December 15, 2007
Cairo -- The Syrupmakers were hosting a state championship game for the first time in school history Saturday, but fell in the title match 16-13 against Carver-Columbus.
Tigers quarterback DeRon Furr scored on a 24-yard touchdown with 1:01 remaining to propel the Tigers to the win in the Class AAA final.
The Syrupmakers trailed most of the game, before Reginald Bryant scored a one-yard touchdown to give Cairo a 13-9 advantage with three minutes left in the game.
Furr and the Tigers responded with a 10-play, 80-yard game-winning drive.
Bryant led all rushers with 81 yards on 21 carries, while quarterback Angelo Pease had 13 carries for 58 yards for Cairo.
Head coach Tom Fallaw says, "Right now everyone is upset, but I'm sure later on we'll reflect upon the season. It's only the third team in Cairo history to go to the state finals. I know we have something to celebrate, but I don't think we're doing it right now."
The Syrupmakers won state titles in 1946 and 1990.