August 10, 2003
Cairo- Cairo High's three year reign as region champions came to a crashing halt last season with a 3-7 record.
The good news is that most of last year's team is back and they are ready to make all Syrupmaker fans forget last year.
The Syrupmakers this season will have a new coach.
32-year old Tom Fallaw has been promoted from assistant to head coach.
Fallaw says he is excited that is first head coaching job came come at one of the top programs in the state and he is also excited with eight starters back on offense and seven back on defense.
Cairo may have experienced but they are still very young with only ten seniors on the roster.
Tom Fallaw said "Everybody is going to have one bad year. We just don't want it to carry over into two or three. We want to make sure it stops here and I think these kids are prepared to do that."
One senior who is prepared for the season is receiver-defensive back Clifford Hammonds.
Junior Brandon Robinson and sophomore Milford Adams are battling for the starting quarterback position left vacant by the transfer of Blake Field to North Florida Christian in Tallahassee.
The key for Cairo this season is being able to win on the road.
The Syrupmakers first home game is not until October as they open with four straight road games--against Cook, Thomasville, Early County and Colquitt County.