The Menlo School football team never could solve Chase Hoffman, who rushed for 238 yards and scored four touchdowns in Half Moon Bay's 36-27 victory over the Knights in the PAL Ocean Division opener for both teams.
"There are a lot of great players in the PAL and Chase is one of the very best," Menlo coach Mark Newton said. "He runs hard and they block for him."
The Knights (0-1, 4-1) travel to The Knig's Academy for a game Friday at 7 p.m. Half Moon Bay hosts Woodside, also at 7 p.m.
Sequoia handed Woodside (0-1, 4-1) its first loss, 29-28, in another PAL Ocean contest on Friday.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Saratoga beat visiting Palo Alto (1-1, 2-4), 35-21, and in the El Camino Division, Gunn (0-2, 2-4) dropped a 42-14 decision to host Cupertino.
Paly is at Milpitas on Friday night and the Titans travel to Monta Vista.
Menlo's quarterback tandem of Hayden Pegley and Emilio Simbeck combined for 233 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns but it wasn't enough to keep the Knights from losing for the first time this year.
"For us it just came down to executing," Newton said. "The fundamental things we didn't do well. That happens when you play a great team."
The Cougars (1-0, 5-0) are the defending CCS Division V champions and they're playing like they want to repeat. Half Moon Bay totaled 411 offensive yards and that was without attempting a pass in the second half.
Hoffman helped the Cougars to a 318-27 advantage in rushing yards. Charlie Ferguson managed to score a couple of touchdowns and ran in for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.
Evan King caught eight passes for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one each from Pegley and Simbeck.
Sione Latu scored on a five-yard run, Jackson Hall hooked up with Jackson Chryst on a seven-yard pass and Josh Brigel returned an interception 75 yards for the third score in the Vikings' loss.
Latu gained 171 yards and recorded 11 tackles on defense for Palo Alto, which played without Paul Jackson III, who left last week's game against Santa Clara in the third quarter due to an injury.