Cairo, Georgia - Nine o'clock on Thursday morning, the smell of football permeated through the air in Cairo. Busloads of high school players emptied onto the Syrupmakers practice field.
Four teams from North Florida went up against four squads from South Georgia in the annual Cairo 7-on-7 exhibition.
"Really what you get to do here is you get to work on what you need to work on," Cairo Head Football Coach Tom Fallaw said. "The main thing is getting a jumpstart on the terminology and the plays that you're going to be running during the year."
This is especially important for schools like Wakulla and Valdosta that are still trying to identify their quarterback.
"You get to see what kind of skills kids have and when the bullets start flying around, it's a good learning time for us," Leon Head Football Coach Bill Ragans said.
"It helps with our catching," said Will Thomas, a senior wide receiver at Wakullla. "Basically, getting us back in the rhythm with catching and all that."
Georgia school start training camp on August 1st, while Florida Schools begin on August 8th.
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