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.