Warriors focus is on Ocean Springs in opening round of playoffs

By JESSE JOHNSON,

The Oak Grove Warriors took care of business Friday marking a five-game winning streak and a No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Coach Drew Causey and his team enjoyed the win, but their focus is set for playoff time as the Warriors host Ocean Springs Friday night..

“Our attitude is great in the locker room,” Causey said. “Our mindset now is focusing on us and what we are going to do this week. I’m really proud of our guys and how much hard work they are showing in the clubhouse.”

The Warriors’ offense heading into the playoffs red hot. Oak Grove has averaged 41.6 points a game while only giving up an average of 14 points per game during the five-game winning streak.

Leading the way rushing for the Warriors is Nick Milsap. The power back senior has rushed only 200 attempts and has totaled 1,144 yards with nine touchdowns.

Damon Stewart has thrown for 2,135 yards and has passed for 24 touchdowns hitting five different receivers.

Ocean Springs finished the regular season 5-6 and finished third in district play.

The Greyhounds are averaging 171 yards rushing per game and have totaled 21 rushing touchdowns. Blake Noblin has passed for 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns with 9 interceptions.

“Ocean Springs has a really good football team,” Causey said. “They have a talented quarterback and defensively they are really aggressive. We are not taking them lightly and must stay focused on the task at hand. They are only allowing around 17 points per game so we must focus on what we know and execute.”

Another contributing factor for the Warriors’ late run success was moving some key guys around on defense to fit the talents best suited for them.

“I think that when we made the switch from Graham McCarty to defensive end and moved Zach Little to linebacker that put us in a better situation and allowed our guys to do what they do best,” Causey said. “That is the biggest thing we did to help us out. Graham has done a really good job at defensive end with his speed. Zach likes to hit people so putting him in at linebacker was a no brainer. We also simplified things on defense and it has really helped us toward the end of the season.”

Kickoff is set for 7pm at Oak Grove.