Dueling ground attacks

When the Half Moon Bay High School football team travels to El Camino High School on Friday night, the Cougars will be looking to keep the momentum they’ve been building up the past two weeks.

Their hosts will be looking to erase the bad taste left from last week’s loss to Jefferson, when the Colts fell behind 14-0 in the first two minutes and never recovered in a 21-point loss. El Camino will also be celebrating the first night football game on its home field in school history.

With both teams at 2-1 going into their final games before opening league play next week, each team will be looking to maintain a winning record.

They will also be looking at mirror images of themselves. Both teams feature strong rushing attacks on offense, but do so with different goals in mind.

El Camino runs because the Colts like to control the game. Half Moon Bay runs because it has a stud running back, Dominic Sena, who is tearing up opposing defenses like tissue paper.

“He’s a quick back and he’s got some great numbers already,” Cougars coach Matt Ballard said.

Ballard’s counterpart is well aware of Sena’s work.

“He is a big-time threat and he can score from anywhere on the field,” El Camino coach Mark Turner said.

In Half Moon Bay’s past two games, both wins following a season-opening loss to undefeated Homestead, Sena piled up 398 yards rushing and six touchdowns. He also collected a 96-yard kickoff return for a score in last week’s win over Leigh.

“They are a scary team,” Turner said. “We are going to need to be disciplined on gap responsibilities and we need to run to the ball.”

Part of the Colts’ plan to slow down Sena will be in keeping their own offense on the field and try to make Sena a spectator as much as they can. To do that, they will need their own running game to be consistent with Nathan Huey driving the ball downfield.

“He’s our workhorse,” Turner said.

Clearing the way for Huey will be three-year varsity player Trevor Kelly on the offensive line.

While Kelly will be trying to open up running room for Huey, he will also anchor the defensive line in charge of slowing down Sena.

“He will be the key to our success,” Turner said of his two-way star.

Ballard knows it.

“Whichever team controls the line will win the game,” Ballard said. “El Camino is a good physical team. They will show us things we need to work on.”

El Camino is working on rebounding from last week’s poor showing after starting off the year with two victories.

“We won the first two handily, but didn’t play that well,” Turner said. “We laid an egg last week against Jefferson so this is kind of a bounce back game for us.”

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