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National Championships (1991, 1993, 1998)

1991 – (Shared JC Grid-Wire National Championship with Northeastern Oklahoma)

1991 J.C. GRID-WIRE TOP TEN
1. Palomar (Tie) 10-1-0
1. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Tie) 10-1-0
3. College of the Sequoias 10-1-0
4. Saddleback 10-1-0
5. College of DuPage (Illinois) 11-1-0
6. Ricks (Idaho) 9-2-0
7. Chabot 9-2-0
8. Northwest Mississippi 11-1-0
9. Nassau (New York) 11-0-0
10. City College of San Francisco 9-2-0

1993 – (Undisputed JC Grid-Wire and USA Today National Champion)

FINAL 1993 J.C. GRID-WIRE TOP TEN

1. Palomar 11-0-0
2. Mississippi Delta 12-0-0
3. City College of San Francisco 10-1-0
4. San Bernardino Valley 10-1-0
5. Mt. SAC 9-2-0
6. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 11-1-0
7. College of DuPage (Illinois) 12-0-0
8. Bakersfield 10-1-0
9. Trinity Valley (Texas) 8-1-2
10. Nassau (New York) 10-1-0

1998 – (Shared USA Today / National Community College Football Coaches Alliance National Championship with Butler County CC, Kansas)

1998 USA TODAY/U.S. COACHESTOP TEN

1. Palomar (Tie) 11-1-0
1. Butler County Community College (Kansas) (Tie) 12-0-0
3. Jones County (Mississippi) 12-0-0
4. City College of San Francisco 11-1-0
5. Long Beach City College 10-1-0
6. Ricks (Idaho) 10-1-0
7. Foothill 10-1-0
8. Georgia Military 10-2-0
9. Cerritos 9-2-0
10. Grossmont 10-1-0  

Palomar Top 10 National Rankings at End of Season

1991 – No. 1 (J.C. Grid-Wire)

1992 — No. 6 (J.C. Grid-Wire)

1993 — No. 1 (J.C. Grid-Wire, USA Today)

1998 — No. 1 (USA Today)

2001 — No. 10 (J.C. Grid-Wire

2002 — No. 4 (J.C. Grid-Wire)

California State Championships (1991, 1993, 1998)

1991 – Defeated Chabot, 37-24 (At Merced)

1993 – Defeated City College of San Francisco, 27-25 (At San Francisco)

1998 – Defeated City College of San Francisco, 30-21 (At Sacramento)

Bowl Game / Playoff History

1989 Hall of Fame Bowl – Palomar 21, Ventura 20 (at San Diego)

1990 Hall of Fame Bowl – Palomar 28, Antelope Valley 24 (at San Diego)

1991 Elks Bowl (State Championship) – Palomar 37, Chabot 24 (at Merced)

1992 Simple Green Bowl – Palomar 45, Mt. SAC 28 (at Costa Mesa)

1993 San Francisco Bowl (State Championship) – Palomar 27, City College of San Francisco 25

1994 San Diego Community College Bowl – Palomar 48, Grossmont 28 (at San Diego)

1997 No Fear Bowl – Palomar 38, Mt. San Jacinto 13 (at La Costa)

1998 1st Down Bowl (Southern Cal Championship) – Palomar 34, Long Beach City College 6 (at Escondido)

1998 Capitol Shrine Bowl (State Championship) – Palomar 30, City College of San Francisco 21 (at Sacramento)

1999 Shrine Potato Bowl – Bakersfield 24, Palomar 21 (at Bakersfield)

2000 Southern California Bowl – Chaffey 46, Palomar 37 (at Rancho Cucamonga)

2001 Southern California Bowl (Southern Cal Championship) — Palomar 24, Chaffey 14 (at Rancho Cucamonga)

2001 State Championship — City College of San Francisco 64, Palomar 12 (at Visalia)

2002 South County Bowl — Palomar 20, Grossmont 19 (at Chula Vista)

2003 Western State Conference Bowl / State Playoff — College of the Canyons 24, Palomar 14 (at Santa Clarita)

2006 Mission Bowl / State Playoff — Saddleback 30, Palomar 28 (at Mission Viejo)

2007 Southern California Bowl -- Ventura 39, Palomar 34 (at Escondido)

2008 Golden Empire Bowl -- Palomar 38, Cerritos 34 (at Bakersfield)

(Palomar all-time postseason record through 2008 season: 12-6)

Professional Alumni

EX-COMETS IN NFL AS OF AUGUST 2009

  1. Corey Mace (Wyoming), DE, Buffalo Bills

  2. Tyler Lorenzen (Connecticut), TE, New Orleans Saints practice squad

  3. Thom Kaumeyer (Oregon, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants), Defensive Backs Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars

COMETS IN PROFESSIONAL (ALL-TIME LIST)

NFL

  • Tom Dempsey – New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers. 4-yr. College Team: none (signed pro contract out of Palomar).

  • Thom Kaumeyer – Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants (Also coached for Atlanta Falcons and currently is defensive backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars). 4-yr. College Team: Oregon.

  • Brad HenkeDenver Broncos. 4-yr. College Team: Arizona.

  • Rey NicholasLos Angeles Rams. 4-yr. College Team: Cal.

  • Matt GeorgePittsbugh Steelers. 4-yr. College Teams: San Diego State University of Idaho.

  • Bill Kushner – Buffalo Bills. 4-yr. College Team: Boston College.

  • Matt O'NealAtlanta Falcons, New York Jets. 4-yr. College Team: Oklahoma.

  • Keith MillerSt. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks. 4-yr. College Team: Cal.

  • Mitch White – New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Bucs. 4-yr. College Team: Oregon State.

  • Kevin Swayne – New York Jets. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne State (Nebraska)

  • Chris Cash — Detroit Lions. 4-yr. College Team: USC.

  • Pita Elisara — New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens. 4-yr. College Team: Indiana.

  • Ken Bungarda -- San Francisco 49ers. 4-Year College Team: Missouri.

  • Joe Hall — St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders. 4-yr. College Team: Kansas State.

  • Corey Mace --- Buffalo Bills. 4-yr. College Team: Wyoming.

  • Robbie Robinson — St. Louis Rams. 4-yr. College Team: Colorado.

  • J.R. Suguturaga — Miami Dolphins. 4-yr. College Team: Utah State.

  • Dave Moreno — San Francisco 49ers. 4-yr. College Team: San Diego State.

  • Nakoa McElrath — Seattle Seahawks. 4-yr. College Team: Washington State.

  • Chris Pino Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens. 4-yr. College Team: San Diego State.

  • Taylor Schmidt – Seattle Seahawks. 4-yr. College Team: San Diego State.

  • Bill Jaroncyk – New Orleans Saints. 4-yr. College Team: USC.

  • Curt Dykes – Philadelphia Eagles. 4-yr. College Team: Oregon.

  • Steve Krainock – Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers. 4-yr. College Team: Richmond.

  • Jimmy Clark – Cleveland Browns. 4-yr. College Team: Idaho State.

  • Chris Corp – Dallas Cowboys. 4-yr. College Team: Idaho State.

  • Steve Rogers – Kansas City Chiefs. 4-yr. College Team: BYU.

  • Caleb Spencer -- Washington Redskins. 4-yr College Team: Nevada

  • Tyler Lorenzen -- Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints. 4-yr College Team: Connecticut

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

  • Lafo Malauulu – British Columbia Lions. 4-yr. College Team: San Jose State.

  • Jerry Garrett – British Columbia Lions. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne State (Neb.) (originally signed with University of Houston).

  • Todd Bankhead – Hamilton Tiger-Cats. 4-yr. College Team: UMass.

  • Kiki Misapeka Edmonton Eskimos. 4-yr. College Team: Hawaii

  • Corey Mace  -- British Columbia Lions. 4-yr. College Team: Wyoming

XFL

  • Pita Elisara – San Francisco Demons. 4-yr. College Team: Indiana.

  • Kevin Swayne – Orlando Rage. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne State (Neb.).

NFL EUROPE

  • Keith Miller – Scottish Claymores. 4-yr. College Team: Cal.

  • Matt O'Neal Scottish Claymores. 4-yr. College Team: Oklahoma.

  • Ron Rockett -- Frankfurt Galaxy. 4-yr. College Team: Wyoming

  • Taylor Schmidt -- Rhein Fire. 4-yr College team: San Diego State

EFAF

  • Brett Salisbury – Helsinki Giants, Prague Panthers. 4-yr. College Teams: Oregon, Wayne St. (Neb.).

ARENA LEAGUE

  • Kevin Swayne – Iowa Barnstormers, New York Dragons. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne St. (Neb.).

  • Dameon Porter – Iowa Barnstormers, Chicago Rush. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne St. (Neb.).

  • Trey Crayton – Oklahoma Wranglers. 4-yr. College Team: Pitt.

  • Matt George – Toronto Phantoms. 4-yr. College Team: San Diego State.

  • Todd Bankhead – New Jersey Gladiators, Los Angeles Avengers. 4-yr. College Team: UMass.

  • Tom Luginbill New Jersey. 4-yr. College Team: Georgia Tech.

ARENA LEAGUE2

  • Jerry Garrett – San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne St. (Neb.).

  • Ryan Smith – San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Southern Utah.

  • Jason Burk – San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Nevada.

  • Jason Henry – San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Emporia State.

  • Michael Duncan – San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Portland State.

  • Brad Greetis – San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Cal Lutheran.

  • Rodrick Prayer – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers. 4-yr. College Team: Fort Lewis State.

  • Salufi Nua – Tallahassee Thunder. 4-yr. College Team: Florida A&M.

  • Nakoa McElrath -- San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Washington State.

  • Deondre Alexander San Diego Riptide. 4-yr. College Team: Oregon State.

  • Andrew Dorsey Spokane Shock. 4-yr. College Team: Portland State.

OTHER INDOOR PRO LEAGUES

  • Herman Gordon – Omaha Beef. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne St. (Neb.).

  • Tony Alvarez – Utah Rattlers. 4-yr. College Team: Wayne St. (Utah).

  • John Nielsen Sioux City Bandits, San Angelo Stampede Express. 4-yr. College Team: Kansas.

  • Deondre Alexander Stockton Lightning, San Diego Shockwave. 4-yr. College Team: Oregon State.

  • Nakoa McElrath -- San Diego Shockwave. 4-yr. College Team: Washington State

  • Shawn Brown -- San Diego Shockwave. 4-yr. College Team: Sacramento State

  • Matt Pound -- San Diego Shockwave. 4-yr. College Team: Tusculom

  • Gerald Sykes -- San Diego Shockwave. 4-yr. College Team: San Diego State

JC Grid-Wire All-Americans

1979

WR

Jimmy Clark

Idaho St., Cleveland Browns

1983

WR

Lafo Malauulu

San Jose St., British Columbia Lions

1986

DB

Thom Kaumeyer

Oregon, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants

 

OL

Brad Henke

Arizona, Denver Broncos

1987

OL

Curt Dykes

Oregon, Philadelphia Eagles

1988

QB

Duffy Daugherty

Idaho St.

1989

QB

Scott Barrick

Stephen F. Austin

 

TE

Eric Hansen

Cal Poly SLO

1990

QB

Brett Salisbury

Oregon

1991

WR

Jerry Garrett

Signed with Houston

 

QB

Andy Loveland

Oklahoma St.

 

DT

Tamasi Amituanai

Signed with Arizona
 

LB

Al Allipule

Hawaii

1992

LB

Andy Buh

Nevada

1993

QB

Tom Luginbill

Georgia Tech

 

DB

Craig Person

 
  K Matt George San Diego St., Chapman, Toronto Phantoms (Arena)

1997

C

Matt O'Neal

Oklahoma, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets

1998

RB

Joe Hall

Kansas St., St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs

  OL Mitch White Oregon St., New Orleans Saints
1999 LB Garret Pavelko San Diego St.
  K Tommy Kirovski Arizona, San Diego St.
  QB Greg Cicero Baylor
2001 QB Andy Goodenough Arizona St.
  CB David Dixon Oregon
2002 WR Eddie Sullivan Montana St.
  FS Willie Tagoai UNLV
  DL Andrew Paopao San Jose St.
2003 K Ryan Lux Temple
  OT Chris Pino San Diego St.
  CB Josh Hargis Iowa St.
2004 S Josh Gomez San Diego St.
2006 QB Tyler Lorenzen Connecticut
  OT Una Smiley Oregon St.
2007 LB Mike Bethea Nevada

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