EAC's loss was certainly Pima's gain. After go-to guy David Gooch went down with a knee injury, Mathieu stepped up big time with 31 catches for 630 yards and 4 TDs. He turned in an 11 catch, 198-yard performance against the eventual WSFL champs, Dixie state College. His yards were 27 more than what the Dixie offense generated that night.
"They couldn't stop him all night, even when they brought a safety over to help the corner. They (Pima) still lost 20-6, but you have to admit that he had a great individual effort in front of a ton of D1 scouts," said Mathieu's brother Len.
Pima assistant coach Doug Holland sees his young receiver as a possession-type at the next level.
"He runs precision routes and has a 4.56 electronic forty. Marc's great underneath," said Holland
Earlier in the year several four-year schools were showing strong interest in Mathieu with West Virginia being the most serious. Coaches from Oregon State and Colorado State also came calling. Holland believes that the Mountaineers lead, but at press time an official offer had not come.
Marc graduated from Mountain View HS in Arizona and will graduate from Pima this December.