Editor’s note: This story was published prior to the postponement of all playoff games this weekend. The Class 7A state championship game is not set for Friday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
The Cabot Panthers are headed back to the state championship game.
The Panthers (12-0) beat North Little Rock 43-43 in double overtime in the Class 7A state semifinals on Friday at Panther Stadium. Cabot, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 7A by Hooten’s Arkansas Football, will play the Bentonville Tigers (10-2) in the Class 7A state game this Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Cabot will be trying for its third state title. The Panthers won the Class AAA title in 1983 and the Class AAAAA title in 2000. The also played in the state title games in 1997 and 1998, losing to Fort Smith Southside and Little Rock Fair.
The Tigers, coached by Barry Lunney, have played in the last four state title games, having won championships in 2001, 2008 and 2010. The last two seasons they lost to Fayetteville in the state title game.
Cabot and Bentonville have one common opponent — Conway.
The Panthers beat the Wampus Cats 23-9 in the third week of the season; Bentonville beat Conway 21-14 in the state semifinals last week.
Advance tickets for the state championship game are on sale at the Cabot athletic office on the third floor of the fieldhouse.
Tickets are on sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students. Admission at War Memorial Stadium is $7 for everyone. Cabot is the home team and its fans will sit on the west side of the stadium; Bentonville is the visiting team.
Friday is Cabot Red/White Day, according to the Cabot administration. A pep rally will be held at 9:45 a.m. at Panther Arena.
Coverage of last week’s Cabot win over North Little Rock and a full preview of the state title game are on Page 1B.
Also, coverage of the state title game will appear on the paper’s website www.cabotstarherald.com after the game.