Running, Running, Running

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Run it until they stop it. The Arizona Western football team kept running the football on Saturday night, and Glendale couldn’t stop it. The second-ranked Mats piled up 346 rushing yards, and the defense pitched a shutout in a 26-0 win.

AWC (7-0 overall, 5-0 Western States Football League) only threw the ball once after halftime, but the Mats still scored a pair of touchdowns as the offensive line slowly ground Glendale’s defense to dust.

On AWC’s first possession of the third quarter, Greg Bell III ran the ball eight straight times to march the Mats 70 yards for a touchdown and a 20-0 lead. Bell set a career high with 211 yards on 33 carries to go along with two touchdowns.

With AWC’s defense limiting Glendale (1-7 overall, 1-4 WSFL) to 189 total yards on offense, the Matador offense kept burning clock in the second half. After Glendale turned it over on downs with 8:30 left in the fourth quarter, the Mats chewed up 6:07 on an 11 play march down the field (10 runs, one penalty). Dejhion Parrish burst through for a 32-yard touchdown to polish off the drive for a 26-0 lead. Parrish finished with 12 carries for 83 yards.

At the start of the game, Bell kept pounding away and toted the rock four times in eight plays. His last carry went for a 24-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 11:09 left in the first quarter. He had 142 rushing yards in the first half.

The Mats chewed up almost six minutes near the end of the first quarter on the way to a touchdown and a 13-0 lead. Bell ran it four times for 27 yards, and Ali Kelley capped the drive. The freshman running back ran the ball in from three yards out for his first touchdown of the season with 1:30 left in the first quarter.

AWC’s defense rendered Glendale helpless on offense in the first half. Glendale had 77 yards before halftime.

The Mats are at home for the final two weeks of the regular season. Next week, they host Mesa Community College at 1:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Children 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.


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