Add one more to the Snodgrass father-son bucket list Saturday at the 61st annual Shrine Bowl football game.

The 2 p.m. contest at Nebraska-Kearney’s Cope Stadium will be the last time South head coach Glen Snodgrass will coach his son Garrett, who has already begun his college career as a linebacker at Nebraska.

Sports have been an important part of their relationship through the years. The elder Snodgrass coached Garrett’s youth baseball and basketball teams and got a chance to hang a gold medal around his neck after York’s victory in the Class B state championship football game in 2017, Garrett’s first game in his future college home -- Memorial Stadium.

“It’s all I’ve ever really known, him coaching me, so this is something I’m really cherishing,” Garrett said. “He’s taught me how to do everything. He taught me how to throw a baseball, how to run track, how to throw shot put and discus. He taught me how to play football and how to post up in basketball. He’s taught me everything I’ve ever known in sports.”

This isn’t the first time that father and son have gone through the Shrine Bowl experience, however. As Overton’s head coach, Glen was an assistant coach in the all-star game in 2009 and third-grader Garrett came along for the ride during the week leading up to the game.

Ironically, one of his South teammates, McCook all-state linebacker DJ Gross, was there with him 10 years ago. Gross’ father, Jeff, was the head coach that year with Snodgrass the assistant.

“We’ve talked about that, it was a lot of fun and we’ve been friends ever since,” Garrett Snodgrass said.

“I really wanted to play this game, even though a lot of (Nebraska) scholarship players haven’t played it in the past,” he added. “Some people might’ve questioned it, but this is something I really wanted to do.”

No doubt there will be some emotions on display from both father and son when it’s over on Saturday. Glen Snodgrass was asked by the Shrine Bowl to be one of the head coaches a year ago, but requested a delay to 2019 so he could coach his son.

The younger Snodgrass played everything from quarterback, running back, tight end, defensive end, linebacker to safety at some point during his high school career. Coach Snodgrass admitted there’s a temptation to move him around to whatever the team needs in the all-star setting, as well.

Snodgrass is one of five South members who played quarterback in high school, so there’s a chance he could be behind center at some point Saturday.

“It’s been this way his whole career. We sat in the coaches room (for the Shrine Bowl) and we’re like, ‘What if someone gets hurt or if this doesn’t work,’ and it was like, ‘We’ll just put Garrett at that position,’” Coach Snodgrass said. “How about wide receiver, We can put Garrett there.’ What if a defensive end goes down, ‘I think Garrett can play that.’ I finally had to tell them, ‘Guys, Garrett’s going to play linebacker.'

“It’s pretty awesome, it’s been pretty special,” Coach Snodgrass added about coaching Garrett one more time. “One last time. Having him graduate and moving him down to Lincoln was pretty tough. But I knew we had this one last time to do it.”

Garrett did get himself in a little trouble with his father when the Shrine Bowl did videos with each player and asked them some fun questions for them to answer. One of the questions was what they would do if they won the lottery.

“Almost every kid said they’d buy their parents a house. Garrett said he would get (himself) a sports car. I’m not so sure about that,” Coach Snodgrass said, laughing.

This will be the first football game since early last season where the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Snodgrass will be healthy. Injuries to both ankles significantly slowed him down during York’s run to the Class B playoff semifinals last fall, particularly defensively. But he still managed to pass for 1,780 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, rush for 1,008 yards and 23 TDs and register 41 tackles defensively, four behind the line of scrimmage.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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