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Guido, Rhattigan pile up impressive numbers

Waubonsie Valley's AustGuido goes over pile for extryardage against Proviso West Oct. 26. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

Waubonsie Valley's Austin Guido goes over a pile for extra yardage against Proviso West on Oct. 26. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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Austin Guido,
Waubonsie Valley

Height: 5-10

Weight: 190

Carries: 292

Yards: 2,236

Yards per carry: 7.7

Yards per game: 203.3

Touchdowns: 30

Oct. 5 game: 37 carries for 255 yards and one touchdown.

Joey Rhattigan,
Neuqua Valley

Height: 6-0

Weight: 201

Carries: 234

Yards: 1,855

Yards per carry: 7.9

Yards per game: 168.6

Touchdowns: 30

Oct. 5 game: 34 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns.

Updated: December 9, 2012 7:28PM

Already holding a long list of rushing records for each of their programs, Waubonsie Valley’s Austin Guido and Neuqua Valley’s Joey Rhattigan will meet for one last time Saturday when fourth-seeded Waubonsie Valley visits top-seeded Neuqua Valley in a Class 8A state quarterfinal.

When Neuqua Valley came away with a 35-34, double-overtime victory over Waubonsie Valley on Oct. 5, the two leaders of their respective offenses didn’t disappoint.

Running 34 times for 131 yards and three TDs against the Warriors, Rhattigan picked up where he left off in the two teams’ meeting a year ago, won by Waubonsie Valley 27-21 in overtime, when he ran for 241 yards and three TDs.

“As a team, I think that we’re motivated to play Waubonsie, but for me personally, I was stopped fourth-and-2 (in overtime last year),” Rhattigan said in the days leading up to the Oct. 5 game. “So that, personally, just sets the fire for me. I want to get after it just as bad as my team does and I think we’re gonna do just that.”

Guido, meanwhile, had the bigger night statwise between the two during the first meeting after rushing for 255 yards and a TD on 37 carries.

“It’s a credit to all the guys that are blocking for him. It’s a credit to his ability, but we’re not gonna worry about celebrating until after the season,” Waubonsie Valley coach Paul Murphy said of his 5-foot-10, 190-pound tailback’s success last month. “We got a long way to go here, so our focus is on the team and getting ready for the games and we’ll look at the individual accolades (later). Once our season’s over, obviously it’ll mean a lot. But, now, putting a definition on it is too hard because we feel we got a lot more games to play.”

Kickoff on Saturday is 6 p.m.

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