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July 20, 2013

A Gut check

Newburyport's Guthro primed for big season

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Clippers head coach Ed Gaudiano said that Guthro has been making an impact on his program ever since he was in freshman football.

“The kid’s got a great motor,” said Gaudiano. “He’s got great speed in the game. He plays the game fast and with really good intensity, and who doesn’t love that?”

Guthro says that he attributes his level of intensity to what he’s learned from his coaches at NHS.

“My coaches have pushed me harder then I think most coaches would,” said Guthro. “Newburyport is good with that kind of thing. They have turned me into the athlete that I am. My coaches from youth football through six grade and up until now.”

But Guthro and his Clippers have just lost two of those coaches to other positions. Defensive coordinator Bob Clark will become Newburyport’s new athletic director and offensive coordinator Ryan McCarthy is moving on to a coaching position at Triton.

“I guess that makes me a little bit nervous,” said Guthro. “I almost feel like the future of football is kind of resting on us seniors this year, on how we play and how we respond to the fact that we lost a couple of coaches this year.”

But Guthro knows a big part of athletics is rolling with the punches.

“I think that I try to lead by example,” said Guthro. “Because I followed the examples of my former (captains). I grew up and I watched these, to me huge kids, playing and I wanted to be like them. They were larger-than-life characters. But you don’t see it like that when you’re in that position yourself. I saw Dean Cataldo and Andrew Sokol as these larger-than-life characters who couldn’t be stopped and now I’m in the same position they were in four years ago.”

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