”We kind of felt like we hadn’t played our best, we hadn’t played like we know we can play,” said Fallaw.
This time, the Syrupmakers hit the ground running, and before the Rams could line up the Homecoming floats, the Syrupmakers had put 28 points on the board. “We definitely wanted to make a little bit of a point. We haven’t been playing with any enthusiasm, and we needed to play with more fire, and our kids did that tonight, I think we’re finally starting to get in a groove, and it showed tonight,” Fallaw said.
The Syrupmakers took the opening kickoff and drove for their first touchdown with 9:43 left on the clock in the first quarter, when J.J. Wilcox hauled in a 31-yard pass from quarterback Angelo Pease. Logan Gainous added his first of six extra points on the night and Cairo led 7-0.
The Maker defense showed a lot of fire and passion as well, shutting the Rams down on their first series and giving the ball back to Pease and company, who quickly added another touchdown, this time a 34-yard pass to Dewayne Isom, who had a career night with three touchdowns himself.
After stopping the Rams again, the Syrupmaker offense sputtered momentarily and was forced to punt.
The only break the Rams had all night, was a 55-yard touchdown run by wingback Buster Jackson with 10:05 to go in the half. But even that seemed to inflame the Syrupmaker defense even more, as the Cairo “D” allowed the Rams just three first downs on the night, one after a fake punt, and one on a penalty. The Rams had zero yards passing and just 121 yards of offense, 55 coming on one play.
With the score 14-7, Cairo’s offense picked right back up where they left off, as Isom scored his second touchdown, this time a spectacular run after a pass in the flat from Pease, this one for 54 yards, which gave Cairo a 21-7 lead with 9:21 to play in the half.
However, the Makers weren’t finished. After shutting down the Ram offense again and forcing a punt from deep in their own territory, Dewayne Isom hauled in the punt and raced 42 more yards for another Syrupmaker score. With Gainous’ extra point, Cairo went to the locker room leading 28-7.
The Syrupmaker offense racked up 234 yards in the first half, and finished the night with 397 yards. Isom had five catches, two for touchdowns, and finished with 146 yards receiving and a punt return for touchdown.
In the second half, Cairo’s Reginald Bryant scored on Cairo’s first possession of the second half, and would finish with 13 carries for 135 yards. Quarterback Angelo Pease finished the scoring for the Makers, scampering four yards with 6:11 to play in the game.
Special teams had a big night as well, as Cairo punter Garret Godwin pinned the Rams at the two-yard line once, and kept the home team deep in their own territory on his other two punts, averaging 35 yards on the night.
Overall, the Syrupmakers had a good night on offense, defense and special teams, improving their record to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in region play. The Syrupmakers will face the Peach County Trojans this Friday night at home at 7:30 p.m. in their third region game of the season.