Ephraim, Utah – fresh off their victory against Phoenix College, the Snow College Badgers took to the field against the tenth ranked Matadors of Arizona Western College (AWC) who were looking for an easy victory.
What the Matadors got was a game as the Badgers throttled their guests, 41-28, to earn a second straight wins.
Snow College came out spirited in the first half, as quarterback Crosby Jensen threw touchdown passes to Landon Horne and Tyler Barron, and running back Daniel Palepoi ran 29 yards for a third touchdown. At halftime, the Badgers led 21-0.
In The second half AWC showed why it is the tenth ranked team in the nation, as the Matadors scored their first points when quarterback Tyler Rogers faked a handoff and ran two yards untouched into the end zone. But Snow answered back with a 37-yard field goal by Spencer Groner and a 37-yard scoring pass from Jensen to Horne to take its biggest lead of the game, 31-7, heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, the Matadors reached the end zone three more times, but the Badgers kept answering, first with a 32-yard Groner field goal and then a three-yard Kalama Molisi run, to claimed the victory 41-28. For his efforts, Groner was named the Western States Football League (WSFL) Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Badger defense was impenetrable, holding the Matadors to only 67 rushing yards, intercepting the ball twice and forcing a fumble. Snow College’s offense looked equally as impressive, racking up 433 yards of total offense.
Snow was excellent through the air, with Jensen amassing 265 yards and 3 three touchdowns with no interceptions while completing 20 of his 28 passes.
Following their 35-0 win over Phoenix a week earlier, this is the second home win for the Badgers puts them at 3-6 for the year, while Arizona Western lost only its second game of the season on the field. In a surprise announcement on Monday following the game, the NJCAA stripped the Matadors of five wins in their first six games of the season, dropping them from second to seventh place in the Western States Football League. The action was taken because AWC failed to submit proper paperwork on two players who transferred from another junior college.
The Badgers now get ready for action in the WSFL playoffs. And it will be like “déjà vu all over again” as the shaken up league standings have the Matadors returning to Ephraim to take another shot at the Badgers on Nov. 2. It will be a rematch in which both teams have something to prove.