On Saturday night at the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic High School and his team trailing 35-14, Tanner Doss played a large role in helping the Knights defense improve late in the game to help his school win an emotional come from behind 43-42 victory.
As the Catholic offense build steem, the defense started to make one impressive play after another and more than one came from the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Doss.
With Boyle County attempting to mount an impressive drive early in the fourth quarter, Doss raced across the field to knockdown a deep pass from Boyle County quarterback Brandon Smith that seemed destined to be complete.
However, his most impressive stop of the game came late in the game on a 3rd and long possession for Boyle County. Brandon Smith completed a quick screen to a receiver who appeared to have a wall of blockers creating enough space for the needed first down yardage. Doss however, slipped through and brought down the opposing receiver the moment he caught the ball.
"I was so excited...it felt like it was in slow motion," Doss explained. "It was a big stop for us and when the game is on the line I want to be the guy to make the play."
Doss finished the game with 4.5 total sacks and two important pass breakups, but his leadership played just as large of a factor.
"I told them when we went in the locker room at halftime that to make the future, you have to forget the past," said Doss. "We knew we could play with them and we did in the second half."
With Doss continuing to play well as he did against Boyle County, there is little doubt the both the Cardinals and Wildcats will quickly take notice.
NOTE: Tanner's older brother, Jacob Doss, is a redshirt freshman quarterback at Wyoming and is currently in a hotly contested battle for the Cowboys starting quarterback position.