Coach Ross' Legacy: Football's 3 game win streak closes season
Despite a sluggish start to the season on defense and offense, Football bounced back to finish with a 4-4 record underlined by tough, determined, and competitive play that Coach Ross has instilled in the program since his first practice at the helm.
In games against league rivals Middlesex and Thayer, the team outscored opponents 62-36. Led by sensational scampers from tailbacks Ryan Lareau (Class I) and Darcelis Worrell (Class I), RL found new spirit on the heels of the senior back tandem. The two runners complemented the senior receiving trio of Jack Ricciuti (Class I), Liam Flood (Class I), and Joe Lomuscio (Class I), who tallied six touchdown grabs from quarterback Will Greer (Class III) through RL's eight games. Both facets of the offense's production were reaffirmed by the offensive line, which was led by Neema Zarrabian (Class I).
The defense's late season play reached a pinnacle in multiple goal line stands in 3 of the final 4 games with firm coverage from linebackers Franny Rose (Class I) and Mike Healy (Class I), and deep field support from free safety Zander Keough (Class II).
In what was a fitting end to Coach Ross' chapter in RL Football, the team beat its final opponent, Rivers, 32-16 in an all-around spectacular day. Coach Ross finished his career with a record of 37-27 and a .578 win percentage. "City Ball" for RL Football won't be the same, but the lessons he instilled on the program about toughness, competition, and determination will ring true through the team's legacy as it carries on.