The Mississippi High School Activities Association allowed teams to practice in full pads beginning Saturday.
So at 12:01 a.m. Ocean Springs head coach Ryan Ross had his players hit the practice field at Greyhounds stadium.
The weather wasn't as steamy as during the day, it was 84 degrees.
Ross said, "In my experience it's always easier to get the guys to stay up and comeback at midnight practice and get a little excitement than get them up early Saturday morning and get up here at the facility and start banging heads."
In his first season at Ocean Springs Ross guided the Greyhounds to 9 wins and 3 losses and a second place finish in the Region 4 6A standings behind Biloxi. Ross says while the team lacks size, he'll rely on speed when he lines up against the opposition.
"We're going to try to attack those guys with speed because that's going to be our best line of defense to run with those guys," Ross stated.
Quarterback Wes Windham is back, more familiar with the spread offensive attack. He passed for 16-hundred-55 yards and 16 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 196 pound senior added 460 rushing yards and nine Td's.
Wes Windham said, "It's really exciting getting the community to come watch us for our first day in pads and hopefully get a lot of good work both offensively and defensively."
In 2011 wide receiver Ishmel Morrow hauled in 33 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns.
The running game is led by Mathew Hicks. Last season Hicks generated 618 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns.
The Greyhounds defense is highlighted by linebackers, Jason Riede, Elijah Ramsey and 205 pound senior Tyrin Spencer who made his presence known during Saturday's midnight practice.
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