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Panthers, Tigers to play for state title in delayed game

Mark Buffalo Cabot Panthers coach Mike Malham talks to his team following their 43-42 double overtime win over North Little Rock in the Class 7A state semifinals Nov. 29 at Panther Stadium.Buy Photo
Mark Buffalo Cabot Panthers coach Mike Malham talks to his team following their 43-42 double overtime win over North Little Rock in the Class 7A state semifinals Nov. 29 at Panther Stadium.

Cabot’s Class 7A state championship game with Bentonville, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, was postponed until this Friday because of winter weather that hit the state Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Class 7A title game is Friday, Dec. 13, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The call to postpone was made by the Arkansas Activities Associaton on Wednesday afternoon last week. All playoff games in all classifications were postponed until this week.

The Panthers (12-0) beat North Litlte Rock 43-42 in double overtime in the state semifinals Nov. 29 at Panther Stadium. Bentonville (10-2) beat Conway 21-14 in its semifinal game.

Cabot is the top-ranked team in Class 7A by Hooten’s Arkansas Football. Bentonville is ranked second.

Cabot will be trying for its third state title. The Panthers won the Class AAA title in 1983 and the Class AAAAA title in 2000. The also played in the state title games in 1997 and 1998, losing to Fort Smith Southside and Little Rock Fair.

The Tigers, coached by Barry Lunney, have played in the last four state title games, having won championships in 2001, 2008 and 2010. The last two seasons they lost to Fayetteville in the state title game.

Cabot and Bentonville have one common opponent — Conway.

The Panthers beat the Wampus Cats 23-9 in the third week of the season; Bentonville beat Conway 21-14 in the state semifinals last week.

Advance tickets for the state championship game are on sale at the Cabot athletic office on the third floor of the fieldhouse.

Tickets are on sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students. Admission at War Memorial Stadium is $7 for everyone. Cabot is the home team and its fans will sit on the west side of the stadium; Bentonville is the visiting team.

Coverage of the state title game will appear on the paper’s website www.cabotstarherald.com after the game.

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