Hurricanes are quickly approaching and all evacuation routes lead directly to Long Bell Stadium. Tomorrow night, the Hinesville semi-pro football team opens its regular season with a 7 p.m. game against the Tri-County Panthers.
The first game of the Hurricanes’ season, known as the Mary Jo Sharp Memorial game, is dedicated to coach James Sharp’s late wife who died in 2007 after a prolonged illness.
The late team mother was the players’ biggest cheerleader and team supporter.
Coach Sharp said concessions will be available and the team will sell raffle tickets for prizes.
"We are having Fort Stewart garrison commander Col. Kevin Milton flip the coin," the coach said.
The ’Canes and the Panthers met last June and the Hinesville squad stormed through the cats, 41-14.
The teams played a second game last season and the Hurricanes shut out the Panthers, 58-0.
The local team finished first last year in the Southeastern American Football League Southeastern Division with an overall record of 8-3. The Hurricanes scored 324 points and allowed only 102 points.
Admission to Saturday’s game is $5, and children 12 and younger are admitted free. Winning raffle tickets must be presented to claim raffle prizes.