The postgame meeting was short, calm and to the point.

The most important thing coach Keith Holden told the Half Moon Bay High School football team following its 56-14 loss to visiting Menlo School Friday was that the game doesn’t count in the league standings.

The Cougars’ chances of getting into the Central Coast Section playoffs are the same after the game as they were prior to the game.

Half Moon Bay holds a 1-3 mark in nonleague play. The Cougars have one more nonleague game, the 7 p.m. game Friday at Sequoia.

The Cougars have a bye before kicking off the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division at Aragon, Oct. 12. A finish in the top four in the six-team league is a ticket to CCS.

Menlo entered the game with a 2-0 record, though some doubted the record since the wins were against less-than-stellar opposition.

Those doubts were erased during the first half as the Knights moved the ball down field with ease. The Knights scored on all six of their possessions of the first half.

“I think they are a pretty good team,” said linebacker Joseph Lowman. “I think they will do pretty well in CCS.”

Menlo’s offense touched the ball once in the second half, in the fourth quarter. After Half Moon Bay’s first score, Menlo returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. Half Moon Bay’s next drive ended with Menlo returning an interception for a touchdown.

Half Moon Bay’s final drive resulted in a score. The Knights then ran out the clock.

“We talk to our kids about playing hard all the time, whether we are up a bunch or down a bunch,” coach Holden said. “Though we didn’t execute well, we played hard. I’m not mad at them.”

The Half Moon Bay frosh-soph team fell as well, 28-24.

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