August 22, 2006
Cairo -- The Cairo senior class has had a lot of success on the football field, making it to the state playoffs all three years.
While the Syrupmakers return 19 seniors, they'll still be a young team in 2006.
The Cairo football team won the region championship last season, but will have a much different look this year.
"We're a young team," says head coach Tom Fallaw. "Anytime you're a young team, you worry. We do have 19 seniors, but the majority of our team is made up of 38 sophomores."
Senior Allen Hopkins says, "We're still getting out here and getting after each other, especially on defense. We lost a lot of players from last year, but he have a couple of returning starters."
The Syrupmakers have two all-area wide receivers coming back this year, including Cameron Wade, who has committed to Florida State.
"He's 6'5", I'd guess 195," says Fallaw. "A good player, and he'll do good things in college."
Cairo has to replace its starting quarterback this year, and injuries have slowed them down.
Fallaw says that makes it difficult to lean on the receivers
"You gotta to have someone who can throw the ball to them. It's hard to put receiver as a strength until you know you have someone who can throw the ball to them."
Senior quarterback Mike McGhee says, "I've been doing the best I can. I expect to come in and fill the shoes, and we expect to go all the way."
The Syrupmakers say anything can happen in 2006.
Fallaw says, "This year brings a different challenge, and you never know how it's going to be."
Hopkins adds, "I've started all my years since I was a ninth-grader, and I just want my last year to be my best year."
Cairo opens the season at home September 1st against Osborne out of Marietta.