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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 non-conference game

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.


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 (10-06-2015) -- Palomar sophomore 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 Saturday. 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 down G-House

ESCONDIDO (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 way.

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 fourth quarter.

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 must-win situation

ESCONDIDO (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 must-win situations.

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 West.

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 Griffins' defense.

"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 EastCountySports.com.

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 Griffins' defense.

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.



Player (High School) 4-Year College
TE Sam Browning (2013 team) (Escondido) Eastern Michigan (D I FCS)
LB Dylan Donahue (Billings West, MT) West Georgia (NCAA Div. II semifinalists)
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)
LS Jared Sargent (2013) (Temecula Valley) Azusa Pacific (D II)
SL/PR Damon Nolan (Murrieta Valley) Baker University, Kansas (NAIA)
DT Dominic Darby (Mission Hills) Midland College, Nebraska (NAIA)

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