East County Sports

Comets face Olympians to make playoffs

Fullback Arnold Yoder followers blockers vs. Cerritos. (Hugh Cox Photo)



By Tom Saxe

Special to EastCountySports.com


SAN DIEGO (11-09-2018) – Palomar will try to lock up the Central League championship and receive an automatic top-three seed in the four-team Southern California Community College playoffs on Saturday when the Comets travel to Merrill Douglas Stadium to face San Diego Mesa College.

Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. With two-time state and national champion Fullerton forfeiting its 2018 schedule due to using ineligible players, the Comets (6-3 on the season, 3-1 in conference) enter the last game of the regular season with the best power ranking in the Central Conference.

A victory by the Comets, coupled with a victory by favored Cerritos over El Camino College, will guarantee Palomar a top-three playoff seed with champions of the Southern League and Northern League.

The Olympians enter the game with a 5-4 record, but a 1-3 mark in the conference.

The game will feature two of the best quarterbacks in community college football in Palomar’s Connor Curry, last week’s Southern California National (Playoff-Eligible) Division Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for six touchdowns (five passing) as the Comets upset Cerritos 35-25, and Mesa’s Jake Dunninway, a transfer from UC Davis.

Both are redshirt freshmen. Curry originally was offered by Clemson out of high school.

“It’s definitely a ‘trap’ game for us,” Palomar coach Joe Early said. “Despite its league record, Mesa is a very good team, which is pretty obvious on film. They’ve played everyone (on their league schedule) tough, with the exception of Fullerton, which used ineligible players. We’d better be ready to play.”





Connor Curry (6-2, 200, Fr., Evangel Christian HS, Shreveport, LA / Ouachita Baptist University)

Running Back

Shevell Sterling (5-10, 190, Fr., Grossmont HS)


Arnold Yoder (6-1, 260, So., Toledo HS, Toledo, WA / USMC)


Logan Gamble (6-6, 200, Fr., St. Anthony HS, Long Beach / Cal)

Malachi Russell (6-0, 160, Fr., El Camino HS)

Mikel Barkley (5-11, 165, Fr., Temecula Great Oak HS)

Bryce Walker (6-0, 180, So., Bartram Trail HS, Jacksonville, FL)

Zack Morel (6-2, 193, So, Vista HS)

Slot Receivers

Devin Nilson (6-0, 187, So., Carlsbad HS)

Johnny Armentrout (5-10, 175, Fr., El Camino HS)

Johnny Arzola (6-0, 195, So., Oceanside HS, Dixie State)

Tight End

William Gonzalez (6-4, 230, Fr., Murrieta Valley HS)

Left Tackle 

Quinton Maxwell (6-3, 340, Fr., King HS, Detroit, MI)

Left Guard

Francisco Rodriguez (6-4, 300, Fr., Sicks HS, Tampa, FL)


Anthony Escalante (6-2, 240, Fr., Rancho Buena Vista HS)

Right Guard

Braydon Lindholm (6-6, 290, Fr., Moses Lake HS, Moses Lake, WA)

Right Tackle

Will Eoff (6-6, 290, Fr., Vista Murrieta HS)



Isaac Tuia (6-1, 295, Fr., Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV)


Jordan Duson (6-1, 240, Fr., Oceanside HS)


Koa Evalu-Robinson (6-3, 275, Fr., Lahainaluna HS, Maui, HI)


Nick So’oto (6-2, 300, Fr., Parkway HS, Bossier, LA / Northeastern State)


Spencer Kaoanga (6-1, 220, Fr., Oceanside HS / Air Force Prep)


Chris Calhoun (6-1, 210, Fr. Mission Hills HS)


Jihad Hightower (5-9, 171, Fr., Creekside HS, St. Johns, FL)


Louie Flores (5-10, 180, Fr., Mission Hills HS)


Jay Craft (5-11, 180, Fr., Cherry Creek HS, Cherry Creek, CO / Kansas State University)


Orion Diaz (6-0, 160, So., Escondido HS)


Josh Bernard (5-11, 205, So., Oceanside HS)


Kickoffs, PAT’s, FG’s)

Mark Meador (5-8, 147, Fr., Del Norte HS)


Jacob Stepanek (6-3, 205, Fr., Temescal Canyon HS, Lake Elsinore)


Jacob Stepanek

Long Snapper

Edwin Vorachack (5-10, 175, Fr., Escondido HS

Kickoff Returners

Lamar Raboteau (5-8, 165, Fr., Mira Mesa HS)

Damon Wigand (5-10, 180, Fr., Mission Hills HS)

Punt Returners

Devin Nilson

Johnny Arzola

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