SEWARD, Neb. — With Joseph Krause, Seward is never out of a game.
Same with Garrett Snodgrass for York, but Friday night the Husker pledge almost wasn’t in the game.
Playing on a bum ankle, Snodgrass threw for a career-high 281 yards and ran for three touchdowns — two in the final 2:21 — to counter Krause’s second 400-yard passing game this season.
York left Bulldog Stadium at Concordia University with a 42-40 win and a district title.
“This wasn’t a game with one or two highlight plays. There were like eight to 10,” Seward girls basketball coach Tom Tvrdy said in the press box.
No hyperbole, either. Each team scored three times in a wild fourth quarter, but let’s fast forward to the final three minutes.
After getting the ball following a missed 25-yard Seward field goal, Snodgrass took No. 3 York (6-2) 80 yards in three plays — a 55-yard pass to Brady Danielson, then called his own number for runs of 7 and 18 yards.
Back came Krause and No. 6 Seward (6-2) , with the biggest play a 63-yard circus catch-and-run by Brett Meyer. But the pass was intended for Reece Foreman. Meyer was Johnny-on-the-spot when the ball caromed off Foreman and made the grab.
Carson Core regained the lead for the Jays with a 15-yard catch just inside the sideline of the end zone with 52 seconds left.
Snodgrass used 44 seconds of it. He hit Reid Hoffman for 29 yards as Seward was double-covering Danielson, then came a pass interference call on the Jays. Snodgrass found Jeb Lucas for 28 yards to the 5. After a spike to stop the clock, Snodgrass plowed into the end zone the touchdown.
Seward’s last gasp, aided by a pass interference call on York, was a Krause pass from the York 39 that the Dukes knocked down at the goal line.
“I’m going to say, that quarterback, I’ve been coaching 20 years and I think he’s the best I’ve seen,” York coach Glen Snodgrass said. “How many plays were completely broken down and Joseph Krause just made a play? That kid is a special, special player.”
The younger Snodgrass sprained his ankle in last week’s win over Grand Island Northwest, didn’t practice all week save for a little time on Thursday and it wasn’t until game time that his dad decided he would play.
Garrett said there was no question he was going to play.
“We’ve played against these guys every year. We’re so familiar with each other,” he said. “It’s always been a good game since the fifth grade.
“I don’t even know how to describe what happened just now.”
Seward coach Jamie Opfer wishes he hadn’t needed to. It was the second such game this season that went against the Jays. Northwest escaped with a 44-40 last-second win Sept. 21. Opfer said his secondary was feeling bad because it had three chances for interceptions on the Dukes’ winning drive.
Seward threw for 452 yards — 405 by Krause and 47 by Davon Brees on a halfback pass. Core caught 12 passes for 172 yards.
Danielson had eight catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns. With his 115 yards rushing, Garrett Snodgrass had 396 yards of total offense.
“He’s really not in great shape right now,” coach Snodgrass said. “But in the second half you really have to hand it to him. He really sucked it up and did fantastic on both sides of the ball in a game I didn’t think he was going to play.”
York (6-2)...................0 7 15 20—42
At Seward (6-2)...........0 8 13 19—40
Y: Brady Danielson 39 pass from Garrett Snodgrass (Thomas Ivey kick)
S: Carson Core 17 run (Joseph Krause run)
Y: Jacob Diaz 7 run (Snodgrass run)
S: Reece Foreman 17 pass from Krause (Cayden Glandt kick)
Y: Snodgrass 1 run (Ivey kick)
S: Ben Myers 13 pass from Krause (kick failed)
Y: Danielson 17 pass from Snodgrass (Ivey kick)
S: Foreman 4 pass from Krause (run failed)
S: Davon Brees 5 run (pass failed)
Y: Snodgrass 18 run (Ivey kick)
S: Core15 pass from Krause (Glandt kick)
Y: Snodgrass 5 run (kick failed)
Rushing: Y, Snodgrass 22-115, Maxx Troester 1-9, Diaz 19-82, Ben Kowalski 5-23. S, Krause 8-22, Gabe Knisley 13-37, Brees 6-29, Core 2-18.
Passing: Y, Snodgrass 12-25-0 281. S, Krause 27-47-0 405, Brees 1-1-0 47.
Receiving: Y, Danielson 8-196, Jeb Lucas 1-28, Reid Hoffman 2-37, Wyatt Cast 1-20. S, Core 12-172, Foreman 7-98, Knisley 4-69, Brett Meyer 1-63, Myers 2-43, Brees 1-7
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Front row, from left: Sam Sims, Grand Island; Dietrick Stolz, Grand Island Central Catholic; James Burks, Omaha Burke; Dylan Sales, Omaha Burke; Shane Dailey, Bellevue West; Jarod Epperson, Omaha Skutt. Second row, from left: D.J. Gross, McCook; Garrett Snodgrass, York; Xavier Watts, Omaha Burke; Jevyon Ducker, Bellevue West; Kohl Herbolsheimer, Millard South; Alex Rodgers, Omaha Roncalli. Third row, from left: Joseph Krause, Seward; Ethan Piper, Norfolk Catholic; Nick Henrich, Omaha Burke; Garrett Nelson, Scottsbluff; Chris Hickman, Omaha Burke. Back row, from left: Zavier Betts, Bellevue West; Mehki Butler, Omaha North; Caden Johnson, Wahoo Neumann; Tyson Gordon, Omaha Skutt; Baylor Scheierman, Aurora; Noah Stafursky, York. Not pictured: Isaiah Alford, Lincoln High
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Back rows, starting from left: Papillion-La Vista South’s Jeremy Kowalski, No. 75; Seward’s Adam Holtorf, No. 79; Papillion-La Vista South’s Ryan Earith; Kearney’s Brian Arp, No. 55; Elkhorn South’s Brett Stinson; Grand Island’s Kevin Cahoy, No. 12; Omaha Central’s Tre Sanders, No. 6; Omaha Central’s DaiShon Neal, No. 9; Grand Island’s Pierce Almond, No. 2; Blair’s Vance Janssen; Bellevue West’s CJ Johnson; Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Wyatt Mazour; Omaha Central’s Xavier Graham, No. 64; Creighton Prep’s Jeremiah Stovall; and Creighton Prep’s Jack McLeay, No. 54. Front rows, starting from left: Omaha North’s Cole Bixler, No. 34; Omaha North’s Michael Decker, No. 78; Omaha North’s Calvin Strong, No. 5; Omaha North’s Jason Martin; Grand Island Central Catholic’s Youhanna Ghaifan; Millard North’s Adrrell Taylor, No. 27; Omaha North’s Marquise Lewis, No. 1; McCook’s Bryce Lyons, No. 21; and Omaha North’s Markell Vaughn, No. 22.
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Standing, from left: Luke McNitt, Kearney; DJ Foster, Lincoln Southeast; Josh Banderas, Lincoln Southwest; Nick DeLuca, Millard North; Harrison Phillips, Millard West; Mike Milenkovich, Millard North; Bryce Sosnowski, Millard South; Nathan Bazata, Howells-Dodge; Casey Sayles, Omaha North.
Middle row: Christian LaCouture, Lincoln Southwest; Jordan Bellar, Norfolk Catholic; Clay Fisher Millard North; Isaac Aakre, Millard North; Matt Kraft, Millard South; Alec Ditoro, Papillion-La Vista; Jake Schlager, McCook; Lee Carhart, Creighton Prep; Freeman Coleman, Millard South.
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Bottom Row (from left): Tay Bender, RB, Lincoln Southwest; Isaac Aakre, RB, Millard North; Landon Arnold, OL, Millard North; Andrew Coppa, DL, Omaha Burke; Trey Foster, DL, Lincoln Southeast; Bo Liekhus, DB, Bellevue West.
Middle Row (from left): Darian Barrientos-Jackson, DB, Omaha Central; James Anderson, OL, Omaha Burke; Andy Janovich, LB, Gretna; Drew Farlee, K, Norfolk Catholic; Mike Minter Jr., DB, Lincoln North Star; Sam Cotton, DL, Lincoln Southeast; Devin Washington, RB, Lincoln Southeast; Sam Foltz, DB, Grand Island; Jeremy Callahan, P, Lexington; Robbie Lafour, OL, Lincoln Southeast; Jake Schany, LB, Blair; Jordan Nelson, RB, Omaha Burke; Ryker Fyfe, QB, Grand Island.
Top Row (from left): Jordan Brichacek, OL, Howells; Zach Oliver, WR, Omaha Burke; Terry Grigsby, DB, Omaha North; Drew Ott, LB, Giltner; Mike Shoff, OL, Cambridge.
All-Nebraska football captains Jimmie Forsythe of Omaha Burke and Tyson Broekemeier of Aurora were the focus in 2010 during this shoot at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing.
The 2009 All-Nebraska football hopped aboard this old streetcar at the Durham Museum.
There was "nothing pedestrian" about the 2008 All-Nebraska football team, which posed in front of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
Back row, from left, Tyrone Sellers of McCook, Corey Serrano of North Platte, Nathan Zook of Grand Island, Eric Koehlmoos of Pierce, Tyler Daake of Norfolk Catholic, Tyler Niederklein of Millard West, Charles Viers of Millard West, Josh Kage of Papillion-LaóVista, Jake Herweyer of Millard West, Cole Pensick of Lincoln Northeast, Jordan Hale of Millard South, Andrew Rodriguez of Aurora, James Davis of Omaha North, Jon Lechner of Prep, Scott Criss of Omaha Creighton Prep and C.J. Zimmerer of Omaha Gross. Front row, Matt Berry of McCook, Braden Taylor of Grand Island, Vinny Molina of Kearney, Kohlman Adema-Schulte of Millard West, Bryant Giles of Omaha North, Michael Burrus of Papillion-LaóVista South, Ronald Coleman of North, Tyler Seals of Bellevue West and Greg Hardin of Bellevue West.
For the 2007 All-Nebraska football team, The World-Herald chose individual shots for the cover instead of the group photo, and the result was "Picture Perfect."
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The 2005 All-Nebraska football team wore letterman jackets for the photo shoot instead of their jerseys.
Top, from left, Millard North's Corey Young, Lincoln Southwest's Ian Dike, Millard North's Adam Nelson, Bellevue West's Silas Fluellen, Omaha Central's D.J. Jones (back row), Millard North's Jeff Tarpinian, Kearney's Tony Green, Lincoln Southwest's Ben Martin, Bellevue West's Jeff Martin, Lincoln Southwest's Ollie Sloup, Papillion-LaVista's Kyle Dooley and McCook's Josh Cherry.
Bottom, from left, Omaha Benson's Anthony Williams, Kearney's Joey Rousseau, Lincoln Southwest's Andy Cotton, Omaha Burke's Ricky Henry, Omaha South's Philip Barrientos, Creighton Prep's Mark Waring, Omaha Burke's Alex Henery, Millard West's Brandon Pete, Omaha Burke's Travis Liechti, Millard North's Paul Homer, Omaha North's Aaron Terry and Millard West's Matt Leaders.
Nothing says football like rows of poinsettias. Those were the accents that went with this photo shoot for the 2004 All-Nebraska football team.