Snow will face Iowa Western, the only team to beat the Badgers
There’s a reason the Snow College football team is still practicing.
It’s because the Badgers finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation and they have been invited to participate in the first ever National Junior College Athletic Association Playoff.
This is the first year that the NJCAA has initiated a playoff system similar to the NCAA, with the top four teams playing to determine the national champion.
Undefeated Iowa Western is the No. 1 seed and will host the Badgers on Saturday, Dec. 4. This is the same Iowa Western team that handed Snow College their only loss this year. It was a three-point loss that the Badgers are hoping to avenge in a rematch.
“Iowa Western is a very, very good team,” said Snow’s Coach Zac Erekson. “No excuses, they beat us. We had a lot of things going on that week and we didn’t play our best game of the year and you have to play your best against the best. I’m hoping we can play up to our potential this Saturday.”
In the other matchup, New Mexico Military ranked No. 2 with a 10-1 record will host Northwest Mississippi with a record of 9-2. The winners of the semi-final games will then travel to Little Rock, Ark. to play for the national championship.
“One game at a time for sure,” said Erekson. “But it would really be nice to get back to the championship game. We feel like there’s still some unfinished business there too. One game at a time. Iowa Western will be a big challenge.”
The game broadcast will be determined by the NJCAA. At press time, that decision had not been finalized on whether or not it would be covered by KMTI. Check snowbadgers.com for more information.