August 14, 2002
The drowning of offensive lineman John Barrett this past Easter taught the Cairo High Syrupmakers a very important lesson. Cairo High head coach Warren Field said, "This is something that you got to take time for us to come together and understand, but we just decided to adopt a theme and take nothing for granted."
Which is why head coach Warren Field isn't taking for granted the fact that he has thirteen starters returning for the 2002 season. "Doesn't mean a thing. Still gotta work hard, gotta practice hard every day to have a chance to succeed", Field added.
Highlighting the returning cast are junior's Clifford Hammonds and Blake Field. Hammonds, a wide receiver on offense and safety on defense is a true go to guy. Field said, "Well it keeps the defense honest, I know that because they've got to find him. You know, he's that valuable of a player and he's a great student too and he's a good kid." And speaking of kids, for the third straight season Field's son Blake will be running the offense under center. Field said, "He's got plenty of experience and he's worked his fanny off and he's got a goal in mind and that's to make this team successful."
The Syrupmakers also hope to establish a solid running game this year, and when they do they'll have junior Debrail Powell and 6'5" senior Tommy Gainous paving the way. Senior offensive tackle Tommy Gainous said, "We're just trying to do the best we can so our running backs and quarterback have the protection they need so we can do good during the season."
And its not just the Syrupmakers offense that's loaded this year, as six defensive starters are back including hard-hitting senior linebacker TJ Anderson. Senior Linebacker T.J. Anderson said, "Attitude from everybody is great, everyone is giving it their all, their best, and throwing it all out on the line when everybody needs it."
The Syrupmakers will however have to replace a vital weapon from a year ago, place kicker Jake Bundrick. But place kicking duties aside, Cairo has all the ingredients to be playing for a 4th straight region title. But again they're taking nothing for granted.