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Forfeit hampers Canes dedication game
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An unexpected last minute decision by the Central Florida Thoroughbreds to forfeit last Saturday's Hinesville Hurricanes home opener left the fans, but more importantly the players and family members who were there to dedicate the game to the late Mary Jo Sharp, a bit bewildered.
"Everything was fine and ready to go and suddenly I got a call from the Thoroughbred's coach that something came up at the last minute and they would not be coming," Hurricanes head coach James Sharp said.
"It was just after 2 p.m. on the
Saturday of the game and we just didn't have enough time to get another team ready to come up, so we had an intra-squad scrimmage game for the fans."
The last minute cancellation forced the family members and friends in the stands to make a last minute decision of their own and postpone the halftime dedication ceremony.
Saturday's home opener was supposed to be a special day where the team and family members were going to dedicate the game and the rest of the Hurricanes season to the memory of their number one fan, cheerleader and team mother, Mary Jo Sharp.
But her personal family and team family are determined to honor her with the same fervor that she displayed by being their lending support game after game by rescheduling their half time ceremony until their next home game scheduled for June 28 against the Cobras.
In the meantime the Hurricanes are set to rematch their pre-season opponent the Waycross Firebirds tomorrow night at Waycross Middle School. The last time these two teams met they battled it out for a 21-21 tie. The Firebirds are currently 2-2-1 and the Canes are 1-1-1.
The Firebirds are coming off a disappointing loss of their own when they played the Georgia Raging Bulls last weekend with only 18 of the players able to travel. Playing 18 players against a roster of 70 Bulls the Firebirds fell short losing 18-8 and are looking for a better game against a team they feel evenly matched against. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, are looking for a challenge and not a forfeit for a victory.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Waycross Middle School. General admission is $6.
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