THOMASVILLE — Tropical Storm Fay forced a postponement of Cairo’s game with Bainbridge Saturday night.

On Sunday, the now-tropical depression halted the season opener for both teams.

The game scheduled for Monday night was cancelled because of the extreme amount of rainfall Grady County received over the weekend.

“There’s nothing I can do when roads in Grady County have been declared a disaster area,” Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said. “I can’t ask kids to go get on a bus and travel to a game. That’s the superintendent’s decision and the DOT’s decision. I don’t think people realized that 22 inches of rain fell over here, and I don’t know if we were ready to handle that much rain.

“We’ve got a lot more people that are a lot worse off than a football game.”

Since both teams do not have the same off week the rest of the year, the game will not be made up.

But as Fallaw puts it, a lost football game is the least of Grady County’s worries right now. School in Cairo is not scheduled to resume until Thursday. The county sent a proclamation to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency saying it was in a state of emergency. On Monday, Fallaw estimated around 22-23 inches of rain fell on the south side of Cairo, something he’s never experienced before.

“It rained pretty good here for Friday and Saturday,” Fallaw said.

“At one time or another, every road over here was closed by about 8 o’clock at night on Saturday. Right now, the major ones you can get around on. All the side streets and the dirt roads are so bad, they’ve declared it a disaster area.”

As Grady County recovers from Fay, the Syrupmakers must now deal with losing their season opener. With a bye this week, the Syrupmakers are not scheduled to play their first game until Sept. 5 at Thomas County Central.

“We haven’t been on a practice field since last Thursday and that was in the rain,” Fallaw said, “as a matter of fact, Wednesday and Thursday was. We’ve got to get some practice time in.

“We’ve got to find a way to practice and get better before we play Central in two weeks. Central’s going to have a little bit of a leg up on us because they’re going to have a game this week. We’ve got to figure out how to get all that done and get better from it. That’s definitely a negative. But we’re going to make the best of it.

“Believe me, we want to play worse than anybody. Now, I’ve got three off weeks in my season, where everybody else has one. In the first five weeks, we only play two games. I don’t think that makes anybody happy, especially me.”

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