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Badgers will play in El Toro Bowl in Yuma, Arizona

Badgers will play in El Toro

Bowl in Yuma, Arizona

 

By Lyle Fletcher

Staff writer

Nov. 23, 2017

 

EPHRAIM—Snow’s football team has been invited to one of the top junior college bowls in the nation.

The Badgers, No. 6 in the rankings, will take on Blinn College of Texas, ranked No. 10, in the El Toro Bowl at Veterans Stadium in Yuma, Ariz., on Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m., according to the Snow College press release announcing Snow’s acceptance of the bowl invitation.

Snow (9-1) won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title in 1985 and competed in national title games in 2007 and 2008.

The Badgers finished the 2017 season with a 5-1 league record—their lone loss was to No. 2 Arizona Western by two points, 29-27.

Located in Brenham, Texas, the Buccaneers of Blinn (6-3) have won four national titles, with the last one in 2009.

The El Toro Bowl will feature a matchup of two of the top rushing teams in the nation.

This season, Snow scored 50.9 points per game, which is the best in the nation.

The Badgers are fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 287.2.

Snow’s running back D’Arman Notoa scored 15 touchdowns on the ground, averaging 110.3 yards per game and 7.2 yards per carry.

Badger Jaylen Warren averaged 97.6 yards per game and 7.6 yards per carry, with eight touchdowns.

Blinn is 11th in the nation in their ground game, averaging 233.3 rushing yards per game.

Blinn’s freshman running back Carlos Grace has racked up 1,146 yards on 231 carries, taking the ball into the end zone 11 times.

The El Toro Bowl returned in 2011, and the bowl game has been the NJCAA Football Championship twice.