But with Cairo, the county seat of Grady County (halfway between Bainbridge and Thomasville), being where they are as a program they kind of fall between the cracks of media coverage. I asked if Coach thought his start (and his team, really) are a “secret” in the state:
“I would think so,” he says. “You don’t get a lot of, outside of south Georgia, a whole lot of media coverage. I think we’re talked about, and people know who Cairo is, but south Georgia as a place for recruiting or coverage in general is a bit of a secret still.
“It’s a big stumbling block for recruiting. And it’s hard to get most coaches to come by unless a coach has a guy on their radar. The schools are so spread apart down here in south Georgia. It’s not like Atlanta where you have a lot of schools in a 15-20 minute radius. College coaches get more bang for their buck there. Here, unless you have a kid on a sheet, or you’re going to see someone you’ve already seen on film, you just don’t pop in unless you’re a Georgia school.”
Devoursney has had some double-digit win seasons in his time in charge in Cairo to go with his 13 seasons at Griffin where he won three region titles and a state crown in 2013. With his season at the halfway point, I wanted to know where the Syrupmakers are.
“I think before it’s all said and done, we’ll be a pretty good football team,” he says. “We have a lot to work on. By the playoffs, we should be in good shape. We just need to work on fundamentals -- blocking, tackling, things like that -- and being smarter football players. They just need to work on their ‘football IQ.’ We’ve had some kids get hurt, so we have new kids and new positions, and we’re getting their replacements caught up. We just have to hone in on where the kids are and make sure, with the changes, that everyone knows what they’re doing.”