OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The defending Region 4-6A champion Greyhounds aim to advance further this season and will have to accomplish that goal without running back Andrew Warren who graduated. He exploded for 13-hundred-80 yards and 16 touchdowns a year ago.
Coach Ross wants to take advantage of the size of his Ocean Springs offensive line with three of the front five weighing over 300 pounds while the other two tip the scales at 245 and 255 pounds respectively.
Ross said, "If we can establish the run game which is what we're going to try to do, to me it's kind of old school football...and I understand that, but I also know that it may open up some more big plays in the passing game."
Quarterback Drew Windham is one of the key players returning. The 6-2 senior passed for a-thousand-six yards and 8 touchdowns in 2014.
"Everyone is trying to take each game week-to-week and not overlook anyone because every opponent we play is a great team, "stated Windham. "So, we're just going to take it week-by-week."
Windham has senior Alex Morales and standout Austin Williams back at wide receiver. The 6-3, 200 pound Williams is rated as one of the top junior prospects in the state. He hauled in 38 passes for 618 yards and 6 touchdowns last season.
Williams said, "This summer I spent a lot of time working on my footwork and speed and that's what helped me out and worked on my routes. Just developing all my aspects."
6-2, 230 pound senior linebacker Vincent Milanese, the 2014 WLOX Defensive Player of the Year, piled up 166 tackles..and will spearhead the Greyhounds defensive attack.
"We've got a new team and we know last year doesn't matter anymore because it's a new season. But, we'd love to win a state championship."
Ocean Springs kicks off the 2015 high school football season on August 21st, a road game at Brandon.