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2016 Season ...

TOP PHOTO: LaMont Chaney beats an RCC defender to catch a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Romero for the Comets' first touchdown. The TD came after the Tigers scored the first two TDs of the day. A 24-yard Romero-to-Robert Ursua completion on the previous play ignited a Palomar surge. MIDDLE PHOTO: Antonio Davidson (93) recovers a fumble to set up the second Palomar touchdown. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Justin Sturm (48) intercepts a Riverside pass. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets, Tigers trade big plays in scrimmage

ESCONDIDO (8-27-2016) -- Palomar's young football team, scrimmaging against another college for the first time since 2008, hosted one of the top community college teams in the nation on Saturday at Wilson Stadium's Chick Embrey Field and held its own.

Coach Joe Early's Comets and Riverside City College, under former Palomar coach Tom Craft, traded big plays throughout a 20-minute live game-condition quarter to begin the afternoon. The teams then broke up into two back-to-back controlled scrimmages from the 40-yard lines as Palomar's offense faced RCC's defense going toward the North end zone and the Tigers' offense went against the Comets' defense facing the South end zone.

In the live quarter, Palomar scored three touchdowns, on a 38-yard pass from quarterback Matt Romero to LaMont Chaney, a 9-yard pass from Romero to Nate Johnson and an 11-yard pass from Romero to tight end Robert Ursua.

Each of the Comet TDs was set up by a big play. Romero connected on a 24-yard play to Ursua to set up the scoring pass to Chaney. Antonio Davidson pounced on an RCC fumble at the Tigers' 38 two plays before the Romero-to-Johnson touchdown. And a 50-yard pass play from Romero to Terrell Arnold down to the 11 set up the Romero-to-Ursua TD.

Sam Tapia converted after all three touchdowns and also boomed a 59-yard punt. Some other notable plays during the live quarter were a kickoff return into the open by Nate Kelly, Hunter Turner's fumble recovery at the Riverside 28-yard line, two big tackles by Brad Dozier and what would have been a violent sack by Roger Mann who had a clear shot at Riverside's quarterback from the blind side. The officials whistled what were about to be sacks and hits on the quarterbacks dead to protect the yellow-jersied quarterbacks from both teams.

In the twin controlled scrimmages that followed, second-string quarterback Connor Wynn threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Paterson and Justin Sturm intercepted a Riverside pass.

"(Riverside) threw a lot at us. They blitzed us a lot," Early said. "We didn't use much of our offense, stayed in our base defense and didn't blitz. Our main objective was to find out who can play. We have so many young guys."

The final verdict: "As inexperienced as we are, we showed a lot of resilence," Early added. "I think our younger guys started the scrimmage slightly tentative after (RCC's) pre-game warm-up, but then we settled down. Riverside is very fast and talented."

In the live scrimmage portion, with no score being kept, the Tigers and Comets combined to score seven touchdowns.

"We also avoided injuries. We wanted to get out of this thing healthy and for the most part we accomplished that," Early said. After a series of injuries by this time a year ago, the Comets have avoided serious injuries throughout Fall camp.

From 2009 through last season, California community college teams were not allowed to scrimmage other colleges due to cost containment, but that restriction was removed prior to the current season.

The Comets will play their opener next Saturday at 6 p.m. at Wilson Stadium with a non-conference game against Southwestern.

TOP PHOTO: Freshman McKinley Ross (Murrieta Mesa High) breaks for daylight after taking a handoff from quarterback Connor Winn (Mission Hills High). 2014 All-Southern California guard Khris Alvarez (No. 77, San Marcos High) and freshman tackle Prab Gill (No. 65, Great Oak High) block. MIDDLE PHOTO: Freshman Brandon Price (No. 37, Vista High) breaks up pass intended for freshman Davionte Taylor (Oceanside High).  DIRECTLY ABOVE: Sophomore Zach Gallina (Rancho Buena Vista High) returns an interception for a touchdown. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Young team holds own in first scimmage

SAN MARCOS (8-20-2016) -- With the season opener two weeks away, coach Joe Early was guardedly pleased with what he saw from his young squad in the Comets' intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning.

"I saw some really good things," Early said. "I also saw a lot of things we've got to clean up, but all of them are correctable."

The Comets rotated four quarterbacks and also alternated 11-on-11, 7-on-7, long- and short-yardage situations and, as the scrimmage wore on, goal-line situations all in rapid fire succession throughout the morning. And they escaped the first scrimmage basically injury free for the first time in recent memory.

"It was a completely situational scimmage. We scripted everything, right down to down-and-distance,"  Early said.

Defensively, the Comets returned two interceptions for touchdowns, both early in the scrimmage, the first one by Zach Gallina (Rancho Buena Vista High School) for 15 yards in a 7-on-7 session and the second one by Justin Sturm (Middletown, Connecticut High) for 20 yards in an 11-on-11 series.

Then the offense got untracked with two different quarterbacks passing for touchdowns in 11-on-11, the TD's going from Matt Romero (Oceanside High) to Nate Johnson (Vista High/Dixie State) for 23 yards and Ross Ebert (Fenton, Michigan High) to tight end Roman Brockbank (Great Oak High) for 10 yards. Romero tacked on a short TD pass to LaMont Chaney in a goal-line series.

Back in 7-on-7, Ebert and Terrell Arnold (Oceanside and Victor Valley high schools) hooked up on a 50-yard TD play and Davin Lemon-Rodriguez (Vista High/NCAA Division II St. Joseph's), who has yet to receive a game number, hooked up with Nate Kelly (Vista Murrieta High) for a 9-yard touchdown.

Connor Wynn (Mission Hills High/Southwestern College), who was second after Romero in the constant quarterback rotation, didn't find the end zone but moved the ball with double-digit yardage completions of 35, 16, 23 and 10 yards.

Brad Dozier and Keith Pullium recovered fumbles.

Kelly had a 39-yard kickoff return, Patrick Koch dropped in two field goals, Cal Poly transfer Dominique Love (Bishop's School/Cal Poly), Malavai Taylor and Danny Wood (Carlsbad High) broke up passes. J.D. Fox and Wesley Fonoti (Federal Day, Washington High School) contributed sacks.

Nick Zimmerman (Oceanside High), Fonoti and Devente Woods (Father Lopez High, Daytona Beach, Florida teamed up on a gang-tackle for loss. Jacob Gaines (Poway High) prevented a touchdown with his tackle in a goal-line series.

Of the above players listed, only Gallina, Chaney, Dozier (Valley Center High), Fox (Escondido High) and U.S. Army veteran Pullium played for the Comets last season. Koch (Del Norte High) is back from the 2014 team.

Each of the rest of the above players is either a true freshman, a transfer, or is coming off a red-shirt or gray-shirt season.

"We have so many freshmen and other new players we're bringing along," Early said.

Palomar will scrimmage Riverside City College next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Escondido High's Chick Embrey Field at Wilson Stadium, then will kick off the season against Southwestern in a non-conference game at the same location on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

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.

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 Harding 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


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.

Date and Opponent Time Location
8/27-vs. Riverside (scrim.) 4 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 6 PM   Falcon Stadium, Cerritos College, Norwalk
9/24-vs. Moorpark 6 PM   Chick Embrey Field, Wilson Stadium, Escondido High
10/01-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   Nathan Chapell Memorial Stadium, Yorba Linda High School
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


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