During the fall, Friday nights in Grenada are all about one thing — Charger Football.
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.
The GHS Chargers finished its last season in 5A as regional champs in 2020 before moving on to 6A in 2021 where they faced the toughest high school football teams in the state of Mississippi. The program’s lineage shines in the performance of four alumni currently playing in the NFL with more on the way and still more gaining attention at Division I & II schools.
Head coach Ashley Kuhn attributes the players’ performances on the field to a vigorous weight-lifting program in the off-season. The team operates in three phases:
Players lift weights twice a week, practice four times a week, and play on Friday nights. In addition to field work, they spend time at the athletic complex studying film of their opponents to match wits as well as might. The Chargers play 11-12 games each season, including 7 non-district games.
Spring training is focused largely on weightlifting and conditioning. During fourth block, players build their strength in the weight room and stay sharp with field drills.
Summer practice is a mix of play drills, conditioning and weightlifting. The team practices from 7-10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with occasional scrimmages with other teams.
The GHS athletic complex houses the high school’s varsity, junior varsity, and 9th grade team, as well as its weightlifting program.
The JV team is made up of mostly 9th and 10th graders with less playing time on Friday nights. The 9th grade team is completely made up of freshmen who are getting their first taste at gridiron competition at the next level. JV and 9th grade teams face opponents at home and away on Tuesday nights in the fall.