Hur­ri­canes ready to storm the AFL

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

It’s go-time for the Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes foot­ball team as the At­lantic Foot­ball League sea­son opens for the Is­land squad to­day on the road ver­sus the UNBSJ Sea­wolves.

Kick­off is 1 p.m. in Saint John, N.B., and Hur­ri­canes of­fen­sive line coach An­gel Bri­onez has only one thing on his mind this sea­son.

“Chas­ing that ring, no mat­ter the cost,” said Bri­onez, who’s coached high school and col­lege foot­ball in the United States. “We want to put the league on no­tice.”

Both squads lost in the semi­fi­nals last sea­son, UNBSJ to the even­tual cham­pion UNB Fred­er­ic­ton. For the Hur­ri­canes, it’s hard to find more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers then de­fen­sive line­man Alex Rose and de­fen­sive back Mitch Lo­gan. Both en­ter their fourth year with the team.

“I’m more of quiet leader and like to show them on the field and lead by ex­am­ple,” Lo­gan said.

For some rook­ies, play­ing their first col­lege foot­ball game to­day, the chal­lenge will be keep­ing calm and Rose said the more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers will be there to sup­port them.

“It starts at the walk­through. Keep­ing them fo­cused for the game,” he said.

Hur­ri­canes quar­ter­back Brady Crowe has con­fi­dence when game time comes.

“We should win this, if we stick to our game plan and ex­e­cute. Good things are go­ing to hap­pen,” said the Belleville, Ont., na­tive.

‘Canes head coach Ross Young ap­pre­ci­ates the sen­ti­ment from his sec­ond-year quar­ter­back, but he isn’t count­ing a win just yet.

“The Sea­wolves have a new coach­ing staff and had a great re­cruit­ing class. We are go­ing to see some par­ity in the league this year. We are in for a hard-nosed, well-ex­e­cuted game from the Sea Wolves,” Young said.

Satur­day’s other game has the Dal­housie Tigers host­ing the UNB in a re-match of last year’s fi­nal.

The Hur­ri­canes home-opener goes Satur­day, Sept. 22, against UNBSJ. Game time is 1 p.m. at MacA­dam Field in Char­lot­te­town. The P.E.I. Mud­men rugby club is go­ing to the Rugby Nova Sco­tia di­vi­sion two fi­nal af­ter the Wind­sor Hants County Ma­chine for­feited its semi­fi­nal matchup with P.E.I. Wind­sor Hants County had been strug­gling with in­juries and mus­ter­ing enough play­ers so chose against mak­ing the trip to the Is­land. The game was set for Satur­day at Co-op Field.

It means the Mud­men will meet the win­ner of the up­com­ing Val­leyHal­i­fax Tars semi­fi­nal for the sec­ond di­vi­sion crown. The cham­pi­onship game goes Satur­day, Sept. 29.

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