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Panthers pull away from Patriots, 26-12

The Cabot Panthers overcame injuries and a slow start to post a 26-12 win on the road over the Marion Patriots.

Cabot was without starting quarterback Kason Kimbrell, who was injured against North Little Rock, and lost fullback and leading rusher Zach Launius to an elbow injury early in the game Friday.

With those two gone, Brandon Boatright stepped in at quarterback and did an impressive job. Kyle Edgar had been the second leading rusher for the Panthers, and really stepped up his game as well as the top back.

Edgar led all rushers with 157 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries in the game. Boatright carried 13 times for 85 yards, and was also 4 for 4 for 83 yards through the air. The four completions matched the season total for the Panthers coming into the game. Blake Gibson caught two of those passes for 67 yards, including a 58-yarder.

“We had a pretty good night once we got settled in,” said Cabot coach Mike Malham. “We had a little bit of a slow start with the different guys in there, but we played pretty well in the second half. Marion is a good team with a lot of big, good athletes over there.”

Cabot led 7-0 at halftime on the strength of Edgar’s touchdown near the end of the first quarter.

Marion cut the lead to 7-6 on the opening drive of the second half, but Cabot took control after that, going on those long time-consuming Panther drives.

The Panthers had just four possessions in the second half. The first three resulted in touchdown, while the fourth ran out the clock to end the game.

Max Carroll had just five carries for nine yards, but one of those carries was the touchdown that put the Panthers ahead to stay.

Seth Hoggard had an interception that helped give the Panthers a short field and set up Edgar’s second score of the night.

Cabot improved to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the 7A/6A-East.

Jake Vaughan led Cabot with 11 tackles. Matt Griffin, Jake Ferguson and Brandon Arthur had 10 tackles each. Arthur also had three sacks. Colby Ferguson had five tackles. Ian Thompson, Hoggard, Tyler Gilbertson and Brandon Rhea had four tackles each.

The Panthers host Mountain Home for homecoming Friday. Game time at Panther Stadium is 7 p.m.

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