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South holds off Benton

A big day by Jarrod Barnes helped give the Cabot South Panthers a 26-21 win over the Benton Panthers last week.

Barnes scored three touchdowns as South went over .500 with a 5-4 record this season with one game left.

Benton scored first on a long drive to take a 7-0 lead. South responded with Barnes breaking free for a 55-yard touchdown. The conversion failed, and the scored stayed 7-6 going into halftime.

Benton showed off a solid kicking game, driving down inside South’s 10, but settling for a field goal attempt

South lost a fumble on the next possession, but that may have been a good thing. South scored on defense as Jeremy Marshall stripped the ball away for Cabot, then raced 63 yards for the score that tied the game 12-12.

After Benton drove down for another score, Barnes went back to work with big plays.

Barnes found the hole and went 53 yards for the touchdown. The conversion was off again as South tied the game 18-18.

Benton saw their next drive stall inside the 20 again, with the locker nailing a 33-yard field goal for a 21-18 lead.

Benton held that lead for just a few seconds. Barnes took the ensuing kickoff 88 yards for the score. This time the conversion was good as Cabot South held on for a 26-21 lead. Barnes finished his night with 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns to show for his nine carries.

Defensively, Conner Daigle and Tristan Williams had solid games from their linebacker spots. Dylan Smith came in at safety and did a great job coming up hard and supporting the run, South coach Lee Melder said.

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