Free of preseason jitters, the Hinesville Hurricanes stormed over the Beaufort Broncos 22-9 on Saturday in a game honoring the armed forces at Fort Stewart’s youth football field.
With bad weather creeping in, the Hurricanes took control in the second half, scoring one offensive and two defensive touchdowns and connecting on two two-point conversions before the first drop of rain touched the field at about 7 p.m.
In the first half, the Broncos managed a 3-0 lead after getting the ball inside the 10-yard line but failing to break the plane. The Broncos kicked the ball, earning the field-goal lead.
The Broncos defense kept the Hurricanes from scoring twice. Both times Hurricane quarterback Frank Troupe set up the drives, getting within the red zone but costly penalties and missed opportunities on fourth downs kept the Hurricanes scoreless.
In the third quarter, Antonio Braham crossed the plane on a short run and Kendrick Badger converted the two-pointer, giving the Hurricanes an 8-3 advantage.
In the fourth, Braham intercepted the Broncos’ quarterback, setting up a 15-yard run by Cedric Lovejoy. Quincy Thomas converted the extra-point run, making it a 16-3 Hurricane game.
The Bronco offense set up a drive getting to mid-field but a short pass ended in the hands of Hurricane defender Timothy Sapp who made the jaunt to the end zone. The Hurricanes missed the extra point but led 22-3 with a little more than seven minutes left in regulation.
The Broncos set up a drive with less than two minutes, finding the end zone on a 20-yard run, but failing to convert their extra point. The ’Canes commanded the clock and won 22-9 as time expired.
Defensive coach Jade Richards said he was pleased with his defense scoring two touchdowns and intercepting the Broncos on three occasions. Offensive coordinator Bobby Hawes said the offensive line needed shoring up, but also said he was pleased with the end result.
The Hurricanes open the regular season at home on June 6 against the Charleston Hawks. Game time is 7 p.m. at Long Bell Stadium in at Liberty Independent Troop Park. Admission is $6 and children under 12 are free.