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Snow Badgers win close game over Glendale Gouchos, 14-10

Snow Badgers win close game over Glendale Gouchos, 14-10

 

Bob Bahlmann

Staff writer

9-15-2016

 

GLENDALE, ARIZ.—The Snow College football team opened Western States Football League (WSFL) play last Saturday Sept. 10 with a road trip to Glendale Arizona.

The matchup between two top-20 teams and lived up to it’s billing with the Badgers earning a close 14-10 win over the Gauchos.

Badger coach Britt Maughn knew the contest would be a tough one. “The road to the national championship goes through Glendale,” he said. The second-ranked Badgers definitely had their hands full with the 18th-ranked Gauchos in what turned out to be a defensive battle.

Snow used a good mix of running and passing to get into Glendale territory on their first drive of the game. Still, Snow had to convert on a fourth-down play to set up the first score of the game, a 6-yard pass from Justin Miller to Brandon Jones. The time-eating drive went 65 yards to give Snow a 7-0 lead.

Glendale missed a field-goal attempt midway through the second quarter, but then found the end zone on a halfback pass to tie the game at seven at the half.

The Gauchos were threatening in the third, but a sack by Dreshown Dean cost Glendale 6 yards and forced a punt.

Snow took advantage of the defensive stop when Miller connected with Arlonzo Simpson.  Simpson evaded tacklers diagonally across the field and outran the defense for a 75-yard touchdown reception. The PAT by Austin Pulver gave Snow the lead again at 14-7.

The Badger defense had the Gaucho quarterback scrambling the entire second half. Connor Taylor got a sack to stop a Glendale drive, but on their next possession the Gauchos kicked a field goal to pull within four points.

With time running out, Glendale was threatening. At first and ten from the Badger 30, things looked good for the Gauchos. But not if the Badger defense had anything to say.  Jagger Wall got his second sack of the game to set up a fourth and 20 for Glendale. Braxton Winterton sealed the win for Snow when he intercepted the Gaucho pass.

This week the Badgers will host Mesa Community College on Saturday Sept. 17 in Ephraim. The Thunderbirds will be another tough WSFL matchup for Snow.

Mesa opened the season with a close 43-42 loss to Phoenix, but last week took it to Eastern Arizona, the only team to beat the Badgers last year, 25-17.