YUMA, Ariz. – Defensive players have to have a “nose for the ball” to both read fakes and force or recover turnovers. AWC defensive end Tyrik Jones fit that description perfectly on Saturday, and the sophomore defensive end was named the Western States Football League Defensive Player of the Week.
Jones didn’t just have a nose for the ball on Saturday. He also had a nose for the end zone. He recovered two fumbles for touchdowns in a 64-23 beat down of Mesa. On top of that, Jones picked up a sack and two tackles for loss to go with five total tackles in the game.
This season, Jones has set up shop in the other team’s backfield and leads the Matador defense with 15 tackles for loss. He also has six sacks, one pass breakup and 32 tackles while also forcing a fumble.
AWC (8-0 overall, 6-0 WSFL) has a chance to go undefeated for the second straight season on Saturday afternoon. The second-ranked Mats host 19th-ranked Scottsdale at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Kids 12 and under and AWC students and staff (with current school ID) get in for FREE!
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 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.