If Tuesday’s game between Cabot and Jacksonville is the last one between the rivals in the foreseeable future, the Panthers left no doubt that it isn’t much of a rivalry.
The Panthers jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead in beating the Red Devils 42-0 at Panther Stadium.
Jacksonville, which dropped to Class 5A two years ago, is not renewing the series with the Panthers next season.
About the only thing the Red Devils won was the opening coin toss. However, they were forced to punt. Cabot then took a 6-0 lead on a 4-yard run by quarterback Kason Kimbrell with 5:27 left in the first quarter.
After another Jacksonville punt, Cabot drove 65 yards in eight plays. Kimbrell threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Zach Launius with 10:51 left in the first half. Preston Jones added the two-point conversion to give Cabot a 14-0 lead.
Jacksonville’s next possession ended on a fumble, which was recovered by Cabot’s Tristan Bulice. That led to a 21-yard touchdown run by Jones with 4:02 left in the half. Christian Underwood kicked the extra point to make the score 21-0.
Cabot’s Patrick Neyhart intercepted a tipped ball with 15 seconds left. On the next play, Kimbrell found Jake Ferguson for a 45-yard touchdown pass with 7 seconds left. Underwood’s PAT gave the Panthers a 28-0 halftime lead.
Cabot got the ball to start the second half and drove 59 yards in six plays with Jones scoring on a 3-yard run with 9:14 left. Underwood’s PAT made the score 35-0, invoking the running clock for the remainder of the game.
The Panthers’ final score came on a 5-yard run by Jack Whisker with 1:36 left in the third quarter.
Cabot will travel to Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium to play the Catholic Rockets on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.