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Ocean Springs football won't be lacking in playmakers on offense

Quarterback Malcom Magee, left, and running back Daveaunce Gaines, Ocean Springs High School football team.
Quarterback Malcom Magee, left, and running back Daveaunce Gaines, Ocean Springs High School football team. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

The Ocean Springs offense leaned heavily on Austin Williams to provide the big play a year ago.

Now that Williams is currently catching passes during fall camp at Mississippi State, the Greyhounds have to find other ways to get in the end zone. Williams caught 48 passes for 697 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, accounting for 70 percent of the Greyhounds’ passing yardage.

While there’s no dominant go-to target in the passing game this season, the Greyhounds aren’t lacking in playmakers.

Quarterback Malcolm Magee and running back Daveaunce Gaines are entering their senior seasons after showing promise a year ago. Magee threw for 727 yards and nine touchdowns while running 68 times for 370 yards and seven scores. Gaines ran 117 times for 606 yards and four touchdowns to lead the team in rushing.

Magee has had a busy offseason that included increased interest from Division I programs in the region. Troy, Nicholls, Alcorn State, Southeastern Louisiana and Central Arkansas have all offered him scholarships.

The programs currently recruiting him like him as either a receiver or a defensive back and he’ll likely see time at those positions this season.

“Malcolm is a guy we’re going to move around and give him some plays in other positions,” Ocean Springs head coach Ryan Ross said. “That means other guys will have to step in and play at those positions when we move Malcolm around.”

When Magee is lining up at receiver, the man who will be throwing him the football is sophomore Blake Noblin.

Gaines should see his carries increase significantly this season.

“He’s going to be our workhorse,” Ross said. “He’s a great young man who works hard. He had a good spring and summer. He’ll be one our leaders. He’ll want the football in his hands as much as possible.”

Senior Socratese Meza-Ayala will also see some carries for the Greyhounds, who finished 5-6 and 2-5 in Region 4-6A last season.

Gaines and Meza-Ayala will be running behind an offensive line that Ross believes has “a lot of gelling to do.”

A pair of seniors, Grant Ezell (6-foot-2, 270) and Ryan Howell (5-8, 210), will likely line up at the two tackle positions. Senior Elijah Hyde (5-8, 240) and junior Conner Sharp (5-10, 250) are set to be the guards and junior Ethan Kirkpatrick (5-8, 185) is on track to be the center.

Ocean Springs will rely on a pair of junior receivers, Khalil Levy and Ryson Rivers, and a senior tight end, Peyton Sams (6-0, 185).

“We’ll have a few options,” Magee said of his receiving corps. “We’re going to be running out of the shotgun so it will be easier on my part to see the field.”


On defense, Ocean Springs has featured one of the better secondaries on the Coast in recent seasons. Along with Magee, senior Ethan Ramsey will be the leaders of that group.

“Ethan Ramsey is going to play on both sides of the ball,” Ross said. “He’s a good one, an athlete for us.”

Junior Evan Hill will be the centerpiece of the Ocean Springs defensive line. The 5-foot-11, 286-pound Hill is set to line up at nose tackle. Senior Jaden Smith and sophomore Donovan Seay will be the defensive ends.

Drew Jones is the lone senior set to start at linebacker along with a pair of juniors, Bo Dukes and Mitchell Bowie.

Senior Ashton Garner, who kicked a pair of field goals in reserve duty last year, should give Ocean Springs one of the better punter/kickers on the coast.

“We need to play good defense, protect the football on offense and not make those mistakes that cost you,” Ross said. “We always play sound special teams. We work hard on that.

“We’re just going to try to be competitive, be the best we can and win games in the fourth quarter. We’ll have to play disciplined football to have a chance to win. I like our group. They’re a good team, good young men that have been working hard. Hopefully they’ll go out there and continue to have fun.”

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Ocean Springs schedule

Aug. 18: at Gautier

Aug. 25: Madison Central

Sept. 1: Murrah

Sept. 8: at George County

Sept. 22: Hancock (hc)

Sept. 29: at D'Iberville

Oct. 6: Biloxi

Oct. 13: at Pascagoula

Oct. 20: St. Martin

Oct. 27: at Gulfport

Nov. 3: at Harrison Central

Ocean Springs roster

1 Malcolm Magee

2 Ryson Rivers

3 K.J. Mack

4 Vincent Sanchez

5 Darien Wallace

6 Khalil Levy

7 Kyle Ockman

8 Devon Jackson

10 Blake Noblin

11 Jaydon Collins

12 Brady Brune

13 Nathan Benson

14 Kenneth McClendon

16 Garrett Sizemore

17 Javarion Duckworth

18 Kaleb McClendon

20 Brandon Walker

21 Zach Anderson

22 Cade Westbrook

23 Ethan Ramsey

24 Isaac Dean

25 Stone Ross

27 Kolton Ratcliff

28 Chase Duke

29 Brett Burton

31 Chris Boyd

32 Wyatt Gum

33 Bo Dukes

34 Daveaunce Gaines

35 Kolby Polk

36 Dylan Williams

37 Socrates Meza-Ayala

38 Gordon Pierce

39 Landon Chenevert

40 Zach Beeler

41 Dayshawn Hill

42 Drew Jones

43 Isaiah Hughes

44 Steven Nall

45 Jakari Smith

47 John Trail

48 Mitchell Bowie

49 Peyton Sams

50 Luke Hunter

51 Shannon Briggs

52 Jaden Smith

53 Jackson Moffett

54 James Fahnestock

55 Antonio McSwain

56 Ethan Kilpatrick

57 Amir Davis

58 Jay Mott

59 Seth Mears

62 Elijah Hyde

63 Dajour Jupiter

64 Ryan Howell

66 Joseph Richey

67 Isaiah Woodhouse

68 Brandon Denton

70 Conner Sharp

71 Jakob Humphrey

72 Brandon Cox

73 Benjamin Cuny

74 Xavier Shackleford

75 Nick Dalgo

76 Landon Patteson

77 Lloyd Sabino

78 Grant Ezell

79 Alex Quezada

81 Walker Mason

82 Demetrius Jones

83 Kace Reed

85 Hayes Holland

86 Dakota Ellis

87 Jackson Graves

88 Kade Hurring

89 Angel Rivera

90 Jake Hammond

92 Hayden parker

92 Donovan Seay

93 DeQuantae Gillett

94 Peter Rocker

95 Auston Ryan

96 Ashton Garner

98 Terrance Morgan

99 Evan Hill