The Badger football team traveled to Yuma, Arizona to take on the Arizona Western College Matadors on Sep. 12, 2015.
Snow College entered the game ranked no. 6 in the NJCAA and played a game that showed exactly why. The Badgers beat the Matadors in a convincing 35-10 victory, pushing Snow’s record to 2-0 on the year.
Stefan Cantwell had another great showing at the helm of the Badger offense, throwing for 296 yards as well as four touchdowns.
Snow’s defense made a statement as well by forcing four turnovers and nine sacks. Three of these sacks came from sophomore defensive back Cardon Malan, who led the NJCAA with 6.5 sacks after the game.
Freshman safety Jantz Arborn commented on the Badger’s performance against the Matador’s saying, “I felt like we came out strong, we came out fast on offense and came out firing. I felt like the defense then finished strong.”
Regarding the next game against Scottsdale, Arborn said, “We are ready to go 3-0.”
The Badgers did just that as they defeated the no. 18 ranked Scottsdale Community College Artichokes 31-14 on Sep. 19.
The matchup against Scottsdale was highly anticipated, as the Artichokes played spoiler during Snow’s last season, being the only team to defeat the Badgers. The convincing victory pushed the Badgers to gain a no. 5 ranking in the NJCAA as they went into their homecoming game against the Gauchos of Glendale Community College on Sep. 26.
Snow beat the Gauchos 24-0 to complete their first shutout of the season. The Badger defense stayed tough as they held the Gaucho offense to 180 yards and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Malan tacked on two more sacks pushing his season total to 8.5, which is now second in the NJCAA.
On the other side of the ball, Cantwell threw for 155 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter. The Badger rushing game was solid as they combined for 224 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run by Josh Labrador midway through the final quarter to seal the victory.
Snow looks to continue their undefeated season as they travel south to take on the Phoenix College Bears on Oct. 3.