Ground and Pound

YUMA, Ariz. – Kendon Walker and John Oliver provided all kinds of fireworks on Saturday night for the 11th ranked Arizona Western College football team (5-2 overall, 3-1 Western States Football League). The two running backs rushed for 344 yards on 29 carries while ripping off four touchdowns in a 48-7 demolition of Phoenix College (1-7 overall, 0-4 WSFL). The defense also dominated and only surrendered 114 total yards of offense to PC.

Phoenix struck first despite going three-and-out on its opening possession. AWC’s Troy’Von Johnson muffed a punt at the 20. Everyone kept trying to dive on it, but the ball pinballed all the way into the end zone where Brendon Kaufman scooped it up for a TD and a 7-0 lead.

AWC’s offense answered with a 12-play, 65 yard touchdown drive that chewed up seven minutes. Oliver and Walker combined for seven runs for 42 yards, and Logan Byrd finished it off with a play-action pass to Bryce Parker for a four-yard touchdown. AWC still trailed by one, 7-6, after Alec Fonseca missed the extra point.

In the second quarter, AWC’s defense gave the offense a short field with an interception by Daquirs Griffin. Oliver rumbled to the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown, his first rushing TD of the season, for a 13-7 lead with 8:25 to go in the first half. He had 19 carries for 182 yards and two TD’s in the game.

Griffin picked off another pass a few plays later, and AWC ran it on seven straight plays. Jacquez Carter punched the ball in from two yards out for a 20-7 lead with 2:25 to play in the half.

Lightning had been flickering all around throughout the game, and it finally got close enough to cause a delay with 52 seconds left in the first half. Both teams went to the locker room for a little more than 30 minutes before things calmed down enough to play again. After the clock ran down to the half, a short break set up a quick start to the second half.

On the first possession of the third quarter, Walker bounced a handoff outside and took it 33 yards to the house for a 27-7 lead. He finished the game with 162 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

Halfway through the third quarter, the Matador offense struck again. Carter lofted a perfect pass down the sideline to DeAndre Wallace for a beautiful 28 yard touchdown. It was Carter’s first TD pass of the season, and it put AWC up 34-7.

After the Matador defense forced Phoenix to turn it over on downs from first and goal at the AWC five, the offense only needed three plays to score. Walker gashed Phoenix up the middle and went untouched for a 77 yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Phoenix turned it over on downs again, and Oliver ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run that made it 48-7 with 7:08 to go.

AWC is off for a bye next week before hosting Snow College on Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors/military. Kids 12 and under 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.

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