CONWAY — Friday was not a good night for the Cabot Panthers.
Cabot fell behind 28-0 to Conway and never got on track in a 49-14 loss to the Wampus Cats on Friday night at John McConnell Stadium.
Cabot is now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in 7A-Central play.
Conway led 14-0 after the first quarter. Michael George scored on a 1-yard run with 10:57 left in the first quarter. Jordan Wicks kicked the first of seven extra points.
Jovoni Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 2:51 left in the first quarter.
George scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run with 6 minutes left in the first half. Conway’s Jackson Freeman returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown with 26 seconds left in the first half.
Cabot showed some life to start the second half as Tommy Oaks returned the second-half kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Ben McCullough added the extra point to make the score 28-7.
However, Conway would not go away, scoring 14 consecutive points to lead 42-7 and invoking the running clock. George scored on a 5-yard run with 6:15 left in the third quarter and Johnson scored on a 4-yard run with 3:17 left.
Cabot’s final points came on a 27-yard run by Bradley Morales with 1:41 left in the third quarter. McCullough added the extra point.
Conway rounded out the scoring on a 1-yard run by Giovanni King with 6:58 left in the game.
Cabot coach Mike Malham was not happy with his team’s performance.
“They just wore us out,” Malham said of the Wampus Cats. “We didn’t play very good or they just made us look bad. It was never really a ballgame.
“We couldn’t stop them. It was just a good butt whipping. I don’t know if we weren’t ready to play or if they were just that much better. It sure woke up a lot of people.”
George led Conway with 176 yards rushing on 19 carries.
T.J. Rogers led Cabot with 61 yards rushing on 13 carries. Morales had 48 yards on 11 carries.
Oaks completed 2 of 6 passes for 74 yards. Noah Sorrell caught one pass for 49 yards. John Wiens caught one pass for 25 yards.
Dalton Crumbly led Cabot with 13 tackles. Janson Hubanks and Zhane Harper had 10 tackles each. Justin Holland had eight.
Cabot will attempt to bounce back this Friday at historic Quigley Stadium in Little Rock when it plays Little Rock Central. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Central is 1-5 overall and 0-3 in league play. The Tigers lost to Fort Smith Northside 35-20 last Friday.
“They are athletic,” Malham said of the Tigers. “They played North Little Rock tough.”
The Tigers led the Wildcats 20-17 at halftime before falling 31-20.
“They can play … they’ve got athletes,” Malham said. “There are no nights off in this conference. You had better be ready to play. If you’re not, you can get wore out just like we did Friday night.”