Dramatic game-winner lifts Ocean Springs to 6A South State Championship

Tonight’s 6A South State championship game between Ocean Springs and Northwest Rankin is the match-up everyone deserved.

Against teams from Mississippi, the Greyhounds and Cougars both came in undefeated and go figure, Ocean Springs is the only school to have played Northwest Rankin to a tie in this entire season.

Greyhounds starting to feel like a team of destiny, led by their 14 seniors, looking to punch their ticket to the Metro on this South State Tuesday.

Junior Adam Walker buries the one-time half volley with such class and in the 72nd minute, Ocean Springs scores the game-winner. Ocean Springs-2 Northwest Rankin-1

The Greyhounds punch their ticket back to state for the first time since 2017, even though the man of the hour wants no part of the individual praise. ” Hey, this is a team. This is a winning team. This is not about me. I just happened to be the last one who touched it. Anyone on this team could’ve put that in. Anyone on this team. (Hey, you’re going to state! You’re going to state!) We’re going to state! We’re going to state!”

Head Coach Jeff French said, “You won’t see a prettier goal, I don’t care what level it is. You can watch Sunday soccer on EPL. You can watch the MLS. You won’t see a prettier goal right there for the game-winner. What a hit under immense pressure. To be able to have the composure to hit that ball on the half-volley, Kudos to the boys to keep fighting. We give up the goal, lose a little bit of momentum there. We thought he was offside, he wasn’t and we battled. And what a game. What a game. What a hit. What a game.”

The Greyhounds get Madison Central on Saturday in a rematch of the 2015 and 2016 state championship games.

Here are some other boys soccer scores from around the Coast:

In the 5A ranks, Long Beach-2 Laurel-0

In the 4A ranks, St. Stanisluas-3 Florence-1

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