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Badgers take care of Phoenix, stay perfect

EPHRAIM — Snow College, the top-ranked junior college team in the nation, continued its undefeated season with a dominating 33-13 win over Phoenix College on Saturday. The Badgers rolled up 493 yards on offense while holding Phoenix to only 179 yards.

Snow (6-0) started off shaky, fumbling the opening kickoff and giving the ball to the Bears at the Snow 40. But the Badgers forced a three-and-out and then went on a 12-play, 80-yard drive following the first of seven Phoenix punts.

Vilisoni Sotele ran the ball in from 4 yards out for the first score six minutes into the game. Sotele scored again from 7 yards out in the third quarter on his way to 207 yards on 33 carries. The former Hunter High star was also the leading receiver for Snow with five catches for 63 yards. Sotele entered the game as the 16th leading rusher in the nation and now has 694 yards on 119 carries.

Murray High graduate Niu Takai added 104 yards on 14 carries for Snow, including a 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Snow quarterback Houston Erbstoesser finished 14 for 26 passing for 187 yards. Burton Kimball had a 40-yard touchdown reception for Snow late in the first quarter.

Joe Phillips of Lone Peak added field goals of 37 and 45 yards for the Badgers. Phillips drilled his first field goal as time ran out in the second quarter to give Snow a 23-0 halftime lead.

Phoenix finally got on the scoreboard on a perfectly executed halfback option pass from Tim House to quarterback Shane Mascarenas midway through the third period to cut Snow's lead to 23-7. Snow answered with Sotele's 7-yard TD and Phillips' second field goal.

Phoenix got the last score of the game with less than three minutes left when backup quarterback Robert Benjamin hit wide receiver Josh Felton from 4 yards out.

Snow will face 10th-ranked Glendale in Ephraim next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.