Cairo makes it six in a row

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CAIRO — The Cairo Syrupmakers shook off a poor start — and took a huge step toward several of their goals.

Cairo scored 39 unanswered points and won for the sixth straight time, routing Americus-Sumter 39-12 Friday night at West Thomas Stadium.

The Syrupmakers improved to 6-0 in Region 1-AAAA, with two games left, and 6-2 on the season. Americus-Sumter fell to 3-3 in the region and 3-5 for the year.

Down 12-7, Devario Smith took an errant punt 49 yards for a touchdown. Jarion Carter scored on the two-point conversion to put the Syrupmakers ahead 15-12 late in the second quarter.

Cairo never trailed again.

Matthew Peters broke free for a 60-yard gain to the Americus-Sumter 1-yard line and scored on the next snap. Noah Jones’ point after gave Cairo a 22-12 cushion late in the third quarter.

On the Syrupmakers’ next possession, Peters hit Marquil Lovejoy with a 35-yard touchdown pass. Another Jones’ PAT pushed the lead to 29-12.

Cairo bottled up Americus-Sumter and took over after a short punt, setting up Nick Gosier’s 6-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth.

Jones tacked on a 24-yard field goal for the final tally.

Kierston Harvey’s touchdown pass on the Panthers’ first possession put Americus-Sumter on top just 3:23 into the game.

The Panthers made it 12-0 on an interception return for a touchdown with just over 3 minutes to go in the first quarter.

The Syrupmakers finally got untracked, and Peters’ 4-yard scoring run with 2:48 left in the half got Cairo on the board.

Cairo will play Shaw on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Columbus’ Kinnett Stadium.

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