The last game ended when the referees literally walked off of the field with
over five minutes left in the game due to a lack of control.
There were two or three bench clearing brawls and the officials
continually called offsetting penalties resulting in no penalty for either side.
The Griffins head coach, Dave Jordan, remembers the game well.
He doesn't anticipate anything quite that ugly happening this time
around. However, he acknowledges
the bad blood between the two sides and is looking forward to stopping
Palomar's streak against San Diego schools.
The Comets have not lost to a San Diego County school since
The Griffins come into this game with a 9-1 record ranked number 4 in
Southern California and 7th in the nation by the JC Grid-Wire.
Their only loss came against Southern California's number 1 ranked
Chaffey in triple overtime 43-35. Palomar
also comes in at 9-1 and are ranked number 3 in Southern California and 10th in
the nation by the JC Grid-Wire. The
Comets only loss came against Mt. SAC 31-23.
The Comets are the Mission Conference champions.
Here are the matchups:
When Grossmont has the ball:
The offense is set up by way of the pass.
Quarterback Tanner Engstrand (6-1 180 SO), a first team
All-Foothill Conference selection, will put pressure on the defense by taking
chances downfield as well as running the football.
He was a 59.8% passer in the regular season throwing for 2492 yards, 22
touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Engstrand
was his team's fourth leading rusher with 150 yards on 51 carries and 5 TD's.
The Griffins do not rely on anyone more then their quarterback to get the
offense moving. The ball gets
spread out very evenly to the backs and receivers making it difficult to isolate
anyone to stop. Tops in yardage for
Grossmont were RB Michael Yancy with 532 yards rushing (5.3 ypc) and 2
TD's and Dontay Crowder 398 yards (8.3 ypc)and 5 TD's.
Receiving were Keith Robinson 415 yards (11.2) 2 TD's and Jeremy
Bush 389 yards (15.0) 5 TD's.
Palomar on defense:
The Comets made their living with an opportunistic
defense this season. With 30
interceptions on the year they tied a Mission Conference record set in 1977 by
Saddleback College. Led by safeties
Willie Tagoai (6 int's) and Shane Lancaster (5), and
cornerback Brandon Bell (7) the Comets will try to create short fields
for their offense.
When Palomar has the ball:
It's no secret that Palomar wants to run the
ball. They came within 24 yards of
having two 1000-yard rushers this season. Alex
Thompson finished with 1023 yards (5.1) and 10 TD's while Chris Williams
had 976 yards (5.9)and three TD's.
They use that running game to set up the pass where they also
have the dangerous Eddie Sullivan. He
finished with 53-832 yards (15.7)and 10 TDs.
Grossmont on defense:
The Griffins are stout against the run.
Led by LB John Castillo, they held the opposition to only 86 yards
per game and a 2.4 yards per carry average.
However try to throw on them and they can create turnovers.
Maurice London, a freshman DB, picked of 7 passes this season and
his counterpart Chanti Bloomer, also a freshman, intercepted 3 of his own
including one returned for a touchdown.
Palomar's punter, Matt Kovacevich,
averaged 40.1 yards per punt with a long of 65 yards.
Place kicker Ryan Lux was 23-28 on PAT's
and 11-15 FG's with a long of 50 yards.
Grossomont's punter, John Warren, averaged
38.3 yards per punt with a long of 57 yards.
Place kicker Todd Watkins was 46-49 on
PAT's and 10-11 FG's with a long of 54 yards.