SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – 11-0 sounds great and feels better. The Arizona Western College football team pasted Scottsdale Community College 49-7 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten. Now, the second-ranked Matadors will have to wait and see what happens in the polls early next week. The win also locks up the Western States Football League title for the Matadors.
On the first drive of the game, Scottsdale was able to capitalize on a Matador mistake. After a snap sailed past Alex Ogle, Scottsdale’s Bozton Sanders caught the ball on the bounce and ran it 65 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The Matador defense flipped the field after both sides punted and set the offense up at the Scottsdale 34 yard line. Running back Greg Bell III found a seam in the middle and raced straight to the end zone for a 31 yard score to tie the game.
At the start of the second quarter, Arizona Western put together one of its best drives of the night. Ogle capped the possession with a 17 yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Patton to put AWC up for good.
The Matador defense forced a fumble, and Mar’Quess Daniels returned it down to the three yard line. Two plays later, Trey Rodriguez punched it in for his 16th rushing touchdown of the season and a 21-7 lead.
In the third quarter, Dejhion Parrish provided a jolt of energy. He ran off the left side for an 80 yard, untouched touchdown that made it 28-7. It was his fourth touchdown of at least 50 yards this season.
In the fourth quarter, the Matador defense and punt return team once again set up the offense for success. AWC started at the Scottsdale 22, and Patton caught his second touchdown pass from Ogle for a 26 yard touchdown that made it 35-7.
On the following possession, Trey Rodriguez returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown that extended the lead to 42-7.
AWC would score one more time after Parrish ran it in from four yards out and a 49-7 win.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.