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October 10, 2012

Ian Gilhousen leading charge for Jacks defense

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Tonawanda News — Gilhousen played some safety last year and had a few big games on both sides of the ball. He specifically remembers the game against Starpoint (a 7-0 victory for the Jacks) when he scored the team’s only touchdown and secured a victory with a late-game interception.

Truilizio said he’s excited to see what Gilhousen is capable of in his new role, especially as he builds more confidence on the defensive side.

“He’s been a phenomenal asset to the defense,” Truilizio said. “I think he’s a heck of a defensive player. ... That just shows what kind of athlete he is.”

Playing offense, defense and special teams has been an adjustment for Gilhousen, who said his body is worn down by the end of a game. But he’s added that to his list of challenges and is looking to become a better player because of the increased time on the field.

In this his final season, Gilhousen has been maintaining a mantra and a mission for his team. He’s hoping those around him have taken note and are ready to win a few more games before he graduates.

“I tell them to go hard and to not give up,” Gilhousen said. “Every game, even a loss — we can learn something and we have to take what we did good out of every game and apply it the next week. Keep getting better and don’t settle for anything but being the best.”

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