Hurricanes host defending AFL champions in first home game
September 19, 2013
Charlottetown, PE – The Holland Hurricanes Football Club’s home opener promises to be an exciting one, given that the Hurricanes have something to prove. The team lost last season’s AFL championship game to the UNB Red Bombers 14-7, when the Red Bombers snuffed out a Hurricanes drive in the final minute of play, setting the stage for Sunday’s game.
Both teams stumbled out of the gate in their season openers last weekend. The ’Canes were upset by the UNB Saint John Seawolves 38-34, while the Red Bombers lost to the Dalhousie University Tigers 25-6.
Neither team will want to start the season with two losses. In the short six-game AFL regular season, there are already playoff implications on the line.
Despite their loss to the Seawolves, the Hurricanes put up a lot of points and are hoping to do the same this weekend. Rookie quarterback Christian Hackney will be looking to mix it up a bit more this game. Against the Seawolves, the ‘Canes had trouble establishing their running game. Look for Holland College to light it up this weekend on the ground and in the air.
Special teams have been a focus for practice this week. Kick coverage was a weak point last weekend, as the ‘Canes allowed too many long returns.
On the defensive side of the ball, linebackers Richard Lush, Jamie Hore and rookie Cardell Rolle all played well last weekend. Strong play from the linebacking corps will be a key to shutting down a potent Red Bombers offensive attack.
Fans are already looking forward to their first taste of the best tailgate food in the country, prepared by the chefs of The Culinary Institute of Canada; and the Holland College Welshmen Pep Band have been preparing their repertoire for Sunday’s game, the first with their new director, Mark Parsons.
This is the first Sunday contest ever played by the Hurricanes. Game time is 1 p.m. at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place.
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