SEWARD — Had it been a NASCAR race, officials would have black-flagged both Seward and York for too much paint trading.
Had it been a fight, both would have been declared knocked out.
But in football, York scraped out a 42-40 victory over Seward on Friday night in a wild, breathless game at Concordia University.
Fourth-ranked York counted on the third touchdown run of the game by quarterback Garrett Snodgrass with eight seconds left.
His final score proved enough to offset a spectacular passing game by Seward quarterback Joseph Krause. Krause completed 27 of 45 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
"That was such a great game and I think that's the best quarterback I've seen in my 20 years in Class B," said York coach Glen Snodgrass. "And we saw Garrett suck it up and throw for a career-high (277) and just play.
"Big-time players making great big plays on both sides."
Snodgrass, who suffered a sprained ankle in a 44-40 loss to Northwest last weekend, wasn't even sure he could play against the rival Bluejays.
His father coach, Glen Snodgrass, said he was worried his son might not be able to play. "We monitored him and he didn't practice all week, and you could see, he couldn't run like usual tonight."
But Garrett, who has a Nebraska football scholarship waiting, found his legs in the second half for 89 yards rushing on 20 carries and found a way to pass for two touchdowns to Brady Danielson and throw for 277 yards.
"I don't know how it all came out," said Snodgrass, who hit 12 of 25 passes. "I can't describe this. I don't hurt too bad right now. Ardrenaline."
Seward, ranked No. 6 and now 6-2, held an 8-7 halftime lead.
"We came out of the gates in the second half," said Krause.
"Then, I thought this game was over in our favor about six times. But they got it going at the end."
Still, Krause moved the Bluejays to the York 40 on a pass interference penalty and had a chance to throw to the end zone after time expired.
Seward took its final lead when Krause hit Carson Core in the corner of the end zone on a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and two with 52 seconds left.
"I thought that was it," said Krause.
But Snodgrass hit Reid Hoffman on a 29-yard pass, then Jeb Lucas on a 28-yard toss to the Seward 5-yard line.
"Coach, Dad, called me to take the ball at the 5, and I thought it was a great call and the blocking was perfect," said Garrett Snodgrass.
Seward coach Jamie Opfer, who saw his team score three touchdowns in the final 8:40, said he was searching for ways to win.
"We thought we had three picks (interceptions) on their last drive and didn't get any," he said. "We didn't block, so we had to pass a lot more than we planned. Sure, we got a lot of yards and a lot of scores, but we lost another close one."
YORK 42, SEWARD 40
Y--Danielson 39 pass from Snodgrass (Ivey kick)
S--Core 17 run (Krause run)
Y--Diaz 7 run (Snodgrass run)
S--Freeman 17 pass from Krause (Glandt kick)
Y--Snodgrass 1 run (Ivey kick)
S--Myers 12 pass from Krause (kick failed)
Y--Danielson 16 pass from Snodgrass (Ivey kick)
S--Freeman 4 pass from Krause (conversion failed)
S--Brees 5 run (conversion failed)
Y--Snodgrss 17 run (Ivey kick)
S--Core 15 pass from Core (Glandt kick)
Y--Snodgrass 5 run (kick failed)
RUSHING--York, Diaz 12-80, Snodgrass 20-89, Kowalski 5-23, Troester 1-9; Seward, Bree's 8-55, Krause 9-20, Knisley 11-36, Core 2-18.
PASSING--York, Snodgrass 12-26-0, 283; Seward -- Krause 27-44-0, 405, Bree's 1-1-0, 47.
RECEIVING--York, Linhart 2-35, Danielson 8-196, Cast 1-20, Lucas 1-28; Seward, Core 12-172, Foreman 7-98, Knisley 4-69, Meyer 1-63, Brees 1-7, Myer 2-43.