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Offense and defense
both have their moments
MARCOS (8-23-2014) --
offensive and defensive units both had their share of the
spotlight at Palomar's intrasquad football scrimmage on
"I thought the offense came
out and moved the ball pretty well," coach Joe Early
said. "The defense tightened up in the red area and
forced us to settle for field goals, and that was a
good sign on that side of the ball."
the Comets looked significantly better than they did
in the opening scrimmage a year ago.
quarterback Brett Hollingsworth (above left), who was
CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Offensive
Player of the Year last season at Citrus Hill High
School in Perris after his spectacular passing
numbers led the Hawks to a 13-1
record and section championship, was effective sharing duties with
three other QBs.
completed 9-of-13 passes for 52 yards in the
11-on-11 portion of the scrimmage, while Collin
Jones (formerly of El Camino High) was 5-of-6 for 42
yards. M.J. Bailey (San Marcos High) and Damon Nolan
(Murrieta Valley) combined for seven receptions in 11-on-11 for 69
scoring during 11-on-11 came on a 38-yard and
40-yard fields goal
by Patrick Koch (Del Norte) and a 4-yard touchdown run by Shawn
Cameron (Carlsbad) as Hollingsworth returned to the field to
engineer a drive near the end of the scrimmage. Mitch
Bertram (Escondido High, McKendree University) passed for two touchdowns during 7-on-7, to
Nolan and Tyler Crayton (Carlsbad).
safety Shalimar Lawson-Hinds (Temecula Valley),
pictured above right, had a
big-play morning, breaking up a pass in the end zone
in 11-on-11 and coming up with an interception in
7-on-7. Bryan Jones-Vanney (Temecula Great Oak) also had an interception.
The Comets alternated
11-on-11 and 7-on-7 sessions throughout the scrimmage.
had a 46-yard kickoff return. Codey Wuthrich (La
contributed a 44-yard punt.
"What I was
looking for was to come out and establish a level of
performance and maintain it, and we did pretty
well," Early said. The Comets only had four
penalties, and didn't turn the ball over in
2014 Pre-Season ...
PC, Arizona St. alum Schwab
returns to NFL
(8-02-2014) -- Former
Palomar and Arizona State offensive tackle Brice Schwab has
returned to the NFL. Schwab signed with the Houston Texans last
week and has already made an impact in drills at the Texans
Training Facility in Houston.
The 6-foot-7, 302-pound
Schwab was with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers and the New England
Patriots during the 2013 pre-season.
Schwab was ranked as the
No. 9 No. 9 community college recruit in the nation and the No.
2 offensive lineman by Rivals.com coming out of Palomar
following the 2009 season when the Comets went 10-3, reached the
Southern California championship game and were ranked No. 8
nationally by the JC Grid-Wire of Kirkland, WA.
verballed to USC, de-committed when coach Pete Carroll left the
Trojans for the Seattle Seahawks and chose Arizona State over
Oklahoma and Florida State, both of which also recruited him
heavily. He played in nine games for the Sun Devils in 2010,
red-shirted in 2011, then started all 13 games at right tackle
as a senior in 2012 for a team that averaged 205.5 yards
rushing, Arizona State's best total in 25 seasons.
Houston opens the
preseason Saturday night at Arizona.
The other former Comet
currently on an NFL roster is wide receiver Saalim Hakim, who
has been clocked a 4.28 in the 40 and is beginning his second
season with the New York Jets.
returns a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in Palomar's 38-16
victory over Orange Coast on Sept. 28, 2013. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Simmons signs with
SAN MARCOS (7-01-2014) -
Palomar kick returner and running back Earvin Simmons, a
sophomnore from Murrieta Valley High School and a
first-team All-Southern Conference selection last fall as a
sophomore, will play at MidAmerican Nazarene University in
Former Palomar, Kansas State University
and NFL running back Joe Hall will be Simmons' position coach.
Simmons returned 22 kickoffs for 709
yards for the Comets in 2013, an average of 32.2 yards per
Palomar's earlier signees
were kicker Jonathan Leiva (UNLV), quarterback Ryan
Lamb (Central Michigan), defensive end Brian
Gundling (Texas State), middle linebacker Sylvewter
Hagen (Missouri Southern State), running back Aaron
Mossbarger (MidAmerican Nazarene), tight end Brett
Hayes (Southwest Oklahoma State) and corner Daichi
Kozu (Baker University of Kansas).
Safety Stephen Parks, making a tackle against Riverside City
College in a 2013 game, will sign with Southern Utah. --
Photo by Hugh Cox
PC's leading tackler Parks to sign with So. Utah
MARCOS (5-27-2014) --
Palomar's leading tackler last season, will sign
with NCAA Division I Football Championship
Subdivision Southern Utah University.
Parks, a 6-foot-0, 200-pound safety out of
Escondido High School, had 147 tackles, 3
interceptions, 10 pass break-ups and 2 forced
fumbles as a starting safety for the Comets
during the last two seasons.
During the 2013 season, Parks led the Comets
with 82 tackles (55 solo) and also had 4.5
tackles for losses, 1 interception, 5 pass
break-ups and a forced fumble.
Southern Utah, a member of the Big Sky
Conference located in Cedar City Utah, went 8-4
during the 2013 regular season before losing to
Sam Houston State in the FCS national playoffs.
The Thunderbirds will open the 2014 season at
Nevada on Aug. 30 and also will play
Southeastern Louisiana, South Dakota State,
Fresno State, Weber State, Cal Poly, Eastern
Washington, Idaho State, North Dakota,
Sacramento State, Montana and Northern Arizona.
Sophomore defensive end Dylan Donahue (No. 49) could be one of
the most highly-recruited football players the Comets have had.
Miami, Oregon and Cincinnati were among schools already in the
mix in the spring. Donahue, who had 67 tackles, 13.5 tackles for
losses, 8.5 sacks, 3 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery
as a freshman last season, will be showcased beginning Sept. 6
when the Comets kick off the 2014 season against Citrus at
Wilson Stadium. Donahue is shown here in last season's 31-14
victory over El Camino. BELOW: Joe Early, who
will be in his 13th season as Palomar's head coach. He's had
seven nationally-ranked teams in his first 12 years, compiling a
75-53 record. -- Photos by Hugh Cox.
Comets will open Sept. 6 vs.
Citrus at home
MARCOS (5-13-2-14) --
Like the Comets themselves, Palomar's non-conference football
schedule will have a new look this Fall.
Joe Early will begin his 13th season as
the Comets' head coach when they kick off the season on Saturday
night, Sept. 6, against Citrus at home at Wilson Stadium in
Escondido. In their other non-conference games, they play at
Long Beach City College on Sept. 13, at San Diego Mesa on Sept.
20 and at home vs. Moorpark on Oct. 11.
In the powerful Southern Conference,
Palomar will open against Saddleback at home on Sept. 27 and
also will play at Grossmont on Oct. 4, against Orange Coast at
home on Oct. 28, on the road against Golden West at Orange
Coast's LeBard Stadium on Nov.1, vs. 2013 state runner-up
Fullerton at Yorba Linda High School's Nathan Shapell Memorial
Stadium on Nov. 8 and at home vs. Santa Ana on Nov. 15.
Seven of the Comets' games 10 games
will be placed at 6 p.m. The Golden West game will have a 7
p.m.kickoff, and the Grossmont and Fullerton games will be
played at 1 p.m.
PALOMAR 2014 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
6 -- vs. Citrus at Wilson Stadium,
Escondido High School, 6 p.m.
13 -- vs. Long Beach City College at
Veterans Stadium, Long Beach CC, 6 p.m.
20 -- vs. San Diego Mesa at Merrill
Douglas Stadium, Mesa College, 6 p.m.
27 -- vs. Saddleback (Conf. game) at
Wilson Stadium, Escondido High School, 6 p.m.
4 -- vs. Grossmont (Conf. game) at
Roth-Mashin Field, 1 p.m.
11 -- vs. Moorpark at Wilson Stadium,
Escondido High School, 6 p.m.
18 -- vs. Orange Coast (Conf. game) at
Wilson Stadium, Escondido High School, 6 p.m.
1 -- vs. Golden West (Conf. game) at
LeBard Stadium, Orange Coast College, 7 p.m.
8 -- vs. Fullerton (Conf. game) at
Shapell Stadium, Yorba Linda High School, 1 p.m.
15 -- vs. Santa Ana (Conf. game) at
Wilson Stadium, Escondido High School, 6 p.m.
Palomar running back Aaron Mossbarger,
who has accepted a full scholarship to MidAmerica Nazarene,
dives into the endzone to score a touchdown vs. state runner-up
Fullerton College last October. Former Palomar, Kansas State and
NFL running back Joe Hall is the Pioneers' running backs coach.
-- Photo by Hugh Cox
Mossbarger to play for Joe Hall
MARCOS (5-13-2014) --
Aaron Mossbarger, an Escondido High School product who played
running back for Palomar for the past two football seasons, has
signed as a scholarship player with MidAmerica Nazarene
University, an NAIA member school in Olathe, Kansas.
Former Palomar, Kansas State and NFL
running back Joe Hall is the Pioneers' running back coach.
Mossbarger played in seven games for
the Comets last fall and in 15 games over the last two seasons
while missing some action with injuries. He won Palomar's 2012
Iron Man special teams award and was a part-time starter at
running back for the 2013 team. .
Comets who signed earlier have been
kicker Jonathan Leiva with UNLV, quarterback Ryan Lamb (Central
Michigan), defensive end Brian Guendling (Texas State), middle
linebacker Sylveswter Hagen (Missouri Southern State), tight end
Brett Hayes (Southwestern Oklahoma State) and middle linebacker
Offisa Kose from the Comets' 2012 team, who sat out last
season (Western New Mexico).
A wave of other Comets are expected to
move on to the four-year level as the spring semester ends,
including tight ends Sam Browning and Ryan Ena, and safety
PC adds ex-Notre Dame, Stanford
MARCOS (3-03-2014) --
Head coach Joe Early has upgraded Palomar's football coaching
staff by bringing in Bill Diedrick as the Comets' quarterbacks
coach. Dietrick's hiring is effective immediately, which follows
approval of the Palomar College board.
Diedrick has a top-flight Division I
background. He was offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at
Washington State (1989-1990), the University of Washington
(1994-1997), Stanford (1998-2001) and Notre Dame (2002-2004).
His Stanford offense averaged 30.4
points and 422.4 yards per game in his four seasons there,
including 37.1 points and 451.5 yards in 2001 when the Cardinal
ranked in the Top 10 nationally in both categories. Stanford
broke a 50-year-old school record in 1999 with 409 total points,
and broke a second school record with 5,138 yards of total
Dietrick developed such quarterbacks as
Brady Quinn, Marques Tuiasosopo, Drew Bledsoe and John Friesz.
He's coached 12 quarterbacks who moved on to the NFL.
"When Bill became available, it was an
opportunity we just couldn't pass up," Early said. "His resume
stands on its own. I'm really looking forward to leaning on his
experience, and the same goes for my brother (offensive
coordinator Dan Early). This is without even mentioning what
having Bill on board brings to the table in terms of developing
our players, especially at the quarterback position, and in
recruiting and in moving our players on."
Dietrick was a four-sport letter winner
at Eastern Washington University, where he was an NAIA
All-American quarterback and team MVP, and began his coaching
career as a graduate assistant, coaching quarterbacks and
receivers at the University of Hawaii.
THE BILL DIETRICK FILE ...
2002-2004 -- UNIVERSITY OF
NOTRE DAME, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
1998-2001 -- STANFORD
UNIVERSITY, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks
(1998 -- Led Pac-10 in passing offense; 1999 -- Led Pac-10 in
passing offense, total offense and scoring, Pac-10 Champions;
Most prolific offense in Stanford history; 2001 -- Led Pac-10 in
rushing offense, total offense and scoring
1994-97 -- UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks (UW
all-time career passing and total offense leader
1989-1990 -- WASHINGTON
STATE UNIVERSITY, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks
(passing offense ranked No. 1 in Pac-10; scoring offense ranked
second in Pac-10 and 15th nationally)
2008-2009 -- Indiana State
University, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks and Wide
2007-2008 -- Toronto Argonauts,
CFL, Assistant Coach-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers
(2007 Eastern Division Champions)
2005-2006 -- Calgary
Stampeders, CFL, Assistant Coach, Quarterbacks and Wide
1991-1992 -- Edmonton Eskimos,
CFL, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers and
Running Backs (More than 8,000 yards total offense and
671 points scored, Western Division Champions, 1991)
1986-1988 -- University of
Idaho, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers
(nationally Top 3-ranked nationally in passing offense three
straight years; All-American quarterback)
1984-1885 -- Montana State
University, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive
Coordinator-Quarterbacks (1984 NCAA I-AA National
1982-1983 -- Whitworth College,
Assistant Head Coach (led nation in passing offense and
second in total offense)
1971-1981 -- High
School Coach in Spokane, WA
1970-1971 -- University of
Hawaii, Graduate Assistant Coach-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers