Snyder putting up big numbers Football: South Carroll back, having taken a year off, is running over defenders.

September 27, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

South Carroll senior running back Daren Snyder knows one way, and it's no big secret.

"He'll take a tackler on before he'll try to run around him," said Cavaliers coach Gene Brown. "He's definitely a north-south runner who goes right at you, although he has enough speed to get to the outside."

Snyder, quick to give his solid offensive line the credit for the Cavaliers' successful ground game this season, says it's just a ,, matter of following his blocks.

"They're putting the holes there for me. I have the easy part, just running behind them," Snyder said. "If I can get four yards or so, we're OK."

JTC Simple and effective. In the Cavaliers' first three games, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Snyder has rushed for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He's averaging 24 carries an outing.

And to think he was actually considering not going out for the team this year.

Snyder began playing recreation football with the Mount Airy Bulldogs when he was in the fifth grade. He continued to play in high school, starting out on the freshman team and then playing JV as a sophomore. Last year as a junior, he decided not to play.

"I don't know -- I just wasn't into it," he said. "I went and watched the games last year, [then] started lifting with the team over the summer and missed it. I mostly missed being around the team. The practices are serious, but there's also time to joke around."

Brown said Snyder has made up for lost time.

"He's an intense competitor who goes after it," he said. "He took the year off and looks like he's trying to put together two years in one. He's a go-getter who leads in his own way. You see a guy run like that, and it makes you want to work that much harder."

Snyder set the tone in the Cavaliers' season-opening win over Glenelg, against whom he rushed for 138 yards and a score. He's been the Cavaliers' go-to guy since.

"He took control of things in the first game. He ran over some people that day," Brown said. "We had some other guys we were looking to get the ball to, but he's been our guy. He's consistently put 100 yards on the board for us, and it helps us get some other things going."

With defenses having to pay close attention to Snyder, the passing game has improved with every week. In last Saturday's 28-19 loss to Rockville, junior quarterback Lee Windsor hooked up with senior Shaun O'Neill on six passes for 140 yards and two scores.

The Cavaliers, with their tough early schedule, may be one of the state's best teams with a 1-2 record.

Tonight's opponent, county rival Liberty, is another. Brown said the key to playing against Liberty will be keeping the Lions' powerful offense off the field.

Which means one thing: another busy night for Snyder.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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