Badgers Overcome AZ-Western Horror, Handle Pima

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The Snow College Badgers redeemed themselves in some measure in a 43-37 comeback win over the Pima Community College Aztecs after suffering a crushing defeat against Arizona Western, 50-14.

The Badgers were up to No. 6 in national polls following a victory over Air Force Prep. The following bye week allowed for rest and preparation before facing the undefeated No. 1 Matadors.

It clearly wasn’t enough when the time came, and AZ-Western proved why they were No. 1, as they throttled Snow by 36 points. For Snow, it was the worst defeat they’ve had this decade, and the most lopsided defeat in head coach, Britt Maughan’s career.

The clear difference maker in the game was the dominance of the Matador secondary, as Snow quarterback Justin Miller threw for less than 200 yards on 19 of 42 passing and a soul-destroying six interceptions. Miller was replaced late in the game by QB Jake Lloyd, who tossed for 41 yards on 3-5 passing in relief.

After a tough weekend, the Badgers regrouped and prepared for Snow’s Homecoming game against Pima.

After two quarters, not much looked like it was about to change for the struggling home team, down 20-16. The Badgers first points came after the Aztecs second touchdown when sophomore safety, Jantz Arbon picked up a blocked extra point and took it all the way back for two.

The miracle points marked the beginning of a gradual turnaround for the Badger offense. A few drives later, Miller connected with sophomore tight end, Brandon Jones for an 80-yard touchdown. The next drive for Snow, Miller had another long touchdown, this one for 79 yards from freshman wide receiver, Kiwa Mo’o, his first of two touchdowns on the day.

The game continued to be back and forth all day, and at one point, the game looked lost for the Badgers. Midway through the third quarter, Snow was down 30-16 after a Miller interception when Pima QB Justin Martin marched in another touchdown.

That was when Snow turned it on full blast. The Badgers scored touchdowns on the next three straight possessions on touchdown passes to Mo’o and sophomore wide receiver, Alex Croyle, as well as a touchdown run from backup running back, Daymon Murray. A short time later, sophomore back Calief Samon ran in another score from 37 yards for the final Badger touchdown. Samon and Murray shouldered the weight of the rush offense in replacement for injured starters, Josh Labrador and Shaquille Delli.

The Badgers have a bye week before traveling to face Eastern Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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