Many athletes come to MCC to use it as a stepping stone to get them into Division 1 program.
Starting quarterback Justin Sieczkowski hopes and plans to do the same, but his story is different than most because he wants to become a Division 1 athlete for the second time.
Sieczkowski has played quarterback since he was 8 years old in Pop Warner, a non-profit organization that provides youth football, cheer and dance programs nationally and internationally.
He attended Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, Ariz., where he excelled as a two-sport athlete in basketball and football lettering in both three times.
But football was his niche as he received all region honors his senior year and recorded 27 touchdowns, including six rushing in his junior year and 33 touchdowns in nine games in his senior year.
It was good enough for him to receive an offer to play at ASU, and he did so for a year.
“I was kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons,” Sieczkowski said. “So then I decided to join a junior college.”
“I got a call from coach Tony McClain, and he said they would take me at MCC and offer me a scholarship, and I said I would love to play at Mesa,” Sieczkowski said. “I don’t think I would do much differently. I enjoyed my time at ASU. I learned a lot, but I’m happy where I’m at now.”
The offense in particular and the team in general have had a tough time so far this season, but Sieczkowski thinks the team will turn it around.
“I feel like our team can go out there and win some games this year. There is still a lot of time left and we will pull it together,” Sieczkowski said. “We have to look at it as next week is our first game and our most important game.”
Sieczkowski wants football to continue to be a part of his future.
“I feel like coach Croshaw has a lot of connections to the next level, and I’m definitely looking (forward) to (playing) Division I football, if not this year, next year,” Sieczkowski said. “I want to keep going out there showcasing my talents, playing football and having fun.”
“I just need to go out there and perform, and I feel like I’m going to do that for the rest of the year.”