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Syrupmakers hit the road

Bainbridge Coach Ed Pilcher

The Cairo Syrupmakers (1-0) hit the road Friday night to take on the Bainbridge Bearcats at Centennial Field.
The Cats (1-0) picked up a win last week over the Early County Bobcats 14-7. The game was tied and appeared headed to overtime before the Bearcats converted a defensive touchdown with seven seconds left in the game to get the win.
Cairo is coming off a 40-0 shutout over Drew High School last Friday night in Cairo.
However, this week’s game will pose a much larger challenge for the Syrupmakers.
“Bainbridge always has a lot of talent on the field. They have good skill players and speed at those positions, as well. Coach Pilcher always has his teams prepared, so it will be a big challenge for us,” said Cairo coach Tom Fallaw.
The Bearcats defeated the Syrupmakers last year 16-13. The Syrupmakers moved the ball well against the Cats in that game and had the ball inside the Bearcat 20-yard line a couple of times but could not convert.
“It’s a rival game and you just never know, Bainbridge always plays us tough and this year will be no exception,” said Fallaw.
Ed Pilcher’s Bearcats still run the split veer, but with quarterback Steven Bench the Cats have the ability to move the ball through the air as well.
The Cairo defense held the Titans to just one first down and 21 yards of offense last Friday night in their win over Drew High School.
“It’s important to play assignment football against the veer, they are always a threat to score anywhere on the field if you have a breakdown,” said Fallaw.
The Bearcats are also sound on defense. “The defense won the game for them the other night. They played Early tough and put their team in a position to win it,” Fallaw commented.
Bainbridge finished 6-5 last season and 4-4 in region 1-AAAA, losing to North Clayton in round one of the AAAA state playoffs.

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