• Damien Lane & Allison McMillian

Syrupmakers football team prepares for playoffs

The Syrupmakers football team made the playoffs this year for the fifteenth year in a row, and during the playoffs anything can happen. The team is 6-3 overall this season and 5-1 in the AAAA-1 region. The only region game the Syrupmakers lost was against the Americus-Sumter Panthers. The coaches and players believe it has been a team effort all year round and say this is a younger but talented team that has gotten better every week.

The playoffs start this Friday evening as The Syrupmakers go against Griffin County’s Spalding High School. Last year, The Syrupmakers made it to the third round of the playoffs.

The team has some star players on the field this year, including some underclassmen with bright futures. The quarterback, sophomore Matthew Peters, has been the starter ever since the second game of the season against Thomas County and has the potential for a great future as quarterback for the team. The kicker and punter, freshman Noah Jones, is also having a great year, especially for being just a freshman. He also has plenty of room for improvement and will only get better as the future star kicker for Cairo.

The leading rusher this year for Cairo is junior Jamarcus Vicks; Quay Edwards, also a junior, is also a solid back who runs hard. Wide receivers Scooter Cooper (senior), Marquii Lovejoy (sophomore), Cameron Goosby (junior), and Eric King (senior) are all doing a great job at wide receiver.

The Syrupmakers defense has many contributors. Tahj Vicks, a linebacker, is a senior leader on defense; Jamel Chin, also a senior, plays free safety and makes a lot of big plays. Other big players on defense are seniors Nick Smith and Shafford Gordon.