The Hinesville Hurricanes semi-professional football team won its first game of the season Saturday.
The ’Canes were in Jacksonville playing the Blackhawks and, despite the torrential rain and muddy field, brought home an 8-0 win.
Head coach James Sharp said coach Michael Jones carried the team, running the offense and defense in his absence.
The Hurricanes got their touchdown in the first quarter as quarterback Jordan Baker connected with Stephen Solomon on a 45-yard pass.
The ’Canes lined up for two but failed on the conversion attempt.
The ‘Canes defense pushed hard against the Blackhawks and netted a safety to close the first quarter up 8-0.
In the second quarter, the Blackhawks went to the passing game, and Hurricane defender Jeffery Johnson intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards. Hinesville wasn’t able to convert the interception into points.
The Blackhawks threatened again in the third quarter, but the ‘Canes defense put pressure on and got a couple of sacks in the process.
In the final quarter, Timmy Barben got an interception, and Gavin Whitfield and Mario Randolph both got sacks, keeping the Blackhawks from scoring.
This Saturday, the ‘Canes were supposed to host their first game, but the opposing team has disbanded.
Sharp said the first home game will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at Long Bell Stadium against the Putman Steelers, who Sharp said is a tough team.
Fort Stewart Garrison Commander Col. Townley Hedrick will toss the coin to open the action.