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Curry, Calhoun, Comets stun Mt. SAC

Connor Curry scores the winning TD from 2 yards out with 1:25 left. (Hugh Cox Photo)

Palomar College freshman receiver MIKEL BARKLEY races near midfield on Saturday night. / photo by Hugh Cox

2018 COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

PALOMAR 38, EL CAMINO 35

 

By Tom Saxe 

Special to EastCountySports.com

 

ESCONDIDO (10-13-2018) – Quarterback Connor Curry threw a 62-yard scoring bomb to Mikel Barkley and rushed for touchdowns of 18, 29 and 2 yards, the latter to win the game with 1:25 left after he set up the TD himself with a 59-yard pass play to El Camino High’s Malachi Russell, as Palomar pulled off a huge upset over heavily favored Mt. SAC on Saturday night.

On the other side of the ball, Mission Hills High product Chris Calhoun intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 98 yards for a touchdown, the other that he returned 19 yards to set up a TD. He also contributed 13 tackles (9 solo), 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. And he forced a fumble.

Palomar quarterback CONNOR CURRY rolls out on Saturday night. / photo by Tom Saxe

Along the way, Palomar stunned the state No. 8-ranked Mounties 38-35 in a Central Conference game at Escondido High School’s Chick Embrey Field at Wilson Stadium in one of the biggest upsets in community college football this season.

“That’s a hell of a team we faced and this was a hell of a win,” Palomar coach Joe Early said. “We had great individual efforts and a great team effort. Our guys never gave in through all the misfortunes and injuries we’ve gone through, and I’m real proud of them. That was good old Comet football.”

Said Curry, who has battled a horrific string of injuries and watched the final quarter in last week’s loss to defending two-time state and national champion Fullerton from the sideline on crutches:

“I knew I was going to play in this game since Monday morning when I talked to our trainers. When I said after last week’s game I had to get tougher I meant it. I had to push through any kind of pain I felt and go out and get the job done for my teammates and my coaches. What you saw was our coaches putting us in position to win. I really believe in these coaches and I trust everything they tell us, 100 percent.”

Added Calhoun, whose 98-yard touchdown 13:34 remaining in the fourth quarter put Palomar on top 31-21 and moves him into a tie for the second-longest interception return on the all-time Palomar list:

“I saw their tight end look right where their quarterback was going to throw the ball, and I stepped in front of him and took off in the direction of the other end zone. I knew I was going to have to step up tonight. We’ve worked too hard and gone through too much not to play our game and just go out and lose.  We practiced really hard all week and I knew I had to play my butt off and something good would happen.”

Palomar College running back SHEVELL STERLING rushes against Mt. SAC on Saturday. / photo by Hugh Cox

By the time the night had ended, Curry had accumulated 370 yards in total offense, connecting on 20-of-32 passes for 281 yards and adding 89 yards rushing on 12 carries in contributing the four touchdowns.

Mark Meador added a 25-yard field goal and PAT kicks.

Shevell Sterling added a key 20-yard run for the Comets. Russell gained 92 yards on two receptions, tight end William Gonzalez contributed a 26-yard reception Johnny Armentrout caught three balls for 23 yards. Devin Nilson added five receptions and Bryce Walker had three catches.

Defensively, Maxwell Milner contributed 9 solo tackles and broke up a pass. Jordan Dusan had a tackle for loss forced a fumble and recovered 2 fumbles. Orion Diaz had 7 tackles (6 solo). Martin Bonacci contributed a 16-yard tackle for loss to thwart a Mt. SAC drive. Josh Bernard and Spencer Kaganga had 5 tackles each.

Palomar battled back to overcome deficits of 7-0, 21-14 and 35-31 in the game.

The Comets can win the Central Conference outright by winning its last three games as Fullerton has been declared ineligible for the post-season because of unspecified eligibility violations.

Palomar has a bye next week before traveling to El Camino for a Central Conference game on Oct. 27.


Mt. San Antonio vs. Palomar at Escondido
10/13/2018 at 6:00 PM
Mt. San Antonio
35
Palomar
38
SCORING 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Mt. San Antonio 0 14 7 14 35
Palomar 0 14 10 14 38
Escondido |
PRD TIME SCORING SUMMARY MT. SAN ANTONIO – PALOMAR
2 12:00 Mt. San Antonio – Jonathan Schofield 1 yd run. (Gabriel Dunkle kick is good).
Drive: 4 plays, 31 yards in 1:36.
7 – 0
2 07:18 Palomar – Mikel Barkley 62 yd pass from Connor Curry. (Mark Meader kick is good).
Drive: 3 plays, 28 yards in 1:15.
7 – 7
2 04:37 Palomar – Connor Curry 18 yd run. (Mark Meader kick is good). 7 – 14
2 02:42 Mt. San Antonio – Damian Alloway 31 yd pass from Steven Nava. (Gabriel Dunkle kick is good).
Drive: 3 plays, 62 yards in 1:06.
14 – 14
3 11:57 Mt. San Antonio – Jonathan Schofield 49 yd pass from Steven Nava. (Gabriel Dunkle kick is good).
Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards in 1:19.
21 – 14
3 06:30 Palomar – Mark Meader 25 yd field goal.
Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards in 2:58.
21 – 17
3 04:00 Palomar – Connor Curry 29 yd run. (Mark Meader kick is good). 21 – 24
4 13:34 Palomar – Chris Calhoun 98 yd interception return. (Mark Meader kick is good). 21 – 31
4 12:02 Mt. San Antonio – Gaston Bouchereau 40 yd pass from Steven Nava. (Gabriel Dunkle kick is good). 28 – 31
4 04:48 Mt. San Antonio – Jonathan Schofield 11 yd pass from Steven Nava. (Gabriel Dunkle kick is good). 35 – 31
4 01:25 Palomar – Connor Curry 2 yd run. (Mark Meader kick is good). 35 – 38
MT. SAN ANTONIO STATISTICS PALOMAR
25 FIRST DOWNS 18
16
7
2
Passing
Rushing
Penalty
10
7
1
42% (5 of 12) THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 25% (3 of 12)
0% (0 of 1) FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 0% (0 of 0)
464 TOTAL OFFENSE 413
74
6.3
Total Offensive Plays
Average gain per play
60
6.9
334 NET YARDS PASSING 281
28-44
7.6
2-21
2
Completions-Attempts
Net yards per pass play
Sacked: Number-Yards
Had intercepted
20-33
8.5
1-6
1
130 NET YARDS RUSHING 132
30
4.3
Rushing Attempts
Average gain per rush
27
4.9
4-119 PUNTS: Number-Yards 6-183
29.8 Average 30.5
229 TOTAL RETURN YARDS 227
2-12
7-186
1-31
Punt Returns: Number-Yards
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards
Interception Returns: Number-Yards
0 0
6-110
2-117
9-56 PENALTIES: Number-Yards 5-65
2-2 FUMBLES: Number-Lost 0-0
1-6 SACKS: Number-Yards 2-21
1-31 INTERCEPTIONS: Number-Yards 2-117
30:53 TIME OF POSSESSION 29:07

Mt. San Antonio

Palomar

PASSING C-A YDS LG TD INT
Steven Nava 28-44 334 49 4 2
PASSING C-A YDS LG TD INT
Connor Curry 20-32 281 62 1 1
Team 0-1 0 0 0 0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Rachaad White 12 89 7.4 26 0
Hykeem Massey 7 48 6.9 17 0
Asfunso Elam 5 13 2.6 5 0
Brandon McMaster 1 2 2.0 2 0
Malaki Thompson 1 0 0.0 0 0
Jonathan Schofield 2 -1 -0.5 1 1
Steven Nava 2 -21 -10.5 0 0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Connor Curry 12 89 7.4 29 3
Shevell Sterling 11 31 2.8 20 0
Devin Nilson 1 8 8.0 8 0
Damon Wigand 2 4 2.0 2 0
Shea Morales 1 0 0.0 0 0
RECEIVING NO YDS AVG LG TD
Jonathan Schofield 6 105 17.5 49 2
Chris Jackson 4 48 12.0 34 0
Gaston Bouchereau 1 40 40.0 40 1
Damian Alloway 2 34 17.0 31 1
Zion Echols 4 29 7.3 21 0
Reginald Anderson 3 28 9.3 20 0
Sean Bowden 4 24 6.0 19 0
Jordan Parham 2 11 5.5 11 0
Austin Griffin 1 9 9.0 9 0
Antoine Jackson 1 6 6.0 6 0
RECEIVING NO YDS AVG LG TD
Malachi Russell 2 92 46.0 59 0
Mikel Barkley 1 62 62.0 62 1
Devin Nilson 5 34 6.8 19 0
Shevell Sterling 1 28 28.0 28 0
William Gonzalez 1 26 26.0 26 0
Johnny Armentrout 3 23 7.7 11 0
Lamar Raboteau 1 10 10.0 10 0
Logan Gamble 1 5 5.0 5 0
Bryce Walker 3 3 1.0 6 0
Johnny Arzola 2 -2 -1.0 2 0
KICKING FG LG XP PTS
Gabriel Dunkle 5/5 5
KICKING FG LG XP PTS
Mark Meader 1/2 25 5/5 8
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG TB IN 20
Keshon Flemings 1 27 27.0 27 0 1
Triston Brown 3 92 30.7 33 0 1
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG TB IN 20
Jacob Stepanek 6 183 30.5 40 0 2
KICKOFFS NO YDS AVG TB OB
Gabriel Dunkle 6 327 54.5 0 0
KICKOFFS NO YDS AVG TB OB
Mark Meader 7 441 63.0 0 2
KICKOFF RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Damian Alloway 5 151 30.2 53 0
Jonathan Schofield 1 26 26.0 26 0
Chris Jackson 1 9 9.0 9 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Lamar Raboteau 4 81 20.3 29 0
Damon Wigand 2 29 14.5 17 0
PUNT RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Jonathan Schofield 2 12 6.0 6 0
PUNT RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
INTERCEPTION RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Ibrahim Konate 1 31 31.0 31 0
INTERCEPTION RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Chris Calhoun 2 117 58.5 98 1
FUMBLES NO LOST
Steven Nava 1 1
Sean Bowden 1 1
FUMBLES NO LOST
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
# MT. SAN ANTONIO SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS-YDS TFL-YDS FF FR-YDS INT-YDS BRUP BLKS QBH
1 Ibrahim Konate 4 1 5 1-31
5 Loupua Hafoka 4 1 5
23 Montez Evans 4 1 5
8 Colin Keanu 4 0 4 1 – 1
13 Treshon Pickett 3 0 3 1 – 1 1
14 Asanta Watkins 1 2 3
41 Jude Njuh 1 2 3
2 Jarell Sykes 2 0 2 1 – 2 3
21 Stephon Stowers 2 0 2 1 – 4
29 Jontavis Walker 2 0 2
42 James Marshall 2 0 2 2 – 5
45 Tauivi Ho Ching 1 1 2
59 Michael Irenze 2 0 2 1 – 1
9 DeAndre Robinson 1 0 1
18 Jacob Hennie 1 0 1
27 Rachaad White 1 0 1
40 Jamari Watson 1 0 1
43 Conor Heisius 1 0 1
44 Markelle Davis 1 0 1
58 Lovell Mariney 1 0 1 1 – 2
91 Samiu Tukuafu 1 0 1
92 Vincent Rollins 1 0 1 1 – 6 1 – 6
TOTALS 41 8 49 1 – 6 9 – 22 0-0 1-31 4
# PALOMAR SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS-YDS TFL-YDS FF FR-YDS INT-YDS BRUP BLKS QBH
43 Chris Calhoun 9 4 13 1 – 5 3.5 – 8 1 2-117
26 Maxwell Milner 9 0 9 1
49 Orion Diaz 6 1 7 0.5 – 1
29 Josh Bernard 5 0 5 1
45 Spencer Kaoanga 3 2 5
1 Jay Craft 2 1 3 1
33 Giovanni Herrera 2 1 3
98 Mason Simeta 2 1 3
31 Jonathon Segi 2 0 2
58 Edwin Vorachack 2 0 2
93 Martin Bonacci 1 1 2 1 – 16 1 – 16
94 Nick So’oto 1 1 2
96 Jordan Duson 2 0 2 1 – 7 1 2-0
97 Vaaalotasi Ierome 1 1 2 1 – 2
21 Louie Flores 1 0 1 2
27 Chris Jones 1 0 1
35 Keith Vasquez 1 0 1
41 Efrain Contreras 1 0 1
80 Brandon Montes 1 0 1
91 Jayson Pace 0 1 1
TM Team 1 0 1
TOTALS 53 14 67 2 – 21 7 – 34 2 2-0 2-117 5
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: Escondido
Attendance: 1007

 

 

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