CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) - The Cairo Syrupmakers fell in the third round of the AAAA playoffs last season, 20 to 17. It was a close loss, and this year, the Makers are looking to get back to the postseason and continue their rich winning tradition.
Cairo is focused on learning new systems this fall camp, as they have new coordinators on both sides of the football. Head coach Steve Devoursney says numbers wise they're down from last year's team, but as far as leadership goes? He really likes this squad.
The Syrupmakers are poised for a good run. Matthew Peters is back to lead the offense, and leading rusher Tay Soloman is also back. There's a lot of depth at receiver on on the defensive line, and while they have a tough slate, it will only make them better in the long run.
"Those games get us ready for the playoffs. That type of atmosphere things like that," he said of playing Thomasville and Bainbridge early in the season. "It always makes us better win or lose. Heading into the region and heading into the playoffs. Lot of tradition at Cairo, hosted a playoff game 15 years in a row, three state championships, several region championship. Lot of tradition. Kids take pride in that and we'll try to continue that and keep that going."
The Thomasville Bulldogs are Cario's opening game. They face off August 23rd in Thomasville.