• John Macon Gillespie

CJ Avery Eyeing Grand Finale At Grenada

Grenada rolled to an impressive 10-3 season in 2015. They were led in large part by their defense, a defense that will again boast one of the top players in the state.

CJ Avery and his Chargers are fresh off of competing in the Adidas 7-on-7 tournament this past Tuesday in Oxford. The 6-1, 195 pound defensive back says the work they put in at the tournament is just a glimpse of what the team has been doing so far this summer.

“Summer is going pretty good,” Avery told SES Mississippi. “We are all working pretty hard right now.”

Avery has already put together an amazing high school career. This past season he totaled 69 tackles with five interceptions. With one season to play, the playmaking phenom has lofty goals for his grand finale.

“I want to lead my team to a state title,” Avery declared. “I also want to lead my division or even the state in interceptions.”

Grenada’s defense allowed less than two touchdowns a game in their 10 wins a season ago. With most of that unit still in tact, Avery’s goals could be met this coming fall.

Avery plays with that great combination of power and speed seldom seen in a defensive secondary on the high school level. He has enough talent to play just about anywhere on the field on either side of the football. He insists that, for him, it’s all about defense.

“You get to deliver the hits instead of taking them,” Avery explained. “Defense wins championships.”

With his high school career coming to an end with the completion of the 2016 season, Avery says that when people look back and remember his time as a Grenada Charger, he hopes he ranks near the top.

“I want to be remembered as one of the best player to do it here,” Avery said. “I want to be remembered as a hardworking player and one of the best teammates to play with.”

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

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