Men's Athletes of the Week

 Comets’ Tapia, Koch are PCAC Men’s Athletes of the Week

SEPT. 26, 2016 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has honored two Palomar College football players, punter Sam Tapia and kicker Patrick Koch, as its Men’s Athletes of the Week.

Sep 26 Sam Tapia, Palomar
Patrick Koch, Palomar
Sep 19 Luis Ortega, San Bernardino Vly
Francisco Contreras, SD City
Cross Country
Sep 12 Jomari Becnel, Mt. San Jacinto
Rockne O'Brien, Grosmont
Water Polo
Sep 5 Joe Joe Hudson, Southwestern
Fred Zaragoza, San Bernardino

Tapia, a sophomore from Cathedral Catholic High School, punted eight times for a 43.1-yard average in a 31-26 loss to Moorpark.

Tapia’s punts included a 56-yarder that was downed at the Raiders’ 9-yard line, a 48-yarder, a 46-yarder and a 43-yarder to the 8. In the game, he had three more punts inside the 20-yard line, giving him 14 on the season in four games, and pinned Moorpark twice inside its 10-yard line.

Koch, a sophomore out of Del Norte High School, kicked a 51-yard field goal, moving him into the top five on Palomar’s all-time list. He also booted a 23-yard field goal and added two PAT kicks to remain perfect on the season.

Honorable mention went to MiraCosta soccer player Luis Briseno, Southwestern soccer player Alexander Salgado, Southwestern football player Mike Glass and College of the Desert football player De’Abre Smith.

Briseno, the Spartans’ freshman goalkeeper out of Fallbrook High School, shut out Southwestern 1-0, contributing four saves.

Salgado, the Jaguars’ freshman goalkeeper from Chula Vista High School, had three saves as he shut out Palomar 2-0 in a PCAC game. It was the third shutout of the season, and second in conference, for Salgado. He previously shut out San Bernardino Valley in a conference game and, in a non-conference game, played half the game in the cage, a logging 45 minutes, in the Jags’ shutout victory over Long Beach City College.

Glass, a sophomore from Hazelton (Missouri) High School, came up with a big game in the Jaguars’ 58-29 rout of Pasadena City College. He contributed 348 yards in total offense (278 passing, 70 rushing) as he accounted for six touchdowns, four on passes and two on runs.

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 200 pound freshman quarterback from Palatka High School in Palatka, Florida, completed 32-of-54 pass attempts for 310 yards for two touchdowns and ran for a third TD as COD outscored Antelope Valley 41-35.

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