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:

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!