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5 years after he was shot in the head, North Davidson player scores first touchdown

shot7DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Ross Koonts is not the team captain. He doesn’t even get to play in every game for North Davidson, but #25 is the Knight’s inspiration.

In 2008, Koonts and his family were held hostage in their home. An angry neighbor shot the 13-year-old in the head. For three months, he was paralyzed from the waist down.

His freshman year, Koonts was the team manager. His sophomore year, the doctor
allowed Koonts to get back on the field.

shot2“It’s been a rough ride but I just keep getting better and better everyday,” Koonts said.

Koonts is now a senior at North Davidson and he’s not letting a slight limp stop him.

“He never quits. He never listens to anybody when they say he can’t do something,” said Chris Cheek, Koonts’ best friend and teammate.

shot5During last Friday’s game, the team decided it was time to show off the play they had been practicing all week.

“They called it the ‘Jumbo Ross’ and everyone went crazy because we knew it was that time,” explained Cheek.

Less than 10 yards and two plays is all it took for Ross to get his first touchdown.

“It means a lot to be a Knight and to play football for them [North Davidson High],” Koonts said.

His teammates say they’re hoping for at least one more ‘Jumbo Ross’ play before the season is over.

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