YUMA, Ariz. – After spending the 2016 season as road warriors (seven road games, four home games), the Arizona Western football team will enjoy a little more time in Yuma in 2017. The 10-game schedule features six home games and seven conference games as the Mats try to climb to the peak of the sport once again.
AWC opens the season with a rivalry matchup by traveling to Eastern Arizona for a non-conference game on Saturday, September 2. The Mats then open conference play one week later on the road at Pima Community College.
The first home game on the docket brings Planet Athlete Academy to Yuma for a 7:00 pm kickoff on Saturday, September 16. One week later, AWC hosts Eastern Arizona in its first Western States Football League home game.
At the start of October, Arizona Western will travel up to Snow College for a titanic WSFL showdown with the Badgers. Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm. Following that road trip, the Mats finish with four of their final five at home. On October 14, AWC hosts Phoenix in WSFL action before Pima comes to town for a non-conference game on Saturday, October 21. On October 28, the Mats head to Glendale to start a string of three straight conference games to close the regular season.
In November, the Mats host Mesa in a rematch of the top two WSFL teams in 2016 on Saturday, November 4. The following weekend, AWC hosts Scottsdale in the final game of the regular season. Both contests are scheduled to kick off at 1:00 pm.
To catch the Matadors on the road, listen to 560 AM KBLU. All home games appear on AWC-TV. The pre-game show goes live 10 minutes before kickoff. Follow Matador football on Facebook.
The Mats finished 2016 as the NJCAA Runners-Up after going 11-1 and playing in the NJCAA National Championship. An incredible 26 student-athletes from that team have signed or are expected to sign to continue their playing career and education at the four-year level.
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.