EPHRAIM Snow College showed why it is the top-ranked junior college team in the nation with a convincing 47-14 win over 10th-ranked Glendale Community College on Saturday.
Snow quarterback Houston Erbstoesser threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns, while the Badger defense forced three turnovers and held the Gauchos to only 186 yards.
Erbstoesser connected with wide receiver Adam Frandsen four times for 113 yards and two scores. Frandsen, who prepped at Box Elder in Brigham City, scored from 18 yards in the second quarter and again from 78 yards in the third.
Kimball Burton had a 21-yard TD reception with less than three minutes before halftime to give Snow a 31-0 lead. After Frandsen's second touchdown in the third quarter, Troy Cummings closed out the scoring for the Badgers with a 9-yard TD reception early in the fourth period.
Even though the Snow offense rolled up 419 yards of total offense, it was the Badger defense that set the tone, according to head coach Steve Coburn.
"Whenever you play Glendale and can shut them out for three-and-a-half quarters, you've done a great job," said the second-year Snow head coach. "The way the defense is setting the tone for the whole team is awesome."
Several defensive players from Utah led the Badger defense. Defensive end Coleby Clawson (North Sanpete) sacked Glendale quarterback Brian Wiedeman, forcing a fumble that led to a first-quarter Badger field goal. Then later in the first quarter, linebacker Josh Sharp (Emery) picked off a Wiedeman pass and returned it 37 yards to put Snow ahead 17-0. Early in the second quarter, safety Andrew Rich (Bonneville) intercepted Wiedeman and returned the ball 37 yards to the Gaucho 23.
Glendale managed only 18 yards of total offense in the first half but scored on pass plays of 51 and 12 yards in the fourth quarter to avoid being shut out.
Next Saturday, Snow travels to Tucson to take on Pima College.