Two losses not so bad for Snyder
Despite a superb first half trailing undefeated Cyril on the road by only two points, Snyder ran into a bit of a road block in the final two quarters Thursday night.
What the 36-14 loss didn't indicate is how vastly improved Snyder is this year. With just two games left on the docket, against Burns Flat-Dill City and at Alex, the Cyclones (5-3, 1-2 B-3) are in a good position to secure a playoff berth.
In fact, a win this week would lock up a spot. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Snyder's goal-setting agenda.
"That's been our goal to make the playoffs," Snyder coach Joe Garrison said. "I told the kids, 'Once we achieve that goal, then we'll set another one.' How bad do they want it? That's what it comes down to."
The Cyclones want it pretty bad, considering they fought tooth and nail with No. 5 Cyril (8-0, 3-0 B-3) all first half. An even better sign is that the young guys are stepping up and playing just as well as the veterans.
Freshman quarterback Ryan Kelly threw two touchdowns and was solid against a top-tier defense in Cyril. Another freshman, Ethan Howell, started again at linebacker and has impressed Garrison along with others who are stepping up.
"Those kids work their butts off, even those young kids. Everybody is stepping up to the plate and battling," Garrison said. "Hopefully we can get everybody healthy. With everybody healthy, eligible and playing together, we're going to be alright."