The Jacksonville Red Devils played their final Backyard Brawl at Cabot’s Panther Stadium Tuesday night, showing some of the reasons why the rivalry won’t be continued next year in a 42-0 loss to the Panthers.
Cabot’s Dead T offense is almost impossible for teams to simulate and prepare for - one reason Bryant refuses to play the Panthers in a no conference game. Cabot High School has grown to be one of the largest in the state, while Jacksonville has recently dropped to Class 5A.
Cabot already had twice the athletes to choose from, and with this group of Panthers one of the most athletic that coach Mike Malham has seen in years, the going was going to be tough for the Red Devils.
Jacksonville’s highlights came with a first down on each of the first two possessions, one on a pass from Reggie Barnes to Devin James and another on a pass to Malcolm Crudup.
But both of those drives stalled after sacks and incompletions, forcing Jacksonville to punt. Cabot scored on long drives after both of those punts.
Jacksonville briefly had some life and were in Cabot territory after another punt was muffed by the Cabot returner and recovered by Jacksonville’s Robert Knowlin. But a fumbled snap three plays later on fourth-and-one led to Cabot getting the ball back and going on to make the score 21-0.
After a Cabot interception, Jacksonville’s defense put together a stand and stopped the Panthers on downs. Another Cabot interception led to another touchdown and a 28-0 lead for the Panthers at halftime.
Cabot added another score to open the second half and set the clock running for the rest of the half.
Jacksonville is historically one of the best teams around at improving from the first game to the last game during the season and look to get on track next week against the Benton Panthers.