On Friday, I was in York, Nebraska, to check out defending Class B state champion York as the Dukes took on Blair in the second game of the season. York has a strong program, coached by Glen Snodgrass. The Dukes also have a talented team led by Huskers athlete commit Garrett Snodgrass and Nebraska preferred walk-on candidate Noah Stafursky.
The Dukes jumped out to a 35-0 lead halfway through the second quarter and never looked back, notching a 50-28 victory.
It was all @GarrettSnodgras on that drive for @YorkDukeFB capped by this short QB sneak for the TD. His third total TD of the game. Dukes up 35-0 with 8:29 left in 1st half. #nebpreps pic.twitter.com/wxxDo3w7pP
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) September 1, 2018
Here are my five thoughts on the game.
Snodgrass doesn’t come off the field
I’ve seen a lot of good high school football players but very few see as many snaps in a game as Snodgrass on a given Friday night. Snodgrass plays quarterback for York where he is utilized in the quarterback run game a lot and also moves around at outside linebacker on defense. He has a lot of responsibility each game, getting the offense and defense into position to be successful. His conditioning is off the charts.
Keep an eye on Brady Danielson
The multi-sport athlete had a great night all over the field playing in all three phases of the game. It was his defensive performance that stood out most to me. Danielson had a great night on defense with three interceptions on the evening. The Northern State basketball commit will be in Lincoln Saturday as an unofficial visitor for football.
Noah Stafursky is underrated
Every year it seems like the state of Nebraska produces underrated lineman that seem destined for productive college careers. In the class of 2019, Stafursky is a strong candidate to fill that role. At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, he moves well for his size and plays with a mean streak. He has a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska and several Ivy League schools are interested in him.
Lot of good stuff here but watch the 6’4 315 pound left tackle Noah Stafursky! #ChampionshipEffort by @noahdukes19 https://t.co/VYNY9h3fqq
— Glen Snodgrass (@CoachGSnodgrass) September 1, 2018
York is going to be dangerous again this season
There were several players that impressed me on the York football team Friday night. Junior running back Jacob Diaz ran hard all night, finishing the night with 68 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Wyatt Cast caught two touchdown passes in the game as well. York is a well-balanced team that is set up to make another deep run.
Is defense Snodgrass' landing spot at Nebraska?
As stated above, Snodgrass is a tremendous athlete with a lot of versatility. Snodgrass led the team with 113 rushing yards on nine carries and had 126 passing yards with two passing touchdowns on Friday night. He was also in on several tackles for the Dukes even though Blair avoided his side of the field.
When he arrives in Lincoln, he will likely start his career at linebacker. At a 'Friday Night Lights' camp in June, Snodgrass worked with inside linebacker coach Barrett Ruud.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.