Comets to Southern Cal title game

Palomar College, ranked No. 6 in both the JC Grid-Wire national community college football rankings and the National Community College Football Coaches Alliance USA Ratings, accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Southern California championship game Saturday, Dec. 1.

Palomar College, ranked No. 6 in both the JC Grid-Wire national community  college football rankings and the National Community College Football Coaches Alliance USA Ratings, accepted a bid Sunday to play in the Southern California championship game Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Comets, who completed a 9-1 regular season Saturday night with a 52-7 road win over Golden West, will play No. 5-ranked Chaffey (10-0) in the Southern California Bowl at Chaffey College Stadium in Rancho Cucamonga at 1 p.m.

The winner will play either City College of San Francisco or Fresno City College for the State Championship Dec. 8 in Visalia. The nationally top-ranked San Francisco Rams (10-0), who have won 35 straight games since losing to Palomar in the 1998 state title game in Sacramento, will host the Fresno Rams (10-0) in the San Francisco Hawaiian Punch Bowl, also Dec. 1, for the Northern California championship.

Palomar finished four points away from an unbeaten regular season with Saturday night's victory. Andy Goodenough, who threw six touchdown passes in the first half and had another nullified by a penalty, did not play in the second half. He led the nation in touchdown passes during the regular season with 33.

The Comets, who led 42-7 at halftime, previously won state titles in 1991, 1993 and 1998. Palomar shared the national championship with Northeastern Oklahoma in 1991, won the national title outright in 1993 and shared the national championship with Butler County (Kansas) in 1998.

Palomar, which wrapped up its fourth straight Mission Conference Central Division championship with Saturday's win, has won nine division titles in Tom Craft's last 10 seasons as the Comets' coach.

The Comets will be going for their fifth season with 10 or more wins during that time frame in the Southern California Bowl.

Craft was offensive coordinator at San Diego State from 1994 through 1996.

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