Carver-Columbus at Cairo

3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW: Tigers at Syrupmakers on Saturday 3 p.m.

Saturday's 3A state championship contest between Cairo and Carver-Columbus pits two teams with a similar postseason resume against one another.

Not only did both teams win a close one and run away with another one in the first two rounds of the playoffs but both the Syrupmakers and Tigers had to use second-half rallies last week to make it to this championship game in south Georgia.

Cairo (13-1) found itself trailing to then-undefeated North Hall by seven at halftime in the Georgia Dome before rattling off five straight touchdowns in the game's final two periods.

The Syrupmakers' come-from-behind victory was sparked by running backs Reginald Bryant and Ronnie Wooten. Bryant finished the day with 218 yards on the ground while Wooten added 135.

While Cairo had to counteract a seven-point deficit, Carver-Columbus' comeback was much more cliactic against Chamblee.

Trailing by 18 points, the Tigers (14-0) fought back and took the lead for good with 10 seconds left when quarterback DeRon Furr scampered into the endzone from three yards out.

The 21 points given up to Chamblee was the most allowed all season for a Carver-Columbus defense that permits just over seven points per game.

Cairo is just as stout, allowing just over eight per game.

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