Twelfth-ranked Ricks College came back from a 7-3 halftime disadvantage to defeat visiting Arizona Western 26-7 and remain at the top of the Western States Football League standings at 4-1.
Ninth-ranked Dixie College, a 28-14 winner over the Brigham Young junior varsity in a non-league game Friday, is tied with Snow College and Glendale, Ariz., for second place in the league at 3-1 each.Snow beat Eastern Arizona 20-7 Saturday in Ephraim, Utah, and Glendale won at Phoenix College 42-8. Mesa swamped Scottsdale 51-20 for its first win this year.
Ricks rolled to victory Friday behind 523 yards of offense, with running back Kearney Hoggan rushing for 123 yards in five carries, including a 20-yard touchdown run. Viking quarterback Chris Hoge threw scoring strikes of 15 and 50 yards to wide receiver Jason Rydalch and running back Dave Morlan, respectively.
Snow scored on two 41-yard field goals by Benji Nelson, a six-yard blocked punt return by Ului Halaeua, and a 65-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bret Barben to wide receiver Tod Eglund.
Glendale quarterback Donny Simmons completed 11 of 17 for 170 yards and threw three scoring passes. Mesa uncorked 531 yards of total offense.