Clausman Credits Defense

It was a brilliant defensive effort that led St. Thomas Aquinas to another state title. Syracuse bound offensive lineman Sam Clausman credits his defense for the big win in Orlando.

The old football adage is that defense wins championships.

A big believer in that saying is Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas Sam Clausman.

”It’s so true,” Clausman said. “Tonight and this season shows that defense wins championships. Those guys were just awesome tonight. I looked up at one point towards the end of the third quarter and they [Kissimmee Osceola] had negative rushing yards. That’s why we won this. And we have to battle those guys every day in practice. If we don’t carry out our assignments 100% on every play than they make things miserable for us. You go nowhere.”

Another big thing for St. Thomas Aquinas is the schedule they play. They don’t back down from anyone and they also get everyone’s best effort.

The season and the teams we played helped us this post-season,” Clausman said. “We play very good competition each week. I think that keeps us in check. We did though have that hiccup against Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco.”

Clausman, 6-foot-5, 305-pounds, has committed to Syracuse. He’s excited about his next step for his football career.

”I am really excited to get up to Syracuse,” Clausman said. “I know the season [for them] could have gone better. I just want to get up there and make an impact as soon as I can. I love the coaches and the program. It’s a nice family atmosphere.”

Clausman said he believes he will play at the guard position for the Orange.

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