Men's Athletes of the Week
PCAC honors Comets' Sayles and Coyotes' Amerzcua
NOV. 16, 2015 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar College football player Daviante Sayles and Cuyamaca soccer player Mauricio Amerzcua as Men's Athletes of the Week.
Sayles, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound sophomore running back out of Rancho Buena Vista High School by way of a redshirt year at Eastern Illinois University, tied a 57-year-old Palomar record for touchdowns in a game. Sayles scored five times in a 37-27 Southern Conference victory over Santa Ana College.
Sayles' touchdowns came on runs of 1, 55 and 2 yards in the first half and 2 and 12 yards in the second half as he equaled the record set by Toby Flanagan in an 83-0 win over Santa Barbara City College in 1958 and previously tied twice, in 1984 and 1992. Sayles rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries in the game.
Amerzcua, a freshman from Colegio Aleman in Tijuana, Baja California, led Cuyamaca to six straight wins to end the regular season, including two victories last week that clinched the undisputed PCAC championship for the Coyotes.
Cuyamaca defeated defending champion Southwestern 3-2, then wrapped up the title with two more points than the Jaguars by defeating San Diego City College 4-2 on the last day of the season as Amerzcua scored the Coyotes' first two goals, then assisted on the two additional goals.
Amezcua finished the regular season with 15 goals, sixth-best in the state, six assists and 36 points, fourth-best in the state.
Honorable mention for the week went to Mt. San Jacinto basketball player Tre Nottingham, Grossmont basketball player Kaylen Mitchell, Palomar basketball player Ryan Schaefer and Mt. San Jacinto football player Vanel Dossous.
Nottingham, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, scored 41 points and dished off 23 assists as the Eagles son the Knights Invitational at San Diego City College with three straight wins. He was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Nottingham contributed 18 points, eight assists and seven steals in a 93-58 rout of Reedley. He had 11 points and seven assists in a 75-68 win over Citrus. And he had 12 points and eight assists as Mt. San Jac defeated Grossmont 95-70 in the championship game.
Grossmont's Mitchell, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound sophomore from Helix High School, took on San Diego City College's three 7-footers in the semifinals of the Knights Invitational and led the Griffins to a 75-73 victory over the host Knights. He went 7-for-13 from the floor, was 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point arc and also hauled down six rebounds. In the first game of the tournament, Mitchell had 27 points, six rebounds and three steals as the Griffins defeated Barstow 71-67.
Schaefer, a 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard from Temecula Valley High School, scored 23 points as he led the Comets to an 86-76 win over Orange Coast.
Dossous, a 6-foot-0, 184-pound wide receiver from Steinert High School in Hamilton, New Jersey, came up big but Mt. San Jacinto lost a Mountain Conference shootout to College of the Desert 55-51 to close out the football season. Dossous caught 11 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns, including an 82-yarder. He also returned a punt 86 yards for another TD.