High School Sports

Ocean Springs sets tone against Murrah in second quarter

Ocean Springs WR Austin Williams
Ocean Springs WR Austin Williams Ttisbell@sunherald.com

The second quarter was all Ocean Springs High School needed to take control of its contest against Jackson Murrah.

The Greyhounds scored 20 second-quarter points en route to a 20-0 victory Friday night. The game at Greyhound Stadium was called with 11:43 left to play because of heavy rain and lightning.

Quarterback Malcolm Magee passed for a touchdown and added one rushing to lead the Greyhounds (3-1).

The Greyhounds overcame two red zone turnovers in the first quarter to pull away. Murrah (2-3) intercepted a pass in the end zone and recovered a fumble at its 3-yard line.

“We came out and shot ourselves in the foot,” Ocean Springs coach Ryan Ross said. “We sputtered. To compete against the teams in Region 4-6A, we have to play clean football. We did some good things tonight, but we have to clean everything up.”

Magee’s 12-yard touchdown run two minutes into the second quarter gave the Greyhounds a 6-0 lead.

One minute later, Magee connected with wide receiver Austin Williams on a 50-yard touchdown pass for a 13-0 lead.

Daveaunce Gaines’ 4-yard touchdown run extended the lead to 20-0 at halftime.

Williams, a Mississippi State commitment, wasn’t happy with his performance.

“We won, but we can’t be satisfied,” Williams said. “We left three touchdowns on the field. I dropped a touchdown pass. Every time I touch the ball, I expect to score.”

Ocean Springs has won three straight since its season-opening 45-10 loss to Brandon last month.

Aaron Stovall had an interception and fumble recovery for the Greyhounds, who held Murrah to 111 yards. The Mustangs didn’t advance past the Ocean Springs 45.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones