By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Midway through Friday’s home opener against Greenwood, the Grenada Chargers seemed poised to blowout Greenwood leading 15-0.
That’s when it all changed.
The Chargers led 22-0 at halftime but struggled the second half winning a 35-20 decision over the Bulldogs.
With the win, GHS is now 1-1.
“The first quarter was good,” Kuhn said. “We jumped up 15-0 and led 22-0 at halftime. I didn’t think they could stop us early, but I thought we back down a little bit. The game got sloppy after that. We had too many penalties again. You have to give them credit. They made some adjustments.”
The Chargers got a big night from their running back duo of Kesner Spencer and D.D. Bridges. They combined for all five touchdowns. Spencer had three scores, including a 95-yard kickoff return.
Grenada got on the board in the opening period as Spencer scored on a 22-yard run. Grant Martin’s extra point made it 7-0. The Chargers made it 15-0 on an 18-yard run and a two-point conversion from Bridges. Bridges had a scoring run and a Martin extra point made it 22-0 at halftime.
The Chargers problems began on their first possession of the second half. They moved from their 28-yard line to the Greenwood 46 before a personal foul on fourth down stopped a drive.
It took Greenwood five plays to score. The extra point failed leaving the score at 22-6 with 5:18 left in the third period.
Spencer came back with the electrifying kickoff return for the touchdown. Martin’s extra point made it 29-6 with five minutes left in the third period.
Again, Greenwood took advantage of a personal foul and scored in five plays. The two-point conversion made it 29-14.
Grenada came right back with a 93-yard scoring drive in seven plays. The extra point failed leaving the score at 35-14 with 59.2 second left in the period.
Greenwood closed out the scoring with a touchdown to account for the final margin.
Grenada returns to action this week hosting Greenville-Weston Friday night at 7 p.m. The Hornets dropped a 13-7 decision to Clarksdale.