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Sayles rushes for 133 yards but
(10-10-2015) -- After a decisive victory
over Grossmont one week earlier,
Palomar came up flat in a non-conference football
game at previously winless Moorpark on
Saturday night at Griffin Stadium.
The result: the Comets
imploded on opportunity after opportunity and the
Raiders posted a 24-14 upset victory that leaves
Palomar at 3-3 on the season as the Comets return to
Southern Conference action next Saturday evening at
Orange Coast. Palomar never was able to get in sync
and followed its best game of the season with its
Daviante Sayles, making many of his
yards on his own behind an injury-depleted offensive line,
rushed for 133 yards on 27 tough carries which accounted for a
huge percentage of the Comets' 178 offensive yards.
The Comets scored on an 11-yard pass play from Austin Early to Wayne Ganan in
the right corner of the end zone midway through the
first quarter and on a 60-yard interception return
by Michael Moore (above right) early in the second
The Early-to-Ganan pass
tied the game at 7-7 after Reggie Wilson's PAT kick.
Moore's interception return pulled the Comets to
within three points at 17-14 after the Raiders had
opened up a 17-7 lead.
Palomar also missed a
second-quarter field goal attempt and couldn't
capitalize after forcing the Raiders to punt from
their own 1-yard line.
The Comets had their share
of big plays in the loss. Brad Dozier and J.D. Fox
recovered fumbles in Moorpark territory, and
Christian Prince intercepted a pass
and returned it 40 yards to the Moorpark 39-yard
line with 5:52 left in the third period. But Palomar
was unable to turn any of those opportunities - plus
others -- into points.
Ganan caught six passes for 63 yards. Aeden
Bartolowits made five possession pass receptions in
heavy traffic and
punter Sam Tapia had a big game. Tapia pinned the
Raiders at their own 6-yard line with a 45-yarder
early in the game, dropping two kicks inside the 20.
The Raiders are 1-4 on the
season. It was the first victory for their new head
coach, Mike Stuart.
SEASON GAME-BY GAME
Palomar's Christian Prince (No. 224)
hauls down Grossmont receiver Christian Brooks in the second
quarter of the Comets' 43-24 win over the Griffins last week.
The Comets play a non-conference game at Moorpark on Saturday
evening. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets at Moorpark in
MOORPARK (10-09-2015) --
Palomar will play a non-conference game against Moorpark at the
Raiders' Griffen Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m.
It will be a warm-up for
the Comets for a return to Southern Conference action at Orange
Coast next week and at home the following week against state No.
3-ranked and nationally No. 10-ranked Golden West.
The Comets enter Saturday's game with a
3-2 record as they pass the halfway point in the season.
Moorpark is 0-4.
Palomar will be taking a break from its
schedule in the Southern Conference, where the Comets are 1-1.
Austin Early, who made his starting
debut last week in a 43-24 victory over Grossmont, will get his
second start at quarterback in Saturday's game. He threw for 408
yards and three touchdowns against the Griffins.
The Comets still don't have their best
lineman, center Charlie Long, back from what an injury that has
sidelined him the entire season. But The offensive line played
its best game to date vs. Grossmont.
Defensively, field linebacker
(basically strong safety) Brad Dozier and Arnold Voa lead the
Comets in tackles.
SATURDAY'S PALOMAR LINEUP
Quarterback Austin Early, the Southern Conference
Offensive Player of the Week and the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for
all sports, breaks into the open on a
20-yard third-quarter run in Palomar's 43-24 victory
over Grossmont on Saturday night. Early, a sophomore
making his first college start, passed for 408 yards
and three touchdowns. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
PC's Early is Player of Week,
Athlete of Week
LONG BEACH / SAN DIEGO
quarterback Austin Early, who passed for 408 yards and three touchdowns in
his first community college start in Saturday's win over
Grossmont, received two major honors for his performance.
The Southern California Football
Association selected Early as the
Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference, Palomar's all-sports conference,
named him Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports.
Early also rushed for 77 positive yards
and passed for a two-point conversion. He's the first Palomar
quarterback to throw for 400 yards since Andy Goodenough, who
went on to play for Arizona State, passed for 402 yards and
three TDs as the Comets beat Chaffey 20-13 in the 2001 Southern
California Championship Game.
Palomar's Michael Prayer, a freshman
from Vista Murrieta High School and a second-generation Comet,
hauls down Grossmont receiver Christian Brooks short of a first
down at the G-House 19-yard line
on a third-down play early in the second quarter
Malik Bell (91) and
Diovanni Brewer (29) arrive to help.The
Griffins were forced to punt on the next play and the Comets
drove 61 yards in 13 plays to score on a 2-yard run by Daviante
Sayles (below). Sayles caught nine passes from Austin Early for
118 yards and rushed for two touchdowns. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Early (408 yards), Comets burn
(10-3-2015) -- Palomar
needed a boost in the worst way in Saturday's home football game
against Grossmont College. Austin Early gave them one, in a huge
Early, the son of head coach Joe Early
and nephew of offensive coordinator Dan Early who has patiently
waited for his chance for 2 1/2 seasons -- first as a grayshirt
and then as a little-used back-up -- finally got it in the form
of his first start since his high school senior season of 2012.
And the Orange Glen High School product made the most of it.
Early connected on 30-of-47 pass
attempts for 408 yards (not counting a two-point conversion pass
to LaMont Chaney) and three touchdowns. He rushed for an
additional 77 yards (winding up with 44 net due to five sacks)
as the Comets trashed the G-House 43-24 at Wilson Stadium's
Chick Embrey Field in what was "must-win" Southern Conference
game for both teams.
The winner, in this case Palomar, would
catapult back into the Southern Conference race. The loser could
pretty much kiss its conference championship hopes goodbye. In
this case, that would be the Griffins.
Palomar (3-2, 1-1) had plenty of
additional stars on a night the Comets piled up 559 offensive
yards to 257 for a Grossmont team that came within two points of
shocking nationally No. 2-ranked Riverside City College two
weeks ago, losing by two points 31-29.
Daviante Sayles caught nine of Early's
passes for 118 yards and also rushed for 86 yards and two
touchdowns, totaling 204 all-purpose yards. Tight end Robert
Ursua had eight catches for 81 yards. Wayne Gannon had two
touchdown receptions. Palomar's much-maligned offensive line of
sophomores Luke Davis and Mike Stevens and freshmen Mo Cannon,
Ydan Guerrero, Matt Kesling and Ursua had its best game of the
season, hands down.
Defensively, the Comets made big plays
all night long, minus 2 minutes and 10 seconds of hell early in
the third quarer when the Griffins struck for 21 unanswered
points to turn a 13-0 Palomar lead into a 21-13 Grossmont lead.
Coordinator J.G. Aegerter's defense
held the visitors to one third-down conversion on 14 attempts.
Devyn Comer recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks for 17
yards among his six tackles. He also had a crucial quarterback
hurry. Brad Dozier (5 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss) came up big
in the first half to help set the tone in back-to-back scoreless
quarters for Grossmont. Hunter Moore had 2.5 tackles for loss,
blocked a kick and contributed a key pass break-up. Diovanni
Brewer broke up 3 passes, Arnold Voa 2 passes.
All the above helped the Comets limit
the Griffins (2-3, 0-2) to only 21 minutes of possession time
(Palomar had just under 39 minutes). The Comets also were able
to run off 94 offensive plays (Grossmont had 61).
And Reggie Wilson kicked three field
goals of 30, 40 and 34 yards on three attempts and was 4-for-4
on extra points.
After Grossmont outscored Palomar 24-9
in the third quarter and appeared it had taken command of the
game, the Comets answered by outscoring the Griffins 21-0 in the
Early became the first Palomar
quarterback to pass for 400 yards in a game since Andy
Goodenough, who would go on to play at Arizona State, threw for
402 yards and three TDs in a 20-14 victory over Chaffey in the
2001 Southern California championship game.
ABOVE: No pass
interference call was made on this play, during which a
Saddleback defender appears to grab Wayne Ganan's jersey with
4:30 left in the first quarter last Saturday night in Mission
Viejo. The Comets wound up punting on the ensuing play. -- Photo
by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Austin Early, who will
start at quarterback on Saturday evening against Grossmont
Comets, Griffs both face
(10-2-2015) -- Palomar and Grossmont
College find themseves in the same boat as the two teams
prepare for a Southern Conference game on Saturday
(Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium at Escondido High
School, 6 p.m.).
Each with a conference loss,
both the Comets (2-2, 0-1) and Griffins (also 2-2, 0-1) face
Both put themselves into this
situation with losses last week. Grossmont, which nearly
upset state No. 1-ranked and nationally No. 2-ranked
(JCGridiron.com) Riverside City College two weeks ago
(losing 31-29), couldn't get on the scoreboard until late in
the game in a 17-7 loss to nationally 10th-ranked Golden
Palomar led Saddleback
entering the fourth quarter on the road before losing 30-13.
For Grossmont sophomore
safety Airric Parker, it all comes down to the play of the
"We need to force (Palomar)
to pass, because I don't think they'll be able to beat us if
they have to go through the air," Parker told
The Comets' chances, coach
Joe Early feels, depend on getting the job done on all three
phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams -- a
mantra he recites before every game. Last week against
Saddleback, Palomar did that part of the time. But part of
the time, the Comets didn't get it done. And the Gauchos
were able to capitalize. The elephant in the room for
Palomar once again was mistakes.
Michael Carrillo, back at
what coach Mike Jordan says is "full speed" after missing
the Riverside game with an injury, will be at quarterback
for the Griffins.
Austin Early will get his
first start for the Comets.
The game features two
outstanding running backs, Grossmont's Thomas McDonald, who
is averaging 7.5 yards on 43 carries and has committed to
the University of Utah, and Palomar's Daviente Sayles.
Linebacker Nick Galatis (44
tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception for a touchdown) leads the
End Arnold Voa and field
linebacker Brad Dozier help lead a Palomar balanced Palomar
defense with a combined 42 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4
sacks, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery between them.
FOOTBALL SIGNINGS, TRANSFERS
|Player (High School)
|TE Sam Browning (2013 team)
Michigan (D I FCS)
|LB Dylan Donahue (Billings
Georgia (NCAA Div. II semifinalists)
|CB Bryan Jones (Great Oak)
State-Pueblo (D II national champions)
|DE Ian Kelly (Temecula
State-Pueblo (D II national champions)
|CB Javante O'Roy (Antelope,
(D I FBS)
|DT Joe Naotala (Army-Navy
State (D I FCS)
|LB Austin Wolff (Fallbrook)
State (D I FCS)
|WR M.J. Bailey (San Marcos)
(D I FCS)
|LS Jared Sargent (2013)
Pacific (D II)
|SL/PR Damon Nolan (Murrieta
University, Kansas (NAIA)
|DT Dominic Darby (Mission
College, Nebraska (NAIA)