The Ocean Springs boys soccer team is undefeated against teams from Mississippi this season and if it stays that way through Saturday, the Greyhounds will be your new state champs.
Tomorrow, they’ll be facing Madison Central in the Class 6A title game for the fifth time in their championship rivalry.
Overall, this will be Ocean Springs’ seventh crack at a gold ball following Tuesday’s dramatic 2-1 South State victory over Northwest Rankin, courtesy of Adam Walker’s late second half firecracker.
Now it all comes down to this for the Greyhounds who have one last dance with yet another unbeaten power. Ocean Springs Head Boys Soccer Coach Jeff French said, “One last trip for the senior group, 14 seniors. They’ve said it all along. It’s one of those things as a coach when you hear them say it, you wonder if they truly believe it. And you keep trying to give them things. Hey, believe, believe. We watch video, we see other teams and everything like that. Hey, we’re not done. We’re not finished. We’re in a beautiful situation in our program that it’s state championship or bust and that’s true on most years, and so we’re going to get after it again and hopefully bring it home this time.”
This is the first time Ocean Springs and Madison Central have played for the title since 2016.
And the Greyhounds will kick things off at 6 p.m. Saturday from Ridgeland High School up in the metro.
As for the other local teams getting ready to await their state championship destiny, Long Beach will have a 6 o’clock kick off as well against Center Hill over at Brandon High School.
A few hours earlier, St. Stanislaus will be playing in its fifth state title game in the last seven years as the Rock-a-Chaws take on Newton County at 2 p.m. from Brandon.
On the girls side, a pair of 4 p.m. games featuring local schools, starting with Gulfport and Clinton in the 6A ranks. They’ll be at Ridgeland. Then it’s East Central taking on Lafayette from the home of the Brandon Bulldogs.