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'Canes hang tough
Undefeated Warriors held to 2 TDs
The Hurricane’s John Wilder runs one in for a TD in Saturday game. The ’Canes offense continues to improve and the defense was able to hold the high-scoring Warriors to 14. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon


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The undefeated South Georgia Warriors waltzed into town fashionably late Saturday, but ended up having to fight for the 14 points it took to overcome the hard nosed Hinesville Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes played with quarterback Darius “DJ” Summers at the helm and several returning players on offense.
“We had some players that were with us last year and were only able to rejoin the team within the last two games or so,” head coach James Sharp said. “Because of that, we took our time in the huddle for most of the game.”
Sharp said he preferred to spend extra time in the huddle to make sure each player knew their routes and blocks, but realized the tempo needed to be a little quicker as the ’Canes were called for delay of game on more than one occasion.
“We prefer the delay of game rather than an interception or forced play. But we did ask DJ to step it up a bit toward the end,” Sharp said.
The Warriors (7-0 on the season) took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, but in the second quarter Timothy Sapp returned a punt deep in ’Canes territory past midfield. John Wilder then took the ball in for the touchdown and the ’Canes completed a two-point attempt tying the game at 8-8.
Friar Reynolds intercepted the ball on the Warriors next drive but a few dropped balls and penalties did not let the Hurricanes advance the ball down field. The Warriors came right back at the end of the half and scored a touchdown, but missed the point-after attempt, giving them their 14-8 lead.
The Hurricanes defense held strong and the Warriors were not able to score again.
“They came in here boasting they would beat us 30-7,” Sharp said. “But they were kept to a low score and if we did not have the penalties we may have scored more and won.”
Sharp also said with his returning players and the improvements made on offense his team should be strong the rest of the season.
The Hurricanes travel to Gainesville to face the Central Florida Thoroughbreds on Sept. 8 before returning home for their last home game Sept. 15.
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