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Syrupmakers enter playoffs Friday

The Cairo Syrupmakers finished second in region 1-AAA and earned the right to host a round one playoff game this Friday night at West Thomas Stadium. The Syrupmakers will host the Woodland-Henry Wolfpack. The Wolfpack, in only their third year of existence, will be playing in their first ever playoff game.
Cairo defeated Westover Friday night 17-7, locking up second place with their win over Crisp County the week before. “It’s always good to be able to host one, and the kids did a good job of earning it,” Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said. “Hopefully, we can play a couple of rounds.”  
Like the Syrupmakers, the Wolfpack finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, and third in region 4-AAA. The Pack’s losses have come to Lowndes County, Jackson High School and Woodward Academy. Woodland defeated Worth County earlier in the season 31-13.
The Wolfpack comes into Friday night’s playoff game averaging a little over 28 points a game while allowing over 17 points a game.
The Wolfpack is in their second year of region play and have 18 returning starters from last year, including several key skill players. “They have some skill players that do a good job for them, and they play really hard,” said Fallaw.
“We go into every year wanting to win the region,” said Fallaw. “We’ve always talked about that. If you don’t do that, you want to secure a home playoff berth, which our kids did. It gives us a chance to play at least one game at home,” Fallaw said. Since becoming head coach, Fallaw’s teams have made the playoffs all seven years.
Other area teams are also in the state playoffs. Bainbridge travels to North Clayton; Thomasville hosts Henry County; TCCHS hosts Alcovy; and Pelham will be playing in round one against Greenville.
The Syrupmakers and Wolfpack will kick off this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $8 and go on sale Wednesday at CHS.

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