“I was going to let Jordan Gandy make the play and I was there for any tips, if it got tipped forward or tipped back,” Ross said. “I was just waiting.”
Fifth-year DeKalb coach Matt Weckler said Ross is the perfect example of a player progressing through the program. He was on the playoff roster as a freshman, saw increased playing time at free safety his sophomore and junior years, and is now a two-way starter also playing receiver.
All the while becoming a better player and a better leader, Weckler said.
“For us as a program, that’s our goal of a natural progression,” Weckler said. “He’s definitely one of those guys that put in the time he needed to in the off season and continued to grow his football game as a whole and become a well-rounded football player as an offensive player, a defensive player, a captain, a leader that helps our program progress.”
Ross had only one catch for eight yards entering Friday and was catchless going into the final drive. He had an 18-yard catch early in the drive, then got the touchdown grab of 33 yards. So three catches this season, two for touchdowns.
Plus there’s his contributions at free safety in the Barbs secondary.