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Cairo hosts Crisp Friday

The Cairo Syrupmakers (6-2, 4-0) hope to avoid mistakes that have haunted them over the last two weeks as they prepare to meet the Crisp County Cougars (5-3, 3-1) for a “Spooktacular Haunted Homecoming” this Friday night at West Thomas Stadium.
The Syrupmakers are coming off a 28-20 victory over the Westover Patriots, after falling behind 20-0 in the first half, only to roar back in the second half with 28 unanswered points to remain undefeated in region play.
Meanwhile, the Cougars avoided a loss to the Monroe Tornadoes Friday night although the Cougars surrendered 409 yards to the Tornadoes while amassing just 200 of their own. It marked the sixth time in eight games to date they have been out gained by their opponents. The Cougars held off the Tornadoes to win 28-25.
“We just keep finding ways to win, and that’s the important thing. And, too, yardage is somewhat misleading in that you don’t need or have the chance to gain a lot of yards when you get a short field after a turnover as we’ve been able to do several times this season,” said Crisp County coach Lee Campbell after Friday night’s game.
The Syrupmakers will have to find a way to stop the Cougar offense. In eight games this season, the Cougars are averaging a little more that 17 points a game, while giving up about 15 points on defense.
The Cougars have wins over Turner County and Houston County outside of the region and region wins over Dougherty (42-6), Americus-Sumter(8-7) and Monroe. Crisp County’s losses have come to Troup County, Cook County and a region loss to Westover, 20-6.
The Cougars finished 4-7 last season, losing in the first round of the state AAA playoffs and are in their first year with former Hawkinsville coach Lee Campbell.
“Crisp has a lot of skilled athletes on both sides of the ball. Like just about every team in our region, they are capable of winning on every Friday night. We can’t afford to make any mistakes,” said Cairo coach Tom Fallaw.
Kickoff for Friday night’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. CHS will present their Homecoming Court and name their Homecoming Queen during halftime of Friday night’s game.
A Homecoming Dance for CHS students will be held from 9:30-11:45 in the CHS gym. There is a $5 single admission, $8 per couple.

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