SANDY -- The eighth annual Top of the Mountains Bowl, like those before it, will feature the Snow Badgers.
This year, No. 16 Snow College goes against No. 17 Eastern Arizona Community College on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Kickoff is set for noon.
Snow College and Eastern Arizona are certainly familiar with each other, as members of the Western States Football League. Earlier in the season, the Gila Monsters beat the Badgers 41-14, but Tyler Hughes' squad will be ready for revenge.
With and 8-3 overall record, Snow was ranked as high as No. 4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association before losing to Easter Arizona and No. 1 Arizona Western.
Eastern has also made its way to an 8-3 record and a national ranking, finishing tied for third in the WSFL and collecting five victories by at least 35 points. Coach John O'Mera leads the Gila Monsters.
The Badgers outscored their opponents 352-228 and were 7-0 before running into the toughest part of the WSFL schedule.
The Badgers are led by quarterback Adam Eastman. Eastman has thrown for 1,804 yards and 13 touchdowns this year. Other key offensive personnel include running back Breon Allen (637 rushing yards), wide receiver Ronrei Lloyd (27 receptions for 639 yards), center Steve Thornton and offensive lineman Bill Vavau.
Snow College's defense is led by freshmen linemen Tenny Palepoi (49 tackles and 2 sacks) and John Mahe (39 tackles). Other top defensive players include freshmen strong safety Jake Palmer (3 interceptions) and free safety Clayton Christenson (41 tackles).
The Gila Monsters split their final four games of the regular season. Eastern Arizona average averages 406 yards of offense and features a running attack that led the NJCAA with 313.8 yards per game. The Gila Monsters have outscored their opponents 446-190.
Leading the ground attack are running backs Rashon Evans (660 yards and 9 TDs) and Devin Mohn (466 yards and 5 TDs).
Defensively, the Gila Monsters have only permitted 218 yards of total offense, which ranks 10th in the nation.
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