Time after time, they were asked for just one more stand.
And Westover's defense delivered, making an early touchdown stand Friday night at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Behind a relentless defensive effort, Westover scored a 14-9 victory against Cairo.
And with the defeat, a giant tumbled.
The Syrupmakers, who carried a 24-game region winning streak into the game, had dominated Region 1-AAAA like no other. The streak dated back to Oct. 9, 2009.
"This is big for us," Westover coach Octavia Jones. "It's been 20 years since Westover last beat Cairo. We talked this week about our seniors last year leaving a legacy, making the playoffs and hosting a first-round playoff game as the (region's) No. 2 seed. There is only one way to better that and that was to win tonight and hopefully win the region.
"We've still got a lot of games left and hopefully, the region title will be there when we finish. Our goal is trying to win the region, which would be the first time in the history of our football program."
The Patriots (3-2, 2-0) intercepted two passes, one setting up an early score, while its front line harrassed Cairo the entire game.
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