CAIRO -- Nine regular games down, one to go for the Cairo Syrupmakers.

It just so happens, however, that the last one has a little bit of extra flavor.

The Syrupmakers will end their regular season Friday with a homecoming game against Crisp County. Both enter the game 4-0 in Region 1-AAA, meaning the championship is up for grabs.

But talk among the Syrupmakers is not centered around a region championship, but rather taking each game one game at a time.

"Playing hard and being 1-0 every week," said Cairo defensive end Monterious Moore.

Cairo was 1-0 after its 10-0 win over Monroe Saturday in Albany. The Syrupmakers managed just one touchdown, a 62-yard pass from Brandon Robinson to Kagney Ponder.

"Overall, it was a sluggish game," Cairo head coach Tom Fallaw said. "Our team survived. Looking at the film, we played pretty well on offense. We played on a long field all night long. Anytime you play high school kids on a long field where we have to go the length of the field to score, a lot of times there's going to be mistakes. We made some mistakes in some key situations and kept our point total down."

But once again the Syrupmakers' defense stepped up when it was needed ost. The Tornadoes' high-powered offense turned the ball over four times and quarterback Terrance Ransom, was limited to just 5-of-15 passing.

"Our defense did a great job," Fallaw added. "We held a good offensive team under 200 yards and kept them under 100 yards passing and under 100 yards rushing. You can't say enough about those kids. They came to play."

The Syrupmakers, 1-0 for six straight weeks, are gunning for their seventh straight win against the Cougars. Crisp hasn't missed a beat this year despite the loss of standout quarterback Joe Joe Brown to graduation.

"Every year you'll have seniors," added Fallaw, in his second year as Cairo's head coach.

"I think your program is built by not one specific kid. (Cougars) Coach (Clay) Hill is a fine football coach. You knew he was going to come back and have a fine football team."

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