Coach Keith Holden, his assistants and members of the Half Moon Bay High School football called Saturday a productive day at the College of San Mateo Passing League.
The Cougars didn’t win any of the 7-on-7 scrimmages. However, there was more to Saturday’s gathering than just trying to win games.
There are no banners for winning a passing league.
What Half Moon Bay got was repetitions, 120 plays on offense and 120 plays on defense.
“Any day you are able to get 120 reps on offense and 120 on defense is a good day,” Holden said. “We ran our plays against different offenses and different defenses. We had a lot of different looks.”
Perhaps most impressive was how Half Moon Bay looked three weeks after participation at the Terra Nova Passing League. Though stats were not kept, it’s safe to say that the interception count was in double digits that day. There were fewer thrown Saturday.
“After Terra Nova, everyone stepped up their game,” said quarter Dominic Pintarelli. “Everyone worked harder in practice.”
Half Moon Bay is implementing a new offense.
The novelty is starting to wear off. Players are starting to learn the new offense, which is similar to the one run by CSM. The players are getting more familiar with the offense, and receivers made sharp cuts while running their routes.
“I feel like we are gaining more and more confidence after each day,” Pintarelli said.
Pintarelli, a soon-to-be junior, split time with Shane Acton, a soon-to-be sophomore. Each ran 60 plays.
“Now, the offense is starting to sink it,” Acton said. “Pretty soon, we are going to expand on the plays.”
Pads are not worn for passing leagues. But Half Moon Bay will get out the pads later this month as it hosts San Mateo in a week-long camp.
“We are all anxious for that week,” Acton said. “None of us have worn pads since we played Terra Nova (last November).”