Playing in the school’s first ever CIF Football State Championship game, the Half Moon Bay Cougars kept their perfect season going strong with a solid victory over the Sutter Huskies, 28-7.
With excitement buzzing through the town, and added on to by a great visiting team contingent of fans, the stadium was completely packed. Additional grandstands where brought in to handle this capacity crowd, and Cougar fans lined the ramp and the upper standing areas. The Sutter Huskies brought a 40+ point scoring average into the game, along with a 12-1 record. However, the Cougars were ready for them. The match-up would be tough, right from the start, with gusty winds adding to the intrigue.
Half Moon Bay received the kickoff, and in their first series, pulled off a fantastic fake punt with #8 Gavin Tomberlin pitching to #11 Dylan Williams, who got just enough for a first down to keep the drive alive. Four plays later, Tomberlin threw a bullet right into the hands of a streaking #26 Jake Quosig, who outran the defenders for a 45-yard touchdown, putting the Cougars on the board first.
Half Moon Bay scored again in the 2nd quarter, capping a 65 yard drive with a 7 yard touchdown run by #21 Chase Hofmann. Sutter kept up their fast-paced offense, sprinting to the line of scrimmage and snapping the ball, but the Cougars held tight. After a great punt by Williams, #13 Sean Fitzgerald batted the ball short of the endzone, and #18 Carlos Luna downed the ball at the Huskie 1-yard line.
However, with 1 drive left before the end of the 1st half, the Huskies seemed poised to get a score, driving down to the Cougar 30 yard line. On the last play of the game, the Huskies ran a draw that looked certain to score, but yet again, Fitzgerald tackled the ball carrier at the 2 yard line, letting time expire and preserving a 14-0 lead.
The second half started off rough for both teams, as they traded fumbles on their first possessions. The Huskies 2nd possession of the game stalling out inside their own red zone, and on the punt Hayden Von Almen made a huge play, blocking the punt and giving the Cougars the ball on the Huskies 6 yard line. 2 plays later, Chase Hofmann scored his second touchdown of the game, making the score 21-0.
The Huskies were not about to give up though, taking the ball 80 yards on their next possession to score. Overcoming a great sack by #50 JoJo Weinberger, the Huskies stayed true to their strategy, running the ball 9 times and finally getting on the scoreboard.
Not to be deterred, the Cougars went to their bread & butter Jumbo formation, and slowly grinded the Huskies down. After a few back and forth possessions, the Cougars got their final score on a 3 yard run by Tomberlin, making the score 28-7 and securing the victory for the Cougars.
Here is the video recap of the game: http://www.hudl.com/v/28QcVZ
The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense: #59 - Freshman Offensive Lineman- Preston Dimas
Defense: #12 - Freshman Linebacker- Tristan Hofmann
ST: #27 and #21- Senior Kick Blockers- Hayden Von Almen and Chase Hofmann
Scout: #2 - Freshman Slot- Connor Quosig
The week's Community Cougar is Julie Baird. Julie is the Cougars' team mom and does it all. There couldn't be a better person to represent as the Community Cougar in the school's first State Championship game. Thank you Julie for your years of commitment to our program.
The Half Moon Bay Cougars will be playing in the CIF Division 3 State Championship game on Saturday, December 16th. Facing the Cougars of Steele Canyon High School, the game will played in San Diego at Steele Canyon’s field at 6PM. The Steele Canyon Cougars come into this championship game with an 11-4 record, having won their 7 games to make the finals. For more information about the upcoming championship game, make sure to come back to the HMB football team website: www.hmbfootball.org