OCEAN SPRINGS - If defense wins championships, the Ocean Springs football team appears on pace for another Region 4-6A title.
The Greyhounds' defense put together a shutout for the second consecutive week with a 23-0 victory over rival Biloxi Friday night at Greyhound Stadium. The week prior, Ocean Springs shut down D'Iberville, 24-0.
"They're playing hard," Ocean Springs coach Ryan Ross said of his team. "They bend but don't break. They just do what they need to do. We're fortunate to get the turnovers."
The Ocean Springs secondary feasted on Biloxi passes all night, racking up five interceptions. Senior defensive back De'Marco Ward led the Greyhounds with two picks. Aaron Stovall, Dwain Alford and Vincent Milanese also had interceptions for the No. 1 Greyhounds (6-1, 3-0).
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"We just wanted to watch out for (Biloxi receiver) Tim Jones and make sure we cover him real good, and watch out for (Travin Payne)," Ward said. "That's what we did. We played good defense. We pursued it together. I'm proud of my defense and offense."
Ocean Springs scored all of its points in the first half and cruised to the victory in the second half.
After rushing for 200 yards against D'Iberville, senior running back Matthew Pleasant had another nice night with 18 runs for 105 yards.
Trexton Coleman had a 2-yard touchdown run and Travis Pugh contributed a 6-yard scoring scamper.
"The ground game was good," Ross said. "We got a pretty good surge up front. Biloxi did a great job as far as scheme-wise taking the option away from us. We played dive football and got positive yards."
Ocean Springs quarterback Drew Windham was efficient passing the ball, connecting on eight-of-11 attempts for 116 yards and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Austin Williams, who had five catches for 59 yards and the one score.
Biloxi junior receiver Tim Jones pulled in six passes for 67 passes, but the Ocean Springs defense made it difficult on sophomore quarterback Brodie King to find his favorite target all night.
"Five turnovers against a team that was better than us," Biloxi coach Bobby Hall said. "I thought we kept fighting and fighting hard, but you can't turn it over five times and have much of a chance. I was proud of my team for keeping fighting. We're working hard and getting better. You just can't see it right now."
Biloxi dropped to 3-5 and 0-3 with the loss.
Ocean Springs travels to George County next week, Biloxi prepares for a difficult task at No. 3 St. Martin.