While we’re already three weeks into the high school football season, there’s been no shortage of amazing performances.
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News 25’s Andrew Scherer brings you the season’s first WXXV Student Athlete of the Week.
Being a quarterback comes with many challenges. Most of the time, the game comes down to what they can or can’t do. For Long Beach High School Head Coach Philip Pigott, there’s a certain factor that he looks for in the position. “When everyone else is going home, they should be studying film. They should be asking questions, meeting with their coach and just that leadership factor, having the game knowledge that I know not just my position, but all 11 guys on the field.”
Enter Bearcats starting quarterback Guice Tripp, who checks off all of those boxes for Coach Pigott. In what was just his third career start, the junior signal caller put on a show last week against West Harrison, throwing for 330 yards and five touchdowns, also adding another with his feet to help Long Beach get their first win of the season. “We came in the game. We wanted the first win, especially at home because we didn’t win at home last year. During the game, we just rolled.”
Rolled is certainly a way to describe it as the Bearcats put up 57 points. Guice says that while he appreciates the praise, it’s all about the many different weapons that surrounded him in their offense. “I mean, I don’t look at one receiver, I can look all across the field because I know every single one of them is going to catch the ball, Dalton, D’Lijah, Jervey, Kobe, Johnny, Tyree, even the running backs.”
A quarterback who chooses to praise what’s around him rather than himself, sounds like another number 12 that we all know, who happens to be the guy that Tripp looks up to the most. “How he just is, how he walks.”
Like the six-time Super Bowl champion, Guice also carries with him a certain deadly silence, if you will. “The kids respect him. They follow him. They’re behind him. They believe in him,” said Coach Pigott. “The thing with him is he’s kind of got this quiet confidence to him. He goes about his business.”
After getting the first win of the season out of the way, Guice now shifts his focus to the rest of their season as Long Beach searches for their first playoff berth since 2011. “We just want to go big. We haven’t been to the playoffs in a while and that’s the main goal right now.”
Guice will look to repeat his 300-yard performance on Friday when the Bearcats host Vancleave at home.