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Hurricanes revamping offense
Quarterback Paul Deese has joined the Hurricanes offense. He is a former player at Mississippi State University. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon


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After their second straight loss, the Hinesville Hurricanes are rebuilding.
The ’Canes have a bye-week this Saturday and plan to use the time off to strengthen their offensive line and meld a new quarterback into their offensive system. Paul Deese has joined the team as quarterback and started to run plays during last Saturday’s game.
The second loss came Saturday to the South Georgia Warriors of Thomasville.   
Deese was a third string quarterback at Mississippi State University, bringing offensive tactics and throwing skills to the Hurricanes struggling offense.
Coach Michael “Ice” Jones concentrated Tuesday night’s practice on offensive timing drills, pass plays and blocking tactics for the offensive line. He’s hoping to give the quarterback more time in the pocket.
Jones said both of the teams they played so far presented two distinct oppositions; one primarily big and strong but slow, and the other smaller, but quick on their feet. He said those two opposing styles helped him develop a strategy for practice that would help players adjust their game depending on the type of team they’re up against.
In addition to Deese, two of Joseph Matavao’s brothers, Tim and Auvae, have joined the team adding depth in offense and defense. Joseph Matavao has been the instrumental running back for the ’Canes. His brothers share his size and skills.
The bye week will also allow James Sharp III to rest a slightly injured shoulder sustained in Saturday’s loss. But, like a true teammate and mentor, Sharp was at practice, lending support and coaching the defense.
According to both coaches, the defense continues to do well, holding back the opposing team as much as possible. But with turnovers being produced by the offense, the defense has more playing time and that needs to be solved so the offense has more time to try to score.
Jones spent a great deal of time demonstrating techniques and having his offense go through the motions in order to improve their performance.
The Hurricanes next game against the Savannah Warriors is at home at 7 p.m. on July 28 at Lewis Frasier Middle School. Admission is $6. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
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