By Joe Naiman

Former Vista Murrieta Bronco makes big plays in Holiday Bowl


Last updated 1/10/2019 at 11:24pm

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The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl Monday, Dec. 31, at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego features former Vista Murrieta High School football standout, Javelin Guidry.

During the 2016 high school football season, Vista Murrieta High School senior Javelin Guidry intercepted six passes, made 38 tackles and was named to the Southwestern League's first team. Guidry concluded the 2018 collegiate season, his sophomore year at the University of Utah, with three tackles including a sack in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl played Monday, Dec. 31, at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego.

Guidry, who is Utah's nickelback, had a shared sack with Cody Barton when they brought down Northwestern University quarterback Clayton Thorson for a 10-yard loss on the first play of Northwestern's final possession in the first quarter. On Northwestern's previous possession the Wildcats had third down on their own 39-yard-line with 7 yards needed for a first down, and although Thorson completed a pass to Riley Lees, the receiver was brought down by Guidry a yard short of the first-down marker. During the first possession of the game, Guidry and Mike Tafua combined to bring down Northwestern running back John Moten IV a yard from the line of scrimmage which had been the Utah 41-yard-line.

"He's been a tremendous player for us," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said.

Northwestern overcame a 20-3 halftime deficit to win the 31-20 game and finalize Utah's season record at 9-5. Utah's losses also include a 10-3 defeat against University of Washington in the PAC-12 championship game despite Guidry intercepting a Washington pass. Guidry played in all 14 of the Utes' 2018 games including the Holiday Bowl and the conference championship game, and he started the nine in which the Utes' initial defensive formation included five backs. Guidry's season included 26 unassisted and 16 assisted tackles for 42 total, nine pass breakups and a forced fumble as well as the sack and the interception. He was selected to the PAC-12 all-conference team at the honorable mention level.

"He's just been outstanding. I think he's one of the unsung heroes on the defense this year," Whittingham said.

During the year one ranking had Guidry as the third-best slot corner in the nation.

Guidry played for the University of Utah as a true freshman in 2017, seeing action in all 13 of the Utes' games and starting four of those. He made 31 tackles, consisting of 21 unassisted tackles and 10 assisted stops, broke up four passes and intercepted a University of Arizona pass before returning the ball 14 yards for a touchdown.

"Just a tremendous kid and a good student as well," Whittingham said.

Guidry was one of two players on the Utes' 2018 roster from Riverside County; the other was sophomore wide receiver Bryan Thompson, who played at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley. Utah's 22 players from Southern California also include six from San Diego County, six from Orange County, five from Los Angeles County and three from San Bernardino County.

"Southern Cal is our primary area," Whittingham said. "The bulk of our team is from Southern California."

An additional three Utah players are from Central California: two from Fresno and one from Bakersfield.

Guidry only played one season at Vista Murrieta; he had previously attended Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, Texas. He intercepted seven passes and forced two fumbles as a sophomore for the Cedar Park varsity. As a junior during the track and field season he was the Texas 5A state champion in the 100-meter dash. He also ran track for Vista Murrieta, and as a senior not only won the state 100-meter championship but set a state record with a time of 10.13 seconds while placing fourth in the 200-meter dash at the 2017 California state meet and helping the Broncos to a third-place state finish in the 4x100 relay.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected]

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Former Vista Murrieta High School football player, Javelin Guidry, prepares for the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, Monday, Dec. 31, at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego


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