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25 Days of Christmas: No. 17 Half Moon Bay

It’s the ninth day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 17 team.

The rankings, which will tab the top 25 football teams in the Bay Area, announce one team each day through Christmas Day. The No. 1 team will be unveiled on Dec. 25 at WestCoastPreps.com.

Only schools located within cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the poll.

West Coast Preps unveiled the No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19 and No. 18 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this week.

No. 18: Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay produced one of the top regular season efforts across the region in 2019.

It secured a perfect 10-0 regular season mark before getting bounced by eventual state runner-up Serra to open the Central Coast Section playoffs, outsourcing opponents by a massive 431-142 margin.

From that banner squad that won a Peninsula-Ocean crown, much of the experience that propelled the program to green pastures returns.

Senior Tristan Hofmann – the No. 6 player in the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps – is one of the headlines in the entire Bay Area. Hofmann’s offensive output featured 1,286 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns next to his 219 receiving yards and two scores, but he also added in 104 tackles and 17 tackles for loss to become the league’s Most Valuable Player.

Junior quarterback William Moffitt tossed for 978 yards and 11 scores his sophomore year, and his top three targets come back alongside him.

Defensively, Half Moon Bay defense returns four of its top five tacklers – Hofmann, junior Quinn Mccauley (54 tackles), junior Sam Lowings (39 tackles) and senior Connor Quosig (35 tackles) – from a unit that allowed opponents to just over 12 points per contest.

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