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Austin Guido sets new career marks at Waubonsie Valley

Waubonsie Valley's AustGuido runs for touchdown during an Aug. 31 victory over Oswego. | Mike Mantucc~ For Sun-Times Media

Waubonsie Valley's Austin Guido runs for a touchdown during an Aug. 31 victory over Oswego. | Mike Mantucca ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 17, 2012 6:21AM

It’s hard to believe given the big numbers he’s rolled up this season, but it’s true.

With no fanfare, Waubonsie Valley senior running back Austin Guido became the school’s career rushing leader Oct. 5 sometime during the first quarter of the Warriors’ eventual overtime loss to district rival Neuqua Valley in a game played at North Central College.

Guido, who leads the Chicagoland area in rushing with 1,600 yards on 201 carries, came into that game needing just 11 yards to tie the Waubonsie Valley career mark of 3,000 yards set by Tyrone Gooch during the 1993-94 seasons.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Guido was promoted to varsity as a sophomore and rushed 99 times for 567 yards. Last season, the durable runner added 1,182 yards on 171 carries. After putting up 255 yards against Neuqua Valley and another 105 in last week’s win over East Aurora, the senior’s career totals stand at 471 carries, 3,349 yards and 46 touchdowns. All three are school career records.

“His numbers have gone up each year,” Waubonsie Valley coach Paul Murphy said. “Obviously, he’s fortunate to have a good offensive line and fullback Demario Webb to run behind out of our Power I.

“Add our option running game (directed by QB Dylan Warden) and our play-action passing game and it keeps a defense honest and makes it hard for them to overload any one thing.”

Murphy says Guido compares favorably to his former Marmion Academy standout Tom Koutsos, who went on to become the career rushing leader at Southern Illinois University.

“Tommy was a little bigger at about 6-foot, 210,” said the coach, describing both with “great vision and great downhill runners. Tommy would beat you out the front door. He was more of a straight-ahead runner.

“Austin will run straight ahead, too, but he’s more of a cutback runner than Tommy was. Austin has got that innate ability to cut it back and go back door if you shut the front door.”

Guido is 92 yards from tying Marcus Forrest (1992) for the single-season Waubonsie Valley rushing mark of 1,692 in this, the 38th year for football at the school. Guido and Forrest are tied for the single-season rushing TD mark at 23.

One if by land,
two if by air?

OK, there won’t be any lanterns hanging from the windows in the press box at Kaneland for Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 East showdown with Morris, but the Redskins will know early on what kind of attack to expect from the Knight offense.

It all depends if junior QB Drew David — who has passed for 1,483 yards and 19 TDs — plays or not. He didn’t last week, when coach Tom Fedderly turned to junior Ryan Carlson to direct a run-oriented attack.

Talented junior tailback Jesse Balluff, who came into the game with only 51 rushing attempts, ran 23 times for 177 yards while Carlson rushed for 109 yards in a 30-7 win over Sycamore.

One published report said David was out with an “arm injury,” while another termed it an “undisclosed injury.”

We tried to reach Fedderly on his cell phone and at school, but he hasn’t responded to those messages.

We also left a message with David’s parents and his father, Tom, responded from Atlanta, where he is on a business trip.

“Drew is doing OK,” said his dad, who then made like an NHL coach.. “He has an upper body injury. I know if you ask him if he could play he’d tell you he’s ready because he’s definitely feeling a lot better. I’m anxious to get back and see Friday’s game. I’m hoping he’s ready to go.”

Mum undoubtedly will be the word out of Maple Park for the rest of the week. All the better, of course, to keep Alan Thorson and the Morris defense guessing which offense they need to prepare for.

Until then? Shhhhh.

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