YUMA, AZ – It has been a rewarding week for the Matador football team this week, as they were selected to play in this year’s Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl, and now they have over four players named to each the WSFL and ACCAC teams of the year; including the Defensive Player of the Year for both the WSFL and ACCAC in linebacker Antonio Kinard.
Kinard this season has played in ten games totaling 96 tackles, one and a half sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception. Kinard has 36 more tackles than the next closest Matador on the stat sheet, which happens to be Jordan Anderson.
On the WSFL awards list, four Matadors were named to the first team, while one was named to the second team. Center Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy, defensive lineman Anthony Olobia, linebacker Antonio Kinard, and defensive back Myrick Gwynn all represented the Matadors on the First Team All WSFL list.
Leading receiver Cody Hollister was the lone Matador voted to the Second Team All WSFL list.
In the ACCAC list, wide receiver Cody Hollister was joined by center Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy, defensive lineman Anthony Olobia, linebacker Antonio Kinard, and defensive back Myrick Gwynn on the First Team All ACCAC list.
Leading rusher Brandon Gainer was the lone Matador voted to the Second Team All ACCAC list.
“This team has gone through so much adversity this season, that it’s great to see these young men get the awards they deserve, “ said Athletic Director Jerry Smith. “Even though the awards go out to the individuals themselves, it’s still a team victory!”
The 2013 Fisher Automotive El Toro Bowl will be played at 1PM on Saturday afternoon, December 7th, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, which is just ¼ mile west of the AWC campus on 24th Street near Araby Road in Yuma. Tickets are on sale now, with all seats being reserved seats for just $13. Fans can purchase tickets at the Caballeros de Yuma Office (180 First Street in Yuma (in the old Yuma City Hall building), the AWC Athletics Office (the southwest corner of the gymnasium building on the AWC campus), or online by visiting www.eltorobowl.com. For ticket information, a rundown of game-day events, and a full schedule of the week’s activities, fans can log on to the bowl’s official website: www.eltorobowl.com. Proceeds from the bowl game and its related events will benefit several areas, including scholarships at Arizona Western College, as well as allow the Caballeros de Yuma to continue to provide and attract events that positively impact the quality of life in the Yuma community.