Ed Pilcher must be sweating bullets right now.

Not only does his Bainbridge team host one of the top teams in Class AAA in Cairo tonight, but the threat of rain could put a damper on an expected big gate.

After all, this is the only game in south Georgia. With the success Cairo had last year and the debut of Pilcher with his new team, a packed crowd was expected at Centennial Field. That was before Tropical Storm Fay.

If the rain continues — and it should — don’t expect a big crowd tonight.

Those who attend better not expect a close game.

Cairo has too much experience, talent and skilled athletes for Bainbridge to keep up with, even without running back Ronnie Wooten. That just means more of running back Reginald Bryant in between the tackles, which should wear down the Bearcats’ defense.

As for Bainbridge, Pilcher is still trying to implement the split-back veer option, which requires intelligence, timing and most importantly, practice. Meaning, it’s going to take longer than three weeks to learn.

Don’t get me wrong, Pilcher will be successful at Bainbridge, and success could come as early as this year.

Just not today.

Expect errant pitches and numerous fumbles. And if the rain persists, the turnovers could go much higher.

Cairo in a rout.

Cairo 38, Bainbridge 14

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