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'Canes take another
Local semi-pros now stand at 6-1 for season
Hinesville Hurricanes linebacker James Sharp III catches a pass from Frank Troupe in the ‘Canes 11-0 win against the Assassins on July 18. The ‘Canes defeated the Predators 20-8 in Myrtle Beach Saturda - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Showing no signs of slowing, the Hinesville Hurricanes barreled across Myrtle Beach Saturday night, defeating the South Carolina Predators 20-8, according to head coach James Sharp.

The victory gives the local semi-pro football squad a 6-1 regular season record with three games left before the playoffs.

Taking control of the defense after coach Jade Richards stepped down, coach Sharp said the linebackers, line, corners and safety all pulled together and stepped the tempo up a knotch.

"The ‘Canes always had an outstanding defense," Sharp said. "We were just missing players in certain positions and this year we picked them up."

Sharp said the defense pulled it together and the offense executed plays. He said the ‘Canes were a cohesive unit and that made the difference on the field.

The ‘Canes are number 1 in the Southeast Division of the Southeastern American football conference.

On Saturday the ‘Canes are away at the Charleston Hawks.

The ‘Canes opened the season against the Hawks on June 6 with a decisive 74-0 victory, but the coach said no team can be taken for granted, especially this far into the season.

"The team wants to have a good time and have fun," Sharp said. "But in the end they also want to win."

The ‘Canes will be home to host a back to school game on Aug. 8 against the Panthers.

Game time is 7 p.m., Aug. 8, at Long Bell Stadium. Ticketholders are eligible for halftime prizes. Extra raffle ticket may be purchased for $2 at the game. Admission is $6, children under 12 free.

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