The Snow College Badgers qualified for the Western States Football League (WSFL) championship game after defeating New Mexico Military Institute in the semifinal round. The Badgers then faced off against the Pima Community College Aztecs in the conference championship and secured the WSFL title with a 26-16 victory.
Snow entered the game ranked no. 3 in the nation and had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Badgers opened up the game quickly with an opening drive that lasted just under five minutes and resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Stephen Shepard. Snow retained the lead through the remainder of the game following their opening score.
Badger quarterback Stefan Cantwell was responsible for 203 yards passing and one touchdown which came on a completion to wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman, resulting in a 72-yard play. Shepard was the rushing leader with 91 yards which included the other two Snow College touchdowns.
Kicker Moose Bingham made both field goals he attempted, including a 50-yard try that is tied for the third-longest kick in the NJCAA this year.
Snow showed strength on both sides of the ball by winning the turnover battle as the offense did not give up any turnovers, and the defense claimed two takeaways.
The Badger defense was successful in limiting the Aztec attack as they held Pima to 233 yards of total offense, adding on nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Defensive back Cody Barlow commented on the game by saying, “We stayed focused and treated the championship like any other game. We knew the stakes were high, but we worked hard and were confident in our preparation.”
Barlow also mentioned the next step for the Badgers as they prepare for their postseason matchup, “We still have more to accomplish with our bowl game coming up… We are excited to play in the bowl game because it gives us another chance to play as a team, and we can end the season with another win and possibly another championship.”
The NJCAA announced on Nov. 17 that no. 3 ranked Snow will play no. 9 ranked Dodge City Community College in the Salt City Bowl. The game will be played in Hutchinson, KS, on Dec. 5, 2015.