Comets win SoCal championship
Palomar College defeated Chaffey 20-14 on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Chaffey for the Southern California football championship but lost to eventual National Champion City College of San Francisco for the State title Saturday, Dec. 8, in Visalia. Fox Sports Net will air the game live at 1 p.m. The Comets jumped out to a 20-0 lead on Chaffey in the Southern California Championship game. and continued on to record their 10th victory in 11 games. Andy Goodenough connected on 24 of 34 passes (no interceptions) for 402 yards and three touchdowns. He's thrown for 3,238 yards and 36 TDs this season. Rory Palmer rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries. Larry Slaughter caught eight passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns Ben Bresnahan had five receptions for 112 yards and a TD. Deondre Alexander contributed five catches for 81 yards. LB Ray Holdcraft had a fumble recovery and an interception. Free safety Greg Farr came up big, recovering a fumble and breaking up four passes. Farr also appeared to intercept a pass, but was ruled out of bounds. Bresnahan's 39-yard TD reception gave Palomar a 20-0 lead in the third quarter before special teams breakdowns allowed Chaffey to get back in the game. The Panthers got on the board on an 80-yard kickoff return immediately following Bresnahan's TD, and the Comets were 0-3 on field goals while missing an extra point. Palomar outgained Chaffey, which was 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in Southern California entering the game, 536 yards to 261 in total offense.
J.C. GRID-WIRE NATIONAL TOP TEN AS OF 11-20-01: 1. City College of San Francisco, 10-0; 2. Kilgore (Texas), 11-0; 3. (Tie) Fresno City College, 10-0, and Georgia Military, 10-0; 5. (Tie) Palomar, 9-1, and Pasadena City College, 9-1; 7. Chaffey, 9-0; 8. Jones County (Miss.), 10-1; 9. Dixie State (Utah), 10-1; 10. Butler County (Kansas), 10-1.
NATIONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES ALLIANCE USA RATINGS AS OF 11-25-01: 1. City College of San Francisco, 10-0; 2. Georgia Military, 10-0; 3. Kilgore (Texas), 11-0; 4. Fresno City College, 10-0; 4. 5. Chaffey, 10-0; 6. Palomar, 9-1; 7. Pasadena City College, 9-1; 8. Dixie State (Utah), 10-1; 9. Butler County (Kansas), 10-1; 10. Ricks (Idaho), 9-1.
2001 Schedule, Results
Home Games at Wilson Stadium, Escondido High School
All Games Broadcast Live on KKSM-AM 1320 Radio
PALOMAR 31, MOORPARK 6 Sophomore quarterback Andy Goodenough connected on 28 of 39 pass attempts for 326 yards and two touchdowns to lead host Palomar a season-opening victory. The Comets, winners of three National championships since 1991 and ranked No. 2 in the USA by the JC Grid-Wire, spotted the Raiders a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter before breaking loose. Palomar outgained Moorpark in total offense, 547 yards to 194. The Comets passed for 338 yards and rushed for 209. Rory Palmer rushed for 129 yards on 18 carries and scored a pair of TDs on runs of 3 and 40 yards. Goodenough hit Darryl Johnson (8 catches for 73 yards) on an 11-yard touchdown pass and cnnected with Ben Bresnahan (5 catches, 64 yards) for a 28-yard TD. Deondre Alexander caught five balls for 83 yards. Jeff Sherwood kicked four PATs and a field goal. Matt Kovacevich boomed a 48-yard punt on his only attempt. Andrew Wojcik set the tone early for a dominating effort by Palomar's defense with an 18-yard sack on the game's first play.
Saturday, Sept. 15
PALOMAR 28, SOUTHWESTERN 6 The Comets rolled up 337 yards rushing, led by Rory Palmer with 147 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, as they advanced to 2-0 on the season. Siree McLean added 118 yards and a TD on 16 carries. Palomar's defense, which has given up one touchdown in two games held Southwestern quarterback Se'e Poumele to minus-42 rushing on six carries. Led by linebacker Ray Holdcraft, cornerback David Dixon and safety Shane Lancaster (3 1/2 sacks), the Comets limited the Jaguars (1-1) to 52 yar rushing and 90 passing. Palomar enterted the game ranked 5 in the Nation and No. 2 in California. Southwestern, which was 9-2 last season and 10-1 two years ago, came in ranked No. 25 in the Nation and No. 12 in California.
Saturday, Sept. 22
PALOMAR 36, LONG BEACH 14 The Comets, ranked No. 4 in the Nation in JC Football Network USA Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the Nation by the JC Grid-Wire, rolled up a 600 yards to 241 advantage in total offense to destroy 11th-ranked Long Beach City College in a battle of early-season unbeatens at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Quarterback Andy Goodenough hit on 24 of 30 pass attempts (0 interceptions) for 360 yards and four touchhdowns for the Comets (3-0 overall, 1-0 Mission Conference). Deondre Alexander had eight receptions for 139 yards and two TD's. Siree McLean rushed for 126 yards and a TD on 17 carries. Corner David Dixon had his second interception of the season.
Saturday, Sept. 29
EL CAMINO 35, PALOMAR 31 The Comets, ranked No. 3 in the Nation, were upset at Wilson Stadium in Escondido after leading 23-8. Palomar got three field goals from Jeff Sherwood, including a 43-yarder. Rory Palmer rushed for 118 yards for the Comets, who outgained the Warriors 326-289 yards in the air and 154-48 on the ground. Andy Goodenough was 23-40-1 passing for 326 yards and three touchdowns. Deondre Alexander had seven catches for 161 yards and two TD's. Palomar had to settle for field goals after driving to the El Camino 3-yard line and 1-yard line in the second quarter. The turning point came early in the fourth quarter after Matt Kovacevich's 50-yard punt pinned El Camino back at its own 9. The Comets forced the Warriors to punt, but fumbled the kick away at the EC 38. It's the fourth straight season the underdog has won in this series.
Saturday, Oct. 6
PALOMAR 42, MT. SAC 21 Palomar, ranked No. 10 in the Nation by the JC Grid-Wire, went on the road and scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 25 Mt. San Antonio. The Comets (4-1) got big games from QB Andy Goodenough (30-for-44 passing, 0 interceptions, 347 yards, 4 touchdowns), WR Deondre Alexander (10 catches, 164 yards, 1 TD) and WR Ben Bresnahan (4 catches, 76 yards, 2 TDs). Willie Tagoai and Johnny Hearn returned interceptions for touchdowns. OLB Ray Holdcraft had 8 tackles (1 for a loss) and 1 1/2 sacks to gain State Defensive Co-Player of the Week honors. Matt Kovacevich had 4 punts of 43 yards-plus, including a 56-yarder and a 57-yarder.
Saturday, Oct. 20
PALOMAR 35, FULLERTON 9 Palomar, ranked No. 7 in the Nation by the JC Grid-Wire, opened defense of its Mission Conference Central Division championship on Saturday, Oct. 20, by routing Fullerton College at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. Andy Goodenough (26-37-1-255) threw touchdown passes to Larry Slaughter, Ben Bresnahan and Deondre Alexander (9 catches for 123 yards), and freshman RB Chris Williams rushed for 137 yards on 17 carries The Comets (5-1) intercepted four passes, led by CB David Dixon with two picks. Shane Lancaster returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown.
Saturday, Oct. 27
PALOMAR 44, ORANGE COAST 2 Palomar, ranked No. 8 in the Nation by the JC Grid-Wire and No. 9 in the National Community College Football Alliance USA ratings, rolled to a Mission Conference Central Division victory over visiting Orange Coast at Escondido High School's Wilson Stadium. The Comets (6-1, 2-0 in the Mission Central) held the Pirates to 31 yards rushing and 68 passing. Palomar also forced seven turnovers, five on interceptions. CB David Dixon had two more picks. He leads the Mission Conference with six. QB Andy Goodenough hit on 25 of 40 pass attempts (0 interceptions) for 312 yards and three touchdowns. RB Rory Palmer, returning after an injury, rushed for 120 yards and a TD on 16 carries. RB Chris Williams had 122 all-purpose yards 66 rushing (with two TD's) and 56 receiving. WR Deondre Alexander had eight catches for 78 yards and a TD. Ben Bresnahan and Eddie Sullivan also caught TD passes, and Jeff Sherwood kicked a field goal.
Saturday, Nov. 3
PALOMAR 34, SADDLEBACK 23 Palomar rolled up 518 yards in total offense and rolled to its seventh victory in eight games at Escondido High School's Wilson Stadium. Ben Bresnahan led the Comets with eight receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Bresnahan also returned four kickoffs for 80 yards. Rory Palmer rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. He set up his own TD with an 80-yard run down to the Gauchos' 5-yard line. Andy Goodenough passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns as Palomar rolled up 518 yards in total offense. For the second straight week, the Palomar defense forced seven turnovers. The Comets, ranked No. 8 in the Nation by the JC Grid-Wire and in the National Community College Football Coaches Alliance USA Ratings, intercepted five passes, led by Willie Tagoai with two picks and David Dixon with his seventh interception of the season. The Comets are alone atop the Mission Central. With El Camino's upset of Pasadena City College, Southern California's No. 1-ranked team, Palomar appears to have an inside shot of advancing to the Southern Cal title game.
Saturday, Nov. 10
PALOMAR 40, SANTA ANA 0 The Nationally sixth-ranked Comets clinched no worse than a tie for the Mission Central Division championship. Andy Goodenough connected on 21 of 36 passes (no interceptions) for 250 yards and five touchdowns, including scoring strikes to Deondre Alexander of 23, 9, 8 and 8 yards. He also hit Darryl Johnson with a 9-yard TD pass. Rory Palmer had the other touchdown on a 1-yard plunge. Chris Williams rushed for 104 yards on 22 carries for the Comets (8-1, 4-0) and had a 47-yard TD run called back. Freshman QB John Nielsen came in the game late in the third quarter and nearly got the Comets two more touchdowns, once when he broke off a 40-yard run deep into Santa Ana territory that also was called back, and again when he drove Palomar to the Dons' 4-yard line and then took a knee on fourth-and-goal with 2:30 left in the game. The Comets held Santa Ana to 53 yards rushing and Greg Farr contributed a pass interception. Andrew Dorsey had nine tackles and recovered a fumble.
Saturday, Nov. 17
PALOMAR 52, GOLDEN WEST 7 The visiting Comets, ranked No. 6 in the Nation, won the undisputed Mission Conference Central Division championship and finished the regular season 9-1. The Comets jumped out to a 42-7 halftime lead as Andy Goodenough, playing only the first half, hit on 15 of 20 pass attempts for 245 yards and six touchdowns. He hooked up with Deondre Alexander on TD plays covering 5, 31 and 20 yards and also threw scoring strikes to Ben Bresnahan, Eddie Sullivan and Larry Slaughter. Goodenough had another touchdown pass to Bresnahan called back. Freshman QB John Nielsen started the second half and drove the Comets 78 yards in 10 plays for another touchdown that made it 49-7. Nielsen completed bth of his pass attempts on the drive, to Alexander for 18 yards and to Sullivan on a 39-yarder to the Golden West 2. Rory Palmer scored from there. Jeff Sherwood kicked a 42-yard field goal later in the third quarter to round out the scoring. LB Ray Holdcraft had two fumble recoveries for the Comets. Greg Farr and Caleb Vallez intercepted passes. Alex Thompson also had a touchdown run called back. Palomar moves on to the Southern California championship game Dec. 1 against Chaffey at Chaffey College Stadium. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
PALOMAR 20, CHAFFEY 14 The Comets won in the Southern California Bowl and will face Nationally No. 1-ranked City College of San Francisco for the State title Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. at Mineral King Bowl Stadium in Visalia. The Comets jumped out to a 20-0 lead on Chaffey and continued on to record their 10th victory in 11 games. Andy Goodenough connected on 24 of 34 passes (no interceptions) for 402 yards and three touchdowns. He's thrown for 3,238 yards and 36 TDs this season. Rory Palmer rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries. Larry Slaughter caught eight passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns Ben Bresnahan had five receptions for 112 yards and a TD. Deondre Alexander contributed five catches for 81 yards. LB Ray Holdcraft had a fumble recovery and an interception. Free safety Greg Farr came up big, recovering a fumble and breaking up four passes. Farr also appeared to intercept a pass, but was ruled out of bounds. Bresnahan's 39-yard TD reception gave Palomar a 20-0 lead in the third quarter before special teams breakdowns allowed Chaffey to get back in the game. The Panthers got on the board on an 80-yard kickoff return immediately following Bresnahan's TD, and the Comets were 0-3 on field goals while missing an extra point. Palomar outgained Chaffey, which was 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in Southern California entering the game, 536 yards to 261 in total offense.
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