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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor


   Football Underdog Weekend

           There’s a new light shining on Mississippi right now – have you seen it?  It’s the one you see emanating from each and every football fan’s eyes when they recall that incredible weekend.  You know the one (my husband called it “the underdog weekend”) – the one where all the longshots came through and defeated their opponents.  College teams and high school teams alike brought their “A” game and scored big for their schools, their fans, and the state of Mississippi.

            The Grenada Chargers were no exception with their 14-11 win over the Tupelo Golden Wave.  The Charger football team entered the 2014 season coming off a disappointing first round playoff loss to the Starkville Yellow Jackets during the 2013 – 2014 school year.  Although the Chargers had a regular season record of 9 – 2 in the 2013 season, the expectations of the team and coaching staff have been higher for the current year.
            Graduation hit the Chargers hard last year, as several key players moved on to continue their football careers at the college level.  However, several current GHS players have already stepped up to fill the void left by those graduates.  Coach Ashley Kuhn has done an exceptional job of maintaining his team’s focus on one game at a time.  This philosophy made its own statement in the victory over #3 ranked Tupelo. 

            With the win over Tupelo, the Chargers now stand at 6-1 overall and 2-0 in division play.  In order to make the playoffs, the Chargers must finish in the top four of their division.  This is no easy task considering this division consists of perennial powerhouse South Panola and several other teams sporting strong lineups.  In order to finish the season on top, the Chargers will have to pull out the best plays from Coach Ashley Kuhn’s playbook, play excellent football, and continue the philosophy of focusing on one game at a time.  Success breeds success, and the Chargers hope to continue the trend of victories as they move throughout the rest of the season.

            Congratulations to all the teams who overcame adversity and defeated their opponents so far this year.  Congratulations to the fans that loyally support the teams and the players as they fight for the win week after week under the stadium lights.  Congratulations also to Mississippi, because for a while, even fans of lifelong opposing teams gave in just a little to those rivalries and were just proud to be a Mississippian.  Go Chargers!