For the 3rd year in a row, the Half Moon Bay Cougars are a CCS Champion! Playing rival Terra Nova for the second time this year, the Cougars tore up the Tigers 41-9. In addition to the CCS championship, the Cougars remain undefeated for the year with their 13th win. With the win, Half Moon Bay moves on to the CIF State Championship series for the first time in school history.

The game started off with the Tigers taking the first possession. Returning for this game against the Cougars were key players for Terra Nova, specifically their running back. Taking the ball down the field 58 yards, the Cougar defense held strong and only allowed a FG. That was the last time Terra Nova would have the lead for the game.

After taking the kickoff from Terra Nova, the Cougars marched down the field, capped by a 2 yard touchdown run by #12 Tristan Hofmann. On the next possession, #8 Gavin Tomberlin threw a perfectly placed pass to #11 Dylan Williams, who went on a streak route down the field, catching the ball and outrunning the defense for a  57 yard touchdown. #26 Jake Quosig caught the next touchdown pass from Tomberlin, dashing 18 yards to bring the score to 20-3.

The Tigers were able to get down in the Cougar red zone twice more, but only coming away with 2 more field goals. Going into the last possession of the 1st half, the Cougars ran a reverse sweep with Tomberlin pitching to Williams,  who got a great downfield block from #27 Hayden Von Almen to run 77 yards for a touchdown, taking the lead to 27-9 going into the half.

The 2nd half was all Half Moon Bay, who scored two more touchdowns. #21 Chase Hofmann and Tomberlin each had a 1 yard touchdown run. Chase set up his own score with a 58 yard screen pass down inside the 10 yard line.

Overall, the offense put up 440 yards total, with 137 yards coming from #8 Gavin Tomberlin’s perfect 5 for 5 passing game, and 303 yards on the ground, led by #21 Chase Hofmann with 85 yards, #11 Dylan Williams with his one run of 77 yards, Tomberlin who had 60 yards, and #12 Tristan Hofmann with 54 yards. #9 Dom Padua and #26 Jake Quosig also ran for 9 yards and 19 yards respectively.

Defensively, the Cougars held the Tigers to 202 yards of offense, with only 29 yards rushing and 173 yards passing. Leading the team in tackles was #21 Chase Hofmann with 7 total tackles. Keeping the Tiger’s passing offense in check was a critical focus for the Cougars. The team racked up 7 sacks, 2 each by #50 JoJo Weinberger and #15 Jonathan Carrillo, along with one each from #12 Tristan Hofmann, #57 Aaron Baird, and #52 Zach Henry.

With the game in control, the Cougars went to their Jumbo package and methodically ran the clock out in the 4th quarter, solidifying the championship win. After a gatorade bath for head coach Keith Holden, the both teams gathered on the field to accept their CCS trophies, and the players gathered yet again for a team championship photo.

Here is the game video recap:

The Rocky Perry Players of the Game:
Offense:  #12, Freshman Slot, Tristan Hofmann
Defense: #50, Senior Defensive Lineman, Jojo Weinberger
ST: #13, Senior Back-Up Kicker, Do it all man, Sean Fitzgerald
Scout: #81, Sophomore RB, Cade Duncan

The Half Moon Bay Cougars now move on to the Northern California CIF Regional Playoff series. This Saturday at 6PM, the Cougars will host the Sutter Huskies at Half Moon Bay High School for the 1st round game. The Huskies are 12-1 on the season, and have a potent offense that averages 46 points per game. Go Cougars!

This week's Community Cougar is Breen Hofmann Senior.  Senior is our most dedicated fan.  He's been a Cougar Football fan for many, many years on the Coast Side, but this year has been a special year for him having both grandchildren (Chase and Tristan) on the same team.