By CHUCK HATHCOCK
GREENWOOD – If Friday’s season opener were a beauty contest, the Grenada Chargers wouldn’t have made it out of the opening round.
GHS opened the 2013 season against a Greenwood team that opened a week earlier with a win over rival Leflore County. The Chargers put together a solid defensive effort to go with an inconsistent offensive night, managing a 21-13 win over the Bulldogs.
“It was great to get a win,” Head Coach Ashley Kuhn said. “We made too many mistakes and turnovers. Defensively, we were able to shut them down the second half.”
Offensively, Grenada had a solid night from sophomore tailback D.D. Bridges. He finished with 78 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown.
Junior Kesner Spencer finished with 44 yards on three carries and scored a touchdown. The Chargers also scored as backup quarterback Will Jordan completed a 36-yard scoring strike to Nate Evans.
Greenwood got on the board early in the second period. Kwada Griggs hooked up with Sammie Epps on a 65-yard pass play to get the ball inside the Grenada 10-yard line. On fourth down, the two connected to make it 7-0 with 11:11 left in the half.
The Chargers turned the ball over on their next possession but the defense forced a punt getting the ball at the 20-yard line. Grenada worked through a pair of holding penalties in the drive.
Jordan connected with Tyrin Jones for 25 yards on a second-and-20 situation. On the next play, he found Evans for the touchdown. Drew Brannan’s PAT made it 7-7 with 5:05 left in the half.
Greenwood answered the Grenada drive with one of its own. The Bulldogs used a 43-yard kickoff return to get the ball into Grenada territory. They converted two third downs and a fourth down play. Griggs scored on a two-yard run. Genard Avery blocked the extra point to keep the score at 13-7.
Grenada came right back before half to get the lead. Avery had a 35-yard kickoff return to midfield. Evans completed passes of 15 yards to Jones and 21-yards to Jay Redditt. Bridges got the touchdown with 32 seconds left. Grant Martin kicked the PAT to make it 14-13 halftime.
The defense was the story of the second half, keeping Greenwood out of the end zone. They had the ball on the Grenada side of the 50-yard line on three occasions and failed to score.
Spencer rounded out the scoring with a fourth period touchdown. Brannan’s PAT made it 21-13.
Grenada returns to action this week traveling to Greenville. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.