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When it rains, it pours
Hurricanes fall in 4th quarter to Warriors, 14-6
Hinesville Hurricanes head coach James Sharp shows his blocking skills against Timothy Sapp. Although they are 0-3, the team feels they are becoming more cohesive. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
After a torrential rainfall, the Hinesville Hurricanes and the Savannah Warriors took to the soaked field at Lewis Frasier Middle School and battled it out to the bitter end of the fourth quarter.
The ‘Canes drove the ball downfield in the opening drive and running back Joseph Matavao broke through the line and scored the first and only touchdown in Saturday night’s game for his team. Matavao finished the evening with nearly 100 rushing yards.
From that point on, it was a battle of the defenses with each side missing opportunities to score and capitalize on interceptions and key blocks.
“We did a good job on defense. They held them down until the last five minutes,” starting quarterback Paul Deese said. “We became a little worn down and then we had a couple of drop passes and I threw an interception late in the game. We also did not capitalize on some of their turnovers,” he said.
Deese said overall the team played very well when you consider the conditions.
The field condition was muddy according to head coach James Sharp, but he felt that should not have been a factor in the final result of the game. Sharp is pleased with the addition of Deese as quarterback saying his ability to scramble gives the offense more opportunities to score.
“He is a scrambler, he just can't sit in the pocket and we plan to let him have at it,” Sharp said. But, Sharp also felt a little disappointed in the fact that the game was lost in the last few minutes of the game.
“Defensively we were put in a position where we had to hold them off but K.B Brown really took charge of the defense and they were feeding off his energy for most of the game, injured middle linebacker James Sharp III said.
Adding a new quarterback after the season started is often difficult as timing plays and passes rely on the coordinated effort of the quarterback and his wide receivers. But the team has improved in skill and talent each time they hit the field.
 James Gibbons, the defensive end said, “We improved a lot since last week as a team and we came together. We are coming together and with more practice we will come together and get our win.”
Going to the next game being 0-3 is difficult but like the coach always says it's the little things that always add to the big things. If we focus on each little thing and make corrections and continue to come together as a team we will still do all right,” Gibbons said.
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