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Vikings pushed around by Cougars in nonleague football

Paul Jackson III rushed for 79 yards in Palo Alto's loss to Half Moon Bay. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey.

To escape blazing temperatures on Friday night the varsity football game time at Palo Alto High was moved from 7 p.m. to 8:15.

But there are different kinds of heat, and the Vikings had no answers for what Half Moon Bay brought with them in a nonleague matchup.

Half Moon Bay grabbed a 48-7 win in a game that wasn’t that close. The Cougars (2-0) scored 27 points in the first quarter, and Paly didn’t score until late in the fourth, by which time the teams were playing to a running clock.

HMB collected 216 yards rushing on 27 attempts, never punted, and didn’t suffer an incomplete pass. Quarterback Gavin Tomberlin was 7-for-7 for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Palo Alto didn’t complete a pass for positive yardage until 5:15 to go in the third quarter, and got only four first downs in the first half.

Few saw this coming – the Cougars just did whatever they wanted.

“I have no idea what I’m going to say to (the team),” said Palo Alto coach Danny Sullivan, whose Vikings passed for just 60 yards. “It was mostly self-inflicted wounds.

“I’m going to have to look in the mirror to decide how we’re going to get better moving forward,” he said. “Because this all begins and ends with me.”

Bright spots for the Vikings: workhorse running back Paul Jackson III, who had 79 yards on 14 carries.

Sophomore receiver Jamir Shepard had three catches for 45 yards, and tight end Lou Passarello grabbed a nice 10-yard scoring pass from Jackson Chryst.

HMB's Chase Hofmann had 100 yards on 16 carries with five touchdowns.

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Posted by hmb fan
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2017 at 7:49 am

even as a hmb fan, it was sad to watch the Palo Alto team flounder around on the field without any sort of team leadership or players taking charge--seemed like everyone was in it for himself. Although it was great to watch hmb play so well, we were expecting a much better game from them last evening.

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Posted by HMB Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Sep 2, 2017 at 9:54 am

I begg to differ. Palo Alto should have put up a better fight but I did see a guy out there on almost every play on offense #75 who seemed to give alot of his body and hard work. Its surprising how the Palo Alto community continues to only show support to the players and young men they deem worthy.I guess the post above is right everyman for themselves. Whomever #75 was or is for for Palo Alto. I wish him the best. I hope he has a bright future and he is recognized. It was hard to watch the team loose its even harder to read the reports and these kids not get recognized. Palo alto reporters parents and coaches need to do better.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Sep 2, 2017 at 11:38 am

Poor play calling period

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Bring back Earl!

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Posted by Paly Resident
a resident of University South
on Sep 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Nice bro, way to hide behind the mask of the computer and question high school play calling

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