Both coaches said this game had it all, and it included overtime.
There were touchdowns scored on kickoff, interception, and fumble returns, on passes and runs of 45 yards and longer.
Finally, on a Cabot Panthers classic, a 1-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Kolton Eads, the Panthers prevailed 40-33 in overtime over the Little Rock Catholic Rockets at War Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
"If you were just a spectator wanting to see a heck of a ballgame, you saw a heck of a ballgame," Cabot Coach Mike Malham said. "They could have won as easily as we won."
"Whatever you like, you it saw tonight," Catholic Coach John Fogleman said.
Cabot (2-0) scored early on touchdown runs of 67 and 55 yards by sophomore halfback Adam Flores, but Catholic took a 14-12 lead after senior tailback Lance Harville-Thomas' 7-yard touchdown run with 1:09 left in the first quarter.
Cabot led 26-14 at halftime, but touchdown passes from senior quarterback Andre Sale of 17 yards to junior receiver Taylor Price and 45 yards to Thompson Olaimey tied the score at 26-26 with 5:42 left in the third quarter.
Catholic (1-1) had the lead again after junior safety Jared Allison scooped a fumble by Cabot junior quarterback Jared Barnes and returned it 42 yards to put the Rockets up 33-26.
But big plays continued on the subsequent kickoff when Cabot senior Holdyn Barnes scored on a 99-yards kickoff return to tie the game at 33-33 with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter.
"Right after the blocks started to progress, I saw a seam and I just followed my blockers and I just took off," Barnes said. "I felt like I had to make a big play for my team, and I did."
Barnes also scored on a 22-yard interception return midway through the second quarter.
"Holdyn had a big game," Malham said.
Cabot had the first possession of overtime, and started with a 7-yard run by Flores, who rushed 10 times for 144 yards. Eads carried for 2 yards and then for the eventual winner from the 1.
Catholic lost 6 yards on its first play of overtime when Harville-Thomas was stopped in the backfield. Three incomplete passes sealed Cabot's victory.
Sale completed 22 of 29 passes for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns.
"We got off to that quick start, and then they just never quit," Malham said. "They got some good players, particularly on offense. They gave us fits."
"We got behind and came back twice," Fogleman said. "We'll keep fighting. That's what these kids do."
Sports on 09/12/2015
Print Headline: Cabot outlasts Catholic