The Cabot Panthers ended the regular season with a 38-21 loss to North Little Rock at Panther Stadium on Thursday. The Panthers are 5-5 on the season.
However, that was not the final home game of the season.
Cabot will be the fourth seed from the 7A-Central in the state playoffs and will host Springdale, the fifth seed from the West, this Friday at Panther Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
In the loss to North Little Rock, the score was tied 7-7 after one quarter.
The Charging Wildcats took a 7-0 lead with 6:56 left. Brandon Thomas scored on a 2-yard run. Savana Melton kicked the extra point.
Cabot tied it at 7-7 on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Oaks to John Wiens with 1:51 left. Ben McCullough kicked the extra point.
North Little Rock scored the game’s next 28 points to lead 35-7 with 11:56 left in the game.
North Little Rock’s David Chapple scored on a 10-yard run early in the second quarter. He then added a 1-yard run with 12 seconds left to make the score 20-7 at halftime.
The Charging Wildcats then scored nine points in the third quarter. Chapple scored on a 2-yard run with 9:16 left. The two-point conversion was no good. Then Melton added a 26-yard field goal with 7:23 left.
North Little Rock’s final touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Chapple with 11:56 left in the game.
Cabot finally scored again when Noah Sorrell broke free for a 28-yard run with 6:53 left. McCullough added the extra point.
Melton kicked her second field goal of the game with 3:28 left. The 27-yarder made the score 38-14.
Oaks finished the scoring when he ran 90 yards for a touchdown with 2:06 left. McCullough added the extra point.
Brandon Thomas led North Little Rock with 191 yards rushing on 26 carries. Chapple had 52 yards on 11 carries.
Oaks led Cabot with 139 yards rushing on 18 carries. T.J. Rogers had 40 yards on 11 carries. Sorrell had 36 yards on eight carries.
Oaks completed 3 of 4 passes for 80 yards. Wiens caught two passes for 63 yards.
Justin Nabors also intercepted a pass for the Panthers.
“We were so out of synch offensively,” Cabot coach Mike Malham said. “We had seven procedure penalties. It seemed like we started first and 15 the first two or three times we had it.
“We can’t worry about that. We’ve got to look ahead to Springdale.”
Springdale finished the regular season 6-4 and 3-4 in league play.
The Bulldogs are led by senior quarterback Layne Hutchins, who threw for 1,581 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Springdale’s leading rusher is junior Garrrett Vaughan, who has rushed for 551 yards and 11 touchdowns in only seven games this season.
“They are going to throw it a lot, I know that,” Malham said. “I have no clue on how they are going to play us. Everybody that they have played has been a spread team. It’s kind of a guessing game as to what they are going to run defensively.
“Hopefully, we’ll get off the ball and do a little better.”