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Hurricanes play Saturday in Hinesville
The Hinesville Hurricanes will host the East Georgia rebels at 7 p.m. Saturday at Long Bell Stadium. Last season, the Hurricanes beat the Rebels, 14-6. - photo by File photo

After taking the Fourth of July weekend off and having to reschedule last week’s game, the Hinesville Hurricanes once again will take the field at Long Bell Stadium in Hinesville for their second game of the regular season.
The Hurricanes (1-0) will host the East Georgia Rebels (0-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Rebels made it to the Southeastern American Football League semifinals in 2010, where they fell, 16-6, to the Tri-County Panthers. Last year, Hinesville beat East Georgia early by a 14-6 margin.
Hurricanes coach James Sharp said the Rebels are not to be taken lightly.
“They have a lot of returning players back,” he said. “As far as I know, they are about the same as last year and a little improved. We have to shut them down and not give them any points.”
The coach has confidence in his squad, led by quarterbacks Josh Grover and former Bradwell Institute player Frank Troupe. The Hurricanes’ backfield includes powerful fullback and former BI standout Joseph Matavao, Kendrick Badger and Devon Grey.
Sharpe said the Hurricanes will face a team that likes to switch from the run to short outside screen passes, which forces defenders to make adjustments on the field.
The Rebels fell, 32-6, to the Anderson Red Dawgs on June 25.
General admission is $5 and children 12 and younger are free. Concessions will be available and raffle tickets will be sold at the game for a chance to win a prize during halftime. This week’s prize was donated by VIP Office Supply in Hinesville.
The Hurricanes are the defending Southeastern American Football League champions, and Sharp said his team is doing its best to bring home another championship trophy. Hinesville honored the team by posting billboards on Highway 196 and Highway 84 to recognize last year’s accomplishment.

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