OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. — It came down to one final stop.
The Ocean Springs defense stopped Clinton quarterback Jordyn Battee on the potential two-point conversion to lift the Greyhounds past the Arrows 45-44 in double overtime Thursday night in the season-opening showdown of Top 10 ranked teams.
“Winners make one play to win the game and we did there at the end and it was unbelievable,” said Ocean Springs coach Blake Pennock. “Our identity is to run the ball and Bray Hubbard did a tremendous job tonight offensively.”
With Ocean Springs up 31-24 in the fourth quarter Clinton quarterback Battee raced towards the pylon from 5 yards out with 2:33 left in regulation to tie the game at 31-31.
Both teams scored in the first overtime to make the score 38-38 and force double overtime. In the second OT, Ocean Springs quarterback Bray Hubbard scored on a 2-yard run to give the Greyhounds a 45-38 lead.
On Clinton’s possession, Arrow running back Jakobe Calvin scored on a 1-yard run, but on the two-point conversion Battee rolled out to his right and got tackled to end the game and seal the win for Ocean Springs.
“The biggest thing is Ocean Springs and coast football hasn’t been part of the big boy conversation in 6A football and we wanted to be in the big boy conversation and tonight hopefully that showed everyone,” Pennock said. “Bray has grown up and he’s going to be a star. We got a great test today and hopefully we use this momentum moving onto next week.”
Hubbard was a one-man wrecking crew for the Greyhounds (1-0). He accounted for all six touchdowns - four rushing and two passing. Hubbard finished with 21 carries for 88 yards and four TDs on the ground and 205 yards and two TDs through the air.
“The offensive line did a great job blocking and receivers did a great job of getting open and we did really well tonight on offense,” Hubbard said. “The talk about us is how our defense is going to be and they made a big stop there at the end and I’m proud of this team. We came here to get into that big boy club of 6A and we’re there.”
Calvin had 66 yards rushing with three touchdowns to lead Clinton. Battee threw for 150 yards and had a 72-yard touchdown pass to Michael Tripp in the second quarter to give the Arrows (0-1) a 24-14 lead.
“We knew we’d make some mistakes with our secondary being so young and their guys capitalized on it and their quarterback is really good and we just came up short at the end,” said Clinton coach Judd Boswell. “We felt like we could win it there and we had a push and didn’t work out in our favor.”