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Syrupmakers travel to Thomasville Friday night

Friday night’s battle for the Syrup Pitcher features two teams that make up one of the state’s oldest rivalries. Cairo and Thomasville have been battling one another since 1922. The Bulldogs own a 38-23-6 advantage in the series. However, the Makers have only lost to the Bulldogs three times since 1990, winning the last six games.
This year, the Syrupmakers will be entering the storied match up looking for their first win in 2009 while the Bulldogs are 1-1, beating the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets two weeks ago and losing to the Colquitt County Packers 19-34 last week.
“The Bulldogs may be one of the best teams we have on our schedule this year. They have a lot of team speed, and some of the best athletes we’ll see this season,” said Cairo coach Tom Fallaw. 
The Bulldogs defeated Thomas County Central for the first time since 2000, surviving a late Yellow Jacket rally, the loss of their quarterback, and a blackout in the stadium in the final minutes of the game. Last week the Dawgs jumped on the AAAAA Packers 19-6 before losing 34-19, being hampered by cramps to several key players late in the game.
Cairo will have to find a way to stop a very quick Thomasville offense, led by Charles Hayes, Jeffery Dyson, Fred Holton and Lanorris Christopher. Cairo must also face those same key players on a Thomasville defense that allowed the TCCHS Jackets one touchdown late in the game.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us, that’s for sure,” said Fallaw. Cairo will travel to Thomasville Friday night to take on the Bulldogs at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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