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Off-Season

Palomar cornerback Michael Moore (No. 4), shown tackling Citrus' Robert Gonzalez in the Comets' 24-14 season-opening win last September, signed an NCAA Division I FBS letter of intent with Syracuse University of the ACC in March. Moore will have three years of eligibility with the Orange. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets' list of players to next level at 13

SAN MARCOS (6-29-2016) -- With multiple players still undecided, Palomar has released its list of four-year college football transfers, currently totaling 13 players and counting.

Cornerback Michael Moore, an Escondido High School product who accepted a scholarship to Syracuse University of the Atlantic Coast Conference in March after his freshman season for the Comets, will be a sophomore during the upcoming season and has three years of eligibility for the Orange. Everyone else will be juniors.

Two of the transfers, punter Cody Wuthrrich (Indiana University) and running back/kick returner Mike Taele (Western New Mexico) both remained at Palomar after their community college eligibility concluded to earn their A.A. degrees. Woodrich came to Palomar from La Costa Canyon High School, while Taele is from El Camino High.

Of the remaining transfers. Garrett Fiehler (Northern Arizona) is from Valley Center High School. Charlie Long, (Gannon University) is from Poway High School, Daviente Sayles is from Rancho Buena Vista High, Devyn Comer (Eastern New Mexico) is from Morse High, Arnold Voa and Matt Tamau'u are both from Waianae High in Hawaii, J.J. Taele is from El Camino High, Diovanni Brewer is from Oceanside High, Mike Stevens is from Valhalla High and Hunter Moore is from Mission Hills High.

PALOMAR FOOTBALL TRANSFERS
Player Pos. 4-Year Program
Michael Moore CB Syracuse University (D-I FBS)
Codey Wuthrich-x P Indiana University (D-I FBS)
Garrett Fiehler RB Northern Arizona University (D-I FCS)
Charlie Long C Gannon University (D-II)
Daviante Sayles RB University of West Florida (D-II)
Devyn Comer DE Eastern New Mexico University (D-II)
Arnold Voa DE Midwestern State (D-II)
Matt Matau'u DT Missouri S&T (D-II)
Mike Taele-x RB/KR Western New Mexico University (D-II)
Diovonni Brewer CB Montana Tech (NAIA)
J.J. Taele LB Rocky Mountain College (NAIA)
Mike Stevens OT Rocky Mountain College (NAIA)
Hunter Moore DT Dickinson State University (NAIA)
x--From Previous Palomar team

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PC will kick off its season Sept. 3 at home

SAN MARCOS (6-29-2016): Palomar has announced its 2016 football schedule, with the Comets kicking off the season with back-to-back non-conference home games on Saturday, Sept. 3 vs. Southwestern and Saturday, Sept. 10 vs. Santa Monica College.

The schedule includes five home games total, all scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturdays at Chick Embrey Field at Wilson Stadium. The Comets also will be home at Wilson Stadium to scrimmage Riverside City College one week before the opener, on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. Wilson Stadium is located at Escondido High School.

The Comets' other home games will be against Moorpark on Sept. 24, Orange Coast on Oct. 15 and Saddleback on Nov. 5. Palomar will play away games against Cerritos, Chaffey, Golden West, Fullerton and Grossmont.

2016 PALOMAR FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date and Opponent Time Location
8/27-vs. Riverside (scrim.) 2 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido High
9/03-vs. Southwestern 6 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido High
9/10-vs. Santa Monica 6 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido High
9/17-at Cerritos 7 PM   Falcon Stadium, Cerritos College, Norwalk
9/14-vs. Moorpark 6 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido High
10/08-at Chaffey 6 PM   Grigsby Field, Chaffey College Stadium
10/15-vs. Orange Coast-x 6 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido High
10/22-at Golden West-x 6 PM   LeBard Stadium, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
10-29-at Fullerton-x 1 PM   Hal Sherbeck Stadium, Fullerton College
11/05-vs. Saddleback-x 6 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido High
11/12-at Grossmont-x 1 PM   Mashin-Roth Memorial Stadium, Grossmont College, El Cajon
x-National Southern League game

Palomar cornerback Moore signs with Syracuse

SYRACUSE, New York (3-09-2016) -- Michael Moore, who started for Palomar's 2015 football team as a true freshman, has signed with Syracuse University of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"We hate to lose him after just one season," Palomar coach Joe Early said of the 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback who came to the Comets last fall out of Escondido High School. "But we'll never try to hold anyone back."

Moore had 34 tackles (26 solo) in 10 games for Palomar during 2015, with a year's high of nine in the Comets' 24-14 season-opening win over Citrus on Sept 5.

Moore intercepted three passes, returning one of the picks 60 yards for a touchdown against Moorpark on Oct. 10. He led the Comets with 10 pass break-ups and also had a forced fumble and a tackle for loss.

Palomar has a history with Syracuse football. Earl Vaughn, whose 846 yards rushing for coach Mack Wiebe during the 1974 season was the third-best all-time for the Comets at the time, also accepted a scholarship to Syracuse after his freshman year. He was the Orangemen's leading rusher in both 1975 and 1976 as their starting fullback.

Vaughn appeared on the cover of the Eastern Football Magazine pre-season preview edition prior to his junior season.

Vaughn's 15.1 yards per carry in a 21-3 victory over Oregon State on Oct. 2, 1975, when his 63-yard touchdown run broke the game open, is still the second-best in Syracuse history -- putting him in some rarified company.

Vaughn's mark trails only Ernie Davis' 15.7-yards per carry for the national champion Orangemen against West Virginia on Oct. 24, 1959. Davis was the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, in 1961, and was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. Davis died of leukemia in 1963.

Jim Brown, rated by many as the best running back in football history because of his accomplishments both for Syracuse and in his career with the Cleveland Browns from 1957-65, is fifth on Syracuse's all-time single-game yards-per-carry list, averaging 12.9 yards vs. Boston University in 1955. In 2002, The Sporting News named Brown as the greatest player in pro football history and NFL.com ranks him as the best NFL player of all-time.

All-time Palomar great Toby Flanagan dead at 76

BISHOP (1-29-2016) -- Legendary Palomar football star JonPaul "Toby" Flanagan, who scored 32 points for the Comets in an 83-0 victory over Santa Barbara City College in 1958, died in his present home of Bishop, CA on Monday following a three-year battle with cancer.

Flanagan, the 1956 Avocado League Player of the Year at Vista High School where he was a three-sport, three-year letterman, a two-time football Player of the Year at Palomar and two-time leading scorer in the old South Central Conference, scored all 32 points in the first half of that game on five touchdowns and a two-point conversion. 1958 was the first year that college football used the two-point conversion.

The 32 points still stands alone as the Palomar record. Flanagan's five touchdowns in the game set a Palomar mark that has since been tied by Lafo Malauulu vs. San Diego Mesa in 1984, Markeith Ross vs. Mt. SAC in 1992 and Daviante Sayles vs. Santa Ana this past Nov. 14.

Playing both ways, Flanagan returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the 1958 game, setting a Palomar record that was tied by the late Kevin Kelly vs. Cypress in 1967.

Flanagan received a football scholarship to Colorado State but never played after leaving Palomar. He and his wife Pat moved from Vista to Bishop,CA in 1999. While still living in Vista, he spent 10 years transporting disabled veterans to the V.A. Hospital in La Jolla and, after moving to Bishop, was a volunteer at the Methodist Church soup kitchen.

He was pre-deceased by son JonPaul Jr., brothers Mike and James and his parents and is survived by Pat Flanagan, his wife of 54 years, three daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Flanagan played under late coach Bob Bowman at Palomar.

2015 Season ...

Palomar alum and University of West Georgia junior defensive end Dylan Donahue helped lead the Wolves to a 12-2 record and the NCAA Division II semifinals. Donahue, who had 12 sacks in 12 games while missing two games due to an injury, was one of eight national finalists for the Gene Upshaw Award, presented annually to the nation's best lineman, on either offense or defense, in NCAA Division II. -- University of West Georgia photo

Donahue celebrates a dominant junior season

CARROLTON, Georgia (12-15-2015) -- Missing an opportunity to take his considerable talents to the NCAA Division I FCS level due to a clock issue, former Palomar All-Southern California defensive end Dylan Donahue didn't slow down a beat in his debut Division II season at the University of West Georgia.

The junior from Billings, Montana helped lead the Wolves to a 12-2 record, a Gulf South Conference co-championship, the Super Regional 2 championship and a spot in the NCAA Division II semifinals, where they lost to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State at Maryville, Missouri. West Georgia was ranked No. 3 by the American Football Coaches Association in the final post-playoff D-II national poll.

Donahue had 12 sacks in 12 games while missing two games due to an injury.

"(Donahue) has generated a tremendous amount of pass rush for us this season, and he's been very good against the run. Also, Dylan has played his best in our biggest games", West Georgia coach Will Hall said when Donahue was announced as one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Award, presented annually to the nation's best lineman, on either offense or defense, in Division II.

Sophomore running back Daviante Sayles, the Southern Conference's leading rusher, and freshman tight end Robert Ursua (No. 80, blocking for him) are pictured in Palomar's victory over San Diego Mesa. They were among eight Comets who made first-team all-conference. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

3 Comets make first team; 5 on second team

MISSION VIEJO (12-8-2015) -- Palomar landed three players on the 2015 All-Southern Conference first team and five on the second team in balloting among conference coaches.

Sophomore running back Daviante Sayles (Rancho Buena Vista High School), who led the conference in rushing, was selected first-team offense along with freshman tight end Robert Ursua (Bakersfield Liberty High / U.S. Navy) . Sophomore defensive end Devyn Comer (Morse High) also was named to the first team.

Quarterback Austin Early (Orange Glen High) and Micah Suh (El Camino High) were selected to the offensive second team. Suh was picked as a utility player. The Comets' three first-team picks on defense were sophomore tackle Hunter Moore (Mission Hills High), freshman inside linebacker J.D. Fox (Escondido High) and punt returner Wayne Ganan (Del Norte High).

Quarterback Johnny Stanton of Saddleback, which will play City College of San Francisco in the state community college championship game this Saturday afternoon in San Francisco), was named Offensive Player of the Year. Linebacker Thomas Cletcher (Fullerton College) was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

QB Early is voted Palomar MVP honors by team

SAN MARCOS (12-10-2015) -- Austin Early (left), who began the year as the third-team quarterback, worked his way up to starter and was the only QB to take a snap over the final six games -- beginning with 404 yards passing and three touchdowns in a 43-24 win vs. San Diego Mesa -- received the Comets' Most Valuable Player Award on Tuesday at the team's awards lunch at Hometown Buffet.

The award was voted on by the team.

Other awards voted on by the players went to running back Daviante Sayles (Outstanding Offensive Player), linebacker Devyn Comer (Outstanding Defensive Player), tight end Robert Ursua (Most Improved Offensive Player), linebacker/safety Christian Prince (Most Improved Defensive Player), center Charlie Long (Offensive Captain) and linebacker J.J. Taele (Defensive Captain). The two captains both missed much of the year with injuries but continued to show season-long leadership.

Early also took home the Kevin Kelly Award, named after the dominant undersized Palomar linebacker of the 1970s who died of cancer. Other awards went to Nigel Ward (Special Teams Hammer Award), Garrett Fiehler (Special Teams Iron Man Award), Micah Suh (Outstanding Special Teams Player), Luke Davis (GPA Award, 4.0) and Arnold Voa and Hunter Moore (Coaches Awards).

TOP PHOTO:Daviante Sayles hurdles two Santa Ana defenders on Saturday afternoon. He rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries and five touchdowns, the latter to tie Palomar's all-time single-game touchdown record and break the mark for rushing TDs. Sayles led the Comets to a 37-27 season-ending victory at Eddie West Field/Santa Ana Stadium. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Devyn Comer, who had three of Palomar's eight sacks DIRECTLY ABOVE: Quarterback Austin Early sets up Sayles' first touchdown with a 24-yard run on a quarterback keeper. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Devyn Comer, who had three of Palomar's eight sacks

Sayles' 5 TD runs tie, set PC marks in 37-27 win

SANTA ANA (11-14-2015) -- Palomar finished its football season with a 37-27 Southern Conference victory over Santa Ana College on Saturday afternoon at Eddie West Field/Santa Ana Stadium as running back Daviante Sayles, playing his last game as a Comet, went out in record-setting style.

Sayles tied a Palomar record for touchdowns in a game by scoring five times on runs of 1, 55 and 2 yards in the first half and 2 and 12 yards in the second half. He finished with 137 rushing yards on 20 carries

The sophomore out of Rancho Buena Vista High School tied the mark set by Toby Flanagan in the Comets' 83-0 victory over Santa Barbara City College in the sixth week of the 1958 season and equaled by Lafo Malauulu in a 55-19 win over San Diego Mesa on Thanksgiving Day 1984 and Markeith Ross in a 45-28 victory over Mt. SAC in the 1992 Simple Green Bowl.

Sayles now has the Comets' sing-game rushing TD record by himself with 5. Flanagan, playing both ways, returned 2 interceptions for touchdowns as part of his now 57-year-old record performance. Malauulu's touchdowns came on four pass receptions and a punt return. And Ross had a TD reception to go with four rushing touchdowns.

Sayles accounted for 30 of Palomar's 37 points Saturday, tying him for second on the all-time Palomar list for that category with Malauulu and Ross. Flanagan holds the record for points in a game with 32 points in that 1958 game. Along with his five touchdowns, he also had a two-point conversion run. 1958 was the first season the two-point conversion was used in college football.

Santa Ana took its only lead of the game 3-0 on a 43-yard field goal by Jonah Mack with 4:37 remaining in the opening period. The Comets answered back with a nine-play, 53-yard drive that culminated with Sayles' 1-yard touchdown with 7:08 to play in the quarter. Sayles' 55-yard run with 4:50 left made it 13-3 as the first period ended.

It was 20-13 at halftime and 23-20 entering the final quarter. Sayles upped Palomar's advantage to 37-20 by scoring his last two touchdowns of the day in the quarter's first 2 minutes and 7 seconds.

Reggie Wilson had the Comets' other seven points on four extra-point kicks and a 32-yard field goal.

Palomar spent most of the fourth quarter running down the clock.

Trayce Cauley added 60 yards rushing on 10 carries for the Comets, including a 36-yard run that set up a touchdown. Quarterback Austin Early added 103 yards passing and broke off a 24-yard run on a keeper to set up Sayles' first TD. LaMont Chaney was the leading receiver for Palomar with four catches for 31 yards, and tight end Robert Ursua had two receptions for 35 yards.

Palomar's defense was a huge factor in the victory. The Comets held the Dons to 5 yards rushing on the day, got interceptions fro Michael Moore and Malique Taylor, and fumble recoveries from Roger Mann and J.D. Fox. Michael Almodovar forced two fumbles.

Meanwhile, the Comets made life miserable for Santa Ana quarterback Thomas Becerra, sacking him eight times for 53 yards, led by Devyn Comer with 3 sacks for 20 yards. Hunter Moore and Mann each had a sack and combined on an additional sack, while Rafael Sangenes and Almodovar had a sack apiece.

In all, Palomar accumulated 12 tackles for losses for 61 yards. Diovanni Brewer was the tackle leader with 7. Michael Moore, Almodovar and Hunter Moore each had 5 tackles.

Punter Sam Tapia, playing with an injured kicking foot, had a 52-yarder that got the Comets out of questionable field position and deposited 2 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The Comets finished an injury-plagued season 4-6 (2-4 in the Southern Conference). Santa Ana concluded its season 1-9 (0-6).

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