AFL: Hurricanes prepare for Red Bombers in Round 1 of home-and-home

Something’s got to give.

Best offence vs. best defence; 2-0 record vs. 2-0 record.

Whatever way you look at it, the Holland College Hurricanes Football Club will face their toughest challenge to date when they take on the University of New Brunswick Fredericton Red Bombers this weekend.

And head coach Kyle Quinlan is making sure his squad is fully prepared for the gridiron showdown, as the winner will move into sole possession of first place.

“The focus this week is to keep taking care of the little things. We can’t afford to waste a practice by getting complacent or resting on our 2-0 record. This is an excellent football team that is coming into Charlottetown and we will need to prepare for them.”

The Red Bombers, who own the league’s most potent offence, make their way to the Island’s capital fielding an impressive 37 points per game.

“They have some explosive playmakers on their team. They are a threat to score at any point and in all three phases of the game. Our guys will need to stay honest and nail their alignment and assignment or they will make us pay,” Quinlan said.

The Hurricanes, who allow just 10 points per game, will look to sustain their smothering defence that has already forced eight turnovers in the early season.

“Our defense has been the backbone of this football team so far this season. They have been stout against the run and teams have had difficulty stringing together any consistency in the pass game.”

With that in mind, Quinlan said he hopes his offence takes another step forward, after coming off a weekend in which they scored two offensive touchdowns, to help take some pressure off the defence.

“It is certainly a luxury to have a defence that has scored two touchdowns in two games when our offence is taking so long to come together. That said, it is unfair to lean on them for that kind of production the rest of the way.”

The game marks the first of a home-and-home series. Game 1 will take place this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the UPEI Alumni Games Place. The two teams will square off again for Game 2, held at BMO Centre in Fredericton on Oct. 10.

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