By CHUCK HATHCOCK
The 2013 Grenada High School football seniors did not lose a game at home last season.
After attaining that goal, this year’s seniors want to do the same thing. GHS took a step closer last week winning a 35-20 decision over Greenwood to open the season.
Tonight, they will be looking to make it two in a row at Charger Stadium when they host Greenville-Weston.
“After last year’s seniors went unbeaten at home, we challenged this year’s team to win all their home games,” fourth-year Coach Ashley Kuhn said. “We have some things to clean up if we are to attain this goal.”
One of those things is penalties. In two games, the Chargers were flagged nine times in a loss to West Point. They followed that with as many against Greenwood. It’s an area that needs to improve as the schedule begins to stiffen.
“We have to limit our penalties especially the unacceptable ones,” Kuhn said. “I have no problem with effort penalties. We had some personal foul penalties we need to get away from taking place. Those will hurt us in big games.”
Another area of concern from last week is finishing games. The Chargers led 22-0 at halftime and could never really put the Bulldogs away.
“We have to be able to finish games,” Kuhn said. “There was a chance in the first half to make it 30-0 and we didn’t capitalize. We seemed to left off the gas in the second. That can’t happen. We were fortunate.”
Game 3 of the season will be a matchup with the Greenville-Weston Hornets. They are 1-1 on the season following last week’s 13-7 loss to Clarksdale.
“As always, Greenville has outstanding athletes on both sides of the football,” Kuhn said. “The biggest problem with them is preparation. You can’t get a handle what they are going to do on both sides of the ball, which makes it hard to prepare.”
Last week, the Chargers got a big game from senior Kesner Spencer. He finished with 249 all-purpose yards last weekend and scored three touchdowns. Of those yards, 146 came on the ground. His running mate, D.D. Bridges, finished with two touchdowns.
After two weeks, linebackers Rahim Avery and Tyrus Black lead the Chargers in tackles. Avery has 13 tackles and Black has 10 tackles.
Grenada hosts Greenville-Weston at 7 p.m. tonight at Charger Stadium. Pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m. on 100.1 FM.