Tonawanda News —
Hess hates to lose and that characteristic manifested itself during games as the quarterback paced back and forth on the sidelines. Whether he's getting himself mentally prepared to play or scolding himself for a mistake, at the heart of his approach to sports is his competitive fire.
"I don't like being doubted. I feel like it's a discouragement," Hess said. "I like to go out and prove people wrong. I'm kind of a sick person, I like seeing myself achieve when people tell me I can't."
Laurie Hess said that nobody is as hard on Hess as Clayton himself.
"He is just so dedicated. It's amazing to me," she said. "I couldn't imagine doing all he does. He doesn't have a ton of time for friends and family because he's always so dedicated to what he's doing at the moment, whether it's football or basketball."
Langworthy said that Hess's dedication is part of what makes him such a unique person.
"Clayton has always had the drive to win," he said. "He always puts 100 percent in. He'll never be the guy that tries when it'll make him look good. There's something down in his belly or his heart that pushes him to want to win."
Now that his high school football career is over, Hess has redirected his focus toward the basketball court. He hopes to play his preferred sport at either Medaille or Buffalo State next season.
But he'll always remember his football career at Tonawanda, the memories he made and the legacy his team left. Someday he hopes to look back on the 103rd T-NT game and smile, knowing the effort he and his teammates gave. When they left everything on the field.