Ocean Springs rallied for its second straight win on the young season under new head coach Jake Bramlett to pull out an exciting 27-24 win Friday night over homestanding Northwest Rankin.
The Greyhounds move to 2-1 on the year and the Cougars stand the same.
The home team jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter before OSHS began its rally. Ocean Springs finally got on the scoreboard board as William Berglind hit Will Smith on an 9-yard touchdown pass late in the first half.
Just minutes later, Peyton Williams nailed his first of two field goals for the Greyhounds as his 32-yard boot cut the Cougar lead to 17-10 with just before halftime.
Williams, who was also perfect on all three extra point attempts, then added a 31-yard field goal for OSHS to cut into the deficit even further and make it 17-13 less than three minutes into the third frame. Less than three minutes later, after recovering an onside kickoff, Bramlett’s bunch took their first lead of the night when Berglind found Nolan Wells on a 17-yard touchdown pass to give the Greyhounds a 20-17 lead with 6:32 left in the third quarter.
The Cougars re-took the lead at 24-20 on their next possession, setting up the climactic fourth period.
Greyhound defender Kristian Dillard picked off a Cougar pass to set up the winning score, and then Berglind and Bryshen Smith hooked up for the game-winner on a 26-yard touchdown toss to return the lead to OSHS at 27-24 and seal the win.
Berglind finished 20-of-29 passing for 226 yards and three touchdowns while Bryshen Smith finished with seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown for the Greyhounds.
Ocean Springs returns home to face Natchez next week.
Pass Christian 42, Pearl River Central 0
The Pirates remained unbeaten at 3-0 under new head coach Jeff Stockstill Friday night as they bombed the homestanding Blue Devils in Carierre.
Pass Christian quarterback Ladd Scriber completed 10 passes for just over 150 yards and three touchdowns, and his favorite target was Terry Patton as the versatile Pirate speedster caught six passes for 79 yards and a one touchdown
Pirate running back Jacquez Alexander-Dedeaux ran for 120 yards and a touchdown as well in the win. Pass Christian heads to St. Stanislaus next week.
East Central 42, Lawrence County 35
The Hornets hit the road to Monticello and picked up their first win of the year to move to 1-2.
East Central’s dynamic duo of quarterback Ben Myrick, who ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, and tailback Grey Bradley, who rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, guided second-year head coach Sam Huff’s crew to the win and they now stand 1-2 on the year.
East Central returns home to Hurley to host North Pike next week.
Other scores for the “Southern Six”:
Harrison Central 14, Quitman 13 (OT)
Madison Central 23, Gulfport 21
Resurrection 27, Richton 13
Moss Point 22, St. Stanislaus 21
West Harrison 28, East Marion 12
St. Patrick 35, Sylva-Bay Aca. 13
Poplarville 16, Newton County 0