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Comets in NFL, 4-year colleges

From left: Quarterback Tony Paoli, head coach Joe Early, running back Dwayne Corbitt, running back/kick returner Speedy Anthony and defensive tackle Mike Durham are pictured during Comets' 30-7 victory over Cerritos. Photos by Rick Rowell

Farr: National title; No. 4 rank for Kovac

Palomar College alums Greg Farr and Matt Kovacevich ended their college football careers in style for USC and the University of Utah, respectively.

Farr and the Trojans (13-0) won their second straight National championship by routing Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night, Jan. 4.

Kovacevich and the Utes (12-0) downed Pittsburgh 35-7 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday evening, Jan. 1, and finished ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press National poll.

Farr, a fifth-year senior, second-string safety and a special teams standout, nearly broke up a late Oklahoma touchdown pass attempting to help out after a blown coverage by the Trojans' other safety. He had two tackles in the game, one solo. Farr was briefly listed as a first-stringer for USC earlier in the season.

Next season will be the first time in six years that the Trojans won't have a former Palomar defensive back in their program. Chris Cash, now with the Detroit Lions, played cornerback for USC in 2000 and 2001. Farr was a redshirt for the Trojans in 2002, when he played briefly before an injury, before playing on the 2003 and 2004 National championship teams.

It's the fourth time a Palomar product has played on a National Championship team — Starting safety Bill Jaroncyk (USC 1967), receiver John Livingston (Nebraska 1994), Farr (USC 2003) and Farr again (USC 2004). Another ex-Comet, linebacker Marco Chavez, was a member of the Trojans' 2004 team but didn't play in a game. And another ex-Comet, center Matt O'Neal, narrowly missed a National title, playing every offensive play for Oklahoma in 1999, Bob Stoops' first year as coach and the year before the Sooners won the 2000 National title.

Jaroncyk was with the New Orleans Saints briefly before his career ended because of an injury. O'Neal played with the Atlanta Falcons.

Kovacevich, a senior punter and one of the Nation's best at pinning opponents deep in their own territory, helped get Utah good field position and an early two-touchdown lead vs. Pitt with a punt that pinned the Panthers at their own 4-yard line. Kovacevich averaged 41.7 yards per punt for the 2004 Utes, sacrificing yards because of his talent for pinning teams near their own goal line.

Other Comets in bowl games during the recent season: safety Ron Rockettand cornerback Brandon Bell helped Wyoming beat UCLA 24-21 in the Las Vegas Bowl; WR Marlon Carter is a redshirt at Texas Tech, which stunned No. 4 Cal 45-31 in the Holiday Bowl. All three are juniors.

Total payouts for the bowls ex-Comets were involved in this season: $16,575,000 ($575,000 for the Las Vegas Bowl, $2 million for the Holiday Bowl; $14 million for the Orange Bowl).

CLICK HERE to view where ex-Palomar players have played the last two seasons in four-year college and NFL football

Ex-Comets, Wyoming stun UCLA

Ex-Palomar College cornerback Brandon Bell broke up a long pass with 10 seconds to play Wednesday, Dec. 23, putting the final nail in UCLA's coffin as Wyoming upset the Bruins 24-21 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Bell and starting safety Ron Rockett, like Bell a former Comet and a junior, helped the Cowboys finish the season 7-5 and record their first bowl victory since beating Florida State in the 1966 Sun Bowl.

Wyoming's Palomar pipeline will continue next season when Bell and Rockett are joined on the Cowboys' roster by defensive end Corey Mace, who signed with Wyoming on Dec. 15, and possibly by DE Soli Lefiti. Lefiti has narrowed his choice of schools to Wyoming and Arkansas.

Two big bowl games remain for former Comets.

On Jan. 1, senior punter Matt Kovacevich and Utah put an 11-0 record, No. 5 National ranking by the Associated Press, No. 6 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and and No. 6 BCS ranking on the line against Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl at Tempe, Ariz.

Then, on Jan. 4, senior safety Greg Farr and defending National Co-Champion USC (12-0), ranked No. 1 in every National poll, take on Oklahoma for the National Championship in the Orange Bowl.

CLICK HERE to view where ex-Palomar players have played the last two seasons in four-year college and NFL football

Three Comets sign on first day

Palomar safety Josh Gomez , Ryan Hotchkiss and defensive end Corey Mace all signed letters of intent Wednesday, Dec.15, the first date of the junior college early signing period.

Gomez, a first-team J.C. Grid-Wire All-American and the Mission Conference American Division Defensive Player of the Year, signed with San Diego State. He cancelled a trip to New Mexico.

Hotchkiss, a Grid-Wire All-America honorable mention selection and first-team All-Mission Conference American Division pick, signed with UTEP. He returned from a recruiting trip there Sunday. Hotchkiss cancelled a trip to Virginia Tech and turned down a trip to Louisville.

Mace signed with Wyoming.

Comets put it together, win finale 30-7

Palomar College finally righted its football fortunes on Saturday, putting a complete game together to rock visiting Cerritos 30-7 in its season finale at Mission Hills High School's Grizzly Stadium.

The Comets rushed for 228 yards and got a big effort from quarterback Tony Paoli in his final Palomar game, a series of key catches from their receivers, three field goals from Enrique Leyva and huge defensive efforts from Josh Gomez and Marvin Betts.

"It was a good way to end a frustrating season," said coach Joe Early, who saw the Comets self-destruct with key turnovers and mistakes game after game — and give away late leads — in going 3-7 on the season, 2-3 in the Mission Conference American Division.

"We can look forward to next season on a positive note, and hopefully can build on this in the off-season and get back to contending for conference and state titles," Early added.

"The plays by Gomez (70-yard fumble return for a touchdown) and Betts (two interceptions, one in the end zone to prevent a Cerritos touchdown) were huge."

Paoli was 19-for-28 passing and threw a 9-yard TD pass to Gene Bass. He also ran for 57 yards on nine carries. Antonio Johnson, who had a big catch to keep a drive going, and Speedy Anthony each caught four passes. Bass and John Mulchrone each had three receptions — and nine players caught passes — as the Comets spread the ball around. Anthony rushed for 68 yards on 13 carries, Dwayne Corbitt for 53 yards on 11 carries and Yemi Atiba for 50 yards on seven carries.

Palomar's other TD came on a 14-yard run by Atiba.

The Comets took a 9-0 halftime lead on Leyva's three field goals, then tacked on three second-half TDs to finish the season with two victories in their last three games.

NOTES: Palomar safety Josh Gomez, a sophomore from Oceanside High School who was CIF-San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year in 2001, has been voted Mission Conference American Division Player of the Year honors by conference coaches. ... He's joined on the first teamby tight end John Mulchrone, defensive end Soli Lefiti, punter Ryan Hotchkiss and punt returner Speedy Anthony. ... Linebacker Tommy Hill, linebacker Sam Searson and running back Dwayne Corbitt were honorable mention selections.

CLICK HERE to view game report on the VistaPress.net local football web site

Gomez honored as Palomar MVP

All-American safety Josh Gomez, who could sign with San Diego State as early as the first early signing date Dec. 15, was honored as Most Valuable Player at the Palomar College football banquet on Friday, Dec. 3.

Gomez also was named Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Captain. He was one of two players who were honored with three major awards at the banquet.

Speedy Anthony was named Offensive Player of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year and also received the Kevin Kelly Award, named for the late Palomar standout of the 1960s who died of cancer following his junior season at Eastern New Mexico.

Other award winners were John Mulchrone (Defensive Captain), Soli Lefiti (Best Lineman), Nick Ferguson (Most Improved Player), Jerry Endres (Most Inspirational Player), Brandon Peterson (Kodak/Scout Team Player of the Year) and Tommy Hill (Academic Award).

Gomez selected 1st-team All-America

Palomar College safety Josh Gomez has been selected to the 2004 J.C. Grid-Wire All-America football first team.

Gomez, a 6-0, 205-pound sophomore from Oceanside High School, previously was selected as Mission Conference American Division Defensive Player of the Year. He was a first-team All-CIF-San Diego Section selection in 2001, red-shirted at Palomar in 2002 and was a two-year starter for the Comets.

Two Palomar players received All-American honorable mention honors — tight end John Mulchrone (6-5, 225, sophomore, Mount Carmel High School in Chicago) and punter Ryan Hotchkiss (6-2, 205, sophomore, Woodbridge High School in Irvine).

2004 Schedule, Results

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

W/L

SCORE

Sat

Sept 4

Mt. San Jacinto

Away

1:00

W

24-14

Sat

Sept 11

College of the Canyons

Home

1:00

L

9-27

Sat

Sept 18

*Fullerton

Home

1:00

L

12-30

Sat

Sept 25

*Saddleback

Away

5:00

L

17-36

Sat

Oct 2

*Pasadena City College

Home

1:00

L

28-41

Sat

Oct 16

**Mt. SAC

Away

6:00

L

7-20

Fri

Oct 22

**Golden West

Away

5:00

L

31-41

Sat

Oct 30

**Orange Coast

Home

1:00

W

10-7

Sat

Nov 6

**Long Beach City College

Away

5:00

L

8-38

Sat

Nov 13

**Cerritos

Home

1:00

W

30-7

Note: Oct. 22 game played at Lebard Stadium, Orange Coast College

* — Mission Conference cross-over games

** — Mission Conference American Division games

Home Games at Mission Hills High School stadium

2003 results

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

W/L

SCORE

Sat

Sept 6

Mt. San Jacinto

Home

1:00

  W

34-10

Sat

Sept 13

College of the Canyons

Away

7:00

L

15-21 (OT)

Sat

Sept 20

*Fullerton

C.S. Fullerton

1:00

W

30-26

Sat

Sept 27

*Saddleback

Home

1:00

W

16-13

Sat

Oct 4

*Pasadena City College

Away

7:00

W

44-20

Sat

Oct 18

**Mt. SAC

Home

1:00

L

23-26 (OT)

Sat

Oct 25

**Golden West

Home

1:00

W

26-9

Sat

Nov 1

**Orange Coast

Away

6:00

W

21-3

Sat

Nov 8

**Long Beach City College

Home

1:00

W

44-24

Sat

Nov 15

**Cerritos

Away

7:00

W

27-17

West State Bowl (Southern California Playoffs, First Round)

Sat

Nov. 22

College of the Canyons

Away

7:00

L

14-24

* — Mission Conference cross-over games

** — Mission Conference American Division games

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