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Badgers to play for football national championship

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Defensive back Xavier Long and defensive lineman Robert Fuentes swarm a Gila River ball-carrier during a home blowout the Badgers won, 75-14, on Saturday, April 24.

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS—After going undefeated in the regular season, the Snow College football team is going to the national championship.

The second-ranked Badgers will face the No. 1 Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons from Kansas for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division-I title. Hutchinson went 7-0 during the regular season.

The championship game will take place on Saturday, June 5 at 3 p.m. MT at the historic War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas. It will be broadcasted on CBS Sports Network.

The game will give Snow the opportunity to take home its second national championship. The team won its first in 1985 against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The game was played in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

That year, the team landed 15 players on the first and second team all-conference lists.

The 2021 season began with a comeback victory at Iowa Western, which was ranked second at the time. The final score was 31-30.

Since then, the narrowest margin of victory has been by 20 points. The Badgers won five of their regular-season games by 40 points or more, and three of them by at least 50.

The last time Snow went undefeated in the regular season was in 2008. They have now done so four times in total since the 1985 national-championship season.

Even besides the unusual nature of the past year due to the pandemic and the season being played in the spring for the first time, it has been a groundbreaking season for Snow. For the second time, the team played independent of a conference this year.

Hutchinson, a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, enters the contest seeking the school’s first title in football. The undefeated season it achieved in 2021 was the third in the program’s history.

The Blue Dragons outscored opponents by an average margin of 36.3 points in the regular season, compared to Snow’s average victory margin of 37.6.

Tickets to the game are available at njcaa.org/sports/fball.