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EAC's Gila Monster Football team invited to the Aztec Bowl

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EAC's Gila Monster Football team invited to the Aztec Bowl

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Gila Monster Football team, after finishing a record-tying 9-2 season, has been invited to play at its first-ever bowl game, the Aztec Bowl, on Wednesday, December 5. The game will be played at the University of Chihuahua’s new 30,000-seat Estadio Olimpico Universitario in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The Aztec Bowl is the 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-Mexico match-up and have been played in various cities around Mexico.

The Gila Monsters will be playing an all-star team, made up of the best players of Mexico’s four-year universities from Mexico’s National Conference in the Mexican college football league.

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.”

The game will be played at 6 p.m. MST and will be broadcast locally on KATO 1230 AM with Lee Patterson.