High School Sports

Near perfect passing performance, 100-yard TD highlight Ocean Springs victory

Quarterback Blake Noblin was nearly perfect passing the ball and senior Malcolm Magee pulled off a 100-yard touchdown to help hand Ocean Springs its first win of the season Friday night.

The Greyhounds thumped Murrah 42-16 with the help of five forced turnovers by their defense.

Noblin didn't miss on a pass until late in the third quarter and finished 8-of-9 passing for 139 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown toss to Khalil Levy.

"I felt like we were just connected a good bit," Noblin said. "You've got to trust your receivesr. Every week it gets better. We get stronger every day."

Noblin, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, also had touchdown runs of 8 and 11 yards.

"He's doing well. He got banged up there, took a shot," Ocean Springs coach Ryan Ross said. "I kind of had to pull him out for a couple of series just to make sure he's all right. Malcolm stepped in and did a great job. Blake is doing really well, hitting locations with the ball and throwing a good ball for our guys to get open."

Magee made an impact in almost all phases of the game with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown, a 50-yard kickoff return, a couple of series at quarterback and three catches for 26 yards at receiver.

"We know Malcolm is a good quarterback as well, but when Blake can play quarterback that adds an athlete," Ross said. "We can let (Magee) play everywhere as far as both sides of the ball and special teams. We don't have to hold the reins on him as far as protecting him. We just believe that's our best formula."

Murrah (0-3) was threatening to make it a game late in the second quarter when Ocean Springs failed on a fake punt in their own territory, but Magee picked off a pass in the end zone and darted up the sideline to give the Greyhounds a 21-2 lead with 8 seconds left in the half.

"I had one man and I saw where I had a receiver on the side of me," Magee said. "I knew if I went inside he'd hit him and I'd spin off him. It worked, off to the races."

The second half belonged to Ocean Springs, building a 42-2 lead after three quarters.

Levy and Darien Wallace also had interceptions for Ocean Springs, which travels to George County next week.

Levy finished the game with two receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Murrah got good production on the ground out of senior quarterback Caston Leggett and sophomore Demarcus Clincy. Leggett ran 13 times for 94 yards and Clincy covered 161 yards on 25 carries.