Tylor Newhouse received some sound advice when he was a youth.
His parents, Matt and Becky, told him anything worth doing is worth overdoing. He watched how actions accompanied their words, passing on a strong work ethic to Newhouse and his sister.
“I learned that from both of my parents at a really young age,” Newhouse said. “We weren’t always in the best of spots and they’ve just constantly worked hard to better us and our family.
“If you’re going to do it, you better do it well.”
Newhouse has applied that lesson to football from the first time he strapped on a helmet and shoulder pads as a Linn-Mar prep to current practices and workouts as a captain on the Central College football team. The Dutch (2-0) are the only unbeaten team in the American Rivers Conference through the season’s first two weeks and open conference play at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Luther (0-2).
The 6-foot, 275-pound guard is the lone senior starter on the offensive line, helping Central produce the conference’s second-best rush attack, averaging 193 yards per game.
“He’s been a pretty steadying force,” Central Coach Jeff McMartin said. “He has a tremendous work ethic. He sets the standard for our players for what it means to work into a starting role, develop your abilities, keep growing and he’s done those things.”
Dedication and effort have been present from his freshman year in high school. Newhouse recalled countless summer hours in the weight room or on the football field, lifting or running steps while skill players worked on routes. He transformed from a softer sophomore player to an all-district selection as a senior.
The same mindset took over once he arrived in Pella. Newhouse saw the hard work and extra training of his teammates. He knew he couldn’t match it, but surpass it in order to improve and earn playing time.
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“Honestly, I don’t feel like I’ve done anything special or over the top,” Newhouse said. “I go in, get my work done as hard as I can and to the best of my abilities.
“Usually, I’ve noticed I ended up being the first one in and one of the last ones to leave. I guess that could be indicative of it.”
McMartin said Newhouse reached campus as a raw talent. He needed to get bigger, stronger and become more agile. Newhouse pressed his nose to the grindstone, adding weight, strength and developing great footwork.
“Some of that wasn’t all there when he first got here, but you can see he had the makings of that,” McMartin said. “I’m a big believer that if people are willing to put work in and have a growth mindset that they can do great things. He is definitely one of those people.”
McMartin added that Newhouse possesses self-awareness, identifying his strengths and weaknesses.
“As a football player on gameday, he really plays to his strengths,” McMartin said. “He has great technique, knows every play, every check, every rule and rarely gets himself out of position.”
The two-time letterwinner’s approach garnered the attention of his teammates and coaches. Players voted him as one of the five captains of this year’s squad, a significant honor in Central’s rich football tradition.
He remembered being shocked when McMartin announced the results before the first game.
“I was surprised when he said my name,” Newhouse said. “I’m more the kind of guy to lead by example. I’ve never been the talkative rah-rah kind of guy.
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“When I heard him say my name, people actually pay attention to what I’ve been doing. I just need to keep doing the right things and keep showing everybody the way.”
Work ethic isn’t limited to football. Newhouse is a two-time academic all-conference honoree, majoring in Accounting and Business Management. He has aspirations to become a Certified Public Accountant and own his own accounting firm. He is just as devoted to his studies.
“You have to make sure you get studying and homework done before you worry about anything else,” Newhouse said. “Our coaches are really great with that … they’re great with helping us stay on top of our academics.”
McMartin praised Newhouse’s leadership, using a sense of humor and relatability to bring the Dutch together. He can count on Newhouse’s consistent effort each day.
“We’re a close-knit team and a lot of that we can credit that to Tylor and how he has worked to bring that unity to our program and culture. He’s a great young man. What you see is what you get.”
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