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Meet Josh Snyder, the 5-11 Columbine Goliath


FORT COLLINS — Josh Snyder is an open book. He just wishes some more college programs would pick the darn thing up.

“I mean, I’m trying to put myself out there,” Columbine’s senior tailback told me with a chuckle, his laugh a frosty cloud of breath after carrying the Rebels to a Class 5A state football title.

His X bio lists every meaningful digit but the kid’s cellphone and Social Security numbers, naked to Elon Musk and the world. Says right here he boasts a 4.5 GPA, 405-pound squat, 260-pound bench, 4.5 40-yard dash, 7.11-second 60-meter official track time.

Dude might want to add this stat: 226 page-turning, all-purpose yards at Canvas Stadium that stonewalled Dave Logan and Cherry Creek from nailing a historic five-peat.

“I wanted this so bad,” said Snyder, still grinning after dropping 128 rushing yards, a 98-yard kick return and three touchdowns on the bigger, badder Bruins. “And that’s what motivated me — that there’s no tomorrow with football. It ends (Saturday). And so I gave it all I got out here.”

Logan will be back. It’s what he does. It’s what Creek (13-1) does. Columbine (14-0) doesn’t get to play the underdog card very often, but coach Andy Lowry played this one to the absolute hilt.

At the start of this magical postseason run, Lowry wrote the words “junkyard dawgs” up on the board at the front of the room for his kids to see. It didn’t take long for Rebs to get the message and start baring their collective teeth. Columbine pummeled Fountain-Fort Carson, Legend and Chatfield by a combined count of 121-26 on the march to FoCo.

“I mean, we’ve lost every eye test before the pregame the entire year,” cracked Lowry, whose crew jumped out to a 14-0 lead and pounded away to a 28-14 victory. “(I had) somebody who was a college coach (visiting) and he said, ‘We’re waiting for your linemen to come out.’”

With that, Lowry nodded to the lunch-pail guys behind him, a motley crew of 6-foot-ish, try-hard types dancing on Cloud 9.

“He told us to play loose, play confident and just have fun,” Snyder recalled. “I mean, this is the last game for so many seniors and so many guys. And it’s a dream come true. And it’s one day that you’re never going to get back.”



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