Ricks College's Bernie Howell has run his way into the record books, and has kept the Vikings tied for first place in the Western States Football League.
Howell's school record 84-yard punt return for a touchdown mid-way through the fourth quarter helped lift the Vikings to a 35-27 win over Snow College in a game at Rexburg, Idaho, on Saturday.The win leaves Ricks (3-1 and 3-1) tied with Utah's Dixie College for first place in the league. Dixie, ranked 7th in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll, remained tied for first in the league with a 20-0 victory at Mesa, Ariz., Community College on Saturday.
In other WSFL action last weekend, Phoenix College defeated Eastern Arizona 47-28 and Scottsdale College beat Arizona Western 45-19.
Eastern Arizona, tied with Snow for the league's lead last week, fell into a three-way tie with Glendale and Snow colleges after Saturday's games.
In Rexburg, Ricks' Chris Hoge completed 23 of 44 passes for 348 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass to wide receiver Mike Gurr. Viking running back Craig Ashby scored on runs of 2 and 5 yards for Ricks, which entered the game ranked 12th in the nation.
Snow's Duncan Boyd also scored on runs of 2 and 5 yards.
Dixie defensive back Frank Christensen returned an interception 41 yards for a score and tailback Kalin Hall had a 5-yard TD run. Jeff Lindstrom hit wide receiver Chris Paronto on a 21-yard scoring pass for the Rebels' final touchdown in the second quarter.
Phoenix defensive back Darryl Morrison tied a school record four interceptions in Saturday night's 47-28 victory over Eastern Arizona.