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Dunninway, Mesa end Comets’ title shot

Palomar's Lamar Raboteau returns a fourth-quarter kickoff to midfield after Mesa's last TD. (Hugh Cox Photo)

2018 COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SAN DIEGO MESA 41, PALOMAR 21

 

By Tom Saxe

Special to EastCountySports.com

 

SAN DIEGO (11-10-2018) / (UPDATED 11-11-2018) – The scoring in the regular-season football finale between visiting Palomar and San Diego Mesa on Saturday night began with a 77-yard touchdown bomb from Comet quarterback Connor Curry to Mikel Barkley with 6:20 left in the first quarter and ended late in the fourth quarter with two more Curry TD strikes, to Barkley for 45 yards and Malachi Russell for 40 yards.

In between, however, the game was overwhelmingly the Jake Dunninway Show. Mesa’s quarterback passed for 463 yards and six touchdowns, leading the Olympians to a stunning 41-21 victory at Merrill Douglas Stadium that, along with El Camino’s come-from-behind 21-20 upset Cerritos after trailing the Falcons 20-7, blew up the Comets’ Central Conference championship hopes and their automatic seed out of the conference in the four-team Southern California playoffs.

While Palomar fell to 3-2 for a third-place finish in the Central Conference and to 5-4 overall and has to settle for bid to the Beach Bowl against Southwestern (6-4, 2-3 for fourth in the Southern League) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jaguars’ Chet DeVore Stadium.

U.C. Davis transfer Dunninway’s and Mesa’s season came to an end despite the Olympians’ biggest win. Earlier Saturday, Southern California Football Association and the CCCAA announced that the Olympians’ forfeit victory over Fullerton was erased earlier in the day, meaning Mesa finished 4-6 on the year and 1-4 in the conference — and is now bowl ineligible.

“Give Mesa credit. They played hard and they played really well,” said Palomar coach Joe Early, who was frustrated by his team’s performance on a night that Curry had difficulty spotting his receivers and Palomar’s defense was unable to slow down Dunninway and his receivers.

“We had our opportunities early but couldn’t capitalize. Their quarterback (Dunninway) was the difference in the game. He had an extremely good game,” Early added. “For us, Curry threw the early TD bomb to Barkley and the late touchdowns to Barkley, who got past their defense again and Russell, but had trouble spotting his receivers. And we also didn’t block for him. Our defense was on the field way too much and helped Mesa with over-aggressive penalties at the end of plays.”

Dunninway’s TD passes went to Rashaun Brown for 56 yards, Dejon Smith (213 yards on 12 receptions) for 19 yards, Austin Rumbo (9 catches, 108 yards) for 12 yards, Smith again for 71 yards, Dominic McManus for 2 yards and Isaiah Williams for 24 yards.

The Olympians limited Curry to his least effective appearance of the season. He wound up completing 17-of-33 pass attempts for 246 yards and three touchdowns – and was intercepted twice.

Palomar punter Jacob Stepanek had a big night in defeat, averaging 44.4 yards for five punts, with a long of 50 yards, and deposited four punts inside the 20-yard line, one of them at the Mesa 2-yard line. But he also was intercepted on a fake punt in the fourth quarter.

On the night, Barkley caught three passes for 124 yards and his two touchdowns, while Russell contributed three receptions for 64 yards and his TD and Johnny Armentrout had four catches.

Chris Calhoun (11 tackles and a sack), Spencer Kaoanga (10 tackles), Orion Diaz (9 tackles) and Josh Bernard (8 tackles and a sack) led Palomar defensively. Kaaina Lewis contributed an interception and Jayson Pace added a sack.

Playoff matchups

The Southern California playoff first-round matchups will be played Saturday, with No. 4 seed Ventura (9-1, 4-1 in the National Division Northern League) at No. 1 seed College of the Canyons (10-0, 5-0 in the National Division Northern League); and No. 3 seed El Camino (8-2, 5-0 in the National Division Central League) at No. 2 seed Riverside City College (10-0 including a forfeit over Fullerton, 5-0 in the Southern League also including the forfeit win.

The Northern California first-round match-ups: No. 4 seed Fresno City College (8-2, 5-0 in the National Division Valley League at No. 1 seed Butte (9-1, 5-0 in the National Division NorCal Conference) – Game moved to Shasta College because of fire; and No. 3 seed College of San Mateo (8-2, 5-0 in the National Division Bay 6 League) at No. 2 seed Laney (8-2, 4-1 in the National Division Bay 6 League).


 

Palomar vs. San Diego Mesa at San Diego Mesa
11/10/2018 at 6:00 PM
Palomar
21
San Diego Mesa
41
SCORING 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Palomar (6-4, 3-2) 7 0 0 14 21
San Diego Mesa (4-6, 1-4) 0 14 21 6 41
San Diego Mesa | Merrill Douglas Stad
PRD TIME SCORING SUMMARY PALOMAR – SAN DIEGO MESA
1 06:30 Palomar – Mikel Barkley 77 yd pass from Connor Curry. (Mark Meader kick is good).
Drive: 1 plays, 77 yards in 0:12.
7 – 0
2 07:26 San Diego Mesa – Rashaun Brown 56 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (Justin Kaplan kick is good).
Drive: 4 plays, 82 yards in 1:55.
7 – 7
2 05:03 San Diego Mesa – Dejon Smith 19 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (Justin Kaplan kick is good).
Drive: 5 plays, 42 yards in 2:23.
7 – 14
3 11:47 San Diego Mesa – Austin Rumbo 12 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (Justin Kaplan kick is good).
Drive: 3 plays, 12 yards in 0:16.
7 – 21
3 09:15 San Diego Mesa – Dejon Smith 71 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (Justin Kaplan kick is good).
Drive: 3 plays, 78 yards in 0:54.
7 – 28
3 00:33 San Diego Mesa – Dominic McManus 2 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (Justin Kaplan kick is good).
Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards in 8:35.
7 – 35
4 11:55 San Diego Mesa – Isaiah Williams 24 yd pass from Jake Dunninway. (2pt conversion rush by Christian Zamudio failed).
Drive: 5 plays, 30 yards in 2:11.
7 – 41
4 05:13 Palomar – Mikel Barkley 44 yd pass from Connor Curry. (Mark Meader kick is good).
Drive: 1 plays, 44 yards in 3:12.
14 – 41
4 00:17 Palomar – Malachi Russell 40 yd pass from Connor Curry. (Mark Meader kick is good).
Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards in 2:21.
21 – 41
PALOMAR STATISTICS SAN DIEGO MESA
14 FIRST DOWNS 24
7
3
4
Passing
Rushing
Penalty
20
2
2
33% (5 of 15) THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY 50% (9 of 18)
0% (0 of 3) FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY 50% (1 of 2)
291 TOTAL OFFENSE 516
56
5.2
Total Offensive Plays
Average gain per play
79
6.5
246 NET YARDS PASSING 463
17-34
7.2
5-25
3
Completions-Attempts
Net yards per pass play
Sacked: Number-Yards
Had intercepted
31-47
9.9
3-12
1
45 NET YARDS RUSHING 53
22
2.0
Rushing Attempts
Average gain per rush
32
1.7
5-222 PUNTS: Number-Yards 4-103
44.4 Average 25.8
146 TOTAL RETURN YARDS 46
1-13
7-127
1-6
Punt Returns: Number-Yards
Kickoff Returns: Number-Yards
Interception Returns: Number-Yards
1-3
2-13
3-30
6-70 PENALTIES: Number-Yards 16-152
1-1 FUMBLES: Number-Lost 2-1
3-12 SACKS: Number-Yards 5-25
1-6 INTERCEPTIONS: Number-Yards 3-30
22:38 TIME OF POSSESSION 37:22

Palomar

San Diego Mesa

PASSING C-A YDS LG TD INT
Connor Curry 17-33 246 77 3 2
Jacob Stepanek 0-1 0 0 0 1
PASSING C-A YDS LG TD INT
Jake Dunninway 31-47 463 71 6 1
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
DeVion Sneed 5 13 2.6 4 0
Connor Curry 11 12 1.1 12 0
Lamar Raboteau 3 12 4.0 8 0
Shevell Sterling 3 8 2.7 6 0
RUSHING ATT YDS AVG LG TD
Jake Dunninway 14 36 2.6 19 0
Tyler Tutt 6 8 1.3 9 0
Milan Grice 3 7 2.3 6 0
Sammy Muniz 1 6 6.0 6 0
Aveon Irving 3 6 2.0 4 0
Dejon Smith 1 3 3.0 3 0
Jose Sanchez 3 2 0.7 6 0
Justin Kaplan 1 -15 -15.0 0 0
RECEIVING NO YDS AVG LG TD
Mikel Barkley 3 124 41.3 77 2
Malachi Russell 3 64 21.3 40 1
Johnny Armentrout 4 31 7.8 18 0
Devin Nilson 3 20 6.7 13 0
Bryce Walker 1 6 6.0 6 0
Johnny Arzola 2 1 0.5 3 0
Damon Wigand 1 0 0.0 0 0
RECEIVING NO YDS AVG LG TD
Dejon Smith 12 213 17.8 71 2
Austin Rumbo 9 108 12.0 24 1
Rashaun Brown 3 71 23.7 56 1
Dominic McManus 4 35 8.8 21 1
Isaiah Williams 1 24 24.0 24 1
Aveon Irving 2 12 6.0 7 0
KICKING FG LG XP PTS
Mark Meader 3/3 3
Team 0/0 0
KICKING FG LG XP PTS
Justin Kaplan 0/1 0 5/5 5
Christian Zamudio 0/0 0
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG TB IN 20
Jacob Stepanek 5 222 44.4 50 1 4
PUNTING NO YDS AVG LG TB IN 20
Jake Dunninway 1 39 39.0 39 0 1
Cade Weaver 3 64 21.3 31 0 0
KICKOFFS NO YDS AVG TB OB
Jacob Vose 2 24 12.0 0 0
Mark Meader 2 116 58.0 1 0
KICKOFFS NO YDS AVG TB OB
Justin Kaplan 7 328 46.9 0 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Lamar Raboteau 5 106 21.2 32 0
Damon Wigand 1 17 17.0 17 0
Efrain Contreras 1 4 4.0 4 0
KICKOFF RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Team 1 15 15.0 15 0
Dominic McManus 1 -2 -2.0 0 0
PUNT RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Johnny Arzola 1 13 13.0 13 0
PUNT RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Hunter Allen 1 3 3.0 3 0
INTERCEPTION RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Kaaina Lewis 1 6 6.0 6 0
INTERCEPTION RETURNS NO YDS AVG LG TD
Anthony Barksdale 1 0 0.0 0 0
Damurier Palmer 1 10 10.0 10 0
Hugh Anthony 1 20 20.0 20 0
FUMBLES NO LOST
Efrain Contreras 1 1
FUMBLES NO LOST
Jake Dunninway 1 0
Justin Kaplan 1 1
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
# PALOMAR SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS-YDS TFL-YDS FF FR-YDS INT-YDS BRUP BLKS QBH
43 Chris Calhoun 7 4 11 1 – 4 2 – 5
45 Spencer Kaoanga 2 8 10 1 – 1
49 Orion Diaz 6 3 9 2
29 Josh Bernard 4 4 8 1 – 5 1.5 – 7 2
1 Jay Craft 3 2 5 1-0
42 Kaaina Lewis 2 3 5 0.5 – 1 1-6
98 Mason Simeta 1 4 5 1 – 3
21 Louie Flores 1 3 4
31 Jonathon Segi 1 2 3 1 – 3
91 Jayson Pace 3 0 3 1 – 3 2 – 4
9 Jihad Hightower 2 0 2
51 Yasuf Leigh 1 1 2
92 Koa Evalu-Robinson 0 2 2 0.5 – 0
96 Jordan Duson 0 2 2 0.5 – 1
8 Shea Morales 0 1 1
14 Johnny Armentrout 0 1 1
38 Quest Smith 0 1 1
41 Efrain Contreras 0 1 1
93 Martin Bonacci 0 1 1
94 Nick So’oto 0 1 1
TM Team 1 0 1 1
TOTALS 34 44 78 3 – 12 10 – 25 1-0 1-6 4 1
# SAN DIEGO MESA SOLO AST TOTAL SACKS-YDS TFL-YDS FF FR-YDS INT-YDS BRUP BLKS QBH
6 Reginald Prince 3 8 11 1
99 Hugh Anthony 2 6 8 1 – 8 1.5 – 9 1-20
30 Havani Makihele 1 6 7 2 – 8 2 – 8 1
58 Devin Sanders 3 2 5 1 – 1 1 – 1 1-0 1
22 Darriel Weathers 1 3 4 0.5 – 1
1D Matt Cain 1 2 3
3D Anthony Barksdale 3 0 3 1-0
17 Joel Bracomontes 1 2 3
20 Brendan Torrance 0 3 3
23 Damurier Palmer 1 2 3 1-10 1
2E Alex Lemon 0 2 2 1
14 Sammy Muniz 0 2 2
19 Santino Pacheco 0 2 2
21 Hunter Allen 1 1 2
28 D.J. Dotson 2 0 2 1
54 Isaiah Mitchell 0 2 2 1 – 8 1 – 8
8 Dominic McManus 1 0 1
12 Isaiah Williams 1 0 1
TM Team 0 1 1
TOTALS 21 44 65 5 – 25 6 – 27 1-0 3-30 6
OTHER INFORMATION
Location: San Diego Mesa
Stadium: Merrill Douglas Stad
Attendance: 202
Weather: Clear
Temperature: 65

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