|It was Palomar's ground game that shattered any hopes
the Jaguars had. Using their traditional No-Huddle offense, the Comets
blasted through the heart of the Jaguars defense.
The Jags allowed 231 rushing yards. The Palomar running back combo of
Alex Thompson and Chris Williams provided the Comets with 218 yards in
the second half, including three touchdowns.
"They executed better then we did," said linebacker Marcell
Lagrone. "They only ran one play, the same play every down. They just
wanted more than some of us did, I know damn well I wanted this game."
Lagrone had 11 tackles, 3 sacks, forced two fumbles and a blocked
punt. He recovered all three balls, too.
Coming into the game the offensive game plan for the Jaguars was to
use the Comets defensive aggressiveness against them.
"They play soft in the back," said wide receiver Chad Donaldson.
"They like to gamble, but they will get burned if they gamble too
In the first half quarterback David Bellinger was 8-19 for 209 yards,
including a 72-yards touchdown pass to sophomore Richard Gaines.
Bellinger also ran in his second touchdown of the season from 7-yards
away on a scramble. Gaines finished the game with 5 receptions for 117
yards with one touchdown.
Instead of going out at the 4-yard line Bellinger hurdled the Comets
defense to put the Jaguars ahead 10-3 after the PAT. Bellinger's
touchdown did not come cheap.
"I just landed straight down on my neck," said Bellinger. "I
saw that nothing was open so I went and tried to jump as high as I could
and got spun in an awkward way."
Head coach Walt Justice noticed that the redshirt freshman was not
"After the hit he made a couple of bad calls," said Justice.
The Jags missed out on a great opportunity to put the Comets out of
the game. With 1:41 left in the half Bellinger, working from the five
yard line, was looking for wide receiver Isa-Abdul Azizz, who was blanketed
inside the end zone. He then made an ill-advised throw into triple
coverage which resulted in an interception. The miscue kept Palomar
within 13 points at half time..
After going out on three plays twice in the second half, Justice sat down Bellinger in favor of Sammy Chavez.
"I felt it was best to go with Sammy," said Justice. We wanted to
give David a breather. It was wise decision and I'd do it again."
With the momentum slowly slipping away from the Jaguars, Azziz
fumbled on the Jag's 40-yard line. Linebacker Andrew Dorsey recovered
the ball for Palomar and returned it 38-yards down to the two-yard line.
Two plays later running back Josh Sattley punched it in from one yard to
tie the game at 16.
Bellinger came back in the fourth quarter and showed he still had
some comeback magic left in him from last week, but two penalties later
the Jaguars were faced with 3rd and a long 21. Palomar defensive
lineman Andrew Paopao hit Bellinger from behind knocking the ball loose.
The Comets recovered the ball at the Jaguar 39. Thompson put the
finishing touches on the game on a one-yard touchdown run.
"We're a good
team," said Justice. "We're young and we made mistakes, but we
can't put our defense in the situation that we did. We gave them the
Bellinger will take the loss and try to learn from it.
"You can't beat yourself," he said. "Can't make mental
mistakes, we have to execute and we can't doubt the other team. We
jumped ahead 16-3 and I think it went to our heads."
With the lost the Jaguars loose their four-game winning streak. They
travel to Mt. San Jacinto to take on the Eagles next week.
"We need to get back on the winning track," said Justice. "And we are going to do everything in our power to prepare to beat Mt. San Jacinto."
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