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Cairo crushes Dougherty as Trojans fall to 1-6

Dougerty coach Jesse Hicks' Trojans fell to 1-6 on Friday after a tough loss to Cairo.

Dougerty coach Jesse Hicks' Trojans fell to 1-6 on Friday after a tough loss to Cairo.

ALBANY -- Dougherty had the right game plan Friday night: keep Cairo off balance with a good mix of run and pass plays.

But what was put on paper by the Trojans' coaching staff did not translate into reality.

Cairo hit the Trojans hard and fast and never let up. And were it not for a couple of big plays at the end, the Syrupmakers would have shut out Dougherty. Instead they walked away with a 42-13 pummelling at Hugh Mills Stadium.

"Cairo is a basic team who is going to come out and play hard," Dougherty head caoch Jesse Hicks said. "The big thing for us is that we did not wrap up. It was nothing they did to us, it was what we did to ourselves."

The Trojans (1-6, 0-3 in 1-AAA) turned the ball over twice and had one punt partially blocked. And the offensive plays they did run were simply not effective against a stout Cairo defense.

"We are a veteran group on defense so I'd probably say most of it is attributed to that," Cairo head coach Tom Fallaw said. "Dougherty has some good kids and they played hard (Friday) night. But I give our kids credit for executing our gameplan."

Syrupmakers QB Steven Bench and Terrell Cason led the way for the Syrupmakers (4-2, 2-0). Cason scored two touchdowns and finished with 57 yards on nine carries. Bench, who threw for a score and ran in for another, totaled 41 yards in the air and 32 yards on the ground.

Dougherty's Nathan Brown, who had a dismal first half rushing for negative-two yards, rebounded nicely in the second half with 79 yards. Most of the yards came on a 53-yard run play that set up an 8-yard touchdown run from Demario Barney.

"You have to give it your all even though you're losing; you just can't give up," Brown said. "We did not do good the first half, but we went back out there and gave it our heart, and that is what we have to do from now on."

Cario quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Bench dropped back and hit Donald Thomas in the flats. The rest was all Thomas, who took the ball into the end zone from 15 yards out.

After a three-and-out for the Trojans, Rashad Thomas took the handoff on the first play and busted through the defense for a 51-yard score.

Rashad Thomas again put his name on the stat sheet on the next series, recovering a Ricardo Sloan fumble and taking it the house for the Syrupmakers' fourth touchdown.

"I saw the ball come out so I just scooped and scored," he said.

On Cairo's next possession right before halftime, Bench scrambled right when the pocket collapsed and pointed to one of his receivers to secure a block for him as he ran in from 15 yards out.

With the third quarter just under way, Cason scored the sixth and final touchdown for the Syrupmakers, increasing their lead to 42-0.

Although Hicks had the option to run the clock given the deficit, he chose to keep playing.

"I am not a submitter; I do not quit," Hicks stated. "My kids need to see that from me as the head coach. What kind of coach am I to ask for a running clock so the game can be over? We prepared for four quarters of football so we played four quarters of football."

Dougherty's refusal to submit was not in vain. Quarterback Willie Jones, who completed six of his 10 passes but was sacked seven times, connected with Kendal Hicks for 55 yards. Three plays later Jones rushed in from the 1-yard line.

Brown opened the door for another scoring opportunity breaking loose up the sidelines for 53 yards. Barney made the most of his second carry by finding the end zone on an 8-yard score.

The Trojans look to snap their four-game skid next week against Americus-Sumter, while Cario hosts Worth County.

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