Chugiak’s Snell wins Gatorade Player of the Year award
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.