CABOT: Panthers reloading with talented squad

Conference: 7A Central
Coach: Mike Malham
’16 Record: 7-5

Cabot entered 2016 with high hopes, and for good reason, as the Panthers had a very talented team. But injuries to key position players derailed the Panthers’ championship hopes.

Graduation hit Cabot hard in May, and the Panthers return only three starters on offense and four on defense.

Senior Cody Skinner and junior Jessie Windemaker compete at quarterback. Senior Adam Flores is back at running back after rushing for 427 yards and four touchdowns last fall. Bradley Morales, Tommy Oaks and T.J. Rogers join Flores in the backfield. Seniors John Wiens and William Shirley provide big targets at tight end. Seniors C.J. Long, Jacob Davis, Colby Tolison and Ryan Travis and junior Davis Wofford project as starters on the offensive line.

Senior Dayonte Roberts returns to anchor the defensive line at noseguard after recording 41 tackles last fall. Senior David Hubanks joins Roberts on the line at tackle. Marcus Graham, Dylan Dowda and Omero Garcia round out the defensive line. Juniors Lucas Crumbly and Justin Holland and senior Ben McCullough are top newcomers at linebacker. Seniors Bryce Billings and Austin Swakhammer lead the secondary.

“We don’t have much size and a lot of inexperience,” Coach Mike Malham said. “But we feel like the potential is there.”

2017-2018 Cabot High School Cheer and Dance teams: Emily Smith (front, from left), Meagan Wallace, Mackenzie Clem, Ally Smart, Miriam Pruitt, Macy Bratton, Meg Hauritz, Cheyenne Cozad, Riley Eakin, Alex Wargo, Alecia Taylor; Shayne Clem (second row), Hannah Ringgold, Savannah Wiggins, Sara Beavers, Savannah Miller, Abi Grace King, Autumn Klein, Kacie Smith, Averie Jensen, Karaline Faught; Pamela Powell (third row), Allison Page, Jayden Shelton, Emily Evans, Hannah Jones, Ashleigh Dickerson, Eden Young, Lexi Dunn, Allison Tubbs, Tori Mooney, Allie Taylor; Chloe Hefley (back), Lauren Underwood, Diamond Roby, Sydni Brown, Sydney Reeder, Abby Smith, Jordan Walthall, Katelyn Elliott, Chloe Ezell, Taylor Zimmerman and Jaden Hendrix. Not pictured: Carly Woods, Ashley Sims and Angel Howard. Sarah Hillenburg is the head dance team coach and Beth Hicks is the assistant coach. Ashley Cooper and Katherine Tripp are the high school cheer coaches.