The halftime message was short and sweet — just finish.
And after heeding that advice, the result was just as sweet for the Cairo Syrupmakers after a 24-6 domination of Crisp County at West Thomas Stadium on Friday night. The win, which opened Region 1-AAAA play, was the Syrupmakers’ 24th straight in region play and was their 10th straight victory in a region opener.
But at halftime, Cairo (2-2) led just 3-0 and its offense, which had struggled through the non-division portion of the schedule, was still unable to piece everything together. That changed after that short halftime message.
“Just finish it. Just finish,” Cairo junior running back/linebacker Jeremiah Hill said after he bruised his way for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Finish the Syrupmakers did. But not before another batch at adversity hit them. Forcing Cairo to punt on the first drive of the second half, Crisp County blocked the kick and Montre Hartage scooped up the loose ball at the 30 and raced untouched to give the Cougars a 6-3 lead. The Syrupmakers’ Hill then blocked the ensuing extra point.
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