Lake Hamilton was at home and on a roll, but that didn’t stop the Cabot Junior High North Panthers going there and controlling the game from start to finish in a 19-6 win over the Wolves.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever been so proud of one of my teams,” said Cabot North coach Danny Spencer. “We really controlled the lines. That’s the first time I’ve beaten them.”
North took the lead early thanks to a big day by Easton Seidl. Seidl rushed 25 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Defensively, the Panthers controlled the game save for one long pass play over the top of the safeties late in the first half.
“Lake Hamilton is a strong, physical team but we took care of business,” said Spencer. “They were averaging over 30 points per game going into that one.”
The defense began up front with defensive ends Jack Teague and Brock Bottorff. The Wolves’ offense is led by a mobile, strong-armed quarterback, but Teague and Bottorff kept him pinned in and pressured.
“Those two did a great job keeping their quarterback in check,” Spencer said. “I challenged them before the game, letting them know we had to have them both have a lights out game, and they responded.”
The North Panthers will face another tough test this week when they welcome North Little Rock to Panther Stadium.