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.
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.
“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.