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Cabot Junior High North suffered a heartbreaker last week in the final minutes in an 8-7 loss to the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats.

The Panthers’ defense had dominated throughout the game, except for one play near the end. North led 7-0 in the fourth quarter after a long drive took up almost all of the third quarter and the opening of the fourth. After a drive featuring grinding the ball down field, Brock Battorff broke free for a 31-yard touchdown that gave Cabot North a 7-0 lead.

The Panthers continued to stonewall the Wildcat offense, forcing a fourth-and-nine situation from the 46-yard-line with just over 90 seconds left.

The Wildcats ran a screen to the slot man, who was able to shake a defender and race to the endzone for a touchdown. North Little Rock converted the two-point try and held on for the win.

“I knew they were running that play and told them they were running that play, but sometimes that’s what happens,” said Cabot North coach Danny Spencer. “We played really good, sound, fundamental defense until that one play.”

Cabot North still has a chance to finish on top of the conference, but will need a little help now. The Panthers take on the Conway Blue Wampus Cats this week, who also slipped up last week.

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