Note: The start time for tonight’s game is 5 p.m. due to potential bad weather.
Coaches talk about worrying about letdown following a big win.
Grenada High School has been dealing with this situation all week. The Chargers are coming off a 14-11 win over third-ranked Tupelo last week. Now, they have to turn their attention to tonight’s region contest on the road with Horn Lake. Coach Ashley Kuhn and his staff have worked this week to not let last week’s win be in vain.
So far, so good during the week leading up to the game.
“I think our players have a grasp on the fact that it is about winning every week,” Kuhn said. “If you lose this one, it almost takes away what took place last week.”
The Tupelo win was the first over the Golden Wave since 2007. It puts Grenada at 2-0 inside the region for the first time in recent memory.
“No question that it was a big win for our program,” Kuhn said. “Since we have been here, there hasn’t been a truce signature win. We have that now. How we handle this success will be very important as we move on this season.”
Grenada has a chance to go to 3-0 this week with a win over the Eagles in DeSoto County. It would be a big step in gaining one of the four playoff spots. More importantly, it gives them an opportunity to possible play for a home game, which is vital.
“Our goal is to continue to win games,” Kuhn said. “We want to be able to host a home playoff game, which hasn’t happened here in a long time. Our league is a very competitive one and Region 2 is very good this season. It won’t be easy, but it is always good to play at home.”
The Chargers enter the contest relatively healthy. Senior running back Kesner Spencer wasn’t expected to play against Tupelo and ended up seeing limited action. He is doubtful this week against Horn Lake.
The GHS defense will be challenged this week as they face a Horn Lake offense that likes to throw the ball. They really like to throw the ball.
Horn Lake, 4-2, is averaging 35 passing attempts a game behind senior Dalton Minton (6-3, 180). Minton is 100-214 for 1,419 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has nine interceptions on the season.
“I think Horn Lake may be the most dangerous quick-scoring team in the league,” Kuhn said. “They just throw it up and let their receivers make plays. The receivers are tall, which makes for matchup problems. A key will be getting pressure on the quarterback, making him throw it before he wants to throw it.”
Minton’s top receivers are Todd Wilson (6-1, 195, sr.), Kameron Coleman (6-1, 185, jr.), and Jordan Black (5-8, 167, sr.)
Wilson leads the group with 38 receptions for 592 yards and seven touchdowns. Coleman has 18 catches for 285 yards and a score. Black has 19 catches for 232 yards and a score.
Defensively, Undra Redmon (6-0, 186, sr.) leads the way with 24 tackles from his defensive back position. Juniquius Jones (6-1, 183, jr.) has been solid, also.
Junior D.D. Bridges leads the Chargers with 695 yards and eight touchdowns. Spencer has 640 yards and nine scores. Quarterback Deon Knox is at 336 yards and 336 yards and three scores.
Defensively, Willie McCaleb has been solid from his end position. Rahim Avery anchors the linebacker corps. N’Querious Lott has been good.
Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. in Horn Lake. The game will be on 100.1 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Bubba and Larry Vance will describe the action.