By Clint Thompson / Special to the Times-Enterprise
Cairo’s playoff opener Friday night had an unfamiliar ending for the Syrupmakers.
For the first time since 2005, the Syrupmakers were bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Thanks to six turnovers, Cairo lost its Class AAAA first-round playoff game 21-0 to Statesboro at West Thomas Stadium.
“A lot of missed opportunities,” Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said. “We moved the ball well all night. We had a pretty good rhythm on offense a lot of times, just mistakes. You’ve got to give Statesboro all the credit. They made us make those mistakes.”
Cairo finished with 217 total yards. Out of 11 drives, the Syrupmakers only punted twice. They lost two fumbles, threw four interceptions and had two drives stall on downs at the Statesboro 24 and 26-yard lines.
“You’ve got to find ways to finish,” Fallaw said. “We were close several times and just didn’t make the play.”
The Blue Devils, however, made a couple of big plays to finish their drives. Statesboro’s wishbone attack was held to 153 yards but 58 came on a sensational touchdown scamper from quarterback Colin Chance.
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