Cairo began fall practice last Monday in full pads and sweltering heat. With the temperatures hovering near the 100 degree mark, the Syrupmakers have battled each other and the summer heat.
“It’s hot, no doubt. Some of our kids had a tough time the first day, but things have gotten better,” said Cairo coach Tom Fallaw. Cairo is dressing over 100 players and have been on the field every day in the late afternoons preparing for the opening of the 2010 season.
The Syrupmakers open the season on Aug. 27 at home, but will have an opportunity to line up against someone else this Friday night. The Makers will face the Tift County Blue Devils from Region 1-AAAAA and get a chance to see an opponent before the start of the 2010 campaign.
Cairo is returning several starters from last year’s third round playoff team, but will be looking to replace their quarterback and a few other spots including special teams.
While scrimmage games are hard to measure because of the number of players coaches like to play, both teams will have a chance to line up and work toward getting to the speed of the game, even with limited practices. “It is what is. Teams don’t get a lot of time to prepare any more, but we’ll keep working. I think, for everyone, these first few games will be rough,” said Fallaw.