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:

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