ESCONDIDO (9-17-2017) -- After battling to a 6-6 defensive standoff with visiting Cerritos into the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half on Saturday night at Wilson Stadium's Chick Embrey Field, Palomar suddenly lost its mojo -- every bit of it -- and the visiting Falcons dominated the rest of the game as they scored 31 unanswered points to stun the Comets 37-6 in a non-conference game.
It was the first victory for the visitors after starting the season 0-2, and the first loss for the Comets after beginning the season 2-0.
Palomar scored its 6 points on a pair of field goals by Tyler Vargas for 21 yards and 19 yards after being unable to get into the end zone after first-and-goal situations from the 4-yard line and from the 2. At that juncture, the Falcons came to life and the Comets, in a disappointing performance, were unable to answer.
The saving grace for Palomar: It was only one game.
Some of the few highlights for the Comets:
Chandler Warhholtz, in another strong defensive performance, recorded 10 tackles, 7 of them solo. J.D. Fox and Maxwell Scott each had 9 tackles.
Danny Wood intercepted a pass.
Matt Romero passed for 251 yards.
Nate Johnson caught 6 passes for 132 yards.
Marquis Williams had 5 receptions and returned 7 kickoffs 181 yards for a 25.9-yard average, with a long return of 40 yards.
Punter Tyson Dyer pinned the Falcons at their 16- and 10-yard lines.
Palomar will try to get back on the winning track next Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Comets attempt to go 3-1 in a non-conference game at Moorpark.