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Hurricanes make the second round of playoffs
Hurricane head coach James Sharp and the Hinesville Hurricanes have a shot at the title as they enter the second round of playoffs. They play at 7:30 p.m. in Thomasville against the South Georgia Warriors on Sept. 6 - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
The Hinesville Hurricanes got their second and third win of the season the same way they got their first win.
"The other team forfeit," 'Canes quarterback and Bradwell Tiger quarterback coach, Frank Troup, said about last Saturday's game.  The 'Canes were scheduled to play their last home game tomorrow but head coach James Sharp said the game fell through when the South Georgia Stars called and told him they had to forfeit that game as well.
While normally the coach would be upset about cutting short the last two games of the regular season, but Sharp said there is a positive side to their dilemma.
"I'm going to talk to the team on Monday but as it stands right now we are in the playoffs and earned a first round bye," he said. "It's the first time we go into the second round of the playoffs in our team's history."
The 'Canes get a new chance and a fresh start since the second round of playoffs is not until Sept. 6. They will travel to Thomasville for a 7:30 p.m. game against the South Georgia Warriors.
The coach said he told his team the news and said they were upset about not being able to finish the rest of the regular season and fight for a playoff spot.
"I told them they needed to see the bigger picture," Sharp said. "Coming off a season like the one we just had and being given an opportunity to go for a championship ring is a gift. It's a blessing in disguise. Don't get me wrong I would rather play my way there and so does the team but this gives us time to get ready, study film and heal injuries. We can correct the small things that hurt us and step onto the field like a whole new team. You are looking at a team with a chance for history, the under dog team that started at the bottom and made it all the way to the top."
The coach said once they understood the possibility, the players jumped on board and are working hard to prepare for the challenge and opportunity they were presented with.  He said for some of the players this was a chance to fulfill their dreams.
"We have some 3ID soldiers whose dream is to get their ring before they go back to Iraq and we got the chance to do it," he said. "If we beat the Warriors we go to the semi-finals and one step closer to the championship. You get there by whatever means and I'm not about to turn this opportunity down."

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