YUMA, Ariz. – While the top five shuffle around in the latest NJCAA poll, Arizona Western has been a beacon of stability. The Mats are in second for the fourth straight week (and gained ground again) as the first and third place teams swapped places. None of the teams in the top four lost.
AWC (8-0 overall, 193.11 points, four first place votes) sits less than two points behind East Mississippi (9-1 overall, 195.00 points, no first place votes). Iowa Western (9-1 overall, 188.05 points, five first place votes) went from first to third. Northwest Mississippi (8-1 overall, 177.84 points) stayed in fourth. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (8-2 overall, 147.75 points) moved up to fifth.
The Mats have been a presence in the top five all season. AWC opened as the preseason number one, and when the computer rankings were factored in the team dropped to fifth. Since then, the Mats have slowly climbed back up to second.
Two other teams from the Western States Football League are ranked. Snow (8-1 overall, 126.36 points) moved one spot up to eighth, and Scottsdale (6-3 overall, 12.08 points) dropped one spot to 19th after losing to Snow last weekend.
On Saturday, the Mats blasted Mesa 64-23 and have a chance to go undefeated for the second straight regular season this weekend against 19th-ranked Scottsdale. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma.
Tickets for the game are only $5 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.