Campolindo High delighted its home fans by putting away its homecoming game with Dublin in the first half, finishing with a 42-13 victory on Friday night.
The Cougars' efficient and impressive offense posted 35 points and punted once during the first half. The game resided so firmly in the Cougars' grasp that quarterback Brett Stephens, who threw for 147 yards and four touchdown passes in the opening half, threw only twice in the second for zero yards.
"The offense was surprising, especially how we started," \ Campolindo coach Kevin Macy said. "Homecoming is always a slow-starting night for us and Dublin was sharp to start the game."
The Gaels scored on the game's opening possession on a 7-yard run by Ondre Rudolph, but only enjoyed their 7-0 lead for roughly two minutes. After punting on their first drive, the Cougars (7-0, 3-0 DFAL) capitalized on a Dublin fumble on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Stephens to Dan Fadelli.
With their early jitters gone, the Cougars scored 14 straight points to take a 21-7 lead on two passes from Stephens to Mason Windatt for touchdowns.
"It's just great to have so many different kids contributing," said Macy. "Windatt made two super catches tonight."
Dublin (3-2, 1-1 DFAL) cut into the Campolindo's lead with a 1-yard plunge by Rudolph to make the score 21-13 with 8:04 left in the second quarter, but the Cougars' offense was too potent.
The Cougars came right back, scoring twice before the half on a tough 17-yard touchdown run by Reiner Ebarle and a perfectly lofted touchdown pass by Stephens to Carl Thornton. The Cougars led 35-13 at the half.
At this point, the Cougars aren't thinking about an unbeaten season.
"We're taking it game-by-game," Macy said. "We were picked to finished last in (our) league, so we're not getting too ahead of ourselves."
Rudolph rushed for 109 yards and both Dublin touchdowns, while quarterback Edward Achziger rushed for 100 yards. The Cougars' JJ Ewing returned an interception 35 yards for the game's only second-half points.