Men's Athletes of the Week

 Palomar's Early, G-House's Galatis share men's award

OCT. 5, 2015 - Palomar College football player Austin Early and Grossmont football player Nick Galatis are Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athletes of the Week.

Oct 5 Austin Early, Palomar
Nick Galatis, Grossmont
Sept 28 Carlos Dominguez, MiraCosta
Abner Alatorre, Cuyamaca
Sept 21 Alejandro Camacho, Southwesterrn Soccer
Sept 14 Tate Graham, Cuyamaca Cross Country
Sept 7 Sergio Bailey, Grossmont
Sam Tapia, Palomar

Early, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound sophomore from Orange Glen High School and son of Palomar head coach Joe Early, made his first community college start a memorable one Saturday night. He hit on 30-of-47 pass attempts for 408 yards and three touchdowns as the Comets defeated rival Grossmont 42-23.

Early also rushed for 77 positive yards and connected on a 2-point conversion pass. He became the first Palomar quarterback to pass for 400 yards in a game since Andy Goodenough, who went on to play for Arizona State, threw for 402 yards and three touchdowns as the Comets beat Chaffey 20-14 in the 2001 Southern California championship game.

Galatis, a 6-foot-0, 225-pound sophomore linebacker from Clairemont High School and a transfer from Southwestern, had his fifth straight big game in the loss to the Comets. Galatis recorded 18 tackles (13 solo), including a tackle for loss and a sack. He also recovered a fumble.

On the season, Galatis has 63 tackles 4 sacks, the fumble recovery and an interception for a touchdown.

Honorable mention for the week went to Palomar wrestler Alex Graves, San Diego City College soccer player Francisco Contreras, Mt. San Jacinto football player Jake Newton and Southwestern football player Joe Hudson.

Graves, a sophomore from San Marcos High School, was selected as the Outstanding Upper Weight Class Wrestler at the 19th Annual Santa Ana Tournament on Saturday at Santa Ana College. Graves, the No. 1-ranked 184-pounder in California, recorded three wins by pins and one by technical fall as he led the Comets to a fifth-place team finish behind defending state dual champion Fresno City College in first place and defending State Tournament champion Cerritos in third in a 24-team field. Graves pinned Cerritos' Ryker Coppa in 1:44 in the 184-pound finals. His other pin victories came in 1:09 and 4:15 and the score in his technical fall win was 26-5.

Contreras, a freshman from Point Loma High School who is listed as a defender on City College's roster, scored goals in the eighth and 71st minutes, then assisted on Didier Hatungimana's winning goal in the 76th minute as the Knights came from behind to tie defending PCAC champion Southwestern. Earlier in the week, he scored a goal in a 2-0 win over San Bernardino Valley and, for the season, Contreras has 15 points, with six goals and three assists.

Newton, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound freshman from Paloma Valley High School, was 8-for-13 passing for 190 yards and four touchdowns as he helped lead the Eagles to a 58-12 victory on the road over El Camino Compton Center (the former Compton College).

Hudson, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound freshman quarterback from St. Augustine High School, connected on 19-of-27 passes for 158 yards and also ran for three touchdowns as the Jaguars defeated rival San Diego Mesa 42-30.

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