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2015 Season ...

Micah Suh (40) looks a pass into his hands in Saturday's scrimmage while Nigel Ward closes in on him. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets await debut after shortened scrimmage

SAN MARCOS (8-29-2015) -- Coach Joe Early sent the Palomar football team through a short scrimmage in hot weather conditions on Saturday as the Comets inched closer to their season opener next Saturday, Sept. 5, at Citrus.

The scrimmage was condensed to 50 minutes.

TOP PHOTO: Quarterback Tofi Paopao follows the blocking of center Charlie Long in Saturday's first intrasquad scrimmage of 2015. Defensive tackle Hunter Moore tries to fight off Long's block. DIRECTLY ABOVE: QB Austin Early, who connected on 7-of-8 attempts, passes the football while being pressured by Tiree Burton (55, partially hidden). No. 74 is tackle Ydan Guerrero. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Defense, offense trade momentum in scrimmage

SAN MARCOS (8-23-2015) -- The defense completely dominated early before switching roles with the offense, which had its way as the day wore on in Palomar's first intrasquad scrimmage of the 2015 football season on Saturday.

"We played stifling defense early. Once the offense got going we were able to move the ball and put points on the board," coach Joe Early said. "With those two things, I'd have to say it was a better first scrimmage than we've had in a while."

The Comets' four quarterbacks were a combined 18-for-28 passing for 207 yards during the 11-on-11 portion of the scrimmage, led by freshman Matt Romero from Oceanside High School (7-for-10 for 96 yards) and sophomore Austin Early from Orange Glen (7-for-8 for 84 yards and a 10-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Jake Johnson, a 6-foot-7 converted quarterback from Fallbrook High).

Tofi Paopao, the former CIF-San Diego Section Player of the Year at Oceanside High and a sophomore transfer, was red hot in 7-on-7, going 6-for-6 for 109 yards passing and connecting on a 60-yard play for a touchdown to Evan Gray, a sophomore from Poway High.

Paopao also scored on a 1-yard run in 11-on-11 and tacked on two touchdowns in goal-line offense, on a 3-yard run and a 3-yard pass to Wayne Gannon (sophomore, Del Norte High). Gannon was the leading receiver in 11-on-11, catching four balls for 77 yards.

Daviante Sayles, the Comets' No. 1 running back and a sophomore from Rancho Buena Vista High, scored on a on a 6-yard touchdown run in 11-on-11 and a 3-yard run in goal-line offense. He also had three receptions in 11-on-11 for 28 yards.

Romero threw an 11-yard TD pass to Gray in 7-on-7. Also in 7-on7, Aeden Bartolowits (freshman, Foothill High in Henderson, Nevada) caught four passes for 49 yards.

Defensively, Malavai Taylor (freshman, Oceanside High) and four-year transfer Malique Taylor (Rancho Buena Vista) both intercepted Romero passes. Tiree Burton (sophomore, Serra High) and Arnold Voa (sophomore, Waianae High in Hawaii) each had a sack. Christian Prince (freshman, Scripps Ranch High) and Mike Andrade (sophomore, San Pasqual High) broke up passes.

Sam Tapia (freshman, Cathedral Catholic) boomed a 51-yard punt to end the scrimmage. Reggie Wilson (freshman, Escondido High) kicked a 37-yard field goal.

The Comets' second intrasquad scrimmage will be next Saturday, with the season opener at Citrus College in two weeks on Sept. 5.

"Next Saturday will be another evaluation," Early said. "We'll make it as much like a game as possible, starting off with a full 15-minute quarter. We've got a ways to go, but I was pleasantly suprised by today."

The Comets got through the morning virtually unscathed injury-wise.

Dunn to D-II national power Azusa Pacific

SAN MARCOS (7-29-1015 / REVISED 8-13-2015) -- Palomar's Alex Dunn (left), a 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive tackle from Vista Murrieta High School, has become the third Comet football player to move on to a four-year college program in the late summer.

Dunn will play at NCAA Division II national power Azusa-Pacific University, which was 10-1 last season.

Previously in the July-August window, tight end Sam Browning, who stayed at Palomar in 2013-14 to complete his A.A. degree, accepted a scholarship to Division I FCS Eastern Michigan University.

And linebacker Toeafua Amu accepted a scholarship to Florida Atlantic, a third-year D-II program that has its eyes on moving up to the Division I FCS level.

Escondido High School product Browning, who has run a 4.6 in the 40, has added 25 pounds since his sophomore season. He had been offered a full-ride scholarship by Colorado a year ago when the Buffaloes needed a community college tight end to come in immediately. But Browning remained at Palomar through the 2015 spring semester to finish academic requirements for his A.A. degree.

Amu is out of El Camino High School.

Browning caught 27 passes for 335 yards as a sophomore for the Comets while playing in only seven of 10 games due to an injury.

He had 21 catches in the last four games -- six receptions against Cerritos, three catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns vs. Saddleback, four receptions vs. Santa Ana and eight catches for 101 yards in the season finale vs. Grossmont.

Eastern Michigan's biggest game of 2015 will find the Eagles playing LSU in Baton Rouge Oct. 3.

Player (High School) 4-Year College
TE Sam Browning (Escondido) Eastern Michigan (D I FBS)
LB Dylan Donahue (Billings West, MT) West Georgia (NCAA Div. II semis)
CB Bryan Jones (Great Oak) Colorado State-Pueblo (D II national champions)
DE Ian Kelly (Temecula Chaparral) Colorado State-Pueblo (D II national champions)
CB Javante O'Roy (Antelope, CA) Texas State (D I FBS)
DT Joe Naotala (Army-Navy Academy) Montana State (D I FCS)
LB Austin Wolff (Fallbrook) Portland State (D I FCS)
WR M.J. Bailey (San Marcos) Idaho State (D I FCS)
OT Alex Dunn (Vista Murrieta) Azusa Pacific (10-1 in D II in 2014)
OLB Toeafua Amu (El Camino) Florida Tech (D II)
LS Jared Sargent (Temecula Valley) Azusa Pacific (10-1 in D II in 2014)
SL/PR Damon Nolan (Murrieta Valley) Baker University, Kansas (NAIA)
DT Dominic Darby (Mission Hills) Midland College, Nebraska (NAIA)

Palomar will visit Citrus College to kick off the 2015 football season on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. Charlie Long (above), the 2014 team's starting center who came to Palomar as a transfer from Purdue prior to last season and returns this fall, is about to snap the ball in last season's 47-20 victory over Santa Ana College. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets to open season at Citrus on Sept. 5

SAN MARCOS (7-07-2015) -- Palomar, coming off a 7-4 season and expeced to be improved this fall, will kick off its 2015 football season on Saturday, Sept. 5 on the road against Citrus College in Glendora.

Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. at Citrus College Stadium. The Comets defeated the Owls 35-28 in last year's season opener at Wilson Stadium in Escondido.

Coach Joe Early's team will play home games against Long Beach City College, San Diego Mesa, Grossmont, Golden West and Fullerton. The Comets' other away games will be against Saddleback, Moorpark, Orange Coast and Santa Ana.

Sat, Sep 5 Citrus at Citrus College Stadium, Glendora 6 PM
Sat, Sep 12 Long Beach City College at Wilson Stadium, Escondido 6 PM
Sat, Sep 19 San Diego Mesa at Wilson Stadium, Escondido 6 PM
Sat, Sep 26 Saddleback at Saddleback Stadium, Mission Viejo - x 6 PM
Sat, Oct 3 Grossmont at Wilson Stadium, Econdido - x 6 PM
Sat, Oct 10 Moorpark at Griffin Stadium, Moorpark College, Moorpark 6 PM
Sat, Oct 17 Orange Coast at LeBard Stadium, Orange Coast, Costa Mesa - x 6 PM
Sat, Oct 31 Golden West at Wilson Stadium, Escondido - x 6 PM
Sat, Nov 7 Fullerton at Wilson Stadium, Escondido - x 1 PM
Sat, Nov 14 Santa Ana College at Eddie West Field, Santa Ana Stadium - x 1 PM
x -- SCFA National Division Southern Conference game

Ex-PC, Wyoming star Mace lands team honor

CALGARY, Alberta, Canada (5-19-2015) -- Corey Mace, who starred at Palomar and the University of Wyoming and played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, has been honored with perhaps the Calgary Stampeeders' most prestigious award.

The CFL team, for whom Mace has played on the defensive line since 2010, awarded him the President's Ring, voted on by the players and  presented annually since 1967 to a teammate that exhibit both excellence on the field and exceptional contributions to the Calgary community.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle, who grew up in Vancouver in a single-parent household and blossomed as a player in two seasons under head coach Joe Early and defensive line coach J.G. Aegerter with the Comets, has also played in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts. His first season with the Stampeeders was highlighted when he recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to spark a late victory over Saskatchewan.

He led the Stampeeders' interior linemen with 25 tackles during the 2012 season and lined up on offense and scored on a 1-yard touchdown reception in an Oct. 26 game against the British Columbia Lions, a team Calgary eventually defeated in the Grey Cup semifinals.

Mace has come up especially big in two post-season runs for Calgary, including two Grey Cups (CFL championship games). He made two huge plays on Nov. 30, 2014, including a key sack that helped lift the Stampeeders to a 20-14 victory over the Tiger-Cats in the 102nd Grey Cup at BC Place in Vancouver.

But the clincher for winning the President's Ring award was Mace's community service. He founded Mace's Faces, which brings 25 at-risk youths to every Stampeeders home game, and also heads an organization that supplies turkeys and hams to local food banks and charities. He personally delivers the holiday birds.

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