By CHUCK HATHCOCK
When Grenada High School Coach Ashley Kuhn was setting his schedule, he knew it was a possibility his team would be in this position.
Grenada opened the 2019 season with a trip to Philadelphia facing Neshoba Central. Now, the Chargers have the dubious task of playing the Rockets once again. This time, the teams open the Class 5A Playoffs Friday night.
“When we scheduled them, I knew there was a chance we would have to play them again,” Kuhn said. “We didn’t have much choice because we couldn’t fill that spot.”
Grenada won that contest 30-20. The Chargers defensive unit forced five turnovers. One of those was an interception return for a touchdown from Emmanuel Forbes. That game has absolutely no bearing on this contest.
“We are both different teams since that opening night,” Kuhn said. “They have tweaked things a good bit since that opening week. Still, they are a run-heavy team.”
Neshoba lost three in a row to start the season. Since that point, the Rockets have won eight in a row. During that streak, Neshoba has averaged just over 43 points a game.
“Their offense is on a roll,” Kuhn said. “What I think has made them better is finding some other backs to compliment Hunter.”