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Canes ringing in season
Center Khalid Mohammed II and Coach James Sharp show how to block against defender Timothy Sapp during a practice session for the Hurricanes. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Canes Practice

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Hinesville Hurricanes players and coaches talked about their strategy and goals for the upcoming season during a recent practice. They revealed a common theme — everyone is chasing the ring.
Several returning players and a few new ones ran suicide sprints and offensive drills, determined to perfect the game and bring home a championship this year.  
Returning for his second year, defensive end K.B. Brown is staying focused on the teams he is preparing to face and the outcome he hopes to achieve.
“Some teams don’t like to play us because we hit too hard. They just quit automatically,” he said. “This year we are going out there and show them how it should be done, do what it takes to win our rings.
“I’m looking forward to the championship,” returning second-year wide receiver Antonio Mathis said. “That is all we talk about.We don’t want anything else but the ring. We have good players, good coaches, good staff and a good quarterback so I am hoping we take it all the way to the championship.”
He said he’s been asked to polish the passing game.
“The coach said we need to step it up on passing, so I need to show up in practice and show them that I want the ball and help my team make the championship,” Mathis said.
The offensive line for the Hurricanes is made up primarily of new players, However, center Khalid Mohammed II, a former Bradwell Tiger, has the experience, technique and size to protect his quarterback and put many defensive tackles down.
“I’m not worried about who we play, I just want to knock everyone over,” Mohammed said. “Whoever you put in front of me they are going down. I want the ring and if I have to knock over everybody in front of me to get it, I will.”
The Hurricanes began in 1999 when Lamar and Sheri Hall founded the organization to provide the opportunity for adult full contact football in the area. In 2004, the organization was taken over by Mary Jo and James Sharp who carried the team to the divisional playoffs. Sharp continues toward the ultimate goal of winning the South East American Football League Championship.
“We have work to do and we have some more guys coming out,” the coach said. “We would like to have at least three quarterbacks. That way we can work with all of them.”
Besides passing and quarterback performance, Sharp said there are other areas to hone.
“We are working on getting everything down within our offensive line. We want to make sure our line is in sync to protect the quarterback. The pre-season games will give us a better idea of what we got.”
Returning safety Timothy Sapp is ready to use his speed and ability to read the quarterback’s eyes in an effort to make more interceptions this year and bring his team closer to their goal.
“My overall goal this year is to get a ring. Last year I didn’t get too many picks I got a few, I’ll just do what I do, and if they come, they come,” he said “The ultimate team I really want to beat this year are the reigning champs, the Atlanta Prime, they are the ones to beat to get your ring.”
The Hurricanes practice three nights a week and will face their first challenge in a pre-season match in South Carolina on June 2 against the Carolina Hawks. They come home to play another pre-season game on June 16.
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