For the third straight season, Ocean Springs enjoyed that last minute magic against Hancock.
Malcolm Magee tossed a 1-yard TD pass to Austin Williams with nine seconds left, then hit Williams with the game-winning pass on the two-point conversion as Ocean Springs stunned Hancock 36-35 at Brett Favre Field on Friday.
Hancock (3-2, 0-1 in Region 4-6A) had taken a 35-21 lead with 8:15 left when Steven Good tossed a 41-yard TD pass to Chase McDonald.
But Davontay Keys ignited the winning comeback when he returned the ensueing kickoff 71 yards for a TD to cut the Greyhound deficit to 35-28.
Five plays later, David Carter picked off a Good pass at the Ocean Springs’ 37. Then the ‘Hounds marched 63 yards in 13 plays to improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in region.
“At first I was nervous,’’ Magee said. “They thought we would run the ball. I knew we were going for it (after the touchdown). Our coaches want to win and so do we.’’
“I think specialty teams – the kickoff return – sparked us back into the game,’’ Ocean Springs coach Ryan Ross said. “We got a stop on defense. Hancock is solid and they will give people fits, like they did us tonight.
“A couple of plays here and there got us back in the game. I decided if we punched it in late, we would go for it. We wanted to run the clock down so they wouldn’t have any time left if we scored because I had already decided we would go for two.’’
Williams, who made 7 catches for 101 yards, also caught a 36-yard strike from Magee with 28 seconds left in the third quarter. That cut the Hancock lead to 28-21.
“The two-point conversion was a bootleg for him,’’ Ross said of Williams. “The score that came with no time left was a flood route. Luckily, it worked out for us.’’
“Everyone knows us as a run first team, so coach decided to switch it up (on the TD) and I ended up being wide open,’’ Williams said. “We (Magee and I) are starting to mesh together. Coach gave us some good play calls. They had a safety over the top on me at first but our motion starting opening it up. And I got some good looks.’’
Williams was surprised at the two-point conversion. “I was running off the field. I was thinking OT. Then they said ‘Go for 2.’ ‘’
Hancock led 21-14 at halftime. Good hit Heath Dedeaux with a 25-yard TD pass and the ‘Hounds countered with a 1-yard run by Travis Pugh. Good then connected with Anthony Jones on a 36-yard TD pass before Pugh scored on another 1-yard run. Just before halftime, Riley Martinez found paydirt on a 1-yard run.
Wheat’s 2-yard run with 9:10 left in the third quarter upped Hancock’s lead to 28-14 before Williams caught his first TD pass of the night late in the third period.
Magee rushed for 69 yards and completed 9 of 14 passes for 113 yards. Daveaunce Gaines added 90 yards on 14 carries.
Good rushed for 96 yards on 16 carries, completing 12 of 23 passes for 217 yards. Marquis Cherry had 83 rushing yards on 11 carries.