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Safeties propel Snider

The defense gets credit for a safety, but Snider coach Kurt Tippmann would like his special teams to receive part of the accolades.

The Panthers turned the trick not once – but twice – in a 49-12 win over Harding on Friday.

On the first one in the first quarter, Snider punter Tyler Williams' 51-yard punt helped put the Hawks at their own 1-yard line.

Two plays later and the Panthers are tackling Harding's Myikell Payne in the end zone, and Snider led 9-6.

On safety No. 2, Snider kicked off to the Hawks, who had returned the ball to the Harding 44 but a block in the back penalty moved the ball to the 8. After a sack of Zac Haydock pushed the ball back a yard, a bad snap sailed into the end zone where Haydock recovered the ball for the defensive two points and a 42-12 lead in the fourth quarter.

"The safeties come from great special teams play," Tippmann said. "We spend a lot of time on special teams. Our guys who run down there to cover it did a nice job of pinning them. It's the field position, more than anything, and then the defense made nice plays to stop them for safeties."

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.