Chugiak’s Snell wins Gatorade Player of the Year award

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:54
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell races toward one of his three rushing touchdowns in Chugiak’s 42-6 Railbelt Conference football win over Wasilla on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Veternal Memorial Field in Wasilla. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell gets dragged down by a Bartlett defender during Chugiak’s 75-62 loss to the Golden Bears in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bowl Alaska Division I football playoffs on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Anchorage Football Stadium. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell runs past a Bartlett defender for one of his five touchdowns during Chugiak’s 75-62 loss to the Golden Bears in the semifinals of the ASAA/First National Bowl Alaska Division I football playoffs on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at Anchorage Football Stadium. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell runs for a 35-yard touchdown during the second quarter of Chugiak’s 44-25 Railbelt Conference football win over Colony on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell makes a tackle during Chugiak’s 42-6 Railbelt Conference football win over Wasilla on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Veternal Memorial Field in Wasilla. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell runs for a touchdown during Chugiak’s 42-6 Railbelt Conference football win over Wasilla on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Veternal Memorial Field in Wasilla. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell leaps to catch a pass during Chugiak’s 48-0 nonconference high school football win over Kenai on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell stiffarms Kenai Central’s Titus Riddall during Chugiak’s 48-0 nonconference high school football win over Kenai on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell scores one of his five touchdowns during Chugiak’s 48-0 nonconference high school football win over Kenai on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell celebrates in the closing minutes of Chugiak’s 61-13 Railbelt Conference football win over Lathrop on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell runs for a gain during the Mustangs’ 20-7 nonconference high school football win over South on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak, Alaska. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Derryk Snell reacts after recovering an East fumble during the Mustangs’ 20-7 nonconference win over East on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at East High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak linebacker Derryk Snell runs through the East defensive line during the Mustangs’ 20-7 nonconference win over East on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at East High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The mantle at the Snell household might need some reinforcements.

Chugiak High senior Derryk Snell added another piece of hardware to his collection Monday when he was named the Gatorade Alaska Boys Football Player of the Year.

Snell is the second Chugiak High football player to win the award, joining running back Edward Booker, who was honored for the 1991-92 season.

A runnning back/wide receiver and linebacker, Snell rained 2,197 yards of offense and scored 37 offensive touchdowns for the Mustangs. He scored one touchdown on defense, recovered three fumbles, forced three fumbles, had an interception and was credited with four sacks.

According to a press release issued by Gatorade, Snell is an active volunteer in his church, as well as with the local Lions Club, Elks Club and Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

Service coach Jason Caldarera praised the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Chugiak star.

“He’s a very competitive kid, one of those who definitely has a presence on the field,” Caldarera said. “He stands out — he singlehandedly helped that team.”

Snell is a back-to-back Railbelt and Alaska Offense Player of the Year who led the Mustangs to a 9-1 record this season.

Snell has verbally committed to play at Montana State University and recently completed a visit to the school’s Bozeman campus.

For winning the award, Snell will receive a $1,000 grant to donate to his selected organization.

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