football; CHS vs Glacier

Capital High’s Seth Schneider runs through Glacier defenders for a first down during the first half Oct. 13 at Vigilante Stadium in Helena. Schneider recorded three rushing TDs in the game.

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Capital High’s football program is noted for many of the state’s greatest modern-day players. Add the name Seth Schneider to that list.

Schneider, a 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back/linebacker/kickoff returner, recently finished a prep career that sees his name in Capital’s record books in 10 different categories. This season, he added six new offensive records to go along with his four school marks on defense last year.

He is now the school’s all-time leading rusher with 2,611 career rushing yards, erasing Gunnar Brekke’s (2010-12) mark of 2,145; and 1,578 season yards, eclipsing Don Saisbury’s 17-year old 2000 record of 1,535. Schneider also surpassed CHS’ regular season rushing mark of 1,292 by Narles Layne (2003), with 1,304 yards this year.

Schneider also recently became an elite two-time Class AA All-Stater (first or second team) at two different positions. He was one of the IR Players of the Year last season as well, and now Schneider is the IR All-Area Offensive Player of the Year for 2017.

“This is a huge accomplishment and I’m honored to be able to accept this recognition,” said Schneider, who helped the 7-5 Bruins to their third successive playoff semifinals.

In the 11 games he played this year, the Bruin great carried the ball 213 times for 1,578 yards and 19 touchdowns. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry, and 143 yards rushing per game.

He also caught 16 passes for 205 yards and a pair of scores, while returned 13 kickoffs for 225 yards. The durable and indefatigable Schneider seldom missed a snap this year while amassing 2,039 all-purpose yards (185 yards per game) and 21 total TDs.

Schneider posted two 200-yard rushing games, and three contests with three or more touchdowns. Against Billings Skyview he ran for 242 yards -- fourth most in school history -- while tying two CHS records of four rushing TDs in a game and five total TDs in a game (four rushing and one receiving).

Among his longer runs were four jaunts of 50 yards or more -- going 80, 56, 54 and 51 yards.

“Seth has been extremely valuable to us here at Bruin Football, he’s had a tremendous career on both sides of the ball,” said CHS coach Kyle Mihelish. “Seth leaves the program as the all time leading rusher in Capital history, and when you look at the top 10 rushers at here, that’s quite an accomplishment.

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“Being voted by the AA coaches first team All State on both sides of the ball shows the respect he has earned on the field.”

On defense this year, Schneider was second on the Bru-crew with eight tackles for loss, and No. 3 at 90 solo tackles and 339 defensive points. Over the past two seasons, he has compiled 711 defensive points and 183 solo tackles.

Included with his CHS defensive records are 149 interception yards in a season, a 90-yard interception for a touchdown and two pick-sixes in a game.

For his career, Schneider amassed 33 combined TDs, including 28 rushing, two receiving, two interceptions and a returned fumble recovery.

And in addition to his 10 school grid standards, he also owns a CHS weight-lifting record with a 320-pound clean lift.

“The entire coaching staff and my family had the most influence on my career,” answered Schneider, in answer to who has impacted his career the most. “My family has always supported me and kept me in a position to succeed, and my coaches pushed me to try and be the best I can be – they taught me how to play the game.”

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