Cabot Junior High South outplayed Conway White for all but a handful of plays Thursday night, but those plays made the difference in a 14-12 loss.
The Panthers failed to convert on fourth-and-one at midfield, while leading 12-7 with 40 seconds left in the game.
Conway White scored two plays later on a hook and lateral to steal the win.
"Overall, that’s probably the best game we’ve played on offense and defense," said Cabot South coach Lee Melder. "Give Conway credit, they hit things in the fourth they hadn’t done all game."
South took the lead early on when Connor Daigle scored from six yards out. The touchdown was set up by a 35-yard run by Jacob Howard. The Panthers couldn’t make the conversion, but the defense dominated as the score stayed 6-0 through halftime.
The Panthers extended that lead to 12-0 in the third quarter on a strong run by Jarrod Barnes.
After Conway scored to make it 12-7 midway through the fourth, the two teams traded possessions before Cabot got in position to win with 40 seconds left on the clock.
"We were one yard away from winning the game," said Melder. "The defense played lights out all game long. We shouldn’t have got into that situation at the end where they gave up the score. We should have gotten that yard and put the game away."