Top 5

YUMA, Ariz. – During Tom Minnick’s time in charge of the Arizona Western football program, the Matadors are always a part of the national conversation. As the summer inches closer to the 2017 season, the Mats claimed the fourth spot in the Street & Smith’s junior college Top 25.

The rankings combine all of the two-year schools that feature football in the country: 65 teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and 69 schools in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). Garden City (NJCAA National Champion is first, followed by Fullerton College (CCCAA Champion) and East Mississippi. Trinity Valley is fifth behind AWC.

The Matadors finished last season 11-1 after playing in the NJCAA National Championship Game at the El Toro Bowl. AWC won the Western States Football League after going undefeated through the league. This offseason, Minnick and his staff have been restocking after sending more than 25 players to four-year programs.

Arizona Western opens the 2017 schedule on the road on Labor Day Weekend at Eastern Arizona College. The team has its first home game two weeks later on Saturday, September 16 at 7:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and military members. Children 12 and under as well as AWC students and staff (with current school ID) get in for FREE!

Street & Smith’s Top 25:

  1. Garden City (Kansas)
  2. Fullerton College (Calif.)
  3. East Mississippi
  4. Arizona Western
  5. Trinity Valley (Texas)
  6. Riverside (Calif.)
  7. Navarro (Texas)
  8. Mt. San Antonio (Calif.)
  9. Lackawanna (Pa.)
  10. Butte (Calif.)
  11. American River (Calif.)
  12. City College of San Francisco
  13. Northwest Mississippi
  14. Ventura (Calif.)
  15. Iowa Western
  16. Tyler (Texas)
  17. Saddleback (Calif.)
  18. Snow (Utah)
  19. Jones County (Miss.)
  20. Georgia Military
  21. Long Beach (Calif.)
  22. Blinn (Texas)
  23. Mesa (Ariz.)
  24. Butler (Kansas)
  25. Dodge City (Kansas)

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.


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