Waubonsie Valley’s football team showed Friday at Oswego that it can rely on senior running back Austin Guido to explode, but the Warriors also served notice he’s not the only weapon on the field.
Guido was his usual dominant self in the Warriors’ convincing 54-28 nonconference road win, rushing for 214 yards and four touchdowns and catching three passes for 52 yards and another score. But quarterback Dylan Warden passed for 183 yards and two scores and ran for another 66 yards, and junior Demario Webb rushed for 57 yards and two more scores.
“We kept scoring so fast, but that’s the type of offense we have,” Waubonsie coach Paul Murphy said. “If you give us a crease, we have a chance to take it for a home run from anywhere.”
Waubonsie (2-0) led 19-14 at the half on the strength of two Guido touchdowns, but the Warriors took control in the third quarter. They were forced to punt after their first drive of the second half, but they forced a turnover on the punt, putting the ball at Oswego’s seven-yard line. Guido punched it in the next play to push the lead to 26-14.
“The punt team creating a turnover totally calmed us down in the second half,” Murphy said. “That was the turning point in the game.”
Oswego (1-1) matched Waubonsie offensively most of the night, but three second-half turnovers proved to be too difficult to overcome, especially with the ease with which the Warriors were scoring.
Senior running back Mickeel Stewart ran for 190 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run and quarterbacks Steven Frank and Brett Wainwright combined to throw for 170 yards, but the Panthers couldn’t keep up with Waubonsie.
“What a difference seven days and a different opponent makes,” Oswego coach Brian Cooney said. “Waubonsie is a great football team. Their offense is very good. It’s still not an excuse to give up 54 points. Our offense hung in and kept us in the game.”
After Oswego cut the lead to 26-21 in the third, the Warriors finished the game on a 28-7 kick, including huge touchdown plays. Warden found Christian Gibbs for a 52-yard touchdown pass and Guido added touchdown runs of 41 and 88 yards late in the game.
“We have a lot of talent,” Warden said. “We don’t just have Guido, who could run for 200 yards every game. We have Demario back there and (Troy) Fumagalli (four catches, 79 yards).”