CABOT — Fourth-ranked Cabot scored the final 12 points Friday night to defeat Jonesboro 47-27.
The Hurricane (1-1) managed to get back in the game after falling behind 14-0, but never caught up with the Panthers (2-0).
Rykar Acebo threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Washington and Brock McCoy scored on a 30-yard run as Jonesboro pulled within 21-14 in the second quarter. Cabot (2-0) added a late touchdown after the Hurricane fumbled a punt late in the second quarter, setting the halftime score at 28-14.
Acebo threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Latrell Brown in the third quarter and a 34-yard touchdown pass to Kavon Pointer in the fourth, keeping Jonesboro within striking distance at 35-27. The Panthers returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and later added another score to set the final margin.
Acebo finished 24-of-35 passing for 270 yards and three touchdowns. Washington finished with six receptions for 100 yards; Pointer caught seven passes for 97 yards; and Brown had four receptions for 58 yards.
McCoy was Jonesboro's rushing leader with 77 yards on 16 carries. The Hurricane finished with 368 total yards while Cabot produced 407.
The Hurricane forced one turnover as Brett Long came up with an interception. Andre Reed and Taurus Crawford had one sack each, while John Paul Pickens finished with a team-high eight tackles
Jonesboro concludes non-conference play next week at 10th-ranked Conway, which outlasted second-ranked Bentonville 55-41 on Friday.