GAINSVILLE, Fla.-The Snow College football team left little doubt of the outcome of the game Saturday night as they scored quickly and played the entire game without punting on their way to an 84-7 win over McDougal Technical Institute.
“We came into this game wanting and needing to work on some different areas of our game,” said Snow’s football Coach Zac Erekson. “We haven’t needed to pass the ball in our first two wins, so we haven’t had the opportunity to work on that aspect of our offense.”
The Badgers were able to throw for 119 yards, but it was the running game that carried the weight of the work. Targhee Lambson rushed for 190 yards on just 11 carries, including a long run of 90 yards. Seth Kaelin got his first action of the season and picked up 77 yards on just six carries. In all Snow College amassed 364 yards on 31 carries.
“But we know it all begins on the line of scrimmage with our linemen. We’ve been able to control the line of scrimmage and that’s where our success comes from.”
Snow quarterback Tommy McGrath threw for four touchdowns on 84 yards of completions. Wide receivers Taylor Larsen racked up 50 yards and a touchdown; while Marquis Montgomery, Elijah Ervin and Tevita Noa also had touchdowns for Snow College.
“We still need to work on the passing game,” said Erekson. “You can work on things in practice all you want, but it doesn’t prepare you for game situations. We need to pass more to set up the timing between McGrath and his receivers.”
The Badger defense gave up its first points of the season on a 42 yard touchdown pass from McDougal’s Kohl Meisman to Mario Bynes Jr.
“Those points are on me, not the defense,” said Erekson. “The defense held and forced the punt, but we took a penalty that made them punt again and then we got a penalty that gave the Bison the ball back. That’s totally on me.”
It seems the only weakness the Badgers have at this point is penalties, said Snow College communications specialist Gary Chidester. Snow College was penalized 14 times for over 140 yards.
“We’ve got to clean up the penalties for sure,” said Erekson. “If we have penalties like the ones we are getting against a really good team like the ones we are going to face it could be the difference between winning and losing.”
The Badgers will have Homecoming this week as they host Community Christian College at 7 p.m. in Terry Foote Stadium. Snow is now 3-0 on the season.