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:

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!