CAIRO – The future of this year's spring sports hangs in the balance amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Included are the spring football practices for high school teams across Georgia, which are generally held in late April and early May.
Cairo High School is not slated to return to class until Monday, April 27, at the earliest, just before the start of the Syrupmakers' spring workouts.
Like other coaches across the state, Cairo's Steve Devoursney is stuck in a wait and see mindset.
“We'll wait and see if we're going to go back to school or even have school,” he said. “I’m sure everything's up in the air right now. We'll see how this thing goes the next two weeks. We'll just kind of play it by ear until something happens.”
The Georgia High School Association was scheduled to meet Friday to discuss possible scenarios for spring sporting events. The GHSA has suspended practices and competitions until April 27, after the Gov. Brian Kemp extended the statewide public school closure.
If Cairo is unable to hold spring practice, it could present a hectic summer for the Syrupmakers with their preseason scrimmage slated for August 14.
“It'd definitely would be a lot different. You're (normally) so much farther ahead coming out of spring,” Devoursney said. “Everybody else would be in the same boat, too. I guess it'll all be even; just have to have a real good summer and make sure you've got it planned out right and maybe catch back up in the summer.
“You're going to have to add some days and times to make sure you're where you need to be when August gets here.”
Spring practice would be key for the Syrupmakers considering they only have three returning starters on offense and have zero experience returning at quarterback. Cairo does return seven starters on defense.
“Offensively is where we've really got to make up some ground,” Devoursney said.
Cairo's spring practice was scheduled to start April 29 with a spring game on May 15.