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EPHRAIM -- No. 17 Snow College (7-2, 6-1) took on Pima Community College (2-7, 0-6) on a rainy Saturday and coasted to a victory 47-11 to stay alive for the conference championship.
Snow used a strong second half as it put up 37 points led by backup quarterback Colter Smith (Ben Lomond High School). Smith was put in by the coaches in the second half and Smith went 3-for-6 for 36 yards, threw two touchdowns, and also added a rushing touchdown.
"He was selected by the team to be a team captain," said Head Coach Steve Coburn. "He's always been focused on what he's been doing."
"Hard work goes a long way is about all I can say," said Smith. "There are a lot of good athletes on this team and sometimes you get a shot and sometimes you get a shot taken away from you."
Snow drove down the field on the first drive of the game and scored a touchdown off a five-yard pass from starting quarterback Adam Eastman to tight end Gage Lofton. Snow struggled offensively the rest of the half as it only had a lead of 10-7.
The Badgers responded in the second half defensively as the defense forced five turnovers in all and four of those being interceptions. Those turnovers gave the Badgers a short field and the Badgers scored seven of eight red zone opportunities.
"It all starts on Monday," said linebacker Brayden Stembridge (South Summit High School), who finished with three solo tackles. "We practiced all week and prepared for our assignment and it showed."
"We've shown before that we're resilient and that we can come back in the second half," said Smith. "We came out and played like we should have in the first half in the second half."
The Badgers were coming off a loss to No. 6 Arizona Western, which moved them into a three way tie for the conference championship. With the win Saturday Snow remained in the race for the coveted conference crown.
"Our goal every week is to take care of us," said Coburn. "For us to get better and play at the expectation level we set for ourselves."
Snow's final conference game is on the road against Phoenix and with a win can guarantee itself another conference championship.
Notes: Running back Muka Atiga made his first start since September 25 when he suffered a high ankle sprain against New Mexico Military. He had 12 carries for 75 yards and also added a touchdown run.