Santa drops in for El Toro Bowl

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Parachut­ing spe­cial­ist Jay Stokes, dressed as Santa Claus (above) and at­tached to an Ari­zona Western Col­lege flag, parachutes into Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium with the game ball for Satur­day’s 10th an­nual El Toro Bowl be­tween the Mata­dors and Lack­awanna Col­lege. AWC quar­ter­back Lo­gan Byrd (left in photo at right) looks for some run­ning room as he is pur­sued by Lack­awanna Col­lege’s Chima Dunga dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter.

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Ari­zona Western Col­lege’s Bryce Beek­man (11) drops Lack­awanna Col­lege’s Har­ri­son Dre­her for a loss dur­ing the first quar­ter of Satur­day’s 10th an­nual El Toro Bowl at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. AWC’s Chris­tian Gomez prays by him­self (bot­tom left) along the side­line be­fore the start of the game. AWC’s Ryan McClain (55) tries un­suc­cess­fully to block a punt (bot­tom right) by Lack­awanna Col­lege’s Syl­vanus Wai­bogha dur­ing the first quar­ter.

AWC tries un­suc­cess­fully to block a field goal at­tempt (right) by Lack­awanna Col­lege’s Isa­iah Howard on the last play of the first half of the game. As the ref­eree ap­proaches, parachut­ing spe­cial­ist Jay Stokes, dressed as Santa Claus (be­low), pro­duces the game ball after parachut­ing into Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium for the game.

AWC’s Jaylin Ban­ner­man car­ries an AWC flag as he leads his team­mates to the side­line and a wait­ing head coach Tom Min­nick be­fore the start of the game.

AWC’s Alphonzo Gra­ham (26) looks for some run­ning room (right) be­tween Lack­awanna Col­lege de­fend­ers Fredrick Squires (left) and An­dre Black­ett dur­ing the first quar­ter.

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