Newburyport football captain Dillon Guthro sports an attitude that should make anyone feel good about the future.
“I feel an obligation to serve my country,” said Guthro, who would like to serve as a Navy Seal when he leaves NHS. “I feel that the United States has given me so many opportunities that I want to defend the country so that kids in the future can have the same opportunities that I had.”
At the moment, Guthro’s future looks bright. The defensive and tight end who tied the Cape Ann League for most sacks in his sophomore year and was named the CAL Defensive Player of the Year during his junior season, has had a busy summer, participating in seven positional football camps since June.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior (his friends call him “Gut”) has been showing off his talents at such schools as Colgate University, Lafayette College, UMass Amherst, the University of Connecticut, Boston College, Holy Cross and the University of New Hampshire.
“It’s been really fun,” Guthro said of his summer so far. “You get to meet a lot of different people at these camps. It gives you a lot of perspective for sure. I didn’t know that other high schools can run spring football. Newburyport doesn’t do that, but a lot of other high schools, especially in the South do. But it all comes down to how you play. You could play year-round, but if somebody else has more motivation then you, then it’s not going to matter. If they play harder than you, then it counts.”
It’s Guthro’s approach to the gridiron that has drawn him notice and his captaincy.
“It’s got to be a different mindset,” said Guthro, who will also be co-captaining the basketball and lacrosse teams along with Drew Bourdeau. “Once you hit the field, you flip a switch and you become almost a different person. You can’t stop. You’re an in-control maniac.”