YUMA, AZ – The #12 Arizona Western College Matadors came out on the attack and never let up as they defeated the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos by a final of 45-10 Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma.
With the victory, the 12th ranked AWC Matadors improve to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in Western States Football League play. With the loss, the NMMI Broncos fall to 0-1 on the season and 0-1 in WSFL play.
The Matadors and Broncos used half of the first quarter to feel each other out and get back into game action. But around the mid-mark of the first quarter, AWC struck for their first points of the season behind an Edgar Gastelum (Yuma, AZ) 29 yard field goal.
Two minutes later, the Matadors were back in the scoring column; this time because of the defensive side of the ball. Defensive back Cortez Davis intercepted a pass from Rodney Holcomb and took it 35 yards for a touchdown, sending the Matadors to a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play.
In the second quarter, NMMI struck first with a 38 yard interception for a touchdown by defensive back Sir Vegias Steele on a QB rush by the Bronco defensive line on Matador QB Cid Camanse Stevens.
Following the INT, the Matadors struck for four straight touchdowns, two in the second quarter and another two more in the third quarter. The Broncos got on the board early in the fourth quarter with a field goal to make it 38-10, but then AWC quickly responded with another touchdown to bring the final score to 45-10.
Arizona Western was led offensively by redshirt sophomore running back Dami Ayoola, who had 21 rushing attempts and gained 131 yards. Ayoola also caught one pass for 30 yards. Freshman Darrell Monroe rushed eight times for 92 yards and two TD’s, and also caught one pass for 15 yards and a touchdown.
The Matadors will now embark on a two-game roadtrip starting next week in Scottsdale, to battle the Fighting Artichokes. Opening kick-off is scheduled for 7pm, and you can catch all of the action on your radio home for the Matadors; 560 KBLU-AM. Our pre-game coverage will get underway at 6:50pm, leading to the opening kick-off at 7pm.