Snyder Leads, Catches Team Spirit

Zach Piatt
Sports Editor

Mikey Snyder is back on the football field for the Northrop Bruins as a senior leader this season, only this year he’s in a different position: wide receiver.

“I hope to help the team by being a leader and doing my best,” said Snyder.

“Mike is an exceptional athlete that would excel anywhere we put him on the field,” said Northrop head football coach, Jason Doerffler.

Snyder sustained a broken leg in the Bruins’ sectional game against Homestead last season at quarterback. This was a big blow for Northrop because his future as a football player was put into question. He has come back for his senior year and is making a huge impact in the Bruins’ offense.

“Mikey gives us a big play receiver down field and his run after catch ability makes him a constant threat,” said senior receiver, Jordan Dickinson.

“He gives us a deep threat and a tall kid that can go up and catch almost anything,” said junior quarterback, Garrett Schoenle.

Through the Bruins’ first four games this season, Snyder leads the team in targets, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He has clearly emerged as Schoenle’s favorite target.

“Mike is just a great athlete and was very flexible with the switch back to receiver,” said Schoenle.

Snyder breaks out of his route looking for a pass in Northrop's home opener against Carroll. Snyder finished the game with six catches for 63 yards as the Bruins fell 14-48 to the Chargers.

Snyder (4) breaks out of his route looking for a pass in Northrop’s home opener against Carroll. Snyder finished the game with six catches for 63 yards as the Bruins fell 14-48 to the Chargers. Photo by Emily Johnson.

Mikey may be filling up the stat sheet, but you won’t hear him talking about it. He’s a humble player and lets his performance speak for itself.

“Mike is a selfless player who will do anything you ask him to do,” says Doerffler. “He cares a lot about improving this program, and as a coach that’s really all you can ask. He’s definitely the kind of kid every coach wants.”

“I feel like the switch gave us more depth,” says Snyder. “It also gave Garrett (Schoenle) the room to improve because I’m not the best quarterback.”

Snyder’s leg healed last year in time for baseball season, where he played another important role. He batted fourth most of the season for the Bruins and hit two home runs, including one at Parkview Field.

“Mike has a tremendous work ethic,” says Northrop head baseball coach, Matt Brumbaugh. “He’s always willing to put in extra work outside of practice.”

“Mike is phenomenal,” says Schoenle. “He can always make a difference whether it in the field or at the plate.”

Mikey is a true team player. He’s a fantastic leader who strives for success. He’s a quiet, humble person who gets the job done on the field and in the classroom.

“He is never satisfied with his performance and always wants to get better,” says Brumbaugh. “He leads by example and wants the team to succeed.”

“He’s got a great personality and his teammates like him,” says Doerffler. “There’s no question Mike is one of the leaders on this team, and we are proud to have him as such a solid representative of the Northrop Football Program.”

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