Cairo began fall practice last Monday in full pads in sweltering heat. With the temperatures hovering near the 100 degree mark, the Syrupmakers as usual have battled each other and the summer heat.
“It’s hot no doubt. Some of our kids had a tough time the first few days, but things have gotten better,” said Cairo coach Tom Fallaw. Cairo has been on the field every day in the late afternoons and mornings preparing for the opening of the 2011 season.
The Syrupmakers open the season Aug. 26 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 have a chance to see an opponent before the start of the 2011 campaign. Cairo won last year’s scrimmage 3-2 in Tifton.
Cairo is returning several starters from last year’s third round playoff team, but will be looking to replace their quarterback, some linemen and a few other spots on both sides of the ball.
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 anymore, but we’ll keep working, I think for everyone, these first few games will be rough,” said Fallaw.