ALBANY — Tyree Kelly caught a 43-yard touchdown pass on a fourth down, and the Cairo Syrupmakers rallied to beat Dougherty 24-21 Thursday night at Hugh Mills Stadium. 

Cairo trailed 21-10 after Kameron Davis ran for his third touchdown of the night, a 51-yard scamper, with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. 

The Syrupmakers responded with a 79-yard drive and Gary Davis bulled his way in from 2 yards out to cut the lead to 21-16. 

The Syrupmakers took over on their own 38-yard line with 3:51 to play in the game. On a fourth-and-8, Braylon Robinson found Kelly open at the Trojans 35. Kelly then took off, breaking a final tackle attempt at the Dougherty 5-yard line with 1:47 to go. 

The two-point conversion provided the final margin. 

The Syrupmakers (5-3, 3-1 Region 1-AAAA) capitalized on two Trojan turnovers to take a 10-0 lead. A Gary Davis interception led to Landon Vickers’ 35-yard field goal with 1:11 to go in the first quarter. 

Cairo recovered a Dougherty fumble at the Trojans’ 44, and that led to Robinson’s 24-yard scoring strike to a wide open Mo Wilson with 6:16 left in the first half.

Cairo failed an onside kick attempt, and Dougherty took over at its own 44. Kameron Davis capped that possession with his first TD run, from 1 yard out, with two minutes left in the first half.

Kameron Davis’ 3-yard TD run with 2:27 to go in the third quarter put Dougherty in front at 14-10.

Cairo ends the regular season next Thursday in Albany against Westover.

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