Santa drops in for El Toro Bowl
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.
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.