For years, decades even, Cabot’s offense has been the model for the proverbial "three yards and a cloud of dust."
Well, not so much in Friday night’s 49-10 win over the Marion Patriots. That offense was more "20 yards and eat my dust."
The Panthers averaged just over 20 yards per carry while exploding to a 42-7 lead in the first half. Cabot rushed for 305 yards on just 15 carries in the first half.
"I was a little worried about a letdown after last week," said Cabot coach Mike Malham. "But the offense didn’t miss a stride."
The Panthers beat the top-ranked North Little Rock Wildcats last week.
Marion is usually an athletic team with good speed, but that goes to show the kind of athletes Cabot has this season. The Patriots couldn’t always find the Panthers’ backs, and when they did, they couldn’t catch up with them.
Zach Launius did the most damage for Cabot with a ridiculous 167 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries. Chris Henry had four carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns, while Preston Jones had a score while rushing for 60 yards on three carries. Launius, Henry and Jones were finished with their nights by halftime. The entire second half was played with a running clock thanks to the 35-point lead. Jones had a big average despite scoring the final touchdown of the half from two yards out.
Henry scored on runs from 21 and 19 yards. Launius scored Cabot’s first touchdown on a 50-yard burst up the middle. Marion got on the board with just over three minutes remaining in the first half. Launius answered that score by breaking free for an 80-yard score on Cabot’s next play. Jordan Burke picked off a Marion pass shortly after to help set up Jones’ short touchdown.
Cabot finished their scoring in the second half on a 17-yard touchdown by sophomore Austin Eads. Eads rushed for 59 yards for Cabot in the second half.
Jake Vaughn led Cabot with 12 tackles. Holdyn Barnes, Logan Melder and Tristan Bulice had seven tackles each. Brian Marshall and Colby Ferguson had six tackles each. Brandon Arthur, Jack Whisker and Burke had four tackles each.
The Panthers travel to Mountain Home on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.