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Sports Star: Justin Guerre, running back, St. Francis Prep, football and track team


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Name: Justin Guerre

School: St. Francis Prep

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football and track

Position: Running back

Justin Guerre is a star athlete at St. Francis Prep, where he continues to break records on the field. As a football captain this year, Guerre, a running back, ran for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 9 games.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, he excels even further as a track star. Guerre’s 6.46 second time in the 55 meter dash placed first overall in the state and 14th overall in the nation for boys’ indoor track in 2013. “It [setting the record] was the most memorable moment of my sports career,” Guerre said.

While sports do play a major role in Guerre’s life, he makes sure his school work never takes the back burner. With an 85 average, he works just as hard off the field as he does on it. As a junior at St. Francis, Guerre received a full scholarship for his senior year because of his multi- sport talent and success in the classroom.

“I want to be known for more than just sports,” Guerre said. “Juggling sports and school is a lot of work. Practice doesn’t end early, so there is no time to fool around when I get home.”

Guerre is looking at both the University of Pittsburgh and La Salle University for the fall.

What life lessons have you learned from both football and track?

“The most important one for me was hard work. I learned that the effort I put in was the result that I was going to get not only on the field, but in life.”

What is your method of success both on and off the field?

“While you’re doing something, you might as well give it your all. You got to do what you got to do, nothing comes easy, so when the opportunity comes, go grab it.”

Who were the biggest role models for you growing up?

“My parents for sure. I see them struggling putting me and my family through school and it makes me want to do the best I can to be able to help them out.”

What did being a captain help teach you?

“It taught me responsibility. I let my actions speak for me, so I have to set the bar high and show others how hard we have to work to be successful.”

 

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St. Francis Prep falls just shy of championship


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After two consecutive seasons of winning just one regular season game combined, Saint Francis Prep’s football team went 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the “AA” division of the Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) this past regular season.

The Terriers had a successful season and made it to the CHSFL “A” playoffs and championship game against Bishop Ford on Saturday, November 12.

Before the championship game the Terriers and Falcons met once in the regular season on October 30. St. Francis Prep was victorious in that game 21-12.

The Terriers scored first with 3:34 remaining in the first half when Tom Cani connected on an 18-yard strike to Chuck Myers. Shortly after the half, Casey Beaudoin ran into the end zone for his first of two rushing touchdowns in the game.

Bishop Ford’s offense was very solid, led by senior tailback Devon Mitchell. Mitchell ran for 148 yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Mitchell shook off tackles and showed elusiveness and endurance. For this reason, he was awarded with the MVP award after the game. However, one play made by quarterback Xaviah Mattocks and tight end Rodney Gonzales with 6.7 seconds left defined the outcome of the CHSFL “A” championship game. Gonzales caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Mattocks that deflated the crowd and the Terriers sideline. Bishop Ford won 22-18.

The Terriers go into the offseason with a bad taste in their mouths and a mix of feelings and emotions. The players look forward to next year where they anticipate being back in the playoffs and the championship game.