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ABOVE: Returning quarterback starter Nate Ong sets up to
pass in a drill at Saturday's first practice in full gear.
Quarterbacks coach Cody Trefethen looks on. BELOW LEFT:
Freshman receiver Nigel Westbrooks from Mission Hills High
School catches a pass in front of corner Winston Pinto. --
Photos by Deb Hellman. BELOW RIGHT: Corner Devin Willis,
who intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play of
11-on-11 to end the practice.
10-for-15 to end first practice in full gear
Palomar went through its
first day of Fall football drills in full gear on Saturday and, not
unexpectedly, returning quarterback starter Nate Ong stepped it up.
Ong was 10-for-15
passing with one interception as coach Joe Early sent the Comets
through two live 11-on-11 sessions late in the practice.
The interception --
by sophomore corner Devin Willis in the end zone on a
fourth-and-goal situation -- kept the offense from scoring after Ong
engineered a 66-yard drive down to the 5-yard line.
Outside linebacker Ezra
Latu broke up a pass in
the end zone on the
Safety Devin Taverna,
the freshman out of
state champion Oceanside
High School who was the
star of the Alex Spanos
All-Star Classic last
month -- had an
interception in the
first 11-on-11 live
session as the Comets
looked at all three of
"It looked like the
first day for a lot of
the practice. We're young, but
it's a good group,"
Early said. "We open our
season in 21 days
(Saturday, Sept. 4, vs.
Southwestern at Wilson
Stadium in Escondido at
6 p.m.) and we're a lot
of work ahead of us.
newly-reconstructed Southern Conference) is
as tough as is gets --
everyone in the
conference has won at
and most of us have won
multiple ones. But we're
used to that.. We've
always played in a tough
Palomar will get Sunday
off and will return to
full-contact drills on
Middlemas 21st Comet to transfer to
Outside linebacker John Middlemas has become the 21st 2009
Palomar football player to move on to the four-year college level,
accepting a scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University.
Middlemas is in camp
with the Colonels as they prepare to open the season with
back-to-back road games at Missouri State (on Sept. 2) and
Louisville (on September 11).
215-pound outside linebacker from Elsinore High School, Middlemas
was the Comets' fifth-leading tackler last season for a team that
was ranked eighth nationally by the J.C. Grid-Wire of
For the season, he
had 54 tackles (27 solo), eight tackles for losses, three sacks, two
pass break-ups, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.
selected as Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week after
he sacked Victor Valley quarterback Robert Love in the Comets' 24-7
victory over the Rams on Sept. 12.
Outside linebacker John Middlemas, about ready to recover a fumble
during last Fall's 41-6 victory over Orange Coast. Middlemas has
transferred to Eastern Kentucky University. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Arizona State University (de-commit from USC)
University of Utah (de-commit from LSU)
University of Nevada
University of Nevada
Iowa State University
New Mexico State University
University of Idaho
Middle Tennessee State University
C / OG
University of California (Berkeley)
Florida Atlantic University
Montana State University
Murray State University
Portland State University
Eastern Kentucky University
Portland State University
Tarleton State University
New Mexico Highlands University
Georgia State University
Delta State University
Morgan State University
Gray commits, is 20th Comet to move
Palomar cornerback Corinthian Gray fell barely short of
qualifying to play on the NCAA Division I level at Eastern Michigan,
but has landed on his feet in Division II.
Gray, who broke up
nine passes last Fall for a Palomar team that went 10-3, reached the
Southern California championship game and was ranked No. 8 in the
nation by the J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle, became the 20th 2009 Comet
to commit to the four-year college level this week.
Gray will play at
Northwood State University in Midland, Michigan, which was 7-3 last
season and plays in one of the nation's premier D-II conferences,
the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Last year's GLIAC
champion, Grand Valley State, advanced to the D-II national
championship game. The Northwood Timberwolves will play at Grand
Valley State this Fall on Nov. 6.
Lorenzen, Saints to open camp next
-- 2006 Palomar J.C. Grid-Wire first-team All-American
Lorenzen and the Super
Bowl champion New
Orleans Saints will
training camp next
Friday, July 30.
Lorenzen, who went from
Palomar, where he was
Player of the Year, to a
two-year career as the
starting QB at
Connecticut, will be
trying to make the
roster at tight end.
The 6-foot-5, 234-pound
Lorenzen spent the 2009
season learning the new
position on the Saints
practice squad after
being released by the
He received a Super Bowl
ring in the process.
The Saints will kick off
schedule Thursday night,
Aug. 12, at the New
Saalim Hakim, catching
touchdown pass in
victory over Saddleback,
will play for NCAA
Division II national
power Tarleton State.
-- Photo by Hugh Cox
Hakim 19th 2009 Comet to move to
Wide receiver Saalim Hakim has become the 19th 2009 Palomar
football player to move on to the four-year college level, choosing
Tarleton State University.
brother of nine-year NFL receiver Az Haakim, is moving on to one of
the most successful programs in NCAA Division II.
The Texans are
coming off a 12-3 season which saw them advance to the second
round of the Division II national playoffs.
Hakim, who has been
clocked in 4.33 for 40 yards, played two seasons for the Comets and,
in 2009, caught 28 passes for 379 yards and six touchdowns in 11
games. Palomar went 10-3, reached the Southern California community
college championship game and was ranked No. 8 in the nation by the
J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle.
Taverna leads North to 27-3 win with
-- Oceanside High School
Palomar-bound safety Devin Taverna led the North team to a 27-3
victory over the South in the 20th Annual Alex Spanos All-Star
Classic on Friday night at San Diego Mesa College's Merrill Douglas
Taverna scored the
game's second touchdown on a 27-yard pass play from Oceanside
teammate Quentis Clark and the final TD on a 41-yard interception
return on the final play of the game.
Taverna also tallied
two TD's as the Pirates beat Helix 26-10 for their sixth straight
CIF-San Diego Section Division II title last December at Qualcomm
Stadium. He broke open a tie game with two second-quarter
touchdowns, on a fumble recovery in the end zone and a 46-yard
The following week,
the Pirates ran their unbeaten streak to 39 games, beating San Jose
Bellarmine Prep 24-19 for the state Division I championship at the
Home Depot Center in Carson.
Oceanside is coached
by one-time Palomar assistant coach John Carroll.
ranks PC 14th in U.S. in pre-season
JCGridiron.com of Lake Forest, CA has Palomar in the
No. 14 spot in the nation in its 2010 community college pre-season
ranks Arizona Western No.1, followed by No. 2 Blinn (Texas), No. 3
El Camino, No. 4 East Mississippi, No. 5 City College of San
Francisco, No. 6 Ft. Scott (Kansas), No. 7 Mt. SAC, No. 8
Navarro (Texas), No. 9 Fullerton and No. 10 Gulf Coast (Mississippi)
The Comets are
coming off a season when they went 10-3, reached the Southern
California championship game and were ranked No. 8 nationally by the
J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle. JCGridiron.com ranked
Palomar No. 12 in the nation in its final 2009 rankings.
Four new assistant coaches join
SAN MARCOS (7-3-10)
Head coach Joe Early has completed Palomar's 12-man
football coaching staff with the addition of four new assistants who
have joined the Comets to begin the 2010 season.
The new additions
are former Palomar players Lafo Malauulu (receivers coach) and Ron
Rockett (safeties coach), Scott White (linebackers) and Vernon Smith
MALAUULU, Receivers -- A 1984 J.C.
Grid-Wire first-team All-American Malauulu is the Palomar
record-holder for career receptions.
Malauulu set the
Palomar career receptions record, which still stands, with 152
catches during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. He shares Palomar
single-game records for touchdowns (5) and points (30), marks
recorded when he led the Comets to a 55-19 victory over San
Diego Mesa on Thanksgiving Day, 1984.
Malauulu went on to
star for San Jose State and played in the Canadian Football
League for the British Columbia Lions.
One of the best prep
receivers in San Diego County history under the legendary Herb
Meyer at El Camino High, Malauulu was selected by the North
County Times prior to the 2007 season as the 37th best
player of the first 109 years of North County high school
football. The newspaper's readers chose Malauulu as the 34th
best North County player of the first 109 years.
also named Malauulu to a second-team receiver spot on its
all-time North County high school team.
was receivers coach for the 1989 Palomar team that went 7-4 and
defeated Ventura 21-20 in the Hall of Fame Bowl at San Diego's
ROCKETT, Safeties -- Rockett, a starting safety for both the
Comets and the University of Wyoming, played for Joe Early at
Palomar. He helped lead the Comets to an 18-4 record during the
2002 (10-1) and 2003 (8-3) seasons -- and a final No. 4 national
ranking by the J.C. Grid-Wire as a freshman.
Rockett, a product
of Mission Bay High School prior to two seasons as a starter for
the Comets, was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference
selection for Wyoming as a senior in 2005, when he led the
Cowboys in tackles.
As a junior, Rockett
helped Wyoming beat UCLA 24-21 in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl.
At Mission Bay, he
was a first-team All-CIF San Diego Section selection and helped
the Buccaneers to back-to-back San Diego Section Division III
championships during the 2000 and 2001 under coach Dennis Pugh.
He was a Mission Bay teammate of two other first-year Palomar
assistants, White and Smith.
Rockett played in
NFL Europe for the Frankfurt Galaxy. He was named the league's
Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded eight solo
tackles, an interception and two pass break-ups in the Galaxy's
30-14 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals on April 24, 2007.
WHITE, Linebackers -- White, a multiple-season starter at
outside linebacker for the University of Washington, comes to
Palomar from Central Washington University where he has been an
White was named
Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week after recording 10 tackles
(3 for losses) and 2 sacks in Washington's 21-10 over Arizona on
Oct. 4, 2006, when the Huskies held the Wildcats to minus-7
White was the CIF-San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year
in 2001 at Mission Bay High School. He was a prep teammate of
Ron Rockett and Vernon Smith, also first-year Palomar assistant
coaches, for the Buccaneers under coach Dennis Pugh.
helped lead Mission Bay to back-to-back CIF-San Diego Section
Division II championships in 2000 and 2001.
SMITH, Cornerbacks -- Former University of Montana All-Big
Sky corner White also comes
to the Comets from Central Washington University.
He's been an
assistant coach at Central Washington along with White.
At Montana, Smith
helped the Grizzlies to a 14-0 record and the NCAA Football Bowl
Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) national championship as a
sophomore in 2001.
In 2002, Smith intercepted six
passes, returning one for a touchdown, as a junior for the Grizzlies.
Smith played at Mission
Bay High School, where he was a teammate of Rockett and White under coach
Smith will coach
Palomar's secondary along with Rockett, coaching the corners
while Rockett handles the safeties.
Segi latest player to 4-year,
picks Portland State
Middle linebacker Matt Segi has become the 18th member of
Palomar's 2009 football team to move on to the four-year college
level. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Oceanside High School product has
accepted a scholarship to Portland State University.
by Rick Rowell)
recorded 46 tackles (20 unassisted), seven tackles for losses, 2.5
sacks, 1 interception, 1 broken-up pass, 4 quarterback hurries and 1
fumble recovery last Fall as the Comets went 10-3, reached the
Southern California championship game and were ranked No. 8
nationally by the J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle.
Segi was an
All-Southern Conference second-team selection.
Division I Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) Portland
State will play two Pac-10 teams this coming Fall, visiting
Arizona State on Sept. 4 and Oregon on Sept. 18.
Arizona State game, Segi and defensive end Alika Valese, who
accepted a scholarship to Portland State last month, will go against
6-foot-8, 320-pound junior offensive tackle and ex-Palomar
teammate Brice Schwab, ranked as the No. 1 player in ASU's
2010 recruiting class by the Arizona Republic
newspaper of Phoenix.
Paul Moore, who
will play at Florida Atlantic, makes a spectacular catch in
Comets' 27-21 victory over Saddleback last Oct. 10. The Owls
will play Michigan State, Texas, Troy m and Middle Tennessee
State in 2010. -- Photo by
Receiver Moore commits to Florida
RATON, Florida (6-21-10) --
Palomar receiver Paul Moore, who earlier de-committed to
Arkansas State, has committed to Florida Atlantic University of the
Sun Belt Conference.
The Owls, who
finished third in the Sun Belt last behind Troy and Middle Tennessee
State, will face a rugged 2010 schedule that will see them hosting
Michigan State on Oct. 11 and traveling to Texas on Nov. 20.
170-pound Moore, who has run 4.4 in the 40, caught 72 passes for 488
yards and six touchdowns for the Comets the last two seasons.
He missed part of
last season with injuries for a team that went 10-3, reached the
Southern California community college championship game and was
ranked No. 8 nationally by the J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle.
"It will be a
blessing to come home to South Florida and play n front of my
family," Moore told the Florida Atlantic web site.
A product of Miami
Central High School, Paul Moore III is the son of former Florida
State fullback Paul Moore, who signed with the Cincinnati Bengals
out of college.
Orenzo Davis breaks an
attempted tackle by Long
Beach City College's
George Rogers on his way
to a 47-yard touchdown
run in 44-23 victory
over the Vikings last Oct. 24. --
Photo by Hugh Cox
Montana State lands
Palomar RB Orenzo Davis
Montana (6-9-10) --
Palomar running back Orenzo Davis, who accumulated 2,876
all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns in two seasons for the
Comets, accepted a full scholarship to Montana State University on
Davis, a 5-foot-9,
180-pounder from Columbine High School in Littleton, Coloorado,
rushed for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns during the 2008 and
He caught 40 passes
for 186 yards and also had 1,150 yards on kickoff returns.
During the 2009
season, Davis rushed for 1,014 yards and 12 touchdowns, caught 21
passes for 152 yards and also had 768 yards in kickoff returns,
including a 94-yard touchdown return that keyed the Comets'
three-overtime victory over Fullerton in the Southern California
Abu becomes sixth
2009 lineman to move on
LAS VEGAS, New Mexico
(6-4-10) -- Abu
Jalil, a 6-foot-3,
lineman from Cathedral
Catholic High School,
became the latest 2009
Palomar player to accept
a full-ride scholarship
Jalil will play for NCAA
Division II New Mexico
Highlands University, a
member of the Lone Star
Jalil is ticketed to
play right tackle for
the Cowboys. He was a
guard for Palomar last
Fall as the Comets went
10-3, reached the
championship game and
was ranked No. 8 in the
nation by the J.C.
He played on the
defensive line for
Palomar as a freshman in
Abu Jalil becomes the
sixth offensive lineman and fourth interior offensive
lineman from Palomar's 2009 team -- and the first
non-starter of the group -- to move on to the four-year
level. Tackle Brice Schwab, who de-committed from USC,
is now at Arizona State. Sam Tupua is now at Idaho,
where he is ticketed to replace the San Francisco 49ers'
first-round draft choice, Mike Iapati, at center. Guard
Tom Berry is at Cal. Tight ends Jared Bamber and Arthur
Williams are at Middle Tennessee State and Georgia
Defensive end Alika Valese
hauls down an Orange Coast ball-carrier during Comets' 41-9 victory over the
Pirates last Nov. 7.-- Photo by Rick Rowell
Valese lands scholarship to
(5-22-10) -- Defensive end Alika Valese has become the
latest player from Palomar's 2009 football team to accept a
scholarship to a four-year school, choosing Portland State
6-foot-1, 260-pound sophomore overcame injuries last Fall to
record 33 tackles, four tackles for losses, one sack, two
quarterback hurries and one forced fumble for a team that
went 10-3. The Comets advanced to the Southern California
community college championship game and were ranked No. 8
nationally by the J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle..
Division I Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) Portland
State will play two Pac-10 teams this coming Fall, visiting
Arizona State on Sept. 4 and Oregon on Sept. 18.
Portland State-Arizona State game, Valese will go against
6-foot-8, 320-pound junior offensive tackle and ex-Palomar
teammate Brice Schwab, ranked as the No. 1 player in ASU's
2010 recruiting class by the Arizona Republic
newspaper of Phoenix.
LB coach Sovacool leaves for LCC head
(4-23-10) -- Sean Sovacool (left), a former J.C.
Grid-Wire Academic All-American and honorable mention
All-American linebacker at Palomar who has been the Comets' linebackers
coach since 2005, was officially named as the new head
football coach at La Costa Canyon High School on Friday
Sovacool was a starting
linebacker on the four-year college level for Northern
Arizona University. He received his B.S. degree from NAU and
his M.A. degree in Education from Cal State Bakersfield.
Sovacool also organized and headed Palomar's athletic study
hall program, considered a model academic program
"Palomar has been
unbelievably good to me," Sovacool told the North County
Times. "... And I had the opportunity to work with (head
coach) Joe Early, a man I consider a great coach."
becomes the list of former Palomar players who are current
head football coach in the North County Conference to four.
He joins Rob Gilster (Valley Center), Scott Ashby (Torrey
Pines) and Chris Hauser (Mission Hills). Earlier in the
month, ex-Comet Paul McGowen was named head coach at
Temecula Valley High.
Utah signs Palomar receiver
LAKE CITY, Utah
(4-1-10) -- Palomar receiver Martavious Lee, who
originally gave a verbal commitment to LSU before rescinding
it, has signed with the University of Utah and will join the
Utes for Fall practice.
him to be an immediate contributor," Utah coach Kyle
Whittingham told the Desert News. "That's why we
99 passes for 1,644 yards and 20 touchdowns for Palomar in
two seasons (60 for 919 yards and seven TD's last Fall as
the Comets went 10-3, reached the Southern California
championship game and were ranked No. 8 in the nation by the
J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle).
signing comes 18 days after Comet center / guard Tom Berry committed
Martavious Lee puts a move on an Orange Coast defender in
Comets' 41-9 victory over the Pirates last Nov. 7. -- Photo
by Rick Rowell
PC's Seau also lands full ride -- to Delta State
(4-1-10) -- Palomar inside linebacker Tyler Seau has
signed with Delta State, a former NCAA Division II national
recorded 48 tackles for the Comets last Fall, 22 of them
Hills High School alum, son of former USC and Chargers star
Junior Seau, had 6.5 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, seven
quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.
He played in
11 games, missing two games because of an injury.
Berry commits to Cal, gets another honor
(3-24-10) -- Tom Berry, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound two-year
football starter for Palomar on the offensive line, has
committed to Cal.
started the first half of the Comets' 2009 season at center
and the second half of the season at right guard as the
Comets went 10-3, reached the Southern California community
college championship game and were ranked No. 8 nationally
by the J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle..
Berry was an
All-Southern Conference selection, was named to the
California Community College All-Region 3 first-team,
received the Comets' Academic Award with a 4.0 grade-point
average and will major in Business at Berkeley.
was named a recipient of the prestigious
Scholar-Leader-Athlete award by the Walter J. Zable / San
Diego Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall
Berry is a
Murrieta Valley High School graduate and the son of
Tom and Cindy Berry.
had two previous notable former football players start for the Golden
Bears, the late Rey Nicholas and Keith Miller.
played inside linebacker for Cal in 1998 and 1999, was the
North team's Defensive Player of the Game in the 2000 Senior
Bowl and played in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams, Tennessee
Titans and Seattle Seahawks.
a receiver and safety for the Bears in 1986 and 1987. He was
a rookie safety on injured reserve with the then-Los Angeles
Rams during the 1988 season when he was shot to death on
Nov. 18 outside his girlfriend's Rancho Penasquitos
condominium when he refused to surrender his vehicle to a
kick off season Sept. 4 at home
(3-13-10) -- For the second season in a row Palomar will
kick off its football season against Southwestern this
The Comets and Jaguars will
square off Saturday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. at Wilson Stadium in
It will be one of five home
regular-season games for the Comets, who went 10-3 last season, reached the
Southern California community college championship game and
were ranked No. 8 in the nation by the J.C. Grid-Wire of
Coach Joe Early's team also
will play Cerritos (Sept. 11), Santa Ana (Sept. 25),
Fullerton (Oct. 23) and Grossmont (Sept. 13) at home, all at
Wilson Stadium. The Grossmont game, which is slated for 1
p.m., will be Palomar's only afternoon home game and one of
only two afternoon games on the season.
The only other afternoon
game will be played Oct. 16 at defending state and national
champion Mt. SAC in a rematch of last season's Southern
California championship game.
The other road games are
scheduled at San Diego Mesa on Sept. 18, El Camino (Oct. 2),
Pasadena City College (Oct. 30) and Saddleback (Nov. 6).
The Southern Conference,
rated the nation's toughest community college football
conference, will be made up of the Comets, Mt SAC,
Fullerton, Pasadena, Saddleback and Grossmont in 2010.
quarterback strter Nate Ong, shown breaking off a long run in
last Fall's 41-9 victory at Orange Coast. -- Photo by Rick
Palomar 2010 Football Schedule
|Sat. Sept. 4
|Sat. Sept. 11
|Sat, Sept. 18
||at San Diego Mesa
|Sat. Sept. 25
|Sat, Oct. 2
||at El Camino
|Sat, Oct 16
||at Mt. SAC--x
|Sat. Oct. 23
|Sat, Oct. 30
||at Pasadena CC--x
|Sat, Nov. 6
|Sat. Nov 13
x -- Southern Conference game
Lavea signs with Murray State, heads to
Kentucky (2-4-10) --
Palomar running back Tyler Lavea signed with Murray State University
on Wednesday, giving the Racers' recruiting class a huge boost.
Murray State, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, averaged only
67.9 yards per game rushing during the 2009 season.
Lavea, whose 2009
season was severely curtailed by an injury, still rushed for 1,090
yards on 202 carries and caught 26 passes for 202 yards during his
two seasons at Palomar. He was an All-CIF-San Diego Section
selection at Oceanside High School, served a Mormon mission to Peru
and is a two-time All-PCAC Academic selection.
Mt. SAC, PCC will join Comets in
BEACH (1-30-10) --
The Southern California Football Association approved a plan on
Friday that will bring 2009 state and J.C. Grid-Wire
national champion Mt. SAC and six-time national champion
Pasadena City College into the National Division Southern
Conference beginning with the 2010 season. Long Beach City
College and Orange Coast will drop out of the conference,
considered the country's toughest.
Conference will now be made up of Palomar, Grossmont, Fullerton,
Saddleback, Mt. SAC and Pasadena.
The Northern Conference will be made up of Bakersfield, Hancock,
Cerritos, El Camino, Ventura and College of the Canyons.
The two conference champions will advance to the Southern
California playoffs along with the two remaining highest
finishers in the COA/CCCAA poll.
There also will be two lower-echelon divisions whose champions
will play bowl games, and there will be three additional
Southern California bowls to which teams from any of the three
divisions may be invited to play in.
offensive tackle Brice Schwab (77) is headed to Arizona State. -- Photo by Rick
Arizona State lands Comets'
Arizona (1-21-10) --
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson landed Palomar
blue chip offensive tackle Brice Schwab, one of the nation's
hottest community college football recruits, on
6-foot-8, 320-pound Schwab, who de-committed from USC when
coach Pete Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks,
visited ASU last weekend and committed to the Sun Devils
told JCFootball.com and SuperPrep.com that
Oklahoma and Florida State "were in the mix until the
end" and as a West Sunbury, PA, native he was enthralled
by the possibility of playing for Pittsburgh or Penn
really thinking about taking a trip to Oklahoma," Schwab
said. "I liked OU a lot but it all came down to time."
told the Arizona Republic he would begin classes
at ASU on Monday.
According to numerous web sources, Schwab also was offered by Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor,
Oregon State, South
Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Washington and UCLA in
the recruiting frenzy that occurred after he de-committe
offensive line coach James Patton made a hurried,
last-minute home visit to Schwab on Tuesday. UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel was on Palomar's campus
on Tuesday, scurrying around in the rain trying to run
6-FOOT-8 TACKLE STANDS TALL IN ASU RECRUITING CLASS (Arizona
All-Southern Conference and
All-Region III safety Dean Faddis (27) signed with Nevada
following a recruiting trip over the weekend. -- Photo by Rick
Faddis signs with Nevada, joins
Nevada (1-11-10) --
Dean Faddis became the second Palomar safety to sign with the
University of Nevada during the community college early signing
period on Monday.
Palomar after his freshman season and will join Comet teammate Chris
Boudreaux with the Wolf Pack. Both will begin Spring Semester
classes classes next Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Faddis, a first-team
All-Southern Conference and All-Region III selection, was the
Comets' starting strong safety and Boudreaux the starting free
safety during the 2009 season as Palomar went 8-3, advanced to the
Southern California championship game and was ranked No. 8 in the
nation by the J.C. Grid-Wire.
Boudreaux and Faddis
were 1-2 in tackles for the 2009 Comets. Faddis, a Ramona High
School product, finished the season with 66 tackles (34 solo), four
tackles for losses, one sack, one interception, 13 pass break-ups
and one fumble recovery.
Andy Buh, a J.C.
Grid-Wire All-American linebacker at Palomar and former Nevada
player, was named the Wolf Pack's defensive coordinator last week.
Faddis took his
recruiting trip to Reno over the weekend.
Buh departs Stanford, is new
D.C. at Nevada
Nevada (1-6-10) --
Andy Buh, a J.C. Grid-Wire All-American linebacker at Palomar
in 1992, is leaving Stanford, where he has been co-defensive
coordinator, to become the new defensive coordinator at the
University of Nevada, his alma mater.
linebacker for the Wolf Pack in 1993 and 1994.
Buh was linebackers
coach (three seasons) and co-defensive coordinator (two seasons) at
coached at Nevada, Cal, San Diego State and Fresno State. He helped
lead Palomar to a co-national title as a freshman in 1991.
Palomar's 2009 Offensive Player of the Year, has signed with New
Mexico State. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Christian confirms he's signed with
MARCOS (12-30-09) --
Palomar quarterback Matt Christian has confirmed reports by ESPN.com and Rivals.com
that he has signed with New Mexico State of the Western Athletic
He'll begin classes
Jan. 14, the first day of the Spring semester and will battle for
the starting quarterback job during spring drills.
missed much of the 2009 season with a broken hand and then a broken
collarbone, was still voted the Comets' Offensive Player of the Year
by his teammates.
The sophomore from
Carlsbad High School, who spent a red-shirt season at Fresno State
before playing two years for Palomar, will get an opportunity to
face the Bulldogs the next two seasons.
"I know Matt is
excited about having an opportunity to play against Fresno State,"
Palomar quarterbacks coach Cody Trefethen said. Christian also
visited Middle Tennessee State.
Tigers get kicks from Harry
(43.2 avg.) in loss
Missouri lost 35-13 to Navy in the Texas Bowl on Thursday, but
punter and Palomar alum Jake Harry certainly didn't disappoint for
the Tigers. Harry averaged 43.2 yards for four punts with a long of
51 and two efforts inside the 20-yard line.Harry averaged 42.7 yards
for 57 punts for Mizzou during the regular season with a long of 69
and 21 punts inside the 20. Opponents made 14 fair catches.
ex-Comets in bowl games, Mike Bethea had six tackles for Nevada in a
45-10 loss to SMU in the Hawaii-Sheridan Bowl. Maurice Patterson is
a wide receiver for the Wolf Pack. Kevin Small was the starting
tight end and corner Chris Williams also was on the roster for
Idaho, which downed Bowling Green 43-42 in the Humanitarian Bowl at
Boise, Idaho. Briton Forester is a punter and Caleb Evans a
defensive end for Arkansas, which defeated East Carolina on Saturday in
the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
Bamber, Lee, Berry, Faddis are
MATEO (12-22-09) --
Palomar tight end Jared Bamber (left) has been selected to the
All-State first team and Bamber, receiver Martavious Lee, guard Tom
Berry and safety Dean Faddis all were voted to the All-Region III
conducted by the California Community College Football Coaches
Association the weekend of the CCCAA State Championship Game at
College of San Mateo.
Bamber has signed
with Middle Tennessee State. Lee, Palomar's team MVP who
de-committed from LSU, and Berry (right), the Comets' Academic award
winner with a 4.0 grade-point average in Business, are both
uncommitted. Faddis is a freshman who will be returning next season.
Tupua signs with Idaho; Moore to
-- Two more Palomar football players have signed with
Division I schools, center Sam Tupua (left) with the
University of Idaho and wide receiver Paul Moore (right) with
Arkansas State University.
former Comet, starting tight end and ex-Palomar football
and basketball player Kevin Small, will play his final
game for Idaho when the Vandals face Bowling Green on
ESPN on Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m. PST in the Roady's
Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho. The 6-foot-3,
315-pound Tupua then arrives in Moscow, Idaho in January
after he signed with Idaho on Thursday.
told JCFootball.com that he waited a day from
Wednesday's first day of the month-long early JC signing
period so his parents could be on hand to watch him
sign. He also was offered by Southern Mississippi and
turned down a trip to the University of Utah.
who missed half the 2009 season with injuries but caught
72 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns and also ran
for a TD in two seasons -- joins an Arkansas State
program that faced Nebraska and Iowa this past
season. The Red Wolves play in the Sun Belt Conference.
early signing period is for community college players
eligible to transfer at mid-year. Receiver Martavious
Lee, who verbally committed to LSU back on May 12, will
remain at Palomar through the spring semester to receive
his A.A. degree and will be eligible to sign with
another program during the regular period that begins on
(Sam Tupua Photo by Hugh Cox)
Lee, Christian, Young, Lavea
-- Receiver Martavious Lee (right) has been honored as
Palomar's Most Valuable Player for the 2009 season.
Quarterback Matt Christian was named Offensive Player of
the Year. Corner Anthony Young was Defensive Player of
the Year. Gator Pugh was Special Teams Player of the
back Tyler Lavea received the Kevin Kelly Award, while
guard Tom Berry (4.0 grade-point average, Business
were voted on by the team, with the exception of the
Kevin Kelly Award, which was selected by the coaches,
the and Academic Award, which was determined by
Joe Early's Comets went 10-3, advanced to the Southern
California Championship game where they fell to eventual
National Champion Mt. SAC. Palomar was ranked No. 8 in
the nation by the J.C. Grid-Wire.in its final
rankings, the seventh time, the Comets have been ranked
in the Top Ten in the final national rankings.
Martavious Lee Photo by Hugh Cox
list of award winners:
Most Valuable Player --
Wide Receiver Martavious Lee
Kevin Kelly Award --
Running Back Tyler Lavea
Offensive Player of the
Year -- Quarterback Matt Christian
Defensive Player of the
Year -- Cornerback Anthony Young
Special Teams Player of the
Year -- Gator Pugh
Academic Award -- Guard Tom
Lineman of the Year --
Center Sam Tupua
Most Improved --
Quarterback Nate Ong
Defensive Captain-- Middle Linebacker Matt Segi
Offensive Captain -- Tight
End Jared Bamber
Special Teams "Hammer"
Awards -- Talaave Meyers and James McNally
Tight ends Bamber, Williams
latest to sign
-- Tight ends Jared Bamber (left) and Arthur Williams
(right) have become the latest Palomar players players
to commit to four-year colleges. Both sifgned on
Wednesday, the first day of the month-long JC early
signing period for players who can transfer at mid-year
.Seven Comets have committed so far.
selected at Middle Tennessee State, which defeated
Maryland on the way to a 10-3 regular-season record
faces Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl on
picked College Bowl Subdivision Georgia State, which
will play its first football season ever under legendary
Green Bay Packer Bill Curry in 2010. The Panthers will
play home games at the Georgia Dome, concluding their
schedule at Alabama on Nov. 20.
J.C. Grid-Wire ranks Comets
No. 8 in nation
-- The J.C. Grid-Wire ranked Palomar No. 8 to end
the 2009 football season on Sunday, the seventh time the
Comets have finished in the nation's Top Ten..
Palomar also was ranked in the
final Top Ten in 1991 (No. 1 by the Grid-Wire), 1992 (No.
6 by the Grid-Wire, 1993 (No. 1 by the Grid-Wire
and USA Today), 1998 (No. 1 by USA Today and No.
2 by the Grid-Wire), 2001 (No. 10 by the Grid-Wire)
and 2002 (No. 4 by the Grid-Wire in Joe Early's first
season as head coach).
The Gird-Wire's final
2009 Top Ten: No. 1 Mt. SAC (which beat the Comets in the
Southern California title game, then defeated College of San
Mateo 7-6 Saturday for the CCCAA state championship), No. 2
Blinn (Texas), No.3 Fort Scott (Kansas), No. 4 San Mateo, No. 5
East Mississippi, No. 6 Navarro (Texas), No. 7 City College of
San Francisco, No. 8 Palomar, No. 9 Fullerton and No.10 Arizona
(JCGridiron.com of Lake
Forest, CA, ranked Mt. SAC No. 1 and Palomar 12th to
conclude the season on Sunday)
Palomar free safety Chris Boudreaux (30) committed to the
University of Nevada on Sunday following a recruiting trip.
ABOVE RIGHT: Cornerback Anthony Young, who committed to
Iowa State. Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Defensive
tackle Jamar Fleming, who committed to Morgan State.
Boudreaux to Nevada; Young to Iowa
/ AMES, Iowa / BALTIMORE, Maryland (12-13-09)
-- Palomar free safety Chris Boudreaux and cornerback
Anthony Young both made Division I verbal commitments on Sunday
at the conclusion of recruiting trips. Defensive tackle Jamar
Fleming made a Bowl Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA)
committed to the University of Nevada, the runner-up to Boise
State in the Western Athletic Conference, while Young committed
to Iowa State University of the Big 12 Conference. Fleming
committed to Morgan State of the Mid-Eastern Athletic
recorded 132 tackles for the Comets over the last two seasons
(82 solo), with seven tackles for losses for 59 yards, three
sacks, two interceptions, 21 broken-up passes, two quarterback
hurries, a forced fumble and a Palomar record four blocked
kicks. He set a Palomar record with two blocked kicks against
Southwestern in 2008.
During the 2009
season, he led the Comets with 73 tackles (42 solo) and also
contributed four tackles for losses for 35 yards, a sack, one
interception, 14 pass break-ups a quarterback hurry and two
one of the biggest hitters in Palomar history, on a short list
that also includes corner Chris Cash (1998-99), who went on to
make the All-Pac-10 team for USC and played in the NFL with the
Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons; safety Thom Kaumeyer
(1985-86), who was an All-Pac-10 selection at Oregon and played
for the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants; and safety / corner Bill
Jaroncyk (a two-way starter in 1964-65), who helped lead USC to
the 1967 national championship and signed with the New Orleans
Young is rated
as one of the Comets' all-time best cover corners and this past
season tied the Palomar record for interceptions in a quarter
and also a game, in both cases three which led the Comets to a
27-21 victory at Saddleback.
In his two-year
Palomar career, Young had 139 tackles (95 solo), one sack, seven
interceptions, 34 pass break-ups, four fumble recoveries, two
forced fumbles, a blocked kick and a safety. During the 2009
season, Young recorded 47 tackles (41 solo), six interceptions,
18 broken-up passes, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Fleming had 72
tackles for the Comets over the last two seasons (36 solo). He
contributed 41 tackles during the 2009 season.
Morgan State is
a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Bears play a
schedule that this past season was made up of Akron,
Winston-Salem State, Towson, Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina
A&T, Howard University, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Norfolk
State, South Carolina State and Hampton.
signing period for JC players who can transfer at mid-year runs
from this Wednesday, Dec. 16, through Jan. 15.
FROM LEFT: Middle linebacker Mike Bethea (36),
Nevada's second-leading 2009 tackler, brings down Notre
Dame's Armando Allen. Bethea and the Wolf Pack will play
SMU in the Sheridan Hawaii Bowl; Idaho tight end Kevin
Small; Missouri punter Jake Harry; Tabor College
quarterback Joey Erickson; Idaho State cornerback
D-I alums in bowls; NAIA: Erickson goes
SAN MARCOS (12-8-09)
-- Of 36 former Palomar players on 2009 four-year
college rosters, three of the ex-Comets in Division I are headed
to bowl games.
the NAIA level, quarterback Joey Erickson closed out his junior
season for Tabor College of Hillsboro, KS with a storybook
performance. Erickson rolled up 470 yards in total offense,
passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 173 yards
and a TD in a 48-34 loss to St. Mary's of Kansas.
headed to D-I bowl games:
Nevada middle linebacker
Mike Bethea and his Wolf Pack teammates, who went 8-4 and
lost to Boise State 44-33 in the WAC championship game, will
play SMU in the Sheriton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu on Dec. 24
at 5 p.m. PST on ESPN. Bethea began the year with nine
tackles, 1.5 for losses, against Notre Dame and finished the
regular season as the Wolf Pack's second-leading leading
tackler with 64. He had 5.5 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks,
an interception, a fumble recovery and six pass break-ups.
Missouri punter Jake Harry
averaged 47.2 yards with a long punt of 69 yards and 21
kicks inside the 20-yard line for the Tigers (8-4), who will
play Navy on Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. PST in the Texas Bowl at
Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans. That game
also will be on ESPN.
Kevin Small has started all
season long at tight end for Idaho (7-5), which plays
Bowling Green on ESPN on Decd. 30 at 1:30 p.m. PST
in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, ID.
Another former Comet in D-I,
Joe Carrithers, led Eastern Michigan with 51 points, making
10-of-17 field goals and 21-of-22 extra points. Linebacker Nate
Paopao played in 10 games for the Eagles.
One of Palomar's best D-I
alums, ,running back Leilyon Meyers, sat out the 2009 season at
UTEP and is projected as a starter for the Miners in 2010.
On the Bowl Championship
Subdivision (formerly I-AA) level, Idaho State cornerback
Michael Wright had 55 tackles, an interception and 36 yards
return, eight pass break-ups, a blocked kick, three tackles for
losses -- as well as a forced fumble vs. Oklahoma.
Stephan Towns was the leading
receiver for Stony Brook University, which tied for the Big
South Confere4nce champiionship, with 37 catches for 398 yards.
was having his second straight outstanding season at quarterback
for Central Connecticut until a season-ending injury in
mid-October. Wanket passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns to
bring the Blue Devils back from a 21-10 deficit to a 31-24 win
over Duquesne in Pittsburgh just before being sidelined for the
year. Central Connecticut went 9-3 and wonthe Northeast
Palomar free safety Chris Boudreaux (30) intercepts pass
intended for Mt. SAC's Jesse Canada (4) on Saturday. Omar Smith
is No. 24.
BELOW LEFT: Boudreaux returns the pick 16 yards. BELOW
LEFT MIDDLE: Paul Moore (1) makes spectacular first-down
catch. -- Action photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Middle
linebacker Tyler Seau (seven tackles, 1.5 for losses)
Comets' 10-3 season ends with 5 turnovers
eighth-ranked Palomar's 10-win season ended in a flurry of turnovers
by the Comets Saturday in the Southern California championship game.
Palomar turned the ball over six
crucial times in a 27-2 loss to nationally second-ranked Mt. SAC at
the Mounties' Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
On an afternoon and early evening when
the defense stepped up continually after being put in unfathomable
situations until the wheels finally came off, free safety Chris
Boudreaux, cornerback Anthony Young, corner/safety Tevin McCaskill
and middle linebacker Tyler Seau combined for 31 tackles between
Five of the turnovers came on
interceptions but the remaining turnover, on a fumble on the first
play from scrimmage in the second half, took the Comets out of the
The Mounties (12-1) scored in four plays
on Jeremy Brown's 29-yard field goal and the Comets, who trailed
14-2 at halftime and had the ball to begin the second half, never
While Mt. SAC moves on to next
Saturday's CCCAA State Championship Game against College of San
Mateo in San Mateo, the Comets' season ends with a 10-3 record and
runner-up finish in Southern California.
Boudreaux, Palomar's leading tackler
over a two-year period, went out in style
in his final game as a Comet. He recorded nine tackles (five solo),
intercepted a pass and returned it 16 yards and broke up a pass with
a violent hit.
Young had eight tackles (four solo).
McCasklill had seven tackles, six solo and two for losses. And Seau
had seven tackles, 1.5 for losses.
Palomar's defense also supplied the
Comets' only two points, when Gator Pugh blocked a Mt. SAC punt
out of the end zone for a safety with 9:59 remaining in the second
Orenzo Davis contributed 126 yards on 52
yards rushing (on 12 carries), 22 yards receiving (on three catches
from quarterback Nate Ong) and 52 yards in kickoff returns (on two
returns) . Martavious Lee had five receptions for 41 yards, Andre
Upgrow 40 yards on five receptions and Saalim Hakim 23 yards
on four catches.
Davis became the fourth Comet in history
to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season (with 1,014), running
behind an offensive line of Sam Tupua, Brice Schwab, Tom Berry,
Steven Steiner, Mike Dobbins and tight end Jared Bamber. Davis also
also finished with 1,934 all-purpose yards.
Palomar was so beaten up after the
previous week's three-overtime victory over Fullerton that the
Comets did not even practice last Monday. Instead, the coaches sent
the Comets to the swimming pool for a conditioning session.
It was problematical whether Palomar's long afternoon
and early evening was more a result of a three-week span on
the road in which the sixth-seeded Comets had to get through
third-seeded Cerritos and second-seeded Fullerton in a pair of two
brutally physical games, then had to face top seed Mt. SAC -- or was
due more to the strength of the Mounties' team.
"But give Mt. SAC the credit," Palomar
coach Joe Early said. "They have a great team."
"Palomar had a great season," said
Mt. SAC offensive coordinator Tom Craft, the Comets' former
long-time head coach and the ex-head coach at San Diego State.
GAME STATS |
Anthony Young trips up
Fullerton's Kenny Turner on this play in Comets' 38-36 win
over the Hornets in triple overtime last week. No. 9 at
right is Tevin McCaskill.. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets visit Mt. SAC for
Southern Cal title
eighth-ranked Palomar will match its 10-2 record against
second-ranked Mt. SAC's 11-1 mark on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Mt. San
Antonio's Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
There will be a great deal on the line.
The winner will take home the Southern
California community college title and will advance to the CCCAA
California State Championship Game a week from Saturday, on Dec. 12,
at noon at College of San Mateo.
"We could have another one that goes
down to the wire," said coach Joe Early, whose Palomar team defeated
Cerritos 31-17 in the Southern Cal quarterfinals two weeks ago in a
match-up in which Tevin McCaskill's 90-yard interception return in
the final minute turned a seven-point game into a 14-point game,
then beat Fullerton 38-36 in three overtimes on Saturday.
"We've had two close games against the
No.3 seed and the No.2 seed," Early added. "(Mt. SAC is) the No.1
seed so obviously we're going in as the underdog."
The Comets, the sixth seed in Southern
California, is used to that after back-to-back upset wins th first
two-rounds of the playoffs, both of which were also played on the
"They're very physical," Early said,
"and they have an advantage in that they've been in this situation
the last two years (winning both times in the Southern Cal finals).
We have to stay focused and take advantage of opportunities when
they present themselves."
Palomar's advantage: the Comets have
played a tougher schedule, both in the regular season and the
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PALOMAR PROBABLE STARTERS
10 -- Nate Ong, 6-3,
205. 4.7, Fr, San Pasqual HS
quarterback: 12 -- Aaron Aegerter
8 -- Orenzo Davis,
5-9, 190, 4.4, So, Columbine HS (Littleton, CO) / 26 -- Tyler
Lavea, 5-8, 190, 4.5, So, Oceanside HS
running backs include: 28 -- Tyresse Jones, 6 -- Noel Phillips
7 -- Martavious Lee,
6-2, 190, 4.4, So, Coral Gables HS (Coral Gables, FL)
2 -- Saalim
Hakim, 6-1,187, 4.31, So, Palo Verde HS (Las Vegas, NV) / 1
-- Paul Moore, 5-10, 170, 4.4, So, Miami Central HS (Miami,
Other notable wide
receivers include: 89 -- Andre Upgrow, 81 -- Geoff Akbom, 85 -- Danny Scherer
3 -- Javon Reynolds,
6-0, 185, 4.4, Fr, Denver South HS (Denver, CO) / 19 --
Pat Cashman, 5-11, 165, 4.6, Fr., Mountain View HS (Bend, OR)
Other notable slot
receiver: 13 -- Alex Tweedey
87 -- Jared Bamber,
6-4, 246, So, 4.7, Temecula Chaparral HS / 84 -- Arthur
Williams, 6-4, 273, 4.74, Miami Coral City HS (Miami, FL)
Other notable tight
ends include: 86 -- Blake Masoner, 88 -- Robert
75 -- Steven
Steiner, 6-7, 325, Fr, Vista Murrieta HS
68 -- Michael
Dobbins, 6-4, 260, Fr, Mission Hills HS / 70 -- Abul Jalil,
6-3, 300, So, Cathedral Catholic HS
65 -- Sam Tupua,
6-3, 320, So, Banning HS (Wilmington)
50 -- Tom Berry, 6-5, 290, So, Murrieta Valley
77 -- Brice Schwab,
6-8, 320, So, Moniteau HS (West Sunbury, PA) / Committed to USC
94 -- Jose Chairez,
6-1, 245, Fr, Colony HS (Ontario)
71-- Marco Gonzalez,
5-9, 215, Fr, Valley Center HS
98 -- Alika Valese,
6-1, 260, So, University Lab HS (Honolulu, HI)
99 -- Marcus
Williamson, 6-1, 278, So, Oceanside HS
defensive linemen include: 92 -- Jamar Fleming, 55 -- Richard Mataafa, 90 -- Demetrius
31 -- Samuel Spence,
5-11, 210, Fr, Miami Northwestern HS (Miami, FL)
51 -- John Middlemas, 6-5, 215, So,
Elsinore HS / 58 -- DeMarcus Williams, 6-1, 220, Fr, Palm Beach
Gardens HS (West Palm Beach, FL)
outside linebackers includes: 42 -- Gator Pugh, 57 -- Joey Searson
44 -- Matt Segi,
5-11, 220, So, Oceanside HS / University of San Diego / 52 -- Tyler Seau,
5-10, 220, So, Mission Hills HS
middle linebackers include: 45 -- Ben Fanene; 54 -- Clinton
Parker, 43 -- Casey Malauulu
21 -- Anthony Young,
5-9, 177, 4.48, So, Colony HS (Ontario)
9 -- Tevin
McCaskill, 6-1, 180, 4.3, Fr, Miami Northwestern HS (Miami, FL)
cornerback: 25 -- Corinthian Gray, 36 -- Devin Willis, 24 -- Omar Smith
30 -- Chris
Boudreaux, 6-0, 194, 4.42, So, Centennial HS (Las Vegas,NV
27 -- Dean Faddis,
6-1, 190, 4.45, Fr, Ramona HS
safety:23 -- Cordell Rodgers
41 -- Kevin Ditch,
6-0, 190, So, Murrieta Valley HS / Eastern Michigan University
40 -- Shaheen
Pourfallah, 5-11, 200, So, Scripps Ranch HS / San Jose State
42 -- Gator Pugh,
6-1, 190, So, Rancho Buena Vista HS
40 -- Shaheen
Pourfallah, 5-11, 200, So, Scripps Ranch HS / San Jose State
8 -- Orenzo Davis, 5-9, 190, So, 4.4, Columbine HS (Littleton, CO)
22 -- Xavier
McGinnis, 5-9, 170, Fr, Oviedo HS (Ociedo, FL)
19 -- Pat
Cashman, 5-11, 165, 4.6, Fr., Mountain View HS (Bend, OR) / 3 -- Javon Reynolds,
6-0, 185, 4.4, Fr, Denver South HS (Denver, CO)
Comets move to No. 8 in
nation by JCGridiron
LAKE FOREST, CA (11-30-09) -- Palomar
(10-2), which plays at Mt. SAC on Saturday at 3 p.m. for the
Southern California Community College Championship, has
moved up to No. 8 in the nation in the JCGridiron.com
rankings. The Mounties (11-1) are ranked No. 2 in the
JCGridiron.com's Top Ten are No. 1 Fort Scott (Kansas), No.
2 Mt. SAC, No. 3 East
Mississippi, No. 4 Blinn (Texas), No. 5 and Northern
California champion College of San Mateo, No. 6 Navarro
(Texas), No. 7 City College of San Francisco, the No. 8
Comets, No. 9 Grand Rapids (Michigan) and No. 10 Fullerton. There are
no rankings from the J.C. Grid-Wire of Seattle this week.
Orenzo Davis is off and running on 94-yard kickoff return,
the third-longest in Palomar history, in fourth quarter of
Comets' 38-36 triple-overtime victory over Fullerton in the
Southern California semis on Saturday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
BELOW LEFT: Quarterback Nate Ong, who passed for 259 yards,
two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. BELOW RIGHT:
Dean Faddis, who also had a key fumble recovery at the Palomar
1-yard line makes the game-winning tackle to stop the Hornets'
final two-point conversion try in the third OT. -- Photo
by Hugh Cox
Davis (3 TDs, 2-pt. PAT),
Comets reach finals
-- Orenzo Davis (left)capped a big afternoon by scoring
on a 1-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion in the third
overtime on Saturday to lift Palomar into next week's Southern
California Community College Championship football game.
The Comets, ranked
12th in the nation, defeated nationally fourth-ranked Fullerton
38-36 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium.and will play Mt. SAC,
a 39-17 winner over Bakersfield, for the Southern California title
next Saturday at Mt. SAC. Palomar advanced to 10-2 and Fullerton
ended its season 10-2.
Davis also scored
touchdowns on a 94-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter and a
25-yard run on Palomar's first play in the second
overtime. He finished the game with 20 points and 231 yards -- 97
rushing on 18 carries, 26 receiving on four catches and 108 yards on
two kickoff returns. Afterward, he credited his blockers.
The 94-yard kickoff
return by Davis was the third longest in Palomar history. Nakoa
McElrath, who later played at Washington State and signed with the
Seattle Seahawks, had a 100-yard kickoff return against Fullerton in
1997. Chris Cash (USC, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons) returned a
kickoff 99 yards against Pasadena City College in 1999.
Davis' return and
Nate Ong's two-point conversion pass to Andre Upgrow into the right
corner gave Palomar a 24-17 lead with 9:23 left in regulation.and,
when linebacker Matt Segi intercepted a pass with 1:43 to play and
the Hornets out of timeouts, it appeared the Comets had the game in
Ong took a knee on
the ensuing play but, on the next play, a
Fullerton player jammed the snap count, the center snapped the ball
early and the ball tumbled to the turf, where the Hornets recovered.
Fullerton wound up
tying the game with 56 seconds to play, sending it to the first
overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, and a 6-6 second OT when
Davis scored on the 25-yard run, , Davis' 1-yard TD and two-point
conversion put Palomar up 38-30 in the third OT.
Also in the third
overtime, the Hornets scored to pull to within 38-36. But Palomar
safety Dean Faddis stopped Hornet quarterback Darius Banks short of the goal-line on the two-point conversion
try and the Comets had won the game.
Ong completed 22 of
41 passes for 259 yards and touchdown passes of 11 yards to a diving
Paul Moore and 26 yards to Saalim Hakim -- and also threw the
two-point conversion pass to Upgrow.
Martavious Lee (four
catches for 80 yards), Hakim (five catches for 74 yards), Davis,
Moore (two catches for 45 yards) and Javon Reynolds (two catches for
5 yards) had multiple receptions for Palomar.
Faddis recovered a
fumble, which was forced by Omar Smith, at the Palomar 1 to prevent
a Fullerton touchdown. John Middlemas, Marcus Williamson and Chris
Boudreaux also had big games statistically for the Comets
defensively, and Boudreaux made a crucial 16-yard tackle for a loss
to thwart a fake field goal by the Hornets.
GAME STATS |
Southern Cal title game kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.
-- Saturday's Southern California Community College
Football championship Game between Palomar (10-2) and Mt. SAC
(11-1) will be played at 3 p.m.
The game will be
played at Mt. SAC's Hilmer Lodge Stadium.
The winner will
visit College of San Mateo on Saturday, Dec. 12, in the CCCAA
California State Championship Game.
ABOVE: Cordell Rodgers (23) breaks up pass intended for
Cerritos' Lucas Mealy (81) in the end zone on the Falcons' final
possession. BELOW LEFT; On the next play, Tevin McCaskill
intercepts a pass intended for No. 82, Marquis Williams.
McCaskill returned it 98 yards for a touchdown with 35 seconds
left to clinch the Comets' 31-17 upset win. -- Photos by Hugh
Comets pull playoff shocker with 5
-- On a night quarterback Nate Ong passed for 228 yards
and two touchdowns to spot Palomar to a big first-half lead, it
was the defense that laid the hammer on Cerritos.
With a huge effort by the defensive unit, the visiting Comets
shocked the Falcons, who were one point away from being
unbeaten entering the game, 31-17 to open the Southern
California playoffs on Saturday night.
The Comets (9-2) broke a 7-7 tie midway through the first
quarter when Jose Chairez caused a fumble that linebacker Sam
Spence returned 30 yards for a touchdown.
Palomar followed that with four interceptions, two by Anthony
Young. The 5-foot-8 Young also made a spectacular play as he
went over Cerritos' 6-foot-6 Lucas Mealy and the ball deflected
off him to Dean Faddis, whose interception in the back of the
end zone prevented a Falcons touchdown.
Then, in the closing seconds and Cerritos trailing 24-17 and
threatening deep in Palomar territory after a fumble recovery,
Tevan McCaskill intercepted a pass intended for Marquis Williams
and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown with 35 seconds
Instead of the Falcons (9-2) tying the game at 24-24 and
sending it to overtime, the Comets won the game 31-17 and moves
on to a game at Fullerton, a 49-19 winner over Los Angeles
Harbor, in the Southern Cal semifinals next Saturday at Cal
State Fullerton ast 1 p.m..
Palomar's other points came on a 36-yard pass play from Ong to
Saalim Hakim, a 26-yard pass play from Ong to Javon Reynolds,
Kevin Ditch's 30-yard field goal and four Ditch PAT kicks..
Defensive end Alika Valese (nine tackles, two for losses, one
sack), linebacker Tyler Seau (eight tackles, one-half sack,
one-half tackle for loss), defensive tackle Jamar Fleming (eight
tackles, one forced fumble) andd Faddis (seven tackles and the
interception) led the Comets' tackle chart.
Young, McCaskill, Spence and Marco Gonzalez had five tackles
Ong finished the evening 16-for-32 passing for 262 yards, the
two TD's and no interceptions. He had five passes dropped.
Reynolds (four catches for 97 yards) and Martavious Lee (four
catches for 85 yards) led Palomar's receivers.
Orenzo Davis returned two kickoffs for 113 yards, including a
61-yarder, Tyresse Jones rushed for 50 yards on eight carries
and Pat Cashman contributed a 28-yard punt return.
GAME STATS |
ABOVE: Palomar freshman Dean Faddis was a unanimous
all-conference pick. BELOW LEFT: Orenzo Davis also was a
unanimous first-team selection, at running back. -- Photos by
Conference coaches vote 11
Comets 1st team
BEACH (11-17-09) --
Palomar landed 11 players on the All-Southern Conference first
team, eight of them on offense, in balloting by conference coaches on
Comets named to the offensive first team were center Sam Tupua,
guard Tom Berry, tackle Brice Schwab, tight end Jared Bamber,
wide receiver Martavious Lee, running back Orenzo Davis,
quarterback Matt Christian and kicker Kevin Ditch. Tupua, Berry,
Lee and Ditch were unanimous selections.
Palomar players named to the defensive first team were tackle
Alika Viaese, safety Dean Faddis and punt returner Mikey Head.
Viaese and Faddis were selected unanimously.
Four Comets were selected to the defensive second team -- middle
linebacker Matt Segi, cornerback Anthony Young, safety Chris
Boudreaux and punter Shaheen Pourfallah.
Honorable mention selections were middle linebacker Tyler Seau,
outside linebacker Samuel Spence, Corner/safety Tevin McCaskill,
tight end Arthur Williams, offensive tackle Steven Steiner and
receiver Paul Moore.
Fullerton running back Kenny Turner was selected as Offensive
Player of the Year. Long Beach City College defensive back
Genesis Fonoimoana was voted Defensive Player of the Year
honors. Fullerton's Tim Byrnes was honored as Coach of the Year.
Comets at Cerritos in 1st
round Saturday at 7
Palomar (8-2) will visit Cerritos (9-1) in a first-round game in the
Southern California football playoffs this upcoming Saturday.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. The game will double as the National
The Comets are seeded No. 6 in the
playoffs. The Falcons are seeded third.
winner will play the winner of a game between No.2 seed Fullerton
(9-1) and No. 7 seed Los Angeles Harbor in the SoCal semifinals on
Nov. 28. The Southern Cal finals will be played Dec. 5, with the
state championship game at the home of the Northern California champ
on Dec. 12.
first-round match-ups find Los Angeles Pierce (7-3) at top-seeded
Mt. SAC (9-1) and No.5 seed Allan Hancock (9-1) at No. 4 seed
Bakersfield (9-1). Both those games also will be played Saturday.
The Comets advanced
to the playoffs when Saddleback defeated Grossmont 44-27 on
Palomar and Cerritos met in the
Golden Empire Bowl last season at Bakersfield with the Comets
Pictured at above left: Palomar's
Pat Cashman returns a punt to the Orange Coast 30-yard line in the
Comets' 41-6 victory on Nov. 7. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
ABOVE LEFT: Back-up
quarterback Aaron Aegerter hands off to Xavier McGinniss on
Palomar's late fourth-quarter drive to the Orange Coast 18.
(Aegerter finished the game by taking a knee.) ABOVE RIGHT:
McGinnis is trailed by receiver Danny Scherer (85) and
Aegerter on the same play.. -- Photos by
Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Quarterback Nate Ong (four touchdown
passes, one TD run) sets up to throw. -- Photo by Rick Rowell
With Christian in surgery, Ong
-- Matt Christian, Palomar's regular starting
quarterback, was coming out of surgery on Saturday when his
replacement, Nate Ong, took out Christian's misfortunes on
starting against the Pirates on the same day Christian
underwent an operation for a broken collarbone sustained in
a game last week, passed for four touchdowns and ran for
another against the Pirates.
performance, and a dominating, opportunistic effort by
Palomar's defense, led the way as the nationally 17th-ranked
Comets rocked the Pirates 41-9 at LeBard Stadium and
clinched a tie for second place in the Southern Conference.
who finished the regular season 8-2 and six points away from
being 10-0, are 4-2 in the conference and will sit back and
await the result of next week's Grossmont-Saddleback game.
Palomar has a bye the final Saturday of the regular season.
from the conference will advance to the playoffs, one of
them champion Fullerton. If Saddleback defeats Grossmont,
Palomar will tie the Gauchos for second and will move on to
the playoffs by virtue of the Comets’ win when the teams met
earlier this season. If the Griffins beat Saddleback,
they’ll tie the Comets for second and advance to the
playoffs by virtue of a 29-26 victory over Palomar..
gave the Comets a boost when the Dons upset Grossmont 13-10
on Saturday on a last-second field goal.
Back on the
field at Orange Coast, Ong
21-for-34 passing for 247 yards and four touchdowns, two of
them going for 21 and 15 yards to Saalim Hakim, the brother
of former San Diego State and NFL receiver Az-Zahir Haakim.
Haakim and Martavious Lee each had five receptions. Ong also
rushed for 35 yards on five carries including a 10-yard
three first-half interceptions when the Comets followed the
picks with field goal blocks by Jeff Voa and James McNally
and Cordell Rodgers intercepted an Orange Coast pass when he
jumped up and reached over the intended receiver to take the
ball away from him. That set up a TD.
outgained Orange Coast (5-4,1-4) in total yards 446-196 and
limited the Pirates to 39 yards rushing.
other touchdowns came on Orenzo Davis’ 6-yard run to open
the scoring with 10:53 left in the first quarter and Ong’s
9-yard scoring passes to Alex Davis and Javon Reynolds.
Kevin Ditch kicked five of six extra points.
Matt Segi and Dean Faddis combined
for 15 tackles. Reynolds and Pat Cashman joined Hakim and Lee with multiple receptions.
With Xavier McGinnis running the ball for 51 yards on nine caries
on the drive, Aaron Aegerter came on at quarterback and nearly drove
the Comets to another touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Aegerter
wound up taking a knee as time expired after the Comets got down to
the OCC 18-yard line.
GAME STATS |
conference Offensive Player of the Week
-- Palomar football player Nate Ong (left) has been
honored as been named the Southern California Football
Association's Southern Conference Offensive Player of the
Week and Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete
of the Week.
after he stepped in for the injured Matt Christian and
turned in a huge performance Saturday as the Comets went on
the road and routed Orange Coast 41-6.
6-foot-3, 205-pound freshman quarterback from San Pasqual
High, was 23-34 passing for 247 yards and four touchdowns
and also carried five times for 35 yards rushing and another
Javon Reynolds makes a diving catch of Matt Christian's 13-yard
touchdown pass that pulled Palomar to within three points, at
20-17, with 31 seconds left in the third quarter. . -- Photo by
Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Christian, who passed for 247 yards
but suffered a probable broken collarbone. BELOW RIGHT:
Marcus Williamson, who returned an interception 58 yards to the
Hornet's 34 only to lose most of the yardage due to a penalty.
injury, drops, mistakes, Hornets fatal
(10-31-09) -- Palomar shot itself in the foot repeatedly
on Saturday night and quarterback Matt Christian exited the
game with an apparent broken left collarbone after bringing
the Comets from behind in the second half.
meanwhile, took care of business when it had to as the
Hornets held off the the Comets 20-17 in a crucial Southern
Conference football game at Wilson Stadium.
performance included a missed chip-shot field goal, a bad
snap on another field goal try that resulted in a pass
thrown by the holder and an interception, two dropped passes
in the end zone and the Comets' bugaboo all season, untimely
deadliest penalty came midway through the fourth quarter,
with Palomar trailing by the final 20-17 margin after
Christian (16-for-29 passing for 247 yards) had brought the
Comets back from a 20-3 deficit to within three points.
tackle Marcus Williamson (above right), showing stunning
speed and agility at 6-foot-1 and 278 pounds, intercepted a
Darian Banks pass at the Palomar 8 and returned it 58 yards
to the Fullerton 34-yard line.
blocking-below-the waist penalty away from the play, 17
yards from where Williamson made the interception, brought
the ball back to the 10-yard line. That put the Comets in
the shadow of their goal post and Christian, passing the
ball from deep in his own territory with no room to
maneuver, was hit as he released the ball, suffering the
apparent fractured collarbone.
below the waist, at that spot in that situation, wasn't very
smart," Palomar coach Joe Early said. "It the whole thing,
the block and the call, doesn't happen, we have a good
chance to go down and score or at least kick a field goal to
send the game to overtime. And Matt Christian never gets
hurt. We had all the momentum and that took it away from
trailing by three points, scored on Ditch's 23-yard field
goal 10 seconds into the second quarter to tie the game at
3-3. Christian was was 5-for-5 passing on the drive,
including back-to-back 20-yard completions to Paul Moore
(five receptions for 74 yards before leving with an ankle
injury in the second quarter).
20-3, Palomar scored twice in the third period, on Orenzo
Davis' 1-yard run that was set up by a 69-yard
Christian-to-Martavious Lee pass play -- and on Christian's
3-yard touchdown pass to Javon Reynolds. That TD was set up
by Omar Smith's pass interception and a 25-yard
Christian-to-Mikey Head completion down to the 13.
the PAT after each of the two TDs.
seven receptions for 107 yards for Palomar. Davis returned
four kickoffs for 105 yards.
Jamar Fleming led the Comets in tackles with seven each.
Chris Boudreaux, Sam Spence and Wade Tolbert each had six
advanced to 8-1 on the season, 4-0 in the Southern
Conference and took a huge step toward the Southern
Conference championship. Palomar is 7-2, 3-2 and still has
an outside chance to tie for the conference championship
with a great deal of help.
conference teams will advance to the Southern California
community college playoffs. Palomar can finish in a
three-way tie for second place if the Comets defeat Orange
Coast in their final regular-season game next Saturday
afternoon and Saddleback defeats Grossmont a week from next
Saturday, when the Comets have a bye.
with its two losses, Palomar is just six points away from
GAME STATS |
Davis is National Conference
Player of Week
Palomar's Orenzo Davis (left)
named Southern California Football Alliance National
Division Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
5-foot-8, 190-pound sophomore running back from Columbine
High School in Littleton, CO, carried the ball 21 times for
175 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-23 win over Long Beach
City College on Saturday night at Veterans Memorial
Stadium in Long Beach..
had one reception for 21 yards and three kickoff returns for
Orenzo Davis breaks an attempted tackle by Long Beach City
College's George Rogers on his way to a 47-yard touchdown run
which gave Palomar its first lead of the night. -- Photo by Hugh
Cox. BELOW LEFT: Samuel Spence, the Comets' leading
tackler on the night. BELOW RIGHT: Chris Boudreaux,
Palomar's season-leading tackler and second-leading tackler in
the game who blocked a kick for the fourth time in two seasons
(on Long Beach's first PAT try).
Davis (4 TDs),
Christian, Lee star in 44-23 win
BEACH (10-24-09) -- Palomar, the nation's 11th-ranked
community college football team, advanced to 7-1 on Saturday
evening by beating Long Beach City College 44-23 at Veterans
did it by rolling up 521 yards in total offense, led by big
performances from running back Orenzo Davis, quarterback
Matt Christian and wide receiver Martavious Lee.
21 times for 175 yards and four touchdowns (on runs of 2, 47, 20 and 10 yards).
With Tyler Lavea among four key Palomar starters watching in
street clothes with injuries, Davis' 21 carries were a
contributed a 21-yard pass reception and three kickoff
returns for 67 yards as Palomar ran its Southern Conference
record to 3-1.
was 23-for-32 passing for 265 yards with no interceptions
and two touchdown strikes to Lee, for 31 and 30 yards. He
also had key runs of 17, 9, 8 and 7 yards when the Comets
came back to take the lead in the first half.
seven receptions for 130 yards with the two TD catches.
happened on a night that the extremely athletic and talented
Vikings, who have suddenly come to life after a 1-5 start,
jumped on top early 6-0 and led 13-9 when Davis scored his
second touchdown to give the Comets their first lead at
16-13. That came on
his 47-yard run with 7:11 left in the first half.
contributed its share of big plays and big hits during the
course of the evening, beginning with free safety Chris
Boudreaux' block of David Covey's PAT attempt after Long
Beach's first touchdown just 1:19 into the game. It was
Boudreaux' fourth blocked kick in two seasons at Palomar.
linebacker Samuel Spence led the Comets with eight tackles
and had 1.5 tackles for losses, a pass break-up, a half-sack
and a quarterback hurry.
had seven tackles and added the blocked PAT and a pass
break-up. He leads Palomar on the season in tackles (50),
solo tackles (32), broken-up passes (nine) and blocked kicks
(two). Randolph Birch intercepted a pass in the end zone
late in the second quarter, while Casey Malauulu recovered a
Strong safety Dean Faddis, ends
Jose Chairez and Wade Tolbert, middle linebacker Tyler Seau and outside linebacker Tanner Hix also were among Palomar's defensive statistical leaders.
Ditch added a 33-yard field goal and five extra
points., and Shaheen Pourfallah got off a 52-yard punt down
to the Long Beach 6-yard line.
put the game away by outscoring the Vikings 21-7 in the
fourth quarter on Davis' 20-yard touchdown run, Christian's
30-yard TD pass Lee and Davis' 10-yard touchdown run with
3:03 to play.
The 44 points and 521 yards
came with a gigantic boost from the Comets offensive line, which
Saturday night was led by center Sam Tapua and also included
tackles Steven Steiner and Brice Schwab, guards Mike Dobbins and
Tom Berry and tight ends Jared Bamber and Arthur Williams.
Along with Lee, Geoff Akpom,
Noel Phillips, Javon Reynolds, Andre Upgrow and Alex Tweedy also
had multiple receptions.
set up a huge meeting with Fullerton, which is unbeaten in
the Southern Conference, on Halloween night next Saturday at
Wilson Stadium in Escondido. The Hornets handed Grossmont
its first loss of the season last week and beat Saddleback
22-13 on Saturday night in Mission Viejo.
GAME STATS |
ABOVE: Tevan McCaskill (9)
recovers a Santa Ana fumble in the third quarter at the Dons'
28-yard line, setting up Tyresse Jones' 6-yard touchdown run for the
Comets. BELOW LEFT: Quarterback Matt Christian, who had 301
yards in total offense before coming out after three quarters. --
Photos by Hugh Gerhardt
Comets jump out to 31-3 lead and
get 6th win
(10-17-09) -- Quarterback Matt Christian rolled up
301 yards in total offense in his second game back from an
injury before leaving the game after three quarters on
He played an
integral role as Palomar advanced to 6-1 on the
season, beating visiting Santa Ana 41-27 at Wilson Stadium.
after the Comets led 31-3 in the second quarter.
connected on 17-of-30 pass attempts for 225 yards and two
touchdowns and added 76 yards rushing on nine
first-half carries. He eventually gave way to back-up QB
nationally No. 11-ranked Comets got three big fumble
recoveries that led to scores on their way to their second
Southern Conference victory in three games:
recovered a fumbled punt at the Santa Ana 31-yard line early
in the first quarter, setting up Christian's 17-yard
touchdown pass to Paul Moore that put the Comets in front
7-0 just one minute, 58 seconds into the game.
recovery at the Santa Ana 35 preceded Christian's 40-yard TD
pass to Martavious Lee in the second quarter.
McCaskill's recovery at the Dons' 28 set up Tyresse Jones'
6-yard TD run, his second of the game, late in the third
Comets' leader in rushing and all-purpose yardage on
the season, also tackled Santa Ana's returner at the 1-yard line
after a 54-yard Shaheen Pourfallah punt, setting in motion a
string of events that, after a Santa Ana punt three plays
later, resulted in Noel Phillips' 6-yard touchdown run.
other scores came on Jones' 11-yard TD run, Kevin Ditch
field goals from 27 and 25 yards out and five Ditch PAT
kicks on five attempts. Eastern Michigan University transfer Ditch also had two kickoffs that went through the end
Reynolds caught six passes for 83 yards, Lee four for 76
yards and his TD and Moore three for 38 yards and his TD before
leaving the game with a sprained ankle. Alex Tweedy and
Mikey Head also had multiple receptions in traffic.
Taylor intercepted a pass. Ben Fanene contributed a 10-yard
sack, and had two tackles for losses and. Anthony Young and
Richard Mataafa forced fumbles.
allowed a Santa Ana touchdown with 39 second left in the
game which made the game appear closer than it was. the
Comets helped the Dons with two roughing-the passer
penalties on incomplete attempts on fourth down -and-long
(Christian)' was biting at the bit when his hand was in a
cast, but the injury allowed us to get Nate (Ong) some
quality starts. Then, getting Matt back has given us a
boost," coach Joe Early said. "He has a good concept of
what is happening on the field.
on them early today. Things got sloppy at the end and
we had more than 100 yards in penalties again including the two roughing penalties on fourth-and-long which
gave them a cheap touchdown at the end. We'll deal with
that. But the bottom line is that we won."
-- the latest in a long line of outstanding Palomar punters
that over the years has included Ron Coppess (Florida
State), Dave Bass (San Jose State), Bill Kushner (Boston
College, Buffalo Bills), Matt Kovacevich (Utah), Ryan
Hotchkiss (UTEP) and current Division I starters Jake Harry
(Missouri) and Briton Forester (Arkansas) -- had a big
a transfer from San Jose State, averaged 46.0 yards on three
punts, two inside the 20 and one which was caught at the
1-yard line. He had two 50-yard-plus punts with a long of 54
Comets are three points away from being unbeaten going into
their eighth game next Saturday night at Long Beach City
College. Santa Ana is 3-4, 0-3 in conference.
GAME STATS |
Men's Athlete of the Week Anthony Young celebrates of his three
interceptions in win over nationally No. 6-ranked Saddleback .
RIGHT: Orenzo Davis, Southern Conference All-Purpose Player
of the Week, breaks off a 75-yard run to set up Palomar's second
touchdown. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Young, Davis get conference honors after win
/ LONG BEACH
(10-13-09) -- Palomar
cornerback Anthony Young and running back / kick
returner Oroenzo Davis have received
weekly conference honors for their play vs. Saddleback on
sophomore from Colony High School in Ontario, California,
was selected as Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports by
the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, which doesn't sponsor
football but is Palomar's regular home conference.
sophomore from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado,
was named Southern California Football Association's
Conference All-Purpose Player of the Week.
intercepted three passes in the fourth quarter -- one to set
up a touchdown, one to stop a deep Saddleback drive and the
final one in the end zone to save the game with eight
seconds left as the nationally 16th-ranked Comets upset No.
6 Saddleback 27-21 on the road.
for 87 yards on 11 carries, including a 75-yard gain to set
up the Comets' second touchdown, caught two passes for 16
yards and tacked on 97 yards on three kickoff returns,
including a 49-yarder.
Ditch kicks his second field goal of the game, a 39 yarder, as
time runs out in the firSt half. Note the ball between Palomar
blocker Jared Bamber (87) and Saddleback defender Cameron
Chadwick (21).. BELOW LEFT: Safety Chris Boudreaux, whose huge hit sparked the
Young: 3 4th-quarter picks; No. 6
(10-10-09) -- Cornerback
Anthony Young's third interception of the fourth quarter
preserved the win Saturday night as Palomar, ranked 16th
nationally by the J.C. Grid-Wire, stunned
sixth-ranked Saddleback 27-21.
seconds to play, Young, at 5-foot-9, intercepted the ball in
the left corner of the end zone in front of 6-foot-8
T.J. Knowles, the intended receiver on a 16-yard pass from
quarterback Brad Curtis. The Gauchos had tried to create a
height mismatch with Knowles running a fade pattern.
previous picks in the quarter set up Tyler Lavea's 6-yard
touchdown run with 12:48 left in the game that gave Palomar
(5-1, 1-1 Southern Conference) a 27-14 lead, and stopped
another Saddleback drive at the Comet 12-yard line (photo,
above left, by Hugh Cox).
three interceptions for the game tied the Palomar record set
by Josh Hargis, who went on to play for Iowa State, in a
44-24 victory over Long Beach Beach City College on Nov. 8, 2003.
Young also contributed 11 tackles, nine solo, as the Gauchos
fell to 5-1, 1-1.
To top off
Young's big night, Cal was at the game to watch him -- and
the Golden Bears represent his dream school. Young and Cal
would appear to be a logical match. Palomar players have had
good success at Cal over the years, most notably Keith
Miller, who went on to be named the North's Player of the
game in the 2000 Senior Bowl, then play linebacker in the
NFL for the Seahawks and Rams.
huge plays for the Comets on Saturday:
Free safety Chris Boudreaux
delivered the most violent hit of Palomar's season
to separate Saddleback receiver Tre Villahamosa from the ball on
an attempted catch --
perhaps the biggest spark the Comets had in the game.
Defensive end Jeff Voa blocked
a Saddleback field goal try and recovered the ball back on
the other side of the 50-yard line, setting up a up a
40-yard Kevin Ditch field goal.
Wide receiver Martavious Lee
delivered a big hit of his own to level Saddleback's Richard
Crawford after Crawford intercepted a pass.
came on a night quarterback Nate Ong gave Palomar a 14-0
first-quarter lead on touchdown pass plays of 56 yards to
Saalim Hakim and 8 yards to Lee -- and was 7-for-9 passing
for 101 yards. Ong then gave way to original 2009 QB starter
Matt Christian, who sparked the Comets' offense the rest of
who had been sidelined since the second game of the season
with a broken hand, was 13-for-26 passing for 152 yards.
totaled an even 200 offensive yards -- 85 yards rushing on
11 carries (including a 75-yarder to set up a touchdown), 16
yards on two receptions and 97 yards for three kickoff
receiver Paul Moore also had a productive night with seven catches
for 87 yards -- including a series of grabs in heavy
traffic, diving for the ball and on third-down plays.
two receptions for 56 yards and Lee three catches for 33
contributed a 30-yard field goal with no time remaining in
the second quarter. And strong safety Dean Faddis (eight
tackles, four solo, one sack, one tackle for loss), tackle
Wade Tolbert (seven tackles, five solo, one sack, three
tackles for losses), Tanner Hicks, DeMario Williams, Cordell
Rodgers and Matt Segi also came up big defensively.
GAME STATS |
Quarterback Nate Ong looks downfield
on the last play of the game vs. Grossmont on Saturday. Ong's
long pass was incomplete just out of bounds in the right corner
near the goal line. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Video review gives QB Ong first
(10-7-09) -- A video review of Palomar's 29-26 s to
Grossmont on Saturday gives redshirt freshman quarterback
Nate Ong his first 300-yard passing game.
Ong-to-Paul Moore completion was recorded for the wrong
distance. Ong's adjusted statistics are 25-for-37 with one
interception for 306 yards and two touchdowns.
corrected statistics gives him eight receptions in the game
for 98 yards.
Saturday, the last Palomar quarterback to throw for at least
300 yards was Hunter Wanket, now the starting QB at Central
Connecticut State, who had 326 yards passing in a 34-14 win
over San Bernardino Valley on Sept. 1, 2007.
PALOMAR'S 300-YARD PASSERS
QUARTERBACKS WITH AT LEAST ONE 300-YARD PASSING GAME
Richmond, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers
||U. of New
Oregon, Wayne St., Helsinki & Prague (European
Federation of American Football)
Tech, New Jersey (Arena League)
||U. of North
||U. of Utah,
Utah Rattlers (National Indoor Football League)
Connecticut, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints
Note: California Community College Hall of Fame
quarterback Tom Luginbill holds the Palomar single-game
passing yardage record of 557 yards vs. Southwestern in 1993
(Palomar 58, Southwestern 38)
ABOVE: Nate Ong and
Martavious Lee hook up on a 29-yard pass play for Palomar's
final touchdown with 2:27 left in the game. -- Photos by Hugh
Cox. BELOW: Middle linebacker Matt Segi hauls down
Grossmont ball-carrier. -- Photo by Rick Rowell
Comets' 4th-quarter comeback short
(10-3-09) -- Palomar's Southern Conference football
opener against Grossmont on Saturday afternoon at Wilson
Stadium by the numbers:
The Comets outscored
Grossmont 26-3 in the first, third and fourth quarters.
But the Griffins outscored the
Comets 26-0 in the second quarter.
the math. Grossmont won 29-26 to advance to 5-0. Palomar fell to 4-1.
"It was deja
vu all over again in that first half," said Palomar
coach Joe Early, borrowing a famous Yogi Berra comment relating
to Major League baseball to describe the way the Comets came
out against the Griffins for the second year in a row.
Grossmont, which hadn't beaten Palomar since 1987 prior to
last season, now has won the last two games of the series.
move the ball (zero rushing first downs and two passing
first downs in the first half, after which the Griffins led
29-10), Early added. "We couldn't tackle. But I was proud of the way we pulled
together and came back in the second half. We had our
opportunities to win, but we let them fall through our
"On the plus
side, I can't see anyone in this conference going
undefeated. There are just too many good teams."
Opportunities weren't the only thing that fell through the
Comets' hands. So did the football. Palomar fumbled five
times, losing two of them. Even more important, the Comets
dropped two wide-open touchdown passes.
led 10-3 after one quarter on a 9-yard Orenzo Davis
touchdown run and Kevin Ditch's 38-yard field goal, but fell
behind 29-10 at halftime.
outscored Grossmont 9-0 in the third quarter on a 5-yard
Nate Ong-to-Martavious Lee TD pass and a safety when when
the Griffins' punter ran the ball out of the end zone on a
fourth-and-21 play from the Grossmont 1-yard line.
closed to within three points with 2:27 left in the
game, at 29-26, on Ong's 29-yard TD pass to Lee and Ditch's
third PAT kick of the afternoon. That capped a 90-yard,
three-play drive on which Ong also connected with Paul Moore
for 17 yards and Noel Phillips for a 44-yarder.
redshirt freshman who inherited the starting quarterback job
in the third game after Matt Christian fractured his
throwing hand, came of age in the second half and finished
the afternoon 24-for-37 passing for 306 yards and two
Moore had eight receptions for 98 yards and Lee six catches
for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Davis returned four kickoffs for 111 yards.
Ditch was 3-for-3 on PATs.
Safety Dean Faddis led the Comets defensively with 11
tackles (10 solo), a tackle for a loss and a pass break-up.
Jose Chairez had eight tackles (four solo) and two tackles
for losses. Chris Boudreaux had seven tackles (five solo),
broke up a pass and blocked a PAT attempt.
Matt Segi had two sacks, four tackles for losses and recovered a
fumble. John Middlemas and Gator Pugh also had fumble
GAME STATS |
Ex-Comet Watters: go-ahead TD for Aztecs
(10-3-09) -- When linebacker Willie
turned down non-Division I scholarship offers after his
sophomore season at Palomar to walk on at San Diego State,
his goal was to play D-I football and contribute.
fifth-year senior who has been moved from linebacker to
defensive end and now to fullback, Watters got his wish on
He caught a
5-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Lindley for the go-ahead
touchdown with 8:01 left in the game as the Aztecs defeated
New Mexico State 34-17 before an announced crowd of 21,184
at Qualcomm Stadium.
played two seasons for the Comets after arriving from Cherry
Creek High School in Englewood, Colorado.
Saints add Lorenzen to their practice
(9-30-09) -- Former Palomar quarterback Tyler Lorenzen,
the J.C. Grid-Wire's 2006
All-American first-team quarterback and that season's
California Community College Offensive Player of the Year,
has been signed to the New Orleans' Saints' practice roster.
Lorenzen, who moved to tight end
when he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the
summer after two seasons as the starting QB at the
University of Connecticut, was signed by the Saints as a
He was released just before the
start of the regular season by the Jaguars.
Rushing, defense key PC's 4th win in 4
(9-27-09) -- Nationally fifth-ranked Palomar utilized a
punishing ground game and a dominant defensive effort to
remain unbeaten after four games on Saturday evening.
rushed for 127 yards on 14 carries, including a 3-yard
touchdown with 6:42 left in the game to clinch the victory,
as the Comets went on the road and defeated College of the
Desert 17-7 in a non-conference game.
Phillips added 64 yards rushing on four carries, including a
15-yarder that set up Paul Moore's 8-yard touchdown run out
of the "Wildcat" The TD gave Palomar a 10-0 lead in the
second quarter. Tyler Lavea rushed for 56 yards on 10
Tevan McCaskill and Chris Boudreaux combined for 17 tackles.
recorded nine tackles (six solo), intercepted a pass,
recovered a fumble and broke up two passes. Boudreaux had
eight tackles (six solo), two tackles for losses, broke up two passes and had two of
the biggest hits of the game.
staked Palomar to a 3-0 first-quarter lead with a 36-yard
field goal. He also was 2-for-2 on PATs.
missed two scoring opportunities in the third quarter, after
COD had cut the Comets' lead to 10-7..
came on an interception at the goal line after the Comets,
getting two first-down runs by Lavea and a pair of Nate Ong
completions to Moore and tight end Jared Bamber, had
advanced the ball down to the Roadrunners' 6.
followed a 52-yard run by Davis as the Comets took the ball
to the COD 12. From there, a a field goal attempt went
awry as holder Alex Tweedy had trouble getting the ball down
after the snap, picked it up and unsuccessfully tried to run
to Moore for 27 yards and a first down and to Bamber for 13
yards and a first down, and Davis broke off a 12-yard
first-down run and an 8-yard run to set up Davis'
fourth-quarter TD. The touchdown capped a 71-yard,
intercepted a pass in the end zone for Palomar on the final
play of the game and ran it out to the 29-yard line. DeMarco
Williams recorded a sack.Gator Pugh and, Matt Segi each had
half a sack.
Pourfallah helped give the Comets good field position by
averaging 42.4 yards for five punts with a long of 47 yards.
contributed a 46-yard kickoff return and caught two passes
for 13 yards, giving him 186 all-purpose yards..
GAME STATS |
Defensive end Alika Valese (98) and middle linebacker Tyler Seau
(52) double-team Mesa quarterback Tynan Murray. BELOW LEFT:
Nate Ong, who was 12-for-18 with a touchdown in his first start at
quarterback for the Comets. -- Photos by Rick Rowell. Below right:
Raquan Wooden, who had a 50-yard interception return to end
the first half.
Lavea finishes off Mesa; No. 3
Comets are 3-0
(9-19-09) -- Tyler Lavea, on one of his best nights,
took matters into his own hands as the clock wound down in
the final seconds Saturday evening, keeping nationally
third-ranked Palomar unbeaten along the way.
sophomore running back caught a swing pass from quarterback
Nate Ong on the left side, cut it back to the right and
threaded his way through San Diego Mesa's defense to the
South end zone at Wilson Stadium on a 25-yard touchdown play
with 46 seconds remaining.
dropped the hammer to finish off the upset-minded Olympians
(0-3). The Comets held on to win 27-17 and advanced to 3-0.
know if I've ever seen a better play than that with
everything on the line," said Palomar coach Joe Early. "That
was just typical Tyler Lavea.
fourth-and-long, facing giving the ball back with ... timel
eft, that was huge," Early told the North County
Times. "Tyler certainly showed his value to this team.
He's like the Energizer Bunny. Whether it's practice or a
game, he just keeps going and going."
20-6 in the third quarter, refused to go away as the
Olympians, who haven't beaten the Comets since 1967, battled
back to pull to within three points, at 20-17, on a
touchdown and two-point conversion pass with 3:27 to play.
Wooden intercepted a pass at the Palomar 4-yard line and
returned it 50 yards on the final play of the first half as
the Comets went into the locker room with a 17-6 lead.
scored the game's first touchdown on a 5-yard run, also had
a 35-yard TD run called back and finished the evening with
101 yards rushing on 20 carries and three receptions
for 29 yards. He tacked on a 32-yard kickoff return for good
defensive end Josh Marquardt had a breakout game for Palomar
with 13 tackles (nine solo), a sack and a tackle for a loss.
Outside linebacker Gator Pugh (eight tackles, seven solo,
one quarterback hurry), free safety Chris Boudreaux (eight
tackles, five solo, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass
break-up) and defensive tackle Jamar Fleming (seven tackles)
also made life uncomfortable for the visitors all evening
rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, Noel
Phillips added 50 yards on eight attempts and Javon Reynolds
caught four passes for 58 yards for the Comets.
added field goals of 27 and 25 yards and was 3-for-3 on
extra points, bringing his season total to 13-for-13.
GAME STATS |
LAVEA HELPS COMETS HOLD ON (North
County Times 9-20-09)
Cornerback Anthony Young (21) trips up Victor Valley's Darnell
Norman while safety Dean Faddis is a split second from finishing
Norman off. -- Photo by Hugh Gerhardt. BELOW LEFT: Outside
linebaker John Middlemas, who sacked the Rams' Robert Love three
Comets get defensive in win over
(9-12-09) -- Palomar's defensive unit unloaded on Victor
Valley on Saturday evening, leading the way as the Comets won a
non-conference football match-up 24-7 at Wilson Stadium.
Anthony Young delivered the game-breaker, intercepting Victor
Valley's Robert Love and returning the ball 44 yards for a
touchdown with 13:33 left in the fourth quarter..
extended a 10-7 Palomar lead to 17-7 and effectively finished
off the Rams' upset chances as the Comets advanced to 2-0.
Palomar has outscored its two opponents 79-7.
linebacker John Middlemas, the Southern Conference Defensive
Player of the Week, leveled Love, Victor Valley's elusive
quarterback, three-times on sacks, which put another three
exclamation points on a Palomar defensive effort that limited
the visitors to 14 yards rushing.
third-ranked Comets broke what up to that point had been a
scoreless deadlock with 3:37 left in the first quarter on
a wild play that saw the football squirt loose from receiver
Mikey Head at the end of a 43-yard pass-and-run play from
quarterback Matt Christian. Receiver Javon Reynolds grabbed onto
the ball and ran it the final 10 yards for a touchdown. Kevin
Ditch converted to put Palomar up 7-0.
The Rams pulled
even at 7-7 on a 1-yard run keeper by Love and J Nimitz' PAT
with 9:32 to play in the first half. That's the way it remained
until late in the third quarter, as the Comets frittered away a
handful of scoring opportunities.
At that juncture
Nate Ong, in the game at quarterback after Christian re-injured
his hand, hit on five straight completions to Reynolds (for 4
yards), Martavious Lee (for 16 yards), Reynolds (for 5 yards),
Lee (for 21 yards) and Pat Cashman (for 7 yards) as he drove the
Comets from their own 40-yard line to the Victor Valley 17.
On fourth down,
Ditch kicked his third field goal of the young season, a
34-yarder, to give the Comets a 10-7 edge with 4:54 remaining in
In the fourth
quarter, Tyressee Jones scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 71-yard
drive on which Jones and Ong ran for back-to-back 23-yard first
downs, Ditch's PAT made it 24-7 with 6:12 left in the game.
Late in the
final quarter, the Comets barely missed scoring again after when
Tyler Lavea busted off an apparent 65-yard run down to the
Victor Valley 1-yard line. A holding call back at the 9 brought
back the last part of the play. Lavea then carried 19 yards back
down to the 4, but two plays later offensive coordinator Dan
Early had Ong take a knee to end the game.
McCaskill contributed seven tackles (six solo) and
had two tackles for losses. Safety Chris Boudreax had five solo
tackles and broke up two passes. Along with his
interception and touchdown return, Young had four tackles (three
solo and one for a loss) and three pass break-ups. Defensive end
Josh Marquardt contributed two sacks. Middle linebacker Tyler
Seau also had a sack.
8-for-15 passing for 168 yards, and Ong was 7-for-9 for 79
yards, while tacking on 47 rushing yards on five carries. Lee
had three catches for 82 yards. Lavea (82 yards on eight
carries) and Jones (81 yards on 13 tries) led Palomar's ground
game. Martavious Lee had three receptions for 82 yards and Head
three for 64 yards.
which opened the season by stunning Riverside Community College
one week earlier, fell to 1-1.
Rivals.com tabs 3 Comets among top
50 in USA
(9-9-09) -- Rivals.com has selected three Palomar
football players among the nation's top 50 community college
the web site tabbed USC-bound offensive right tackle Brice
Schwab (6-foot-8, 320 pounds, photo by Rick Rowell) ) as
the nation's No. 2 "JUCO" prospect at any position.
selected wide receiver Martavious Lee (right), who has committed
to LSU, as the nation's No. 21 prospect and cornerback
Anthony Young at No. 45.
Eastern Michigan University transfer Kevin Ditch kicks Palomar's
first field goal of the season, a 48-yarder in the second quarter.
He also made a 40-yarder. --
Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Tight end Blake Masoner. SECOND FROM LEFT: Free safety Chris Boudreaux.
THIRD FROM LEFT:
Punt returner Mikey Head. RIGHT: Corner Anthony Young.
Comets dominate every phase in a 55-0 rout
(9-5-09) -- It was supposed to be a close game. It
fourth-ranked Palomar rolled to a 55-0 non-conference victory
over defending Mountain conference co-champion Southwestern in
its 2009 football opener
Saturday evening at Devore Stadium.
It was a
beat-down. The Comets, utilizing all 91 healthy players,
dominated the Jaguars in every phase of the game -- from start
to finish -- as they recorded their most one-sided win since
they began the 2007 season by routing West Los Angeles 59-0.
quarterback Matt Christian and back-up Nate Ong shredded the
Southwestern secondary by completing 19 of 27 pass
attempts, without an interception, for 270 yards and four
No. 3 QB Aaron Aegerter got into the act at the end
by breaking off an 18-yard run on the first play of his Palomar
career and driving the Comets down to the Southwestern
9-yard line late in the fourth quarter -- before a fumble
prevented the Comets from putting the Jaguars in the 60-point
Orenzo Davis led
a punishing effort by the Comets' running backs, rushing
for 123 yards and a touchdown behind an offensive line anchored
by tackle Brice Schwab, guard Sam Tupua and center Tom Berry.
Young (five tackles, fumble recovery, broken up pass in the end
zone), free safety Chris Boudreaux (five tackles, four solo,
pass break-up, quarterback hurry) and corner Omar Smith (five
tackles, fumble recovery, three pass break-ups) led the
way as the defense completely shut down the Jaguars' offense in
pitching the shutout. Jeff Voa blocked a Southwestern field goal
On special teams, kicker Kevin
Ditch (2-for-2 on field goals of 48 and 40 yards, 7-for-7 on
PATs, 60.7-yard average for 10 kickoffs) and Mikey Head (five
punt returns for 130 yards led
an equally impressive performance on special teams. Head set up
Davis' TD run with a 48-yard return down to the Southwestern
rolled up 562 yards in total offense to Southwestern's 222
yards, out-rushing the Jaguars 292 yards to 30 and out-passing
(10-for-16, 141 yards, two touchdowns) put Palomar on top
7-0 with 3:15 left in the first quarter when he connected with
wide receiver Geoff Akpom on a 30-yard pass, catch and run play
for the Comets' first TD of the season.
In the second quarter, the Comets
scored on Tyler Lavea's 2-yard touchdown run, Ditch's 38-yard
field goal, Davis' 12-yard run and a 22-yard pass play
into the right corner from Christian to Saalim Hakim. That made
it 31-0 at halftime.
Ditch's 40-yard field goal and a
36-yard pass from Ong to Martavious Lee on Ong's first attempt
made it 41-0 after three quarters. Ong, a red-shirt freshman,
debuted with a 9-for-11, 129-yard, two-touchdown performance.
The Comets last two scores
came in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run by Tyresse Jones and
an 8-yard pass play from Ong to 6-foot-4, 240-pound
freshman tight end Blake Masoner.
During the evening, eight Comets
carried the football, and 11 caught passes, led by Lee (four
receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown), Hakim (three for
22 yards and a TD) and Lavea (three for 27 yards
Davis shares conference Athlete of Week honors
(8-8-09) -- Palomar running back Orenzo Davis shares the
first weekly Pacific Coast Conference Men's Athlete of the
honors for all sports.
-foot-9, 190-pound sophomore from Columbine High School in
Littleton, CO, rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 15
carries Saturday night in the Comets' 55-0 season-opening
road victory over Southwestern.
conference co-Athlete of the Week was San Diego Mesa water
polo player Kelly Sullivan.
Palomar plays football in the Southern Conference, the
Pacific Coast Conference is the Comets' regular home
more Palomar players tabbed by Grid-Wire
(8-8-09) -- Five more Palomar players have received
honors by the Seattle-based J.C. Grid-Wire.
Matt Christian, receiver Martavious Lee, tight end Arthur
Williams, center Tom Berry and guard Sam Tapua have received
pre-season All-American honorable mention recognition.
Previously, offensive tackle Brice Schwab was named to the
pre-season first team and tight end Jared Bamber was
selected to the second team.
Schwab, Bamber are pre-season
(8-28-09) -- The J.C. Grid-Wire has selected two
Palomar players, sophomore offensive tackle Brice Schwab and
sophomore tight end Jared Bamber, to its Pre-Season
Grid-Wire named Schwab (6-8, 320 pounds, photo at left
by Rick Rowell) to the Pre-Season All-American first-team.
Bamber (6-4, 246, upper right) to the second team.
Schwab has committed
early to USC.
Bamber is being
recruited, among others, by Cal, Arkansas, Tennessee, Pitt and
Saddleback, Comets are picked 1-2 in
(8-28-09) -- Saddleback and Palomar were picked to
finish 1-2 in the Southern Conference by the media and
Sports Information Directorsat Thursday's conference Media
Day at Orange Coast College.
received 60 points and three first-place votes. The Comets
got 58 points and three first-place votes. Fullerton was
selected No. 3 with 56 points and four first-place votes.
Grossmont (36 points) was tabbed No. 4, Santa Ana (33
points) No. 5, Orange Coast (24 points) No. 6 and Long Beach
City College (13 points) No. 7.
Grid-Wire Pre-Season All-Americans, sophomore offensive
tackle Brice Schwab and sophomore tight end Jared Bamber ,
were introduced by Palomar coach Joe Early.
Lorenzen TD catch gives Jags shot at win
(8-22-09) -- Rookie tight end and
Palomar alum Tyler Lorenzen gave the Jacksonville
Jaguars a chance to win their pre-season match-up with the
Miami Dolphins on Saturday night in Jacksonville, catching a
20-yard touchdown pass from Todd Bouman with 40 seconds to
TD reception pulled Jacksonville to within one point, but
the Jags lost the game 24-23 when they failed on a two-point
conversion try. Lorenzen was the J.C. Grid-Wire's
first-team All-American quarterback for the Comets in
2006. He's trying to make the Jaguars' roster as a tight end
after starting at QB for two seasons for the University of
Mace has 6 tackles for Bills during
(8-23-09) -- Corey Mace (Palomar / University of
Wyoming), in his second season with the Buffalo Bills, has
recorded six tackles in the Bills' first three pre-season
6-foot-3, 294-pound defensive tackle made his NFL debut with
the Bills late last season after being elevated from the
So far, the
Bills have faced the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears and
Green Bay Packers in the pre-season.
Keith Duhart makes an athletic catch as he reaches over
Orange Coast defender in Comets' 41-14 victory last season.
RIGHT: Kevin Duhart intercepts a pass in 20-7 win
over Long Beach City College.. -- Photos by Rick
Rowell. BELOW LEFT: Keith Duhart. BELOW RIGHT:
Duhart twins get NCAA D-II rides to
MARCOS / LAWRENCEVILLE, Virginia
(8-6-09) -- Two more Palomar football players have
received scholarships to play at the four-year college
brothers Keith and Kevin Duhart both will play at NCAA
Division II St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA, this
both great kids and they've had to overcome a lot," Palomar
assistant coach Cody Trefethen said. "We're pretty proud of
both of them."
a 6-foot-2, 197-pound slot receiver / wide receiver
who runs a 4.31 in the 40,
re-joined Palomar's 2008 team midway through the season
after dealing with clerical issues after originally
enrolling in and playing at another community college in
2005. He wound up starting as the Comets won four of their
last five games to finish an 8-3 season. Duhart capped the
season with five receptions for 72 yards, including a
33-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Matt Christian, in
a 38-33 win over Cerritos in the Golden Empire Bowl at
Kevin Duhart, a 6-foot-1,
196-pound strong safety who runs a 4.45 in the 40, had 16
tackles, 13 solo, and had an interception and 9-yard return as
the Comets defeated Orange Coast 41-14 in the final game of the
The Duhart twins played at Mainland
High School in Daytona Beach, FL. Florida does not
have community college football, which resulted in their coming
"They both have Division I
"clock" issues, but have have worked very hard to achieve their
academic and athletic goals," Trefethen said.
Keith and Kevin Duhart shared the
Comets' "Above and Beyond" award at last Fall's Palomkar
Comet receiver Martavious Lee
verbals to LSU
-- Palomar wide receiver
Martavious Lee became the second Comet to commit early to a
marquee Division I program on Thursday when he gave a verbal
commitment to LSU following the final day of spring football
for the Comets.
180-pounder from Coral Gables (FL) High School, Lee caught
39 passes for 725 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games for
Palomar last Fall. He runs 4.4 in the 40. Previously,
6-foot-8, 220-pound offensive tackle Brice Schwab gave a
verbal commitment to USC on April 20. Both Schwab and Lee
will transfer following their sophomore seasons for the
Comets this Fall.
Lorenzen signs with Jaguars as a
-- Former Palomar All-American
and University of Connecticut quarterback Tylerr Lorenzen,
undrafted at that position over the weekend, has signed an
NFL free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a
already has had a Palomar connection. Former Comet player
and later coach and ex-NFL safety Thom Kaumeyer is an
assistant defensive backs coach for the Jaguars.
Brice Schwab (77) will become the latest Palomar player
to play for USC.
(Photo by Rick Rowell)
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Carroll and USC Trojans land Comets'
ANGELES (4-20-09) -- Palomar College offensive
tackle Brice Schwab has committed to USC, the
USCFootball.Com web site reported Monday morning.
confirmed the report at 11:45 a.m.
a 6-foot-8, 320-pounder who was an
All-Southern Conference selection as a freshman, will
play his sophomore season for the Comets this upcoming
Fall. He'll transfer to USC in January 2010.
Moniteau High School in West Sunbury, PA where he
started for three seasons, Schwab originally wanted to
play for Penn State.
Schwab, one of coach Pete
Carroll's key recruits, will become the latest Comet to
move on to USC.
The list also includes
safety Bill Jaroncyk, a starter on the Trojans' 1968
National Championship team who signed with the New
Orleans Saints; cornerback Chris Cash, an All-Pac-10
selection at USC in 2001, who played for the Detroit
Lions and the Atlanta Falcons; and safety Greg Farr, who
played for the Trojans' 2003 and 2004 National
Ex-Palomar, Georgia Tech QB to be
(3-6-09) -- Former Palomar
and Georgia Tech quarterback Tom Luginbill, who is now
an analyst for ESPN, will be inducted into the
California Community College Football Hall of Fame on
Saturday (March 7).
California Offensive Player of the Year and the J.C. Grid-Wire's
first-team All-American quarterback after the Comets' 11-0 national
championship 1993 season, will become the second Palomar player to
be inducted into the Hall.
kicker Tom Dempsey, who set the NFL record for longest
field goal of 63 yards to give the New Orleans Saints a
dramatic, last-second win over the the Detroit Lions in
1970, as a member. Dempsey, who kicked for five NFL
teams, was inducted in 2007.
season before the national championship campaign,
Luginbill quarterbacked Palomar to a 10-1 record and
final Nod. 6 national ranking as a freshman in 1992. He
had a 21-1 record as the Comets' starting QB.
Luginbill set what then was a national community college
passing yardage record of 4,044 yards (with 36
touchdowns) in 1993 and a career JC record of 7,380
yards (60 touchdowns) for the Comets.
played in the Arena Football League and was head coach
of the Detroit franchise..
Luginbill will be joined in the Hall on Saturday by
onetime Fullerton College player and coach Jim Fassel.
Fassel played for Fullerton in 1967-68 and Long Beach
State and played in the NFL for the Chargers and Oilers.
Fassel was head coach at the University of Utah and for
the New York Giants.
other inductees Saturday will be running back Mike
Anderson (Mt. San Jacinto, 1996-97), Utah, Denver
Broncos; running back Gerald Wilhite (American River,
1978-79), San Jose State, Denver Broncos; and running
back Bill Ring (College of San Mateo, 1975-76), BYU, San
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