CAIRO -- Miford Adams is used to making plays for the Cairo Syrupmakers on Friday nights.
The senior starts at free safety and plays wide receiver. However, making his first start of the season at quarterback affected the nerves of Adams.
"There was a lot of pressure on me this week," Adams said. "I was comfortable coming out here and playing tonight, but also I was a little bit nervous; it was my first start and we're the defending region champions, it was honestly a lot of pressure."
The pressure did not show in Adams' performance as he used his athleticism to display his play-making skills in Cairo's 34-0 win against Region 1-AAA opponent Worth County. No. 8 Cairo improved to 5-2 and 2-0 in the region.
Adams finished the game 4-of-9 for 51 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception. He also ran for 84 yards on 10 carries.
"He did a good job, but you could tell it was his first game in a while," Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said.
It was evident early that the Syrupmakers were getting used to a new signal caller as Cairo was whistled for four penalties on its first possession, three false starts and a delay of game.
However, with Cairo using running back Fabian Cooper heavily to open the game, Adams settled into a niche throwing the ball and using his speed to attack the Rams on the ground.
Cooper ran the ball on 14 of Cairo's first 18 plays for 56 yards and a score.
"Yeah, it really helped," Adams said of relying on Cooper to start the game. "I knew coach was going to have something for me to help me out and run the ball and get me going and get me warmed up.
"But as the game went on and especially the second half, I got really confident."
Adams looked confident in running a quarterback choice option out of the shotgun, a play the Syrupmakers used repeatedly in the second half.
With Adams in the shotgun and Cooper lined next to him, wide receiver Chris Teal moved to the backfield as well where Adams would read the defense before handing off or keeping.
On Cairo's first drive of the half, the quarterback choice was used three times with Adams picking up 27 yards. In the fourth quarter, the play picked up 37 yards on three straight plays.
"We've got things we can do out of the shotgun and Miford executed those well," Fallaw said.
"Yeah, that was one thing we talked about was getting in a good situation to use my athleticism and my ability to make plays," Adams said. "With Chris Teal back there and Fabian Cooper, teams don't really know what to expect."
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