Honor roll student tries to lead Cairo to title.

It's not often that a school's best athlete is also one of its best students. At Cairo High School, the big man on campus is also fighting to become the schools valedictorian.

Clifford Hammonds is a dream for any coach, especially a new coach like Tom Fallaw.

" He's the first to practice and the last to leave," says first year head coach Fallaw, "he's a quiet leader which is extremely important to our team. He's extremely important to our team."

Hammonds spent spring practice on the sidelines nursing a number of injuries. But the Syrupmakers starting safety and receiver is back and ready for the season.

Cairo will hit the road this week to take on Early County and Hammonds is ready for what the road brings.

"I know I'm the team leader", says Hammonds, "It's my job to teach and be a leader."

Football comes easy to Hammonds, but then again, so does school. Clifford is a 4.0 student and if that's not impressive enough, he also scored an 1180 on his SAT's. Needless to say, Hammonds is academically qualified for any college coach who has an interest.

"Last year he was our big horse", says Fallaw, "he has a big impact on defense...he led the team in tackles the last two years."

Hammond is not only the best football player in Cairo, he's also the best on the basketball floor as well.

Clifford will tell you that his hoop dreams outweigh his Friday Night Lights, but he's not giving up on a future in football. Hammonds goal is to lead Cairo back to prominence, and sail off in the sunset as one of the finest athletes to ever come out of Cairo, Georgia.

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