Snow College fans are a little disappointed as Snow dropped to 8th in the national rankings after suffering their first loss of the season against Eastern Arizona. The Badgers jumped to 2nd in the nation after a 60-point performance against Phoenix, and a dramatic home victory over New Mexico Military. The undefeated season ended there as they lost their seventh game of the season.
Snow’s hard work has shown in the dramatic improvement seen in the team from week one, when the Badgers held on at the last minute to secure an opening win against Mesa Community College. Since then, Snow has posted impressive wins over Arizona Western and Scottsdale Community College, both of whom were ranked at the time. Snow also posted a shutout win over Glendale, and beat an offensive-minded Phoenix team at their own game by lighting up the scoreboard, 60-42. The Badgers would then come back to win a nail biter over New Mexico Military Institute.
Defensive back Jantz Arbon commented on the team’s successes by saying, “I would really have to say it’s the coaches. The coaches have really helped us focus, helped us prepare, and just as a team, we’re all really super unified. We’re playing the best that we can.”
Snow College scored in a variety of ways against the Phoenix College Bears. QB Stefan Cantwell passed for 405 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and the running game kept the scoreboard on fire with four touchdowns between running backs Josh Labrador and Stephen Shepard. “Our offense came out and just ‘balled’,” says cornerback Parker Preator. “We were hitting all our plays that we had practiced all week. They just executed and did really good. Our defense just held up as long as we needed to.” The defense excelled against Phoenix, totaling four interceptions for 162 yards.
When Snow hosted New Mexico Military Institute, NMMI gave the Badgers everything they had, including a late lead of 37-31 in the fourth. Thanks to a spectacular touchdown catch by Tamalii Campbell and a game-ending blocked field goal, Snow sealed the win, 38-37. Campbell said after the game, “It’s probably one of the greatest feelings in the world to score a game-winning touchdown.”
All the magic came to a screeching halt when the Badgers fell short in a familiar place. They lost at Eastern Arizona for the third straight time. After an early lead, the Badgers were up 27-9 in the third quarter behind the great performance of QB Stefan Cantwell, who threw for three touchdowns. The Gila Monsters answered back with 28 unanswered points to win their homecoming game and drop Snow from their undefeated record.
Coach Britt Maughan has been proud of the performance of his team thus far. “It’s a credit to how Snow’s been in the past,” he said in regards to the rankings. “A lot of rankings go off the perception of people. We are 6-1, and we’ve beat some good teams, but a lot of that has to do with how Snow’s been good in the past.” Maughan continued, “It’s a nice little pat on the back.”