As a third-year varsity football player at Castle View High School, senior Andrew Grout hopes his leadership and experience will inspire his team mates to succeed in the post season in 2018.. A starter on both the offensive and defensive line, a team captain, and older brother to Matthew Grout another Castle View football player, Andrew’s sphere of influence casts a wide shadow. Andrew hopes he can help his team play as a single unit every game and that if they achieve this they will find success. As a starter for the varsity team since his sophomore year, Grout notes that this team is more positive than ones in the past. His positive attitude has helped his team to a 5-2 record so far this season.
Grout believes he can promote team play and solidarity best by doing his job and staying positive. He plays left tackle on offense and defensive end/nose guard on defense, so his hard work is seen by both his offensive and defensive teammates. Andrew believes “we are a good enough team to come from behind and win.” His past success demonstrates Andrew knows how to do his job. Besides being a 3rd year starter, he made all-conference in 2017 and he was named a top 60 player by Mile High Sports magazine for the 2018 season. He hopes his level of play helps his team earn a post-season spot in this years playoffs.. Castle View head football coach Todd Casebier has confidence in Grout’s abilities saying, “he has a ton of talent. He can dominate games if he puts his mind to it. He will be a great college player.”
Grout speaks highly of his head coach. "Coach Casebier has helped us believe that we can win. He expects to win and this is felt throughout the team. Playing for him is non-stop football. Everything that we do is based upon Friday night and everything has a reason. He pushes everyone on the team to get better. We are very lucky to have him as a coach".
When not on the football field, Grout also plays rugby. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and riding dirt bikes. He hopes to play football in college and study business, but is uncertain of where he will commit at this point. Grout credits Matthew McChesney, a former Bronco and CU Buff player, for helping him prepare for the season, to play college football and understand what it takes to get himself to the next level. Andrew also feels his dad, Phil, helped him improve himself not only as an athlete but “more importantly as a person and young man.” He lives with his parents, Phil and Renae and his younger brother, Matthew, and his German Shepard, Zeus.
Matthew Grout, Andrew’s younger brother, is a sophomore and plays center on the offensive line for the junior varsity team. Andrew has solid advice for his brother and other younger players. “Always be ready. Work and study film like you are a varsity starter even if you are not; you never know when your chance is going to come. And if you are starting, never take it for granted because there will always be someone to replace you the minute you start dogging it.” Andrew’s football success reflects that he listens to his own advice. He admits that football has taught him he is “a person who likes to compete and be the best at whatever I am doing. Football has taught me in that in life, there are winners and losers and not everyone wins.” Andrew Grout continues to work hard so that he and his team are winners.