Tonganoxie’s Snyder, McLouth’s McAferty selected for Shrine Bowl
A pair of area football seniors will have one more opportunity to represent their schools on the gridiron at the 41st annual Kansas Shrine Bowl Game.
Tonganoxie’s Cody Snyder and McLouth’s Nick McAferty have been selected to the East team for the yearly game, which will be played at 7:05 p.m. July 26 at Pittsburg State University. Both players led their teams to district titles for the second straight season.
Snyder, an offensive and defensive lineman, helped pave the way for a rushing game that averaged nearly 250 yards per contest. The Chieftains went 8-1 in the regular season — their best record since 2006 — and reached the regional round of the Class 4A playoffs for the second year in a row. Snyder wrapped up his high school career with a first-team All-Kaw Valley League selection. Defensively, he helped THS give up just 18.2 points per game, including four outings of seven points or less.
Snyder is the fifth Chieftain ever selected to a Shrine Bowl roster and the first since Jeff Hughes in 2007. Other participants were Kent Fleming (2006), Chris Johnson (1990) and Jay Monhollon (1983).
McAferty, a wide receiver and linebacker, finished with 15 total touchdowns in his final high school season. He was awarded with a first-team All-Northeast Kansas League selection. He helped the Bulldog offense put up better than 300 yards per game on the way to a Class 2-1A bi-district playoff appearance. He also earned second-team all-NEK honors as a linebacker after helping MHS allow just 14.1 points per game.
McAferty’s selection marks the Bulldogs’ second in as many years, as 2013 grad Marc Walbridge saw time at quarterback in last year’s game. Past MHS selections were Emery Folsom (1995) and Vic Ford (1979). McAferty will get to play for his high school coach one more time, as Bulldog head coach Chris Stewart will lead the East team. Stewart served as an assistant coach in 2013.
Last year at Washburn University, the East ended a seven-game losing streak with a 22-19 victory. They’ll try to post consecutive wins this summer for the first time since 2004 and 2005.