Syrupmakers ground Eagles

After a slow start, the Cairo Syrupmakers broke loose with 27 second half points and defeated the Mitchell County Eagles 41-14 in a preseason scrimmage.  “We were kind of standing around the first half like we were waiting on someone else to make a play, but did a better job in the second half,” said head coach Tom Fallaw.
The Syrupmakers are replacing all but one starter on offense and one on defense.  Cairo’s Brian Walker started at quarter and scored a couple of touchdowns and rushed for 71 yards.  The bright spot for the Makers had to be the running of backs LaQuenton Williams, who rushed for 120 yards, and speedster Miguel Smiley, who had 83 yards and two touchdown runs of 39 and 40 yards.
Defensively, the Syrupmakers sprang to life in the second half, shutting down the Eagles, allowing them to cross the 50 yard line only once late in the fourth quarter.  The Syrupmakers forced a couple of turnovers, one on a big hit by senior Scooby Bodiford and another by Junior Damien Cason,  who later picked off a pass in the fourth quarter.
“We needed to play, and play at game speed so we could get a better look at what we need to do,” said Fallaw. “We’ve got some areas we can go to work on and just keep working to get better every week.”
The Syrupmakers open the 2009 season Saturday night, Aug. 22, against Bainbridge at West Thomas Stadium in Cairo. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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