Athlete of The Week
Goss leads the pack
October 19, 2011 - Joey Goss caught Oxford's kickoff and booked it running past incoming defense players and edging into the empty field.
Joey Goss runs the ball in the Wolves' home opener against Troy-Athens, Sept 9. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
The senior running back finished in the end zone after his 90-yard run, scoring Clarkston's final touchdown and his second for the game in their loss last Friday, 42-35.
No matter who the competition has been during the season Goss stepped onto the field every Friday with the same mindset.
"I try to view every opponent as they are one of the best teams we are going to play," he said. "Every defense is a really good defense in my mindset. I am pretty clear on what I need to do."
With the Wolves' last game of the regular season set for this Friday, Goss made one of his goals this year to help lead the team to places they haven't been before.
"I really want to have a better year than last year," he added. "I worked hard in the off season and wanted to do well borth running balls and catching balls."
Joey Goss. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
Goss began playing football in sixth grade while he was attending Everest Academy where he played the sport with his current teammate, Travis Smith.
He continued playing moving on to Clarkston Chiefs in seventh grade then joining the eighth grade team.
He kept with it because he said he was good at it and he enjoyed the team aspect.
"I really like that part of the game," he added, "getting together as a team and a group of guys you wouldn't know unless you played football."
He plans to continue playing football in college and is currently talking to schools. He plans to study business and focus in marketing, hospitality or advertising.
He currently maintains a 3.3 grade point average. When he isn't studying or practicing, he watches sports, hangs out with his friends and plays video games.
Goss added for the younger aspiring athletes watching the Wolves every game to make the most of it.
"A lot of kids I know have had their season shortened because of injuries or other problems," he said. "When you are a Chief you think you will play football forever but there will be a time when you get older all the years flew by and you don't know where they went. If you make the most of your time, the rest of your life you can goof around and have fun with your friends."
Watch Goss and the Wolves this Friday when they take on Lake Orion at Clarkston High School stadium, 7 p.m. Join the "Gold Out" and wear your gold clothing attire.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.