After the play clock stopped on the Grenada Chargers’ first-ever appearance at the state football championships on Dec. 1, first-year head coach Michael Fair took his team aside, and under the lights of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at the University of Mississippi, he told them three things.
The players had just completed a monumental season. Their 15-game run included three playoff victories against formidable opponents, ending with a heartbreaking loss to the 6A South-Half victors West Jones for the title of 6A State Champs. It was the most grueling four quarters of football these players had seen all season. Most were muddy head-to-toe, and with tears in their eyes, they listened to the coach who’d led them there.
The first thing Fair told them....
During the fall of each school year, Friday nights in Grenada are all about one thing — Charger Football.
“If you’re really good, you play 15 Friday nights a year,” says Grenada Head Coach Michael Fair. “So what are you doing the other 350 days?”
For Fair, it’s spending time with young players, trying to mold them into upstanding men. He and his coaching staff are using the game of football to do that.
The dynamic football program at Grenada is by far the biggest sports activity on campus, encompassing five teams, hundreds of players, and a full stadium of fans who turn out weekly to cheer on the Chargers.
With a new head coach, a deep quarterback bench, an aggressive defense with several returning players, a rising-star halfback, a renewed receiving corps, and a brand-new turf field at Charger Stadium, 2023 has become one of the most anticipated seasons for Grenada football in recent memory.
Some of the program’s other highlights:
Grenada’s deluxe athletic complex contains locker rooms, gym, offices, and film room, housing the high school’s varsity, junior varsity, and 9th grade team, as well as its weightlifting program.
Four alumni are currently playing in the NFL, including the first-round draft pick for the Washington Commanders, Emmanuel Forbes (Class of 22), as well as one alumni in the XFL and several playing in Division I and II schools.
All football games live-streamed on the school district’s website, along with a weekly produced pregame show spotlighting coaches and players.