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Ross finding comfort level in Morton's offensive scheme

Posted: October 8, 2012 - 5:58pm  |  Updated: October 8, 2012 - 11:58pm
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Morton senior Mookie Ross was listed as a receiver on the Indians’ preseason roster.

But in moving from the spread to the read-option offense during the offseason, it was hard for second-year head coach Jimmy Tercero not to notice Ross’ athleticism and how he seemed a natural for the quarterback spot.

One game into the season after rotating Moss and senior Adrian Espino, it was clear to Tercero who his quarterback should be.

“With the new offense, he picked it up really well,” Tercero said. “With his leadership abilities, he kind of claimed that spot as our quarterback.”

Ross’ abilities were on full display in Friday’s 42-28 victory over Plains.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Ross rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns and also threw for 248 yards and three scores in helping the Indians get back to .500 at 3-3 going into District 3-1A, Division II play this week against Springlake-Earth.

It also earns Ross this week’s honor as the Happy State Bank/Avalanche-Journal Male Athlete of the Week.

“I felt like we started slow, but as the game went on, we started to pick it up,” Ross said. “The line blocked good and the receivers ran hard routes, and we were able to pull it out in the end. But the score was a lot closer than it should have been.”

If not for Ross, it might have been completely different.

He set the tone for the game by completing touchdown passes for Jose Luis Hernandez and Javier Nava — Nava later caught a touchdown to seal the win — then extended the Indians’ lead in the third quarter with a pair of touchdown runs.

Not bad for a player in just his fifth full game as the starting quarterback in a new offense.

“I’m pretty comfortable back there,” Ross said. “At first I was a little hesitant because I hadn’t played that position, ever. I knew I could do it. Through six weeks now, I feel comfortable, I’ve gotten use to the offensive line and all that other teams are trying to throw at me.”

Tercero felt Ross had his breakout game at quarterback a couple weeks ago when the Indians beat Lockney, 36-22, and that Friday’s game against Plains was just another step in the quarterback’s maturation.

“He’s a quick learner. He throws good passes, and I think what he has to give to the position is being tall like he is, he can see the field better,” Tercero said. “Being a smart kid, he’s able to get the correct reads, and also his personality is kind of laid back, so he doesn’t panic. He makes good decisions.”

That ability will be crucial as the Indians try to claim a playoff spot in a district that includes the Wolverines, who were ranked earlier this season, and a Sudan team that is loaded with offensive talent.

“I know people say that non-district games don’t count, but they can take a toll on you, especially trying to build up some momentum going into district,” Ross said. “This is one of the toughest districts in the state and going in there under .500 could hurt your confidence.”

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