Ocean Springs turns the page after week one loss at Gautier

Of the eight high school football teams in region 4 class 6A, half of them make the playoffs every year. Ocean Springs was one of the four on the outside looking in last season, leaving the Greyhounds with something to prove in 2017. They may be young, but they’re starting to come together after a “rough week of practice.”
As usual, Ocean Springs held its pre-game walk through on Thursday, but it was shorter than normal on account of Monday through Wednesday, following its week one loss at Gautier. Head Coach Ryan Ross said, “We’re going to find out who really wants to get out here and put the price in to pay the price to play and yeah we’ve had a pretty rough week. And it wasn’t because we lost, it’s because we have a lot of areas that we have to address and get better at.”
Ocean Springs is a young team, having replaced its entire offensive line from a year ago. With a young team, growing pains are to be expected, but the Greyhounds had to overcome some internal adversity before marching on together as one. Quarterback/ Free safety Malcom Magee said, “Miscommunication led to arguments, arguments led to almost fights, so we had to sit, talk. It’s been a lot of like arguing, but as time went by we talked as a team, just us players. We talked as a team, and I think we came back as like our brothers or whatever.”
Middle Linebacker Mitchell Bowie said, “It showed us that we need, we really need to come together if we plan on doing good this season and playing like we should. We really need to come together like a family.”
With everyone now on the same page, the Greyhounds turn their attention towards Madison Central, fresh off its appearance in north state last season. “Trying to mentally prepare for these 6’5″, 300-pound people that are going to be coming up against me.”
“Well, I don’t want to sound negative in any way, but I want our guys to see Madison Central looks like a 6A football program.”
“It’s going to be a tough one. It’s going to be a dog fight cause, well those are some big boys and I know how my team is coming, and we should be ready.”
Ready or not, Ocean Springs can use that game as room for improvement in its quest to rejoin the playoff ranks after missing the post-season for just the second time in the Ryan Ross era. “Well we definitely see ourselves as a playoff team, and we think last year just something happened that we can definitely fix this year. I think we have a great future this year.”
“Everybody sees us as small and young, but don’t nobody know how much hard work we’ve put in and how much heart we have. It doesn’t matter who you are or how big you are, if you step in front of us in those stripes it’s us against y’all.”
“Anything past this point we’re going to find out who we have, who we can count on and those guys are going to have to really love football. And we’re going to do everything in our power to put a good football team on the field, and it’s going to take them doing it for us and doing it with us.”
Ocean Springs has a tall task come Friday at 7 p.m. when Madison Central comes to town.

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