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The Badgers "execute with exactness" on offense. Here Calief Samon (No.1) blasts through a hole opened up by Tucker Hurd (left No. 79) and Brandon Jones (right No. 89). - Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

The Badgers “execute with exactness” on offense. Here Calief Samon (No.1) blasts through a hole opened up by Tucker Hurd (left No. 79) and Brandon Jones (right No. 89). – Bob Bahlmann / Messenger photo

 

Badgers polish off Artichokes 36-14, final season game coming up

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

11-10-2016

 

EPHRAIM—Going into last Saturday’s football game against Scottsdale, Badger Head Coach Britt Maughn listed three keys to defeating the Artichokes. “We need to play great defense,” he said. “Execute with exactness on offense and on special teams set up our offense for scores.”

The Badgers accomplished all three of those tasks in their 36-14 win over Scottsdale.

At the end of the first half, the score was deadlocked at 14 each, but the second half was all Snow. On back-to-back kicks, the Badger special teams forced Artichoke fumbles deep in Scottsdale territory. Both turnovers resulted in field goals for Snow.

Offensively the Badgers were able to establish their running game with 166 net rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Calief Samon led the Badgers with 78 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury late in the game. Daymon Murray had 52 yards and a touchdown, Malik Overstreet had a 13-yard TD run, Kiwa Mo’O had 16 yards.

In a balanced offensive attack, Justin Miller completed 18 of 29 passes for 183 yards. Alex Croyle had the only passing touchdown of the game for the Badgers, a reception he had to battle two defenders for at the goal line. Croyle had eight catches for 83 yards. Brandon Jones caught six for 43 yards, Mo’O had a 30-yard reception, Ruben Saint Jean had 22 yards and Overstreet had 16.

Defensively, Snow kept Scottsdale out of the end zone in the second half to allow the offense to run away with the game. The Badgers had two fumble recoveries, one each by Simote Iloa and Roman Waiters. Blake Miller and Beaver Ho Chin each had an interception. The defense also scored on a safety.

Ofa Latu led the defense with 18 tackles. Dax Eisinger had 15, Jojo Henderson had nine and Ben Bergeson had seven.

The Badgers have one regular season game remaining. They will be at home this Saturday as they host Phoenix. The Bears are 2-4 on the year, and a win would help Snow in their hopes of a bowl game invitation.