Snow wins defensive battle, 22-9 over Scottsdale

Snow wins defensive battle, 22-9 over Scottsdale



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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.- Snow College used great special teams to propel itself to a hard fought 22-9 victory over division rival Scottsdale Community College Saturday.

Behind three field goals from Joe Phillips and a blocked punt for a touchdown by Tu Tui, the Badgers rolled to the victory under the lights in Arizona.

"We knew coming in this was going to be a hard fought, defensive battle," said Snow head Coach Steve Coburn. "Scottsdale is a tough team, especially if you have to face them on the road. I was impressed with how our special teams stepped up to win the ball game."

Snow put up only 210 offensive yards in the game against the stingy Artichoke defense. In the defense battle, Scottsdale only managed 185 yards of its own. The victory brought Snow to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in league play. The No. 1 ranked Badgers have won 12 games in a row dating back to last year.

Snow took a 12-6 lead into halftime, scoring first on a 14 yard Houston Erbstoesser pass to receiver Troy Cummings, and then tacked on two field goals before Scottsdale scored a touchdown of its own 17 seconds before halftime. Scottsdale and Snow traded field goals before the blocked punt in the fourth quarter, which Snow recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Snow running backs Niu Takai and Soni Sotele combined for 127 yards and Erbstoesser completed 11 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Snow will look to defend its national ranking hosting unbeaten No. 4 Eastern Arizona Saturday at Noon at Badger Stadium in Ephraim. The winner will remain the Western States Football League's only undefeated team.

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Box Score (Final) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score Badgers............. 9 3 0 10 - 22 Record: (9-0,6-0) Artichokes.......... 0 6 3 0 - 9 Record: (5-4,3-4) Scoring Summary: SNOW - SCTSDALE 1st 10:46 SNOW - Troy Cummings 14 yd pass from Houston Erbstoe (Joe Phillips kick failed) 3 plays, 14 yards, TOP 0:46 6 - 0 03:53 SNOW - Joe Phillips 22 yd field goal 10 plays, 26 yards, TOP 4:18 9 - 0 2nd 14:47 SNOW - Joe Phillips 32 yd field goal 6 plays, 20 yards, TOP 1:50 12 - 0 00:17 SCTSDALE - Warren Johnson 33 yd pass from Cody Bruns (Kynan Donahue kick failed) 2 plays, 32 yards, TOP 0:52 12 - 6 3rd 01:52 SCTSDALE - Bryan McShane 23 yd field goal 13 plays, 60 yards, TOP 6:41 12 - 9 4th 13:01 SNOW - Joe Phillips 22 yd field goal 11 plays, 59 yards, TOP 3:51 15 - 9 11:16 SNOW - Tu Tui 0 yd blocked punt return (Joe Phillips kick)

22 - 9 FIRST DOWNS................... 17 15 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 40-114 38-85 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 96 100 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 27-11-1 19-8-1 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 67-210 57-185 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 1-27 1-14 Punt Returns-Yards............ 7-173 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 3-54 5-75 Interception Returns-Yards.... 1-41 1-2 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 3-42.0 9-32.0 Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards............... 11-176 11-120 Possession Time............... 27:11 29:46 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 6-49 2-8 SNOW SCTSDALE RUSHING: Badgers-Niu Takai 16-75; Vili Soni Sotel 20 -52; Houston Erbstoe 4-minus 13. Artichokes-Tony Sims 6-37; KPASSING: Badgers-Houston Erbstoe 11-27-1-96. Artichokes-Cody Bruns 8-17-1-100; Kevrick Brown 0-2-0-0. RECEIVING: Badgers-Regan Buck 3-10; Peter Tuitopou 2-23; Troy Cummings 2-17; Vili Soni Sotel 2-6; Adam Frandsen 1-29; Kimball Burton 1-11. Artichokes-Chris Soto 2-35; Calvin Roberts 2-19; Warren Johnson 1-33; Travis Brewer 1-9; Tony Sims 1-8; Tyler Gibbons 1-minus 4. INTERCEPTIONS: Badgers-Stephon Thrash 1-41. Artichokes-Bobby Wuertz 1-2. Stadium: Artichoke Field Attendance: 500 Kickoff time: 7:00 End of Game: 9:43 Total elapsed time: 2:43 Officials: Referee: Mike Traina; Umpire: Steve Coburn; Linesman: John Hunter; Line judge: Jasen Ah You; Back judge: Justin Decol; Field judge: Gary McKenzie; Side judge: Bob Trythall; Scorer: Brad James; Temperature: 85 Wind: Slight Weather: Nice and pleasant Badgers vs Artichokes (Oct 27, 2007 at Scottsdale, Ariz.) SACKS (UA-A): Badgers-Coleby Clawson 2-0; A.J. Van Valken 0-1; James Aiono 0-1; Nate Pope 1-0; Josh Sharp 1-0; Josh Andersen 0-1; Skye Povey 0-1. Artichokes-Aaron Rink 1-1; Bobby Wuertz 0-1. TACKLES (UA-A): Badgers-Josh Sharp 4-6; Shane Hunter 2-4; A.J. Van Valken 3-2; James Aiono 2-3; Josh Andersen 1-4; Skye Povey 2-2; Casey Davis 0-4; Coleby Clawson 3-0; Jake Palmer 0-3; James Freed 2-0; Tevita Hola 1-1; Jared Galvin 1-1; Joey Schrader 1-1; Braden Frampton 1-1; Andrew Rich 0-2; Nate Pope 1-0; Stephon Thrash 0-1; John Tauteoli 0-1. Artichokes-Bobby Wuertz 4-4; Michael Stevens 5-2; Ramont Marion 4-2; Brock Knight 3-3; Roderick Richar 2-3; Rodney Shaw 1-4; Xavier Stover 2-2; Aaron Rink 2-1; Kyle Watkins 1-2; Jesse Kinlon 2-0; John Callinan 2-0; Steven Coard 1-1; Lyall Harrison 1-1; Cody Croasmun 0-2; Ralph Campasano 0-2; Chris Mitchell 0-2; Sean January 0-2; Will Donahue 1-0; Lorenz Stefan 1-0; Jeremy Jasso 1-0; Snary Dorce 0-1; Richard Biers 0-1; Willie Jones 0-1.

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