatons for their continued support and loyalty to our program.

Back and Forth contest ends in Skull Game loss

The varsity and JV football teams completed their regular seasons on Friday at a packed John Francis Field against the rival Terra Nova Tigers in the annual "Skull Game". Unfortunately, both teams ended with a loss. The varsity game was an exciting back and forth contest that featured 6 lead changes before the Cougars fell to the Tigers by the score of 35-31. Chase Hofmann got HMB on the score board early with a touchdown to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead. Terra Nova came right back with a score to take the lead at 7-6. The Tigers added another score to increase their lead to 14-6. In the 2nd quarter Gavin Tomberlin scored a touchdown and Jake Quosig converted on a 2 point try and the game was tied at 14-14. Before halftime TN scored again and held a 21-14 lead. In the 3rd quarter Tomberlin scored again and the game was tied at 21-21. Sean Fitzgerald added a field goal and the Cougars had a 24-21 lead. The Tigers answered again with a TD and reclaimed the lead at 28-24. In the 4th quarter Tomberlin threw a touchdown pass to Hofmann and HMB took the lead at 31-28. Terra Nova again drove down the field with the help of a 15 yard penalty that put the Tigers in scoring position. TN scored the go ahead touchdown with less then 5 minutes left in the game to take a 35-31 lead. HMB had a chance to score but were unable to convert a 4th down to keep the drive alive. The Tigers made 2 first downs and were able to run out the clock to secure the victory and keep the skull for another year. The Cougars completed their season at 8-2 and will play in the first round of the CCS playoffs next week. Time and opponent to be determined. 

Link to Game Recap: http://www.hudl.com/video/2/17201/581d9c58bd752013689755db

The JV team completed their season in disappointing fashion with a 60-18 loss to the Tigers. HMB took an early 6-0 lead on a run by Kolby Dare but the Tigers then exploded for 28 straight points in the 1st quarter. Dare later found Sean Nugent for a touchdown. In the 4th quarter Cade Duncan, who replaced injured quarterback Dare, scored for the young Cougars but the game was out of hand early for HMB. The JV team completed their season at 3-6-1.

This Week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - Junior #21 Running Back Chase Hofmann
Defense - Junior #50 Defensive End Joseph Weinberger
Special Teams - Junior #26 Return Man Jake Quosig
Scout Team - Junior #13 Defensive Back Sean Fitzgerald

Please join the players and coaches in thanking this week's Community Cougars the BBQ Crew. Thank you Doug Acton, Mark McGregor and Gavin McGregor for the delicious BBQ and we hope you enjoyed your view from the sidelines.

Congratulations to next week's Community Cougar our custodial engineer Travis Donovan. Travis is an HMBHS alumni and a die hard Cougar fan.  Travis takes care of many of our behind the scenes needs including taking care of the lights on Wednesday night practice. We appreciate Travis' support to our program

Homecoming Game A Winner


The varsity football team completed their PAL Ocean division season with a 35-25 win over South San Francisco on Friday night in front of a packed Homecoming crowd at John Francis Field. The win improved the Cougars record to 8-1, 4-1 and with the win, HMB secured a share of the division title. Although HMB found themselves down 12-7 in the first quarter, the Cougars were in control throughout the contest. Chase Hofmann returned to the lineup and scored 3 touchdowns, the first one giving hMB a 7-0 lead. SSF was playing with nothing to lose and after a kickoff return for a touchdown to make the score 7-6, the Warriors covered an onside kick and turned it into a brief lead. In the 2nd quarter Hofmann scored again to give HMB the lead at 14-12. Before halftime Gavin Tomberlin connected with Hayden Von Almen for a touchdown and the Cougars held a 21-12 lead going into the 3rd quarter. Hofmann then scored his third TD and HMB had a 28-12 lead. In the 4th quarter HMB put the game away when Tomberlin scored a touchdown on the ground to give the Cougars a 35-12 advantage. SSF made the score closer with two late touchdowns but they could not overcome the defecit and HMB had its first league title in 5 years.

Link to Game Recap:
http://www.hudl.com/video/2/17201/58145b700aff7a88b4b58a8d
The JV team could not overcome a slow start and lost to SSF by the score of 25-12. Turnovers and HMB's inability to get off the field on 3rd down led to the young Cougars' loss. The loss dropped HMB to 3-5-1, 2-3. Kolby Dare threw touchdown passes to Danny Mack and Blake Schmieder in the loss.

Next week both teams will complete their regular season with the traditional "Skull Game" on Senior Night against the rival Terra Nova Tigers. The JV game begins at 4:00 and the varsity game kicks off at 7:00. The players and coaches for both teams look forward to seeing a full house cheering our teams on to a victory! Bring home the Skull!!

This Week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - Junior #8 Quarterback Gavin Tomberlin
Defense - Junior #21 Safety Chase Hofmann
Special Teams - Junior #13 Kicker Sean Fitzgerald
Scout - Senior #64 Defensive Linemen Garrett Glasson

The players and coaches would like to thank this week's Community Cougar alumni, Ricky Simms. It was great to have Ricky on the sidelines and at practice this week. It was fun and inspiring to see Ricky get involved with the program again.

Please join us all in congratulating rivalry week's Community Cougars, the Thursday night BBQ Crew. A huge thank you goes out to Doug Acton, Mark McGregor and Gavin McGregor for their time and commitment in preparing delicious team meals for our weekly dinners. The players and coaches look forward to the awesome BBQ each week. Thank you for feeding our players and coaches each week.
 

Cougars Defeated By Knights

It was an exciting but unfortunately disappointing Friday evening at The King's Academy as our varsity football team suffered its first defeat of the 2016 season. The Cougars battled the Knights all night long but were unable to overcome 3 turnovers as TKA defeated HMB by the score of 49-35. Dom Padua got the Cougars on the scoreboard early with a touchdown run but TKA answered right back with a TD to tie the game at 7-7. The two teams answered each other touchdown for touchdown with Johnny Carrillo and Jake Quosig scoring touchdowns for HMB and the score was 21-21. TKA scored two TDs before halftime to take a 35-21 lead. In the 3rd quarter Quosig scored again and added a 2pt. conversion to cut the lead to 35-29. In the 4th quarter Padua scored again but a blocked extra point kept the game tied at 35-35. TKA added two more touchdowns in the 4th quarter and HMB could not answer. The loss left HMB's record at 7-1, 3-1 going into next week's Homecoming game against South San Francisco. A win next week will assure the Cougars of at least a share of the Ocean Division title.

The JV team overcame 3 turnovers and a sloppy 3 quarters of offensive football to win by the score of 7-6. The defense played solid all day giving up one big play which resulted in a TKA touchdown before the half. The young Cougars stuffed the Knights in the second half and took the lead on Blake Schmieder's 4th quarter touchdown. The defense finished the game with an interception by Oz Munroy which was HMB's third take away of the game. The win improved HMB's JV record to 3-4-1, 2-2.

Next week the Cougars face the Warriors of South San Francisco High in their final league game of the season. Next week is also Homecoming which will culminate a week of activities. The JV game begins at 4:00 and the varsity game kicksoff at 7:00. Both teams hope to see a jam packed John Francis Field cheering on our Cougars!

This week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - Junior #26 Running Back Jake Quosig
Defense - Senior #42 Defensive Linemen Jack Cartwright
Special Teams - Junior #44 Long Snapper Arron Baird
Scout Team - Senior #10 Linebacker Kaylin Kullman

All of the Cougars players and coaches would like to thank this week's Community Cougar Tammy Von Almen. We appreciate all that you do for our football program and its players. We hope you enjoyed the up close look at Cougar football.

Please join us in congratulating Homecoming week's Community Cougar alumniand Hall of Fame athlete Ricky Simms. Ricky was a stand out athlete at HMBHS in both football and baseball. Ricky encompasses what Cougar Pride is all about. His heart and courage on the field was legendary. Ricky was a big part of HMB's 2005 CCS title making big play after big play all season long. Ricky also has been a coach on the varsity staff and he also coached our Coastside Pop Warner teams. When you see Ricky this week please say hello and thank you.

41-40 Game Thriller

It was an exciting and amazing Friday night at Sequoia High School. The varsity football team remained perfect on the 2016 season with a thrilling 41-40 win. HMB took an early 7-0 lead on Gavin Tomberlin's touchdown pass to Jake Quosig. Sequoia tied the game at 7-7 before Chase Hofmann scored to give the Cougars a 14-7 lead. Hofmann scored again in the 2nd quarter but Sequoia answered with 2 scores and HMB held a slim 21-19 lead going into the 3rd quarter. Sequoia took their first lead at 26-21 on their opening drive of the second half. HMB regained the lead at 28-26 on Quosig's second TD of the game. In the 4th quarter Quosig scored again to give HMB a 35-26 lead. The Cherokees came right back to cut the lead to 35-33. After some questionable calls on the HMB defense, Sequoia scored again with 30 seconds left in the game to take a 40-35 lead. The Cougars' chances seemed slim, but on this Pumpkin Festival weekend the spirit of the great pumpkin was in the air. Sequoia kicked off and the ball went out of bounds at mid-field. After a pass to Hayden Von Almen moved the ball to the Sequoia 35 yard line, HMB pulled out the hook and ladder play with Von Almen catching the ball and lateraling to Quosig who ran it down to the 10 yard line with 11 seconds left, Tomberlin then hit Quosig with a TD pass to give HMB the lead with 5 seconds left. The win gave HMB sole possesion of first place in the PAL Ocean division and improved their record to 7-0, 3-0.

Hudl Game Recap: http://www.hudl.com/v/qpHbP

The JV team struggled on Friday, losing to Sequoia 40-14. The young Cougars found themselves down 40-0 before Ronan Spigelman scored two touchdowns to get HMB on the scoreboard. The loss dropped HMB to 2-4-1, 1-2.

Both teams are on the road again on Friday when they travel to Sunnyvale to take on The King's Academy. The JV game starts at 4:00 and the varsity game will kickoff at 7:00. The players and coaches hope youplan on attending the games to cheer our boys on to victory.

This week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - Junior #26 Slot Jake Quosig
Defense - Junior #21 Safety Chase Hofmann
Special Teams - Junior #13 Kicker Sean Fitzgerald
Scout - Junior #55 Lineman Gibran Cahuantzi

A big Cougars thank you to this week's Community Cougars, Pablo Gutierrez and Anthony DeMartini. We appreciate what you have given to the HMB Cougars football program. Once a Cougar always a Cougar!

Please join all the players and coaches in congratulating next week's Community Cougar, Tammy Von Almen.  Tammy, mother of junior Hayden Von Almen, volunteers for all of Cougar Football events.  Tammy loves our players and is always offering them words of encouragement.  Tammy has also been known to bake from time to time for our players.  The players and staff appreciates all that Tammy does for Cougar Football. 

Resounding Victory Over Woodside HS

On Friday night the varsity football team stayed perfect on the 2016 season with a resounding 57-14 victory over Woodside High. The Cougars found themselves down early 7-0, but answered quickly on Jake Quosig's touchdown run and, after the 2pt., conversion led 8-7. In the second quarter HMB exploded for 5 touchdowns to take a 42-14 lead into halftime. Gavin Tomberlin hit Quosig for a touchdown pass to make it 14-7. Tomberlin ran in another TD to push the score to 21-7. Chase Hofmann added two touchdowns to make the score 35-14 and just before halftime it was a Quosig to Hayden Von Almen touchdown pass that gave HMB the big lead. In the 3rd quarter Hofmann scored again and after another 2pt conversion the Cougars had a 50-14 lead. Finally in the 4th quarter, Jesse Luis completed the scoring with a touchdown run to give HMB a 57-14 win. The win improved HMB's record to 6-0,2-0.

Link to Hudl Recap: http://www.hudl.com/v/pP09n

The JV football team also beat Woodside on Friday afternoon by the score of 35-13. The young Cougars scored early on a Kolby Dare to Danny Mack touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. HMB extended their lead to 14-0 on Dare's touchdown run. The Wildcats scored on a short field after a turnover to cut the lead to 14-7. Blake Schmieder scored a touchdown to give HMB a 21-7 lead. Woodside scored on a fake punt to make the score 21-13 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter Schmieder scored again and HMB led 28-13. In the 4th quarter Dare hit Mack again for a TD and HMB had a 35-13 lead. The defense shutdown the Wildcats offense and gave the JV team it's first league win. Their record now stands at 2-3-1, 1-1.

Both teams are back in action next week when they travel to Sequoia High School. Next weeks games will be the biggest of the season to date as both teams push toward league titles. The varsity game will feature two teams with 2-0 league records. The winner will have a leg up on the PAL Ocean championship.

The JV game starts at 4:00 and the varsity game kicks off at 7:00.

This week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - Junior #27 Wide Receiver Hayden Von Almen
Defense - Junior #13 Cornerback Sean Fitzgerald
Special Teams - Junior #8 Punter/Holder Gavin Tomberlin
Scout Team - Senior #32 Slot and DB Gilberto Aguilar

The players and coaches would like to thank this week's Community Cougar Ms. Sara De Santis. We hope she enjoyed her up close look at how the Cougar football players prepare for Friday night. Thank you again for being part of our week.

Please join us in congratulating this week's Community Cougars, alumni Pablo Gutierrez and Anthony DeMartini. Both of these young men have been to practices and have supported our players. Pablo was an all league receiver on last season's CCS championship team and is currently studying electronics at ITT Tech. Anthony was a running back on last season's team and can currently be found coaching Coastside football this season. Give both of these young men a thank you and congratulations when you see them.

Solid Start to Season

The varsity football team got their league season off to a good start on Friday afternoon with a 36-27 win over the Menlo School Knights. The Cougars scored early on the first of 4 Chase Hofmann touchdowns to take an 8-0 lead. The Knights answered to cut the score to 8-6. As it turned out that was as close as the game would get, as the Cougars' defense shutdown the Menlo passing game. HMB scored again in the 1st quarter on Hofmann's second TD and held a 15-6 lead at the half. In the 3rd quarter Hofmann added two more touchdowns and HMB had a 29-6 lead heading into the 4th quarter. Jake Quosig scored a TD in the 4th quarter to build a 36-6 lead.  The Knights battled back in the 4th with 3 scores as HMB got everybody into the game, but could not overcome the defecit as the Cougars easily won the game to improve their record to 5-0, 1-0.

Read more about the game here:

http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/10/01/high-school-football-menlo-school-unable-to-hang-in-trenches-with-half-moon-bay/

http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/sports/2016-10-01/hmb-roars-past-menlo-in-ocean-division-opener/1776425169186.html

The JV team also played Menlo School this week. On Thursday afternoon the young Cougars lost to the Knights by the score of 31-22. The game was scoreless after 1 quarter but the Knights exploded for 31 straight points in the second quarter. HMB scored before halftime on Ronan Spigelman's touchdown but trailed 31-6. In the second half HMB scored two more times on touchdowns by Spigelman and Blake Schmieder to pull within 31-22. The defense shutout the Knights in the second half but the young Cougars could not overcome their second quarter letdown. The JV record now stands at 1-3-1, 0-1.

Both teams are back in action on Friday night for Teacher Appreciation Night when they take on the Woodside Wildcats. The JVgame begins at 4:00 and the varsity game kicks off at 7:00. Both teams hope to see an excited and packed house at John Francis Field.

This week's Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense - Senior #42 Tight End Jack Cartwright
Defense - Senior #44 Outside Linebacker Arron Baird, Junior #26 Cornerback Jake Quosig
Special Teams - Senior #31 Cover Man Armando Carrillo
Scout Team - Senior #77 Defensive Linemen Angel Ramirez

A big thank you goes out to our awesome principal John Nazar for being this week's Community Cougar. Mr. Nazar spent a lot of time with our team this week and is always a presence on our sidelines during the games, both home and away.

Please help our program in congratulating this week's Community Cougar, math teacher, Sara DeSantis.  Ms. DeSantis has many of our football players in her Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 classes at HMBHS.  This school year, Ms. DeSantis is volunteering her time to help our football players in math during their weekly study hall.  We appreciate all that Ms. DeSantis does for HMBHS and HMB Football.  

Victory for Both Teams

Both HMBHS football teams were victorious on Friday with wins over the visiting El Camino High Colts. The varsity team took an early 6-0 lead on Jake Quosig's touchdown run on the opening drive. The Cougars added two more TDs in the 2nd quarter on Gavin Tomberlin's touchdown pass to Chase Hofmann and another TD pass from Tomberlin to Hayden Von Almen to take a 20-0 lead at halftime. In the 3rd quarter the Cougars blew the game open on another Hofmann touchdown for a 27-0 lead. In the 4th quarter Quosig took over, scoring his second and third touchdowns of the game. The last TD coming on an 80 yard run to complete the scoring and giving the Cougars a convincing 41-8 win. The win completed HMB's preseason schedule and kept them perfect in the 2016 season with a 4-0 record.

Link to Game Recap: http://www.hudl.com/v/jWByL

Rocky Perry Players of the Game
Offense:  #27 Junior WR Hayden Von Almen
Deffense:  #51 Senior LB Sean Baird
Special Teams: #8 Junior Punter Gavin Tomberlin
Scout:  #57 Senior Lineman Rudy Bravo

The JV team got their first win of the season with a come from behind 15-14 win over the Colts. HMB took an 8-0 lead just before halftime on a touchdown pass from Kolby Dare to Bobby Lester. Dare connected with Blake Schmieder for the 2 point conversion. El Camino scored 14 straight points to take a late 14-8 lead but with a minute left in the game, the defense forced a punt and Schmieder returned it to the 5 yard line. On the next play Schmieder scored to tie the game at 14-14. Oz Monroy kicked the extra point to give the young Cougars a 15-14 lead. The defense stuffed the Colts ending the game on Weston Henry's quarterback sack. The win improved the JV's record to 1-2-1.

Both teams will enjoy the bye week before heading into league play on the road against Menlo School. The JV team will play on Thursday September 29th and the varsity will play on Friday September 30th. Both games will begin at 3:15.

The entire football program would like to thank last week's Community Cougar Becky Ruppel. Becky was on the sidelines again on Friday night taking wonderful action photos of our football players. A big thank you to Becky from all of our student-athletes.

Here is the link to Becky's photos:

https://beckyruppel.smugmug.com/2016-HMB-Varsity-Football/HMB-v-El-Camino-HS-2016916

Please help me in congratulating next week's Community Cougar, John Nazar.  Starting his sophomore season as HMBHS principal, Mr. Nazar's enthusiasm for his job and the encouragement he has given all students at HMBHS has been tremendous.  On game day you can find Mr. Nazar on the sidelines giving our players his signature "Thumbs Up."  Our football program appreciates all that Mr. Nazar has done for the program and for our community.