Dream coming true for Goss with all-star appearance

By Austin Bishop

The Winston County Journal

 

If a college is interested in the services of Louisville High School senior wide receiver Desmond Goss next season, it would be a good idea if they had a wide-open offense.

“I like people who get the ball out and throw it,” Goss said, when discussing where he may play football next season. “I like an up-tempo offense and love to catch the ball and then run with it.”

Goss already has offers from six junior colleges, but has yet to make up his mind. He’s hoping how he fares this week in practice and on Saturday in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic may bring even more interest.

“I have been resting up getting ready for this week,” Goss aid. “It is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I always wanted to play in an all-star game and I’m looking forward to playing with some big-time guys in a big-time game.

The players were due to report for practice on Wednesday with the game set to kick off at Gulfport’s Milner Stadium Saturday morning at 11:30. The contest will be televised locally on WTVA in Tupelo and WTOK in Meridian.

While playing in an all-star game was on Goss’ wish list, nothing could top the experience he enjoyed earlier this month when the Louisville High School Wildcats completed an undefeated 16-0 season with a 30-28 win over Hazlehurst in the MHSAA Class 3A State Championship Game.

“It was very important for us to do that,” Goss said. “It was something we had been talking about sine we were together in the ninth grade.”

During his sophomore season the ‘Cats made it to the first round and then advanced to the third round in 2012.

“There was a lot of pressure on us all year because people were expecting so much of us this season,” Goss said. “People were coming in talking about they were going to beat us. We just took the heat and won them one at a time.”

Goss said he has enjoyed playing with fellow senior quarterback Wyatt Roberts throughout his high school career.

“We have a real good connection,” Goss said. “We have been playing with each other for a while now so we know what each other is going to do. He knows I’m quick coming off my routes and he has the ball there waiting for me.”

At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds some would consider Goss a little under-sized for a college receiver, but his numbers show differently.

On a team loaded with outstanding receivers, Goss led the way for the Wildcats this season, hauling in 59 passes for 1,083 yards and 18 touchdowns. In the title game win over Hazlehurst he had six grabs for 72 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown reception.