The Hinesville Hurricanes are off to a 2-0 start after beating the Greenville Greyhounds, 48-0, on Saturday at Long Bell Stadium.
The Hurricanes offense dominated the contest. Hinesville’s Larry Albert scored three touchdowns, two in the first and one in the second.
After halftime, Devon King rushed for 30 yards, which set up a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tashawn Lee to Alkeem Peterson. Kendrick Badger drove the ball in for a 2-point conversion. In the fourth quarter, King opened up for a 12-yard rush that set up another short touchdown run for Badger. Dan Wohlgemuth scored the 2-point conversion.
The Hinesville defense scored a touchdown when Roland Jackson picked up a fumble and scrambled five yards into the Greyhounds’ end zone. Chauncey Crossley made an interception, which set up a 92-yard touchdown run by Albert Smith and another Hurricane 2-point conversion. Charles Crossly had three interceptions. Jamie Sharp had one pick, and Jordan Brown had three sacks.
Quarterback Tony Blocker ran the Hinesville offense in the first half, and Lee took the snaps in the second half.
Hurricanes head coach James Sharp said his coaching staff, Michael Jones, Frank Troupe and Steven Singleton followed their plan making sure the home team was able to move the ball well and score while keeping the Greyhounds away from their end zone.
“That really let me step back and observe how we are doing overall as we prepare for the upcoming game in Augusta against the Knights,” coach Sharp said. “Last season, that team beat us by six points.”
Saturday’s game was dedicated to the late Mary Jo Sharp, a team fan and cheerleader, and opened with a dedication ceremony from Margette Sharp Strother. Pastor Aaron Coward led the prayer, and Melissa Sharp sang the national anthem before both teams took the field.
The ’Canes will travel Saturday to Augusta. for their first away game of the season. Hinesville, which won the United Spring Football League championship trophy in 2010, is seeking sponsorships and community support.
“We want the community to be involved as well,” the coach said. “When we won the championship, we represented Hinesville and we intend to do that again. We have soldiers that play on the team … former local football players … It’s one of the things that I love about the team…we work and play as a team and as a community.”