|HMB could be home for the playoffs|
The fact that Westmont High School beat Sobrato and Leland beat Santa Teresa, Friday, putting Half Moon Bay in the Central Coast Section football playoffs is important.
But with Half Moon Bay’s stunning 49-48 win over Terra Nova Friday, the Cougars did more than just strengthen their spot as one of 14 at-large teams in the playoffs.
Half Moon Bay could be home for the first-round of the playoffs.
The eight teams in Division IV, Half Moon Bay’s division, are set, thanks to their population. Joining Half Moon Bay will be Terra Nova, Menlo School, San Lorenzo Valley, The King’s Academy, Monte Vista Christian, Carmel and Pacific Grove. The last three teams have some business to sort out.
Monte Vista Christian must await the results of Saturday’s Fremont/Castlemont game, as well as the McClymonds/Oakland Tech game. A Fremont win (should happen) and a McClymonds loss (most likely not) will strengthen Monte Vista Christian’s seed. Whatever happens, the Mustangs will host someone in the first round of the playoffs. If both don’t happen, Half Moon Bay and Monte Vista Christian will be tied with 22 points each, resulting in a coin toss. I think Monte Vista Christian will get one-half point, and will play with that assumption the rest of the way.
Carmel and Pacific Grove play for the Mission Trail Athletic League Saturday afternoon. If Carmel wins, it will be the top seed, hosting Menlo School, while Pacific Grove gets the No. 5 and goes to No. 4 Half Moon Bay.
But if Pacific Grove wins, it will be a No. 2 seed, with Monte Vista Christian at No. 3, and Carmel No. 4, one point ahead of No. 5 Half Moon Bay. Points are awarded for league champions, and Monte Vista Christian played Pacific Grove this year, losing by six.
The way the points shake down, Half Moon Bay and Terra Nova should be in the opposite ends of the bracket, and could only meet in the title game, if both make that far.