For three of the four quarters Saturday the Snow College Badgers held the Pima Storm scoreless. The one quarter that Pima did score made the game nteresting as the Badgers picked up a win in their first game of the year 33-21.
The Badgers jumped out on top with a 34-yard field goal by Joey Mack with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter. Snow picked up its first touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Jason Coutts to Nate Meikle with 2:32 left in the first half.
Coaching strategy and good defense set up the last score of the half when the Badgers called time out to force Pima to punt with less that two minutes left. Snow then worked its way down the field to set up the second Mack field goal, from 26 yards, and the Badgers led 13-0 at the half.
The Badger defense gave up just two yards rushing in the first half and 43 yards passing.
The Storm came back with a vengeance and put the final outcome in doubt as they moved the ball 78 yards in less than a minute to answer the Badgers' first drive of the second half and make the score 20-7.
A fake punt by the Badgers provided another score on a 34-yard pass from backup quarterback Jordan Coffin to Arimas Peoples to maintain the lead. Pima answered with back-to-back touchdowns of 80- and 74-yard pass plays to Brian Hare. Twenty-one points in the third quarter were enough to get the Storm to within six of the Badgers. Snow College added another score in the fourth to maintain a little breathing room.
Even thought the Snow College defense gave up 21 points in the third quarter they came up with plays when needed to preserve the Badger win. Two of the last three Pima drives were halted on interceptions by Brady Nielsen and Brock Johnson, and Zac Sharp helped force a punt on the third with two sacks.