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York captures first football title in school history

York junior Garrett Snodgrass (34) breaks away for a 60-yard rush on Nov. 20, 2017 in the Nebraska Class B state championship (KHGI)

LINCOLN --- The York defense led the way and shut out the opponent for a second straight week as the Dukes topped Omaha Skutt, 31-0, Monday night at Memorial Stadium.

Junior Garrett Snodgrass was the work horse, per usual, for the York offense. He rushed for 209 yards and a couple of scores on 26 carries. Simon Otte was right on his tail with 23 touches at 161 yards and the last touchdown of the night to cap off his high school football career. Snodgrass had rushes of 63 and 60 yards, while Otte popped off for a long of 64.

Offensively, the Dukes were able to gain 379 yards rushing, 418 for the night, while passing the football five times.

York completely cut the Skyhawk offense off from all communication with the outside world, keeping them to 138 yards and ten first downs. The Dukes were efficient in all facets of the defensive effort, holding Skutt to 28.6% completions, 62 yards passing, and 76 on the ground. Dylan Rahder led the Dukes with nine tackles on the night.

York had only played in a state championship once prior, 2013, and were shutout by Omaha Skutt, 30-0. The Skyhawks have been in the championship game five times with wins in 2005, 2013, and 2014.

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