Student Athlete of the Week: Khalil Levy-Ocean Springs Greyhounds
Listed at just 5’9”, 145 pounds, there’s nothing small about the stat line of our News 25 Student Athlete of the Week.
With contributions on offense, defense, and special teams, Khalil Levy was the x-factor in Friday’s 28-19 victory for Ocean Springs over rival St. Martin.
Our week 10 recipient also took home the game ball from Head Coach Ryan Ross.
With the hardest remaining schedule for the last two weeks of the region 4 class 6A regular season belonging to Ocean Springs, beating St. Martin was a bigger deal than usual. “It was very important. They’re rivals, we wanted to beat them, we wanted to stay – we wanted to be 4-1.”
But the Yellowjackets were every bit the adversary, jumping out to a 13-nothing lead in the second quarter. Unphased, Khalil Levy cut that deficit in half with 2.9 seconds left to go in the half on a scramble drill touchdown strike from Blake Noblin. “I was just looking at Blake, he looked at me and he just threw it and I just wanted to get the ball. Score.”
Head Coach Ryan Ross said,”He had run the deep seam route to the end zone and he just worked back to Blake, and I guess as soon as Blake got out of the pocket and could see, he saw Khalil and Khalil working back at him. So they executed the play and very, very glad they did.”
Levy capitalized on that momentum in the second half, ending his night with four receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns accounting for 77 percent of the Greyhound receiving output. Versatile as they come, the senior added an inception on defense to go along with 41 return yards on special teams. “I just feel like I could help the team more, just being the player that I am, talented, I could just help.”
“Well, Khalil is special now. I mean he’s small in stature, but I mean he makes an impact between the lines every Friday night. And if you don’t know him and you’ve just been watching him, he just looks like a little small guy out there that can run, but I mean his ball skills are phenomenal. He doesn’t ever rub anybody wrong, he’s always a smiling little happy guy and it’s just great to have in the locker room.”
Also great to have in the locker room is that district record of 4-1, good for a second place tie with Harrison Central and the Greyhounds wouldn’t be on the verge of ending their two-year playoff drought without their man of the hour. “I felt good. I feel like it was one of my best games I’ve played.”
“He’s just a savvy little player. I love him to death, he’s just a quiet kid, a well-mannered kid and I love him on our team.”
Levy hit the road with Micah Kelly and Jason Brooks right after today’s practice to catch South Alabama’s game versus Troy as a part of prospect game invitation.
Coach Ross says Levy is also a standout in the classroom.