How far can someone go when they're motivated by challenge? Gervais's Augustine "Auggie" Guido intends to find out as he takes the next step in his athletic career.
The Gervais High School alum recently signed with the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., to play football during the upcoming season. Guido, a football player since the seventh grade, is ecstatic to be making the move into the ranks of college athletes.
"Oh, it's amazing," Guido said. "Like … it's been a dream since I started football to go play college football."
Guido, a tight end and defensive end for the Gervais football team, played through several rough seasons with the program. His freshman year, the team went 2-7; when he was a sophomore, the team went 1-7; and when he was a junior, the team went 2-7. After the COVID-19 pandemic more than halved the schedule for 2020-21, Gervais was scheduled for four games. The team split the contests, giving Gervais its highest win percentage in years. Getting that win to secure .500 was huge, according to Guido.
"We didn't even know if we were going to have a season, most of the year," Guido said. "And like the fact that we got a season, you know, and we were heading that game 1-2 … I've always wanted to have a season where I can't go below .500 because all four years we have and so being on .500 was the goal and it was a good, good game. And when we won that game, (it was) just so like, 'Oh my God, we actually did it.'"
Guido will join a team that went 2-2 this past spring. The College of the Siskiyous split contests with Feather River College and Shasta College, both teams in the Golden Valley Conference. Going into his freshman year as a college athlete, Guido says he's fueled by doubters and wanting to prove them wrong and has been since he started playing football.
"All the time, I'm always trying to prove people wrong because there's a lot of people, I believe, that don't think I can play football or play the sports that I want to play and, well, I just want to prove (them) wrong," Guido said. "Like I can make it, I can be somebody who can be at the top of any league or anything that I am doing. I want to be the best I can."
While he is committed to competing for the Eagles, Guido does have his sights set on eventually playing for a Division I school.
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