The Cabot Panthers got a chance to hit a different color jersey for the first time this year, and made the most of it against the Lake Hamilton Wolves during Monday night’s controlled scrimmage.
Cabot outscored Lake Hamilton 30-6 before finishing the scrimmage with each team getting three series of first and goal from the 10-yard line. Lake Hamilton scored twice from there, while Cabot scored on all three series. Kason Kimbrell, Zach Launius and Chris Henry each had touchdown runs.
The Panthers used more passing plays during the scrimmage than most fans may be accustomed to, passing for more than 170 yards on 7 of 15 attempts.
“We tried to mix in the pass a little more with some twin sets,” said Cabot coach Mike Malham. “We’ve got a couple guys out there who can make some plays and if they’re going to put 10 in the box and single cover on the outside, we need to be able to take advantage of that.”
Jake Ferguson and Holdyn Beasley both made big catches on the outside for Cabot.
After getting near the goal line, the Panthers went back to their more traditional two tight end set and also had success there.
“I think we’ve got some options this year,” Malham said. “We can open it up or we can go with those two tights.”
Defensively, the Panthers held the Wolves in check both on the ground and through the air. The front seven had big stops on short yardage, while the secondary kept the passing game in check.
“We’ve got three starters back in the secondary, so I expect that to be a strength for us,” Malham said. “They got the one pass over the top on us, but overall we looked pretty good out there.”
Cabot will host the Jacksonville Red Devils in the season opener next week.
“Lake Hamilton may be down a little bit, but Jacksonville has some good athletes over there and that’s going to be a test,” said Malham. “They’ve got speed on offense and defense and a lot of starters coming back. That will be a test for us.”
The Jacksonville game starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Panther Stadium.