The tall task of going on the road (nearly 2,600 miles) and taking on one of the country’s top JuCo teams proved to be even more monumental than originally thought as ASA Miami fell 71-27 to No. 3 Snow College Saturday night at Robert Stoddard Stadium in Ephraim, Utah.
The Silver Storm (1-2), who will return home to South Florida to host Southern Prep-Baton Rouge this Saturday (Sept. 22), threw the first punch of the game – forcing the Badgers into a three-and-out on their first offensive drive and ending their second drive thanks to a Tomas Ward interception.
That seven-point advantage, however, was short-lived.
Snow College (3-0) scored 28 unanswered points – including a 43-yard scoring run, a 62-yard touchdown pass and a 35-yard interception return for a score – and took control of the game.
ASA cut into Snow’s lead just before the halftime buzzer when Winzeler chucked a pass 40 yards in the air into a scrum of receivers and defenders and Silver Storm 6-foot-3 sophomore Ki-Jana Whyte who came down with the ball – leaving ASA Miami trailing 28-14.
That would be as close as the Silver Storm would get.
Snow College’s lead ballooned 45-14 late in the third quarter before ASA Miami got on the board again.
Winzler and Greene connected again on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 1:33 left in the third.
The Badgers went on another four-touchdown scoring run in the fourth quarter – which included another pick-six and a pair of rushing touchdowns – before ASA freshman running back Eric Stowers broke through the defense for a 25-yard touchdown run to cap a 7-play, 78-yard scoring drive and cut the final margin to 71-27.
Winzeler had his best statistical game of the season against the highly touted Badgers. The University of Toledo transfer finished 18-of-31 for 260 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
Greene finished with game-highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (102), while DeVarens Valcin and Whyte each finished with four catches and 75 and 46 yards respectively.
The Silver Storm running game had some success early but was ultimately derailed by the first half deficit. Evan Burgess carried the ball a game-high 22 times but amassed 48 yards. Julian Robinson notched the team-high in rushing yards with 52 on six carries and Stowers ended with 32 yards to go along with his fourth-quarter touchdown.