Badger football begins season with 63-18 win

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Snow College tight end Austin Griffith brings in a 34-yard touchdown thrown by Garrison Beach during the first quarter of Friday night’s game.

EPHRAIM—In a home football opener played in front of a big and boisterous crowd Friday night, the Snow College Badgers blew out Southern University Shreveport, 63-18.

The game was the second in the season, which was postponed from last fall. On Saturday, March 27, the Badgers beat second-ranked Iowa Western Community College 31-30 by coming back from 12 points behind in the fourth quarter to win.

Friday was not the nail-biter Snow experienced in Iowa. The Badgers wasted no time setting the offensive tone with a balanced running and passing attack against the Southern Shreveport Jaguars from Louisiana.

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Snow College running back Sione Molisi cuts around a block from teammate Peyton Beck for a first down after catching a screen pass.

Their first drive of the game included two running plays by Sione Molisi and a screen pass he caught for a first down. Quarterback Garrison Beach completed both of his other two pass attempts on the drive, one for a first down and a 30-yard touchdown to Tejhaun Palmer less than two minutes into the game.

Fans enjoyed the blowout in beautiful weather. The scene including a lively student section and band that chimed in with renditions of classic stadium music as well as contemporary songs.

Southern Shreveport managed to put its first six points on the board early in the second quarter, but only after Snow had scored 28 points, including six from another touchdown to Palmer. He hauled in three total touchdown passes on the night, including one he had to wrestle from the grasp of a defender who had a chance to come away with an interception.

At halftime, Snow led 49-6, with Beach having thrown for each score, a total of seven touchdown passes.

Shreveport scored first in the second half on its second rushing touchdown of the contest just inside the 10-minute mark of the third quarter.

Barely a minute later, Snow running back Soma Helmu dodged his way through a crowd of linemen and broke free from a hand holding his jersey to score Snow’s first rushing touchdown of the night.

Snow got the ball back after a quick defensive stop.  Running back Seth Kaelin took a handoff from the 34-yard line for another six points. Kicker Stockton Lund scored the Badgers’ 63rd and final point of the night. He kicked a perfect seven of seven extra points.

Before the game, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the field under a new name, “Terry Foote Stadium.” It was formerly known as “Badger Stadium.”

The team will next play in Scranton, Pennsylvania at Lackawanna College on Saturday.

On Saturday, April 17, the Badgers will host ASA College of Miami, Florida for the homecoming game.

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Snow president Brad Cook bumps knuckles with one of the students showing school spirit with a painted torso.