The 2022-23 high school football season is younger than the Pop Warner kids who entertained the crowd at halftime of Friday’s Half Moon Bay High School victory over San Mateo. Many of the pieces have changed on Cougar head varsity football coach Keith Holden’s chessboard, but the game remains largely the same: hard-nosed, physical football that moves the line of scrimmage without relying on flash or fanfare.

Two games in, Holden has few complaints with a team that is making opponents look like so many pawns pitted against his more versatile side.

Clay Lambert is the editorial director for Coastside News Group. After years working at regional daily newspapers, he began as editor of the Half Moon Bay Review in 2004.

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