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Comis Gets Another Shot

Madonna aims for Class A crown against Wahama

December 1, 2012
By RICK THORP, Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WEIRTON - Ross Comis is ready to help finish what he couldn't last season.

Comis, Weirton Madonna's junior quarterback, was lost for the season during last year's Week 9 encounter against Toronto.

The Blue Dons won the game, but limped into the playoffs without its top signalcaller and lost to Williamstown in the opening round.

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Madonna’s Ross Comis strongly believes his team can win tonight’s championship game

It was a tough pill to swallow for Comis. But he was confident he and his teammates would get another shot.

That shot comes tonight when Madonna will look to bring home the school's second Class A crown this year (Madonna's baseball team clinched a title in June) when it faces Wahama in the Super Six finale at Wheeling Island Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

''It feels great,'' Comis said of this season's success. ''It was tough for me to sit out those games (last year).

''I knew we had the talent and could get back to some point like this. So, I knew there were very high expectations coming into this season.''

No matter how good your roster is or how much experience you have, nothing is guaranteed. And the Blue Dons certainly had their share of adversity this fall.

A rain-delayed loss at Wheeling Central was the first roadblock. Then there was the one-point victory at Bishop Donahue and the game against Steubenville Catholic at Harding Stadium.

Against the Crusaders, the Blue Dons - now winners of 12 straight - rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 21-20.

''That made us realize how good we could really be,'' Comis recalled.

The Blue Dons have come of age this season. And so has Comis.

''He just keeps learning and learning and learning,'' Madonna coach Doug Taylor said. ''He's just a great kid to coach. He's pretty humble and he listens to you. He understands the game and spends a lot of time watching film.

''He's just a good student of the game.''

Taylor loves all of his players, but he and Comis have a special relationship, just like all coaches and quarterbacks have.

''Last year, we definitely didn't know each other that well,'' Comis said. ''Now, he trusts me and lets me do things on the field that you can't see off the field. I'm able to change plays on the field and we're a very close knit group.

''Coach and I are very good friends.''

Last season, Taylor was in his first season as head coach, replacing the retired Bob Kramer. Comis, meanwhile, was in his first year as the starting quarterback.

''Game experience means so much,'' Comis said. ''last year, the game was really fast for me. I wasn't able to read coverages like I can now.

''I'm definitely stronger and a lot faster than I was last year. From a mental standpoint, I'm able to read coverages and make better throws.''

Comis said he and his coach have both matured.

''He's given us more freedom and has given us more plays,'' Comis said of Taylor. ''He's shown a lot more trust in us.''

Especially Comis.

''The maturity factor you see from sophomore to junior is always the biggest jump you'll see,'' Taylor said. ''I knew (Comis) was going to be pretty good. But he's opened my eyes, as well.

''The kids listen to him and they understand when it's crunch time he's the guy that'll try to get us out of it.

''They believe in him and that's part of the role of being a quarterback.''

Comis relishes the challenge.

''The seniors are definitely our leaders,'' Comis said. ''But I feel like I'm a leader, as well. being a quarterback, you have to be a leader and go out there and tell the team that when adversity hits you can help make up for it.

''The seniors have all played a great role. I'm here to try to send them out as state champs.''

A rain-delayed loss at Wheeling Central was the first roadblock. Then there was the one-point victory at Bishop Donahue and the game against Steubenville Catholic at Harding Stadium.

Against the Crusaders, the Blue Dons - now winners of 12 straight - rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 21-20.

''That made us realize how good we could really be,'' Comis recalled.

The Blue Dons have come of age this season. And so has Comis.

''He just keeps learning and learning and learning,'' Madonna coach Doug Taylor said. ''He's just a great kid to coach. He's pretty humble and he listens to you. He understands the game and spends a lot of time watching film.

''He's just a good student of the game.''

Taylor loves all of his players, but he and Comis have a special relationship, just like all coaches and quarterbacks have.

''Last year, we definitely didn't know each other that well,'' Comis said. ''Now, he trusts me and lets me do things on the field that you can't see off the field. I'm able to change plays on the field and we're a very close knit group.

''Coach and I are very good friends.''

Last season, Taylor was in his first season as head coach, replacing the retired Bob Kramer. Comis, meanwhile, was in his first year as the starting quarterback.

''Game experience means so much,'' Comis said. ''Last year, the game was really fast for me. I wasn't able to read coverages like I can now.

''I'm definitely stronger and a lot faster than I was last year. From a mental standpoint, I'm able to read coverages and make better throws.''

Comis said he and his coach have both matured.

''He's given us more freedom and has given us more plays,'' Comis said of Taylor. ''He's shown a lot more trust in us.''

Especially Comis.

''The maturity factor you see from sophomore to junior is always the biggest jump you'll see,'' Taylor said. ''I knew (Comis) was going to be pretty good. But he's opened my eyes, as well.

''The kids listen to him and they understand when it's crunch time he's the guy that'll try to get us out of it.

''They believe in him and that's part of the role of being a quarterback.''

Comis relishes the challenge.

''The seniors are definitely our leaders,'' Comis said. ''But I feel like I'm a leader, as well. being a quarterback, you have to be a leader and go out there and tell the team that when adversity hits you can help make up for it.

''The seniors have all played a great role. I'm here to try to send them out as state champs.''

 
 

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