Mesa Community College’s football team neared the completion of a turnaround season by defeating Glendale Community College 31-17 Saturday and grabbing a spot in the Valley of the Sun Bowl.
MCC (7-2, 5-2 in the WSFL) will await the announcement of its opponent for the Dec. 1 game to be played on its home field, Riggs Stadium.
“The kids who suffered through the 2-7 season last year are now 7-2 and are experiencing a complete turnaround, and everyone is feeling good,” MCC coach Dan Dunn said. “This has been a great team and in the process, our kids are starting to get looks from other schools.”
One of those, quarterback Dax Crum, was 25 of 31 for 250 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday’s game. The Scottsdale Horizon High graduate, who continues to lead the WSFL in touchdown passes and passing yards, has been in touch with Washington State and Wyoming.
Dunn said the team had some “great efforts” in the win over Glendale (5-4, 4-3), including Brice Wilkins, a Mesa Westwood graduate, who had 12 catches for 96 yards.
MCC finishes its regular-season against Arizona Western in Yuma this weekend, a team it has already beaten, in the opener.
The Thunderbirds won that game 28-6, but Dunn said finishing 8-2 will not necessarily be easy.
“We got a lot of good breaks in that game,” Dunn said. “A couple of our scores were from our defensive and special teams.
“(Arizona Western) beat Glendale two weeks ago but then lost to New Mexico (Military Institute) the following week. It’ll be a case whether they bring their ‘A-team’ or their ‘B-team’.”