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Syrupmakers and Titans to clash Friday

The Cairo Syrupmakers are set to open the 2011 football season this Friday night hosting the Drew High School Titans of Riverdale, Ga.
The Titans were 2-8 last year, its first season playing a full varsity schedule. Highlighting that season was a 14-7 win at Eastside, a team the Makers met in the second round of the state AAA playoffs last year. The Titans are a member of 4-AAA which includes last year’s AAA state champions Sandy Creek and Eastside.
With the school’s first senior class, the Titans face a very tough schedule, but head coach Jarrett Laws is expecting more improvement from the team.
After opening with Cairo, Drew will travel to Florida to play Episcopal High School and then return to Georgia for a date with the defending AAA champs, Sandy Creek, in the Georgia Dome. “We are hoping to lay the foundation for this program,” Laws said.
Cairo coach Tom Fallaw says this year’s Titans are much improved over last season. They have a lot of speed at the skill positions and already have several seniors who will make D-1 commitments,” said Fallaw. Two players have already garnered scholarship offers from SEC schools.
Jadarius West, a Titan cornerback is known as “The Fastest Man” in the state of Georgia. West has been offered by the Kentucky Wildcats and has several letters of interest from major schools like Alabama, Georgia Tech and South Carolina.
The other Drew cornerback, Devon Miller, has two scholarship offers, Appalachian State and South Carolina, in his possession with many other programs showing interest.
The Syrupmakers have been on the practice field since their scrimmage with Tift County, and coach Fallaw is excited to get the season started. “It’s always exciting to get the season started. We had a good summer and did some good things in our scrimmage and we have been working to correct some other things this past week.
Nobody is where they want to be this time of year, but our goal is to be there when the region schedule starts. Drew presents a good challenge for us, no doubt, and will be a good test to start our season,” said Fallaw.
Last year, the Makers shut out Drew 40-0. The Cairo offense, led by senior quarterback Grant Latmore, racked up 290 yards of offense, while the Syrupmaker defense held the Titans to just 21 yards of offense and one first down.
Kickoff for Friday night’s opening season game is set for 7:30 p.m. at West Thomas Stadium.

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