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Cairo expects battle from Monroe

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By Joey Donia

September 24, 2008

Cairo - The past two region champions in 1-AAA are ready to square off Friday night in Cairo.

Top ranked Syrupmakers hosting the Monroe Tornadoes.

After coming up just two points shorts against Crisp County it's back to work for the Monroe Tornadoes.

Charles Truitt said "We lost because we didn't execute. Crisp County played a good ballgame and we didn't execute like we're used to executing, not scoring in the redzone. Things came back and caught us."

So now Monroe is working out the kinks and getting ready for some tough competition; the top ranked Cairo Syrupmakers.

Truitt said "No one's gonna feel sorry for us, we're playing the number one team in the state. If that don't get them up they don't need to be out here on the football field. I think we're ready to go and we're playing one of the best teams not just in triple A but in the whole state of Georgia."

One of the biggest challenges for Monroe will be stoping an illusive Cairo Quarterback in Angelo Pease.

Truitt said "He makes the offense run. Everybody talks about the running game they have and the main thing about their running game is he can get outside he can run the offense and he can throw the ball, and so they're not one dimensional he doesn't just run the ball he can throw the ball as well."

 Meanwhile the Syrupmakers aren't taking anything for granted this week.

Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said  "The fact that they beat us. They beat us two years ago up there. And they have the capability of beating us again because they have tremendous speed and they're a well coached team so they do a good job of doing their assignments."

 After just escaping Thomasville by three points the Syrupmakers are focusing in on protecting the football against Monroe.

Angelo Pease said "Turnovers equal losses. We can't have no turnovers. In the Thomasville game we had two and it almost cost us so we're really working on no turnovers."

Turnovers that Monroe could certainly use to upset Cairo.

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