Pospisil: Injury doesn’t stop York's Garrett Snodgrass from leading comeback against Seward

York tight end Wyatt Cast and Seward cornerback Reece Foreman fight for a second-quarter pass. York edged Seward after a wild fourth quarter.

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)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

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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