NAME: Joey Gutowski
SCHOOL: Old Forge
LAST SEASON: 2015
Joey Gutowski was effective for Old Forge no matter where he played on the field. On defense, he played defensive back where he compiled 177 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and 18 interceptions for his career. On offense, he played primarily quarterback his senior season leading the Blue Devils to a District 2 Class A title and two state playoff wins. He threw for 1,294 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gutowski also ran for 204 yards, caught 7 passes for 202 yards and scored 7 touchdowns. For his career, he threw for 2,033 yards, rushed for 479 yards and had 25 receptions for 634 yards. He produced 41 total touchdowns for his career. Gutowski was also a great kick returner with 905 return yards and 4 returns for touchdowns.
Gutowski was named 2015 NPF Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Offense Player of the Year. He was first-team quarterback and defensive back and an NPF All-District 2 defensive back. He was also first-team division and NPF All-District 2 defensive back his junior season. Gutowski was also named first-team all-state defensive back by the Pennsylvania Football News and all-state athlete by the Pennsylvania Football Writers. He was also a second-team all-state defensive back in 2014. Gutowski was also named first-team defensive back in 2015 by EasternPAFootball.com. He continued his football career at Division 3 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was a three-year starter at defensive back.
Old Forge coach Mike Schuback on Gutowski: “Joey has to be one of the most instinctive defensive backs in my coaching career. A solid player and one of the most talented athletes I coached, he made big plays at the quarterback and wide receiver positions as well as the return game. With his ability to understand teams schemes, it allowed him to be one of our leaders while he was on the field. It was no surprise he had outstanding career at defensive back at RPI.”