Waubonsie Valley's Austin Guido breaks away from the South Elgin defense Friday in Aurora. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Faced with a South Elgin team that just kept coming, Waubonsie Valley Friday night did what it does best and gave the ball to running back Austin Guido.
The senior back scored four touchdowns and rushed for 236 yards on 34 carries, including a big 44-yard run and a late TD to put away a 35-20 Upstate Eight Valley home-field victory over the Storm.
“We’re a pound team,” Guido said. “We want to just pound the ball all the way down and just shove it down their throat until they can stop it, and when they do, we’ll throw a pass to other players.”
Guido’s 34 carries represented his second-highest total of the year. He got it five straight times after South Elgin had fought back within 28-20, and broke off a 44-yard run to get into position for a game-clinching 6-yard TD run with 1:50 remaining.
“That’s a great team that we just played,” Guido said. “They did not give up.”
Waubonsie Valley (6-0, 3-0) clinched a postseason berth with the win.
South Elgin (3-3, 2-2) trailed 28-7 after Guido got behind the big offensive line of Joe Rodriguez, Jackson Hynes, Jon Harris, Anthony Napolitano, and Mark Iwasyk to bull in for TDs of 4 and 1 yard in the third quarter to turn a 14-7 halftime edge to 28-7.
But South Elgin came right back with a 5-yard TD pass from quarterback Rob Cuda to Tyler Christensen after the Warriors fumbled away a punt at their own 9-yard line.
After the Storm defense forced a short punt, the offense drove 47 yards to score on a fourth-and-goal pass from Cuda, who completed 19-of-31 for 157 yards, to Chris Bingham and cut the deficit to 28-20. The PAT kick went wide.
“I was telling our kids all week it’s our chance to shock the world and show everybody they can play with an outstanding team,” South Elgin coach Dale Schabert said. “The kids earned the right to be in that spot.
“They played great. We got the turnover, we hustled down on the punt. It’s just a credit to the kids.”
Waubonsie Valley answered with the 69-yard TD drive to clinch the win despite a night when 90 yards on nine penalties proved costly.
“We can’t get dumb penalties,” Warriors coach Paul Murphy said. “We put them back in the game with a dropped punt and in the first half shot ourselves in the foot when we threw a pick (to Tyler Thorson) down there (at the 7-yard line) when our tight end is wide open. We can’t do those type of things and beat a state caliber opponent like Neuqua Valley, which we play next.”
Waubonsie Valley outgained South Elgin 462 yards to 212, and had its own interception from safety Troy Fumagalli, who helped hold top Storm wide receiver Joe Crivolio without a catch until late in the third quarter.
Guido had opened the scoring on a 1-yard run and then Warriors quarterback Dylan Warden (5-of-9, 129 yards, 1 INT) scored on his team’s second possession on a 4-yard run.
But the Storm defense got Thorson’s INT and took the ball away another time on downs at the South Elgin 13 after Jeff Broger (52 yards, 11 carries) scored on a 1-yard second-quarter run to make it 14-7.
“I feel proud of the effort and told them the only place it doesn’t say we were successful was on the board,” Schabert said.
WAUBONSIE VALLEY 35, SOUTH ELGIN 20
South Elgin 0 7 0 13 -- 20
Waubonsie Valley 14 0 14 7 -- 35
WV – Austin Guido 1 run (Victor Carbajal kick) 8:40, 1st
WV – Dylan Warden 4 run (Carbajal kick) 2:24, 1st
SE – Jeff Broger 1 run (Matt Bree kick) 4:41, 2nd
WV – Guido 4 run (Carbajal kick) 8:07, 3rd
WV – Guido 1 run (Carbajal kick) 2:25, 3rd
SE – Broger 5 pass from Rob Cuda (Bree kick) 11:01, 4th
SE – Chris Bingham 4 pass from Cuda (kick failed) 3:28, 4th
WV –Guido 6 run (Carbajal kick) 1:51, 4th
Team Stats SE WV
First downs 15 18
Comp.-att.-int. 19-31-1 5-9-1
Passing yards 157 129
Rushing att.-yards 22-55 49-303
Total yards 212 432
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties 2-15 9-90
South Elgin – Broger 11-52, Cuda 9-4, Joseph Balaja 1-(minus)1, Dalton Garland 1-0.
Waubonsie Valley – Guido 34-236, Demario Webb 4-31, Jack Eddy 2-2, Dylan Warden 7-20, Kyle Neese 2-14.
South Elgin – Cuda 9-31-1-157.
Waubonsie Valley – Warden 5-9-1-129.
South Elgin – Tyler Chistensen 3-24, Joe Crivolio 2-12, Broger 3-11, John Stanko 6-47, Chris Bingham 1-4, Balaja 4-59.
Waubonsie Valley – Troy Fumagalli 2-79, Webb 1-37, Dan Waldron 1-5, John Burke 1-8.