Tonawanda News


October 10, 2012

Clare is workhorse on NT offensive line

Tonawanda News — Football. Eat. Sleep. School. Football. 

That’s the self-described life of Lumberjacks senior right tackle Jacob Clare — a three-year letter winner at NT.

When he steps onto the field at Clinton Small Stadium Friday night, one of those four pillars of his life will be nearing its end, as it’ll be his final regular season game.

Asked about what will take its place when it’s over, he only offers a shoulder shrug of uncertainty.

He’s not looking that far ahead, he’s only focusing on T-NT, because, he said, “it’s like our Super Bowl.”

Clare has experienced many ups and downs in his playing career, from having a different coach each of his seasons with the Lumberjacks, to beating rival Tonawanda in the two prior meetings between the teams.

Luckily for him there isn’t a better experience than the T-NT game to end his career on — as long as he adds to the Jacks’ 10-game winning streak.

“We just try and kick the crap out of each other,” Clare said. “This game is just a big part of our culture — North Tonawanda and South NT.”

The winning streak over Tonawanda has been one constant in his career at NT. Jacks coach Tony Truilizio wasn’t a familiar face, forcing Clare and the rest of the team to get to know him quickly. Truilizio was astounded when he got to know Clare.

“Jacob is probably one of the best leaders I’ve ever had on a team in my 20 years od coaching,” Truilizio said. “His leadership skills are unmeasurable.”

Clare took a leadership role amidst the uncertainty of the offseason coaching situation to ensure that the team was still preparing for the upcoming year. Truilizio was teaching summer school so it forced Clare and others to make sure guys were getting in the weight room and screwing around.

Text Only
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest