The Panthers loaded up and left Cabot on Monday to travel for a scrimmage game with the Lake Hamilton Wolves.
Cabot’s coaches and players may not have learned much they didn’t know from the controlled "game," but at least the Panthers got to hit a different color jersey for a little while.
"We looked pretty good most of the night, but Lake Hamilton is a little down this year," Cabot coach Mike Malham said. "They lost a lot from last year. They’re not where they usually are."
Playing a set amount of plays with the first teams, then doing the same thing with the second team, the game was played full speed without really being in exact game situations. Both teams also had three possessions each in the red zone.
Cabot outscored Lake Hamilton 35-6 running the regular plays, then scored on all three of their red zone series.
"I’ve been really looking forward to the start of this season because we really ended on a high note last year," Malham said. "We’re coming in with a two-game winning streak, while most of those playoff teams are coming in having lost their last game."
Before the two wins, Cabot lost to a ranked Bryant team thanks to a field goal in the final seconds.
One thing that Malham was able to learn about his team is his new running back Kyle Edgar — a new senior this year after his family transferred to Little Rock Air Force Base from Germany — is a force to be reckoned with.
"Edgar looked great out there," Malham said. "They just couldn’t bring him down. He’s looked as good in the preseason as any back I’ve ever had."
With Cabot returning six starters on the offensive line and a stable of backs with experience, the addition of Edgar could help push the Panthers to the top of the 7A/6A East.