WEIRTON - Ross Comis had to watch Weirton Madonna's playoff run last season come to an end and he couldn't do anything about it.
As long as he can stay healthy this season, the Blue Dons junior quarterback plans on changing that.
''It was really tough sitting from the sideline and see your teammates fight out there, and you can't be out with them,'' Comis said. ''That's why I am trying to stay healthy this year so I can be out there to lead them.''
Madonna’s Ross Comis has rebounded from a 2011 campaign that ended in injury.
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So far, so good.
Comis is off to a fantastic start to the season in which he has passed for 502 yards (125.5per game) with five touchdowns. But where Comis is more dangerous is with his legs, having rushed for 517 yards (129.2 per game) and seven touchdowns.
His talents doing both were on display last Friday at Dragon Stadium in a 60-14 thrashing of Cameron. Comis threw for 114 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 135 yards and a score.
''He has gotten faster, makes better reads, makes better decisions, and is a strong kid from the hips down,'' Madonna coach Doug Taylor said. ''He breaks tackles like not too many quarterbacks can so it's nice to have him back there running the football and throwing the football.''
At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Comis is a load to handle no matter what he is doing. His size and agility, plus his style of play is similar to how Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton plays.
That is a comparison brings a smile to Comis' face.
''That is my idol and I try to play like him every day,'' Comis said. ''I like running and passing both. I've always liked contact and running people over. I have gotten a lot faster since last year when I wasn't able to break long runs. No one has been catching me this year.''
Friday's victory moved Weirton Madonna to 3-1 and will likely move them into the WVSSAC Class A playoff rankings. The Blue Dons play host to Bridgeport this week, followed by a tough three-game road trip against Bishop Donahue, Notre Dame, and Steubenville Catholic where playoff positioning points with be aplenty.
''I have big expectations,'' Comis said. ''We have been milking on this junior class for a while. We have a lot of athletes and it's just coming together. We had a tough loss against Wheeling Central but we feel like we learned a lot and are ready to take on any obstacles the rest of the season.''
Added Taylor: ''We told him before the season started that since he's the quarterback, he's the leader whether he wanted to be or not. He takes command of the huddle and takes command of the practice and we expect that out of him and he does a good job of it.''
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