Westside Football’s Feature Wideout: Grant Guyett


Mary Nilius

Westside’s Grant Guyett toe-taps on the near sideline for a Westside first down against Grand Island on Sept. 24. Guyett was 4-4 in receptions with 33 yards and a touchdown – Photo by Mary Nilius

Senior Grant Guyett is having an outstanding final season on the Westside varsity football team. The Warrior wide receiver has already caught 10 touchdowns and has 37 receptions for 579 yards, Guyett currently ranks seventh in the state in receiving with 72.4 yards per game. Guyett said his life surrounding football has made him the player he is today. 

“Football has always been in my life,” Guyett said. “I was always watching. I always played catch with a football with whoever I could growing up. And then, in fourth grade, I actually signed up to play tackle football. Since then, I’ve always been playing.”

Those who don’t know Grant may be surprised by his hushed personality on the field. Head coach Brett Froendt states that he thinks Guyett is a leader on and off the field as well as that he is quiet as a mouse in practice.

“He’s a leader by example,” Froendt said. “Grant doesn’t say a word. But when people see him work on his craft, that makes others want to mimic him, and to me, that’s being a leader as well.”

Guyett has been a part of the varsity football team since he was a freshman, working behind Westside graduates Avante Dickerson, Jake Holmstrom, and Koby Bretz. Guyett expressed that they were good inspirations to look up to and learn from as they taught him a lot. 

“Playing with Avante and Koby was a huge help to me, because I was able to watch the best of the best do it everyday and learn from them.” Guyett said. “I also was able to go up against them everyday at practice which pushed me to become a better player.”

Grant’s hard work has paid off and he committed to Minnesota State-Mankato on August 7th, a few weeks before the Warrior campaign began. 

“Over these past four years, I think Grant has turned himself from an average athlete to an excellent athlete,” Froendt said. “He’s worked so hard to improve himself to get to the level he’s at, which is a D2 scholarship athlete.”

With playoffs in sight for the Warriors, every game counts. Guyett expressed that, especially as a senior, each game he has played to his fullest.

“This year is different because, for all my past years, I’ve known I have another year playing here at Westside,” Guyett said. “But this year we are seniors, meaning that we don’t have another year and each game could be our last time playing high school football. It’s been more emotional because of this. It’s really taught me to take advantage of every minute I get to play and to take every moment of the season.”

Guyett and the Warriors are heading into playoffs this week, his next step is to continue the road back to the championship game and play each game like it is his last.

“Some goals are to focus on one game at a time and go out each week and play the best game we have played all year,” Guyett said.

The Warriors will take on the Papillion-La Vista South Titans tonight, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. starting their road back to the state title game for the third straight year.