Contact: Greg Dart
Snow College Director of Communications
Phone: (435) 283-7154
November 19, 2009
EPHRAIM -Zions Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl will pit No.8 Snow College against No. 3 Grand Rapids Community College of Michigan in a battle of top 10 teams Dec. 5 at Sandy City’s Rio Tinto Stadium.
This is the second time Snow and Grand Rapids have met - Grand Rapids won the first meeting in .1992 42-35 to claim the Dixie Rotary Bowl trophy.
Both teams come into the game with amazing records and great history. Snow won the NJCAA title game in 1985 and Grand Rapids was named the NJCAA Non-Scholarship Champion in 2005.
The Badgers finished their 2009 regular season campaign with another share of the Western States Football League championship and a 9-2 record.
Snow is a combined 42-4 during head coach Steve Coburn’s tenure. The team has only one home loss and one conference loss in the past four years.
The prolific Snow offense and defense once again both rank in the top 20 nationally. The offense is led by quarterback Quinn Mecham (Timpview High School). Mecham led the nation with 36 regular season touchdown passes and threw for 2,739 for the Badgers.
The defense once again was menacing to foes, allowing less than 100 yards per game on the ground. Linebacker Tyler Osbourne and defensive back Taylor Jeski each ranked among the nation’s top 50 in tackles.
Grand Rapids has run through its regular season undefeated with impressive victories over ranked foes throughout the way. The Raiders compiled a 10-0 record and come into the game ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Quarterback Casey Therriault, who ranks No. 14 in the nation in passing, leads the offense. Therriault passed for 20 touchdowns and completed 63 percent of his passes on the year. Overall, Grand Rapids has the No. 6 ranked offense putting up 462 yards a game on the season.
The Raider defense has been very stingy, giving up only 273 yards per game and ranking
No. 15 nationally. Linebacker Daniel Vess has recording 89 tackles for the Raiders,
including 15 for a loss and two sacks on the season.
"Year after year, Snow and Grand Rapids have proven that they are two of the top teams in the country," said Kevin White, executive director of the Zions Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl Committee. "We are really excited for what should be an amazing game."
Zions Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl Classic
The Zions Bank Top of the Mountains Bowl provides a first class bowl experience for two junior college football teams with preference given to Snow College located in Ephraim, Utah. As long as the Badgers finish above .500 they will host the game. Zions Bank is the title sponsor of the game. Proceeds from the game will go to the Snow College Foundation for general scholarships.
Tickets are available at www.snowbadgers.com or www.riotintostadium.com.