Before the Hinesville Hurricanes snapped the first ball Saturday, they garnered a win. The squad’s scheduled opponent, the Upstate Vikings, forfeited the game at Long Bell Stadium in Hinesville.
The ’Canes players, however, said they didn’t want to disappoint their local fans. A representative from the semi-professional football team made a phone call and quickly pulled together a game with the East Georgia Rebels, who also found themselves without an opponent Saturday due to forfeiture.
With their day wide open, the Rebels players agreed to the impromptu pickup game, which the ’Canes eventually won 56-6.
The match let the Hurricanes sneak in extra practice time before this week’s first-round playoffs. The team will host round two Aug. 28.
Chris Bell, who was in on nearly every tackle, highlighted the squad’s defense. Charles Crossley did what he does best — returning interceptions and giving his offense more opportunities to score. Antonio Bradham showcased his speed, pressuring the Rebels quarterback all night, and he earned a few sacks.
Joseph Matavao brought the crowd to its feet when he took the ball and broke three tackles for a 65-yard touchdown run. Kendrick Badger also scored a touchdown on a long run, and Frank Troup connected on a pass to Edward Smith for a score.
The ’Canes already clinched their division in the Southeastern American Football League and are waiting to see which team they’ll face in the second round. If the local team makes the championship, they’ll battle for the league title at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the LCRD.