Guido gives Warriors new dimension

Guido gives Warriors new dimension

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
11:17 a.m.
By Jim Owzcarski
In winning its first playoff game since 2001, the Waubonsie Valley Warriors may have become an even more dangerous offensive team than the one that averaged nearly 30 points per game during the regular season.

On a chilly Friday night, the Warriors passing attack grounded itself with several dropped passes including one sure touchdown meaning the option running game was going to have to carry the load.

That said, one key contributor to that running game RBLB Devon Morgan had to focus more energy on defense to try and contain Brother Rices own two dynamic running backs.

That meant 5-foot, 8-inch sophomore Austin Guido suddenly became a workhorse. The 180-pounder proved he could be a feature back against a physical Crusaders defense, carrying the ball a career high 22 times for 211 yards and a touchdown in a 33-7 win.

Ive never gotten this many carries before, Guido said. Me (and Morgan) usually switch, but he didnt go in much so I knew that I had to carry my load and just run the ball hard.

While not a burner, Guidos initial burst through the line helped him average nearly a first down per carry, and he was able to run away from everyone on a 96-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter when he got to the edge and turned it up the field.

I could sense a guy behind me so I tried cutting in a little bit and he got an arm on me, but I broke it and scored, Guido said.

You have to assume Northwestern-bound tight end Mark Szott wont drop as many passes as he did Friday, and same with receiver Demitrius Gray. Guido proved he could carry the load, which will make QB Tommy Kolzow even more dangerous on rollouts and keepers.

A scintillating second round

This weekends games feature several contests that could be confused for semifinal games in all classes. In Class 3A, Aurora Christian (6-4) hosts title favorite Wilmington (10-0). Just two weeks ago, the Wildcats beat 4A Sandwich 34-14 and for the year, Wilmington is 5-0 against teams with larger enrollments.

In 4A, Geneseo (9-1) travels to Sandwich (9-1) in a game that could determine who goes to the state finals in that bracket. The Maple Leafs have won four state titles and finished second five other times, including last year. Expect a huge crowd Geneseo told Sandwich they would be bringing 1,500 people Saturday night.

In 6A, Geneva (8-2) travels to Lemont (10-0), but the Vikings might now be the favorite having won eight straight games. The Vikings have found a groove offensively averaging 44.5 points during that win streak including two consecutive 69-point efforts against Larkin in Week 9 and Oak Forest last week. The winner of that game will face the winner of Marmion Academy (9-1) at T.F. South (9-1), a game that will feature the Cadets power against the Rebels explosiveness.

Mr. Efficiency

Everyone knew Kaneland senior QB Joe Camiliere had a complete understanding of the Knights offense hes been running it on varsity for three years. But what hes been doing lately is truly unbelievable.

In the last two weeks, victories over Morris and King, Camiliere has completed an astounding 79 percent of his passes (22 for 28) for 458 yards and six TDs while throwing no interceptions.

Predictions, predictions

Beginning with last weeks first round playoff games, The Beacon-News ran predictions calculated by SportsMetrix, an algorithm-based program that can rank teams more accurately based on strength of schedule.

The program, developed by Aurora native and Sugar Grove resident Dr. Greg Rahn, was 6 for 7 in The Beacon-News coverage area, with its only wrong answer coming from Aurora Christians upset over Oregon on the road. The program picked the Eagles on a neutral field but there is weight given to homefield advantage and that fact led to the Hawks being given a slight edge.

To increase the sample size, SportsMetrix also predicted all of the games involving teams from The Beacon-News sister publications in Elgin, Naperville and weekly publications in Downers Grove, Bolingbrook and Wheaton. The formula correctly predicted 18 of the 19 games, including the upset victories of Neuqua Valley over Downers Grove South and Naperville North over Marist in Class 8A.

For more information on the college and high school rankings calculated by Dr. Rahn, visit

State finals online

The IHSA announced Monday that all eight of the state championship games will be carried live on on Nov. 26-27. It is first time ESPN has broadcast a high school state final event in any sport on any of the networks platforms.

The championship games will be broadcast on local television via the IHSA TV Network and will carry the live television feed from all eight contests, which can be accessed via

The IHSAs streaming portal,, will not carry the games live, but will have each contest archived after its conclusion.

Clayton Kershaw stands between Cubs and World Series: ‘To be the best, you got to beat the best’

Clayton Kershaw stands between Cubs and World Series: ‘To be the best, you got to beat the best’

Clayton Kershaw stands between the Cubs and the World Series, a possibility that left veteran catcher David Ross thinking about Ric Flair inside Dodger Stadium’s visiting clubhouse late Thursday night: To be The Man, you got to beat The Man. 

“Woo!” That’s how the Cubs like to punctuate their postgame celebration routine, channeling the professional wrestling legend in a ritual with so much sensory overload that the fog machine set off fire alarms throughout the underground Wrigley Field lair…after a win in the middle of August. “Woo!” 
The Cubs left Los Angeles one win away from their first National League pennant since 1945, and with two chances to pull it off this weekend at Wrigley Field, beginning on Saturday night in Game 6. So imagine how this crew would trash the Party Room if they beat Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP. 

“The guy competes,” manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s pretty much like mechanics be damned, it’s just about me beating you somehow. 

“He’s got a good fastball that he locates. He doesn’t walk people. He’s got a dynamic curve and slider. And he’s got deception. He’s a little bit funky, and that’s got to be hard to pick up. The ball gets on you pretty quickly, and then he commands it. 

“So there’s nothing you could possibly ask for that he doesn’t already have.”

Now we’ll see if something clicked while the Cubs turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 NLCS lead – handling rookie starters Julio Urias and Kenta Maeda and the softer parts of the Los Angeles bullpen – or if those 18 runs combined in Games 4 and 5 were a mirage.

In 16-plus innings so far, the Cubs still haven’t scored a run off Kershaw, if-necessary Game 7 lefty starter Rich Hill or dominating closer Kenley Jansen, who got this review from Maddon: “He’s like a 100-pound heavier version of Mariano Rivera. He’s the bigger man with the same kind of stuff.”

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Why are the Cubs so confident? Remember, this offense scored 808 runs during the regular season, more than every NL team except for the Colorado Rockies. This lineup knocked out October legend Madison Bumgarner after five innings in the divisional round (though pitcher Jake Arrieta delivered the three-run homer in a game the San Francisco Giants would win in extra innings). 

The Cubs should at least have a better idea of what to expect after getting that up-close view during a 1-0 loss in Game 2, the end of a 10-day period where the Dodgers used Kershaw for three starts and a division-series save against the Washington Nationals.  

Ben Zobrist – a veteran of 11 postseason series – explained: “His heater – as straight as it is – (comes from) the deception of his funky windup. You think you’re there, and it’s right above your barrel.”

“We’ll all be ready to go,” All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “Any time you see a guy back-to-back, it’s always to our advantage as hitters. We just have to go out there and play our game and have good at-bats off a left-handed pitcher. 

“I know it’s Clayton Kershaw, but we really got to just focus in on having good at-bats.” 

The Dodgers still have to beat a leading Cy Young contender (Kyle Hendricks) and last year’s award winner (Arrieta) on back-to-back nights in a building that will be shaking if the Cubs take an early lead with a Kris Bryant home run. And until this October, Kershaw had a reputation for underachieving in the playoffs.

“We got to battle,” Bryant said. “We know Kershaw likes to keep his pitch count down, because he wants to pitch the whole game. He’s a competitor, so we got to find a way to work counts and not swing at the pitches that he wants us to.

“Any time you got the best in the game going at you, it’s a challenge. And it’s going to be fun.” 

That’s exactly how the Cubs have approached everything this year, with an Embrace-The-Target attitude and all this Flair for the dramatic. 

“To be the best, you got to beat the best,” Rizzo said.

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