Yuma, Arizona - Arizona Western College has announced that the 2012 AWC Football schedule has been released, featuring five home games and five road games as part of the 10-game schedule.
The schedule was released a little over a month before the start of preseason football drills at the college, and a little less than seven months since the three-time defending Western States Football League Champions made their third appearance ever in the NJCAA National Championship Game with their appearance in the 2011 El Toro Bowl last December in Yuma.
Unlike the past few years, the Matadors will see the majority of their home schedule happen in the latter half of the 2012 campaign. Their first game of the regular season, though, will indeed be at the friendly confines of Veterans Memorial Stadium-AWC’s home stadium-when they take the field on Saturday night, August 25th, to host the semi-pro team from southern Arizona known as the Tucson Team Jordans. From then on, the Matadors will see nothing but NJCAA teams. They’ll also spend four of the next five weeks of action on the road, starting in Pueblo, Colorado, where they’ll participate in the first-ever Mile High Shootout at The Thunderbowl on the campus of CSU-Pueblo. The shootout will pit three WSFL teams (AWC, Snow College and New Mexico Military Institute) against three teams from the Midwest Football Conference, Ellsworth Community College (Iowa), Iowa Western Community College and North Dakota State College of Science) in a tripleheader on Saturday, September 1st. The Matadors will kick off the day’s action at 9AM (Arizona time) against the Panthers of Ellsworth. After a week off, the Matadors then kick off WSFL play against a team expected to be much-improved from the past few years, the Pima Aztecs, September 15th in Tucson. They’ll then return to Yuma for their only home game in the month of September as they host the Scottsdale Artichokes in their conference home opener on Saturday night, September 22nd. They’ll head back out on the road for another two-game road trip, heading to Thatcher to renew their great rivalry with Eastern Arizona College at 6PM on Saturday, September 29th, before finishing up the road swing in the Valley of the Sun against Phoenix College on Saturday, October 6th.
From then on, the travel schedule will subside, but the strength of schedule will stiffen up even more as the Matadors will face three 2011 bowl game participants during the last four weeks of the 2012 campaign. Their first home game in nearly a month will actually culminate Homecoming festivities for AWC on Saturday, October 20th. After a full week of Homecoming Week events on campus, Homecoming Day will begin at 11:30AM with the 8th Annual Matador Football Homecoming Luncheon at Outback Steakhouse (16th Street near Arizona Avenue in Yuma). The scene will then shift to the ‘The House’-AWC’s home gymnasium-at 2PM, where the AWC Lady Matadors’ Volleyball team will square off against Division I rival Central Arizona College in a key late-season ACCAC Volleyball clash. Finally, the culmination of the day starts at 7PM at ‘The Vet’ as the Matadors will host the Mesa Thunderbirds in WSFL action, with homecoming festivities to be held at halftime of the game. One week later on Saturday night, October 27th, two perennial powerhouses will square off at ‘The Vet’ to try to ruin each other’s postseason chances as the Matadors host last year’s Valley of the Sun Bowl hosts from Glendale Community College. The Matadors will begin November by making their longest conference road trip of the season, heading to Roswell, New Mexico, to face 2011 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl participants New Mexico Military Institute in a 1PM (Arizona time) tilt. Fittingly, the regular season will end with what has been the game that has ultimately decided the WSFL Champion the last three years as the Matadors will host the Snow College Badgers on Saturday night, November 10th, at ‘The Vet’. All home games will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium-which is just ¼ mile west of the AWC campus on 24th Street near Araby Road in Yuma-and all home games will start at 7PM.
All 10 Matador Football games will once again be broadcast on the radio (SportsRadio 560 KBLU in Yuma) & internet audio (azwestern.edu/athletics & kbluam.com) legs of the Matador Sports Network. All 5 Matador Football home games will again be broadcast live on the television leg of the Matador Sports Network by AWC TV (Time-Warner Cable Channel 74), and AWC TV’s signal will be video streamed on the Matador Sports Network page on the Matador Athletics website (http://www.azwestern.edu/student_services/athletics/Sports_Network.html) as well as via the Ustream app, which is available on IPhone, IPad, Android, and Windows Phone (it can also be seen on Google TV and Boxee set-top boxes)