Jeff Littleton’s return to Cairo on Friday night did not transpire the way the former Syrupmakers defensive coordinator would have liked.
Littleton’s Bainbridge Bearcats were held out of the end zone for the second straight game, managed just 29 yards in the first half and were stymied by a goal-line stand in the waning moments, as the Syrupmakers prevailed 6-0.
“You’ve got to give our defense a lot of credit for stepping up,” Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said.
It was Littleton’s first trip back to West Thomas Stadium after accepting the head-coaching job at Bainbridge. It nearly was a joyous reunion for Littleton, whose team had its chances to take the lead late in the game. After an incompletion ended a Bainbridge drive at Cairo’s 11-yard line with a little more than two minutes remaining, Cairo fumbled the snap on the ensuing play. The Bearcats, however, managed to only drive to the Syrupmakers 2. Aaron Calloway was stuffed by Andre Hadley and several Cairo defenders on a fourth-and-1. The goal-line stand led to Cairo’s first win of the season.
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