Playing Snow College and Glendale once is a tall enough task. Playing them twice has likely ended the Scottsdale Community College football team’s bowl hopes.
The defection of Dixie State from the Western States Football League to Division II left a gap in the Artichokes’ schedule, and they were forced to pick up games against the top two teams in the conference.
The two contests didn’t count toward the league standings, but, coupled with the two WSFL games, it gave Scottsdale a combined four losses. The Artichokes are 5-0 against the rest of the teams on their schedule with a game against Eastern Arizona on Saturday.
Even with a win, a 6-4 record means a chance at postseason is highly unlikely, but Scottsdale isn’t feeling sorry for itself.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of trying to find motivation,” Scottsdale coach Doug Madoski said. “The opportunity to go out and compete is enough motivation.”
There’s still a week before his team steps onto the NJCAA’s biggest stage, so all Mesa coach Tim Barmettler wants from his Thunderbirds is for them to take some time off.
Beset by injuries throughout the season, Mesa is trying to get as healthy as possible before traveling to Albany, Ga., next week for the national tournament.
“It’s tough because normally we train as hard as we possibly can for the next week, but with our health situation, I have to be more cautious,” Barmettler said.
Mesa has a chance to get Brittany Wilds back for the tournament.
Wilds, one of the team’s best players, broke her foot two months ago and is questionable to play.
Kelly Wallace returned from injury in a 1-0 win over Cisco, Texas, last week, giving the Thunderbirds a lot of valuable minutes, Barmettler said.
Mesa kicks off the tournament with a game against Schoolcraft (Mich.) College at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Yavapai advanced to the NJCAA national championship tournament with a 2-0 win over North Idaho in the West District championship game.
The Roughriders have made the tournament in 16 of the past 17 years with five national titles.
The tournament begins Thursday in Tyler, Texas.