Missed opportunities on offense and missed tackles on defense led to Half Moon Bay High School missing on a chance to head into the bye week with a win.
Instead, the Cougars go into the off week on the heels of a 28-6 nonleague loss to host Sequoia.
Half Moon Bay moved the ball into the Sequoia 20 twice in the first half, coming up empty both times. By the time the Cougars scored, on a Daniel Welch 29-yard run late in the fourth quarter, the outcome was no longer in doubt.
“Two red-zone opportunities with zero points aren’t going to win you many games,” coach Keith Holden said.
The defense kept Half Moon Bay in the game. Sequoia scored in the first quarter and maintained that 7-0 lead until the start of the fourth quarter.
Sequoia had its own chances to score. A fumble ended one drive at the Half Moon Bay 3. Most of the game belonged to Sequoia quarterback Mike Tyler, who, running from a spread formation. Until the fourth quarter, the broken tackles didn’t hurt much. However, a few busted tackles in the final quarter, set up two scores.
“If you keep giving their offense opportunities, they will make some plays,” Holden said. “They have some good athletes.”
While four of the other five teams in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division begin league play this week, the Cougars will use the week to rest, get healthy and get down the fundamentals. They start league play on Oct. 12 at Aragon.
“It’s important because we need to work on our mistakes and get ready for league with the extra week we have,” said running back Alberto Dueñas.