By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo head coach Trent Hammond was very complimentary of the play of the Grenada Chargers on Friday.
He was impressed with the team speed and physical effort.
Same can be said of the still undefeated Golden Wave, who survived their Division 1-6A test to bag a 34-7 victory.
“I never felt the way the score was,” Hammond said. “Grenada was a really physical team, and the score doesn’t indicate how close a game it was.
“They had as much defensive speed on their side of the ball as our defense has on our side.”
Still, Tupelo (6-0, 2-0) did more than enough to come away with a key win, beginning with a momentum-building first quarter.
Tupelo’s first possession saw sophomore quarterback Daniel Bristow complete all four of his passes, concluding with an 8-yard score to Quinn Tiggs.
Tupelo then added a 44-yard field goal by Reed Bigham, but was saving the most excitement in the period for last.
On the first play of Tupelo’s third possession, Bristow hit senior receiver Rodney McIntosh in stride. McIntosh adjusted quickly to two closing defenders, then accelerated again to finish off a 64-yard score as Tupelo moved to a 16-0 lead.
“I just wanted to catch the ball first,” McIntosh said. “This was a huge win for us going against an undefeated team.
“People are going to respect us now.”
For Hammond, perhaps a key score in the contest came on Tupelo’s first possession of the second half. There, a 46-yard pass to Tiggs set up a 3-yard run by Jarvis Wilson to put the Wave up 22-0.
“When we came out and scored to begin the second half was key,” Hammond said. “The defense played another game where it was all over the field.”
Grenada did respond with a 40-yard scoring run by Kesner Spencer, leaving the game a bit up in the air until the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Tupelo added a 13-yard TD pass to Alex Norwood and a 34-yard run by Tiggs early in the fourth quarter.
The Wave host Southaven next week.