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Palomar cornerback Michael
Moore (No. 4), shown tackling Citrus' Robert Gonzalez in
the Comets' 24-14 season-opening win last September, has
signed an NCAA Division I FBS letter of intent with
Syracuse University of the ACC. Moore will have three
years of eligibility with the Orange. -- Photo by Hugh
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
"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
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.
great Toby Flanagan dead at 76
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Comets finished an injury-plagued
season 4-6 (2-4 in the Southern Conference). Santa Ana concluded
its season 1-9 (0-6).