Rarely do you see a football team score over 60 points without gaining over 500 yards in offense, but the Half Moon Bay football team did just that against Mills on Friday, Sept. 22nd, 2017.
Facing a determined but undermatched Mills High School football team, the Cougars came right out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Starting with the opening kickoff, Dylan Williams took the ball at the 9 yard line and proceeded to weave through the crowd for a 91 yard touchdown return. But that wasn’t all Dylan accomplished that night, because in addition to that TD, he had 2 punt return TDs as well, racking up 229 return yards In addition to his normal kick off duties, where he had 7 touchbacks. He also was a perfect 8 for 8 on extra point kicks. Even on one of his kickoffs where he didn’t blast the ball into the endzone, Dylan de-cleated the runner with a great tackle.
In addition to #11’s herculean efforts on the night, the Cougar football team had several outstanding efforts from key individual players. With only 75 total plays in the game due to a running clock starting in the 2nd quarter, QB Gavin Tomberlin made the most of the short game, throwing 2 passes for 61 yards, but also rushing once for a touchdown. The most exciting play for Gavin was the throwback TD reception he had, where he pitched the ball to #12 Tristan Hofmann, who sprinted right and then threw back to Gavin on the opposite side of the field, who then outran the coverage to score.
Both Chase and Tristan Hofmann had spectacular running games on the night, with Chase scoring 2 rushing TDs on 54 yards, and Tristan added a rushing TD to his passing TD, along with 29 yards of rushing. Ronan Spigelman capped off the night with 4 dive running plays for 18 yards. The top receiver for the night was Hayden Von Almen, who had 2 catches for 60 yards, one of them almost being a TD before being tripped up at the 1 yard line.
Defensively the Cougars were a swarming mass on the night, allowing Mills only 19 yards in offense. Leading the team was Jonathan Carillo, who had 5 solo tackles and 2 assists, plus a fumble recovery. There were 3 players with 2 tackles-for-loss: Chase Hoffman, Juan Vaquez, and Adrian Rangel. In addition, JoJo Weinberger had a fumble recovery, and Sean Fitzgerald picked off a pass for his first interception of the year.
However, the play of the game on defense was the pick 6 by #58 Kellen Royce. After a “questionable” offsides call on the Cougars, the Mills had a bit of momentum going with a 3rd and 2 situation. The Mills QB dropped back to pass and quickly threw to his right. #57 Arron Baird got his hands up quickly to tip the pass, and as Kellen was dropping back into coverage, the ball went right into his grasp, where he ran 25 yards for a defensive TD.
Here is the game recap video: http://www.hudl.com/v/27xacy
The JV Cougars go into the bye week with a winning record, defeating the Mills Vikings 41-6. Quarterback, Cade Duncan continued his strong season with two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground. He connected with wide receivers, Oz Monroy and Nohea Sharp, through the air for two scores. He also rushed in for a score off of an option read. Freshman slot back, Luke James, had his first rushing touchdown of the season. Todd Damrosch and Connor Quosig also continue their strong seasons with a touchdown rush a piece.
Half Moon Bay has a much needed bye week coming up, and then begins to get into the meat of their schedule. Coming up on October 6th, the Cougars will face Burlingame High School at home, kicking off the final 5 games of the season. JV will kick off at 5PM, and Varsity will start at 7:30PM.