EPHRAIM — A back up kicker proved the most important Badger of all as Snow College defeated Georgia Military 9-7 in Badger Stadium Saturday afternoon. Zach Manning kicked a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter for a 9-0 Snow lead. Manning, a freshman from Morgan, was filling in for Adrian Vera who missed two field goals and an extra point in the first half.
Snow College jumped to a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter when quarterback James Pritchard found Ryan Neeley for an 18-yard touchdown. The touchdown was the only score of the first half as the Badgers and Bulldogs failed on a total of three field goals.
Manning's field goal, which proved to be the difference in the game, came late in the third quarter. Georgia Military answered quickly in the fourth quarter as Antroun McDaniel ran 21 yards for a score.
The Bulldogs advanced into Snow territory three times following their lone score but a blitzing Badger defense forced an interception and two turnovers on downs to preserve the win.
"Georgia has a big time, big play defense so we played conservative. You cannot lose the turnover battle in a game like this and expect to win," said Titan Trimble, head coach for Snow College.
Derrick Brown, a sophomore from Box Elder, had two interceptions and Tico Pringle recovered a fumble as Snow College won the turnover battle 3-1. All three turnovers turned back Georgia Military drives that had reached midfield.
Freshman running back, Matt Asiata, had Snow's lone turnover , a fumble late in the game; but Asiata rushed for more than 100 yards for the second game in as many tries. Asiata rushed 24 times for 126 yards to lead the Badger offense. His most important run may have been a 53-yarder late in the third quarter that got Snow out of a hole deep in their own territory.
Snow, currently 10th in the NJCAA Top 20, moves to 2-0 on the season and hosts Arizona Western at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.