Eastern Arizona to Face Mexican
All-Stars in First-Ever Chihuahua Bowl
THATCHER, AZ (November 28, 2007) - After posting a 9-2 record
and a second place finish in the Western States Football League,
the 13th-ranked Eastern Arizona College Gila Monster football team
will be playing in the post-season for the first time in school
history. EAC officials have accepted an invitation for their football
squad to play in an USA vs. Mexico match-up on Wednesday, Dec. 5
in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The Gila Monsters will be playing in the first-ever Chihuahua Bowl,
which is the lead-up game this year to the annual Aztec Bowl on
Eastern Arizona will play a Mexico all-star team made up of the
best players of Mexico's four-year universities from the Mexican
National Conference (the second division of collegiate American
football in Mexico). The game will take place on Wednesday, Dec.
5 at 6 p.m. in the University of Chihuahua's new 30,000 seat Estadio
The Aztec Bowl is the long-standing, traditional season-ending
game for Mexico's college football season. This year's bowl is the
37th game since it's inception in 1947. The last nine contests have
featured a United States all-star team made up of NCAA Division
III players against a Mexico all-star team made up of the best players
from Mexico's Liga Mayor Conference (the highest level of collegiate
American football in Mexico).
Billed as a contest between the United States and Mexico, game
officials are expecting a crowd of well over 25,000 spectators.
"This is such an honor for the school and the program,"
said John O'Mera, EAC's head football coach. "We've been talking
about wanting to go to a bowl game and now is our chance. And because
we'll be representing not only the school but also our country,
it will be really special for our players and for us as coaches."
EAC is the second NJCAA football team to participate in the Aztec
Bowl festivities. Mesabi Range Community & Tech College (Minn.)
took part in the 1970 Aztec Bowl, falling to the Mexican All-Stars
The game will be played at 6 p.m. MST and will be broadcast locally
on KATO 1230 AM in Stafford, Ariz., and on Southwest Sports Network
(www.swsn.net). For more information on the game and the Aztec Bowl
visit www.aztecbowl.com , www.onefa.org (Spanish website) and www.tackleo.com