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Archives 10-20-99


Wildcats Whip Greenbrier 9-0
Outlaws Win Conference Championships
Jr. Wildcats To Play In Industrial Bowl
Lady 'Cats Soccer Season Closes

Wildcats Whip Greenbrier 9-0
By Howard Chandler

Livingston Academy clinched a TSSAA playoff berth with a 9-0 win over visiting Greenbrier Friday night.

The Wildcats can now set their sights on the Region 4-3A championship as they prepare to host Portland this Friday. A Cats victory will move them into a first place tie with the Panthers and give them the tie breaker edge over one of the state's top ranked teams.

The victory over Greenbrier, now 5-3 overall, was one that would have made Loren W. Houtchens, the Wildcats coach in the early 1930s, or perhaps Woody Hayes, or the Atlanta Braves fans who wanted to get home in time to watch the Braves-Mets playoff game, proud. It was one of the quickest games in Wildcat history as both teams kept the ball on the ground. Livingston Academy was held to their lowest passing yardage total in a decade as the Cats completed 1 of 7 for 6 yards.

It was the Wildcats defense that dominated the game, limiting Greenbrier to 109 yards in total offense and forcing 3 Bobcat turnovers including 2 interceptions by Chris Everley to give him 8 on the season.

It was a balanced defensive effort as David Stockton led the Cats with 8 tackles while Jeremy McDonald, James Parsons, Derek Knappenberger and Jonathan Cummings had 7 each. Josh Parsons and Matt Copeland had 6 each with Copeland recording 2 sacks.

Offensively, Josh Parsons appeared recovered from a shoulder injury suffered three weeks ago as he led the Wildcats with 22 carries for 135 yards.

Matthan Houser, who had a streak of 31 consecutive games of 100 plus total yards stopped, still managed 82 yards including 7 carries for 61 yards and the game's only touchdown.

The game began with Livingston Academy receiving the opening kickoff and going 72 yards in 5 plays. Josh Parsons started the drive with a 21-yard run and Matthan Houser ended it with a 26-yard touchdown run. The extra point attempt failed and LA led 6-0 with 9:32 remaining in the first quarter.

The Wildcat defense held Greenbrier to one first down on its first possession as Copeland recorded his first sack of the night. Justin Adams' punt sailed through the Wildcats endzone so the Cats were forced to start from their own 20.

The Cats used 13 plays to go 55 yards to the Greenbrier 25 before turning the ball over on downs early in the second quarter.

The Bobcats lost 4 yards on first down and after a 5-yard penalty, Andrew Looper recovered a fumble at the Greenbrier 15.

Three plays resulted in a loss of a yard and the Wildcats' Joseph McGill was called on for a 33-yard field goal. The kick was good with plenty to spare as McGill recorded the first field goal of his career giving the Wildcats a 9-0 lead.

Greenbrier threatened on its next possession, but their 13- play drive ended inside the Wildcats 10 on Chris Everley's first interception of the night.

The second quarter saw Greenbrier bottled up on its first possession, but after a punt, Greenbrier linebacker Justin Adams picked off an interception and returned it 40 yards, deep in the Wildcats' territory.

The momentum turned immediately as Bobcat quarterback Stetson Dickerson's first down pass was picked off again by Everley who returned it to the LA 15.

This time the Cats advanced for one first down on Houser's 23-yard run before being forced to punt.

Greenbrier advanced for two first downs before Adams punted to the LA 4.

Backed up, the Cats used the running of Josh Parsons to get the ball out past the 20, where the Cats punted.

The Greenbrier offense continued to sputter and LA was content to play the field position game with a 9-0 lead. The Bobcats never threatened again as the swarming Wildcats defense pressured Dickerson on every play.

The 7-1 Wildcats are now 4-1 in Region play and can finish no worse than a fourth place tie with either Greenbrier or DeKalb County, both losers to LA this season. These two teams meet each other this week to determine the final playoff team as Portland and White House, like LA, have clinched berths.

The LA-Portland matchup will be one of the marquee games in Tennessee high school football this Friday night. Portland is led by 1998 Mr. Football winner, runningback Gerald Turner and top college prospect Luke Dunbar who plays linebacker and fullback. The kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium on the Livingston Academy campus.

Complete Statistics
Greenbrier 0-0-0-0-0 at LA 6-3-0-0-9

LA - Matthan Houser 26 run (kick failed)
LA - Joseph McGill 33 FG

LA / Grnbr.
First downs 11 7
Rushing yds. 39-226 35-58
Passing yds. 6 51
Total off. 232 109
Passing 1-7-1 3-9-2
Turnovers 1 3
Punting 3-35.0 4-38.0
Penalties 2-20 2-10
Plays 46 44 Score 9 0

Individual Statistics

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-Ints.)
Robert Richardson 1-6-6-0-1; Matthan Houser 0-1-0-0-0

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Josh Parsons 22-135-0; Matthan Houser 7-61-1; James Parsons 3-13-0; Jonathan Cummings 5-19-0; Robert Richardson 2-(-2)-0

Sacks Against (No.-Yds. Lost)

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 1-6-0

Kickoff Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Chris Everley 1-18-0

Punt Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 2-15-0

Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg.-Longest)
Matthan Houser 3-105-35.0-36

Tackles (Primary-Assists-Total)
David Stockton 5-3-8; Jeremy McDonald 5-2-7; Derek Knappenberger 4-3-7; James Parsons 3-4-7; Jonathan Cummings 3-4-7; Josh Parsons 2-4-6; Matt Copeland 5-1-6; James Clouse 3-2-5; Andrew Looper 3-1-4; Elliot Vaughn 2-2-4; Chris Everley 2-1-3; Nathan Randolph 1-2-3; Steven Barlow 1-2-3; Matthan Houser 1-2-3; Andy Allred 2-0-2; Jordan Looper 1-0-1; Matt Poston 1-0-1

Tackles For Loss (No.-Yds. Lost)
James Clouse 2-(-10); Matt Copeland 2-(-12); David Stockton 1-(-4); Andrew Looper 1-(-4); Jonathan Cummings 1-(-2); Jeremy McDonald 1-(-1); Derek Knappenberger 1-(-1)

Matt Copeland 2; James Clouse 1

Fumble Recoveries
Andrew Looper 1

Interceptions (No.-Yds.-Tds)
Chris Everley 2-5-0

Passes Broken Up
Derek Knappenberger 1

Friday, Oct. 15 Results
LA 9 Greenbrier 0
Portland 45 Springfield 6
Wh. House 32 DeKalb Co. 7
Macon Co. 33 York 21

Region 4-3A Standings Region Overall

Portland 5 0 8 0
LA 4 1 7 1
White House 4 1 6 2
Greenbrier 3 2 5 3
DeKalb Co. 3 2 5 3
Macon Co. 1 4 1 7
York 0 5 1 7
Springfield 0 5 0 8

Friday, Oct. 22 Schedule
Portland at LA
White House at York
DeKalb Co. at Greenbrier
Macon Co. at Springfield

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Outlaws Win Conference Championships
By Russell Garrett

The Overton County Outlaws swept the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference championship games Saturday at Smithville.

The senior team defeated Baxter 32-6 to improve their record to 10-0. The Outlaws were runners-up in 1998.

The Junior Outlaws defeated DeKalb County 12-6 to win the championship. The win gave the junior team a 9-1 record and back-to-back conference championships.

The senior championship game saw the Outlaws take control early building a 26-0 halftime lead.

"Our defense stepped it up a notch forcing 3 Baxter turnovers in their own territory,” said Head Coach Curtis Hayes. "The offensive line did an outstanding job allowing the running attack of Jamey Vaughn and Josh Carwile to take over.”

The Outlaws got on top with a Jamey Vaughn 1-yard run with 4:04 left in the first.

Josh Carwile added a touchdown with 2:02 to go in the opening quarter on a 41-yard run. An Andrew Dixon to Tyler Sells conversion pass made it 14-0 Outlaws.

Carwile added a second touchdown on a 4-yard run with 6:01 left in the half then with only :03 left in the half, Vaughn threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Kurt Gilbert to make the halftime score 26-0.

The Outlaws added one more score on Andrew Dixon's 1-yard run with 3:02 remaining in the game to make the final score 32-6.

Jamey Vaughn had 18 carries for 121 yards and Josh Carwile 17 for 97 to lead the attack. Kurt Gilbert had 2 catches for 78 yards.

The defense was led by Bryan Scott with 7 tackles and Jake Reeder and Dustin Rush with 6 each.

The Outlaws will play the Macon County All-Stars in a bowl game in two weeks.

Individual Statistics

Outlaws 32
Baxter 6

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Int.)
Andrew Dixon 1-1-30-0-0; Jamey Vaughn 1-1-48-1-0

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Jamey Vaughn 18-121-1; Josh Carwile 17-97-2; Andrew Dixon 1-1-1

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Kurt Gilbert 2-78-1; Tyler Sells 1-3-0

Jamey Vaughn 7; Bryan Scott 7; Jake Reeder 6; Dustin Rush 6; Kurt Gilbert 4; Tyler Sullivan 4; Josh Carwile 5; Anthony Matthews 5; Levi Holt 5; Andrew Dixon 4; Jacob Coffee 4; Nick Shelton 3; David Ledbetter 2; Jordan Bailey 2; John Michael Stevens 2; Robert Holt 2; Josh Von Hoene 2; Brent Carr 2

Jr. Outlaws
The Junior Outlaws battled DeKalb County, avenging their only loss of the season with a 12-6 overtime victory to win back- to-back championships. Jordan Everley, who led the Outlaws with 57 yards on 17 carries, scored on a 6-yard run with 2:30 left in the first. Regulation ended 6-6 as Smithville added a fourth quarter touchdown. DeKalb County's final threat was spoiled with 3:01 left in the game as Gary Massengille picked off a pass. In the overtime period, Massengille had an 8-yard run to set up quarterback James Williams' 2-yard touchdown to give the Outlaws the win. Smithville had seemed to score in the overtime as well, but a holding penalty cost them a chance to continue the game. "We had a bend, but don't break defense," said Coach Hayes. "Our kids played very disciplined football."

Individual Statistics
Jr. Outlaws 12
DeKalb Co. 6 (OT)

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Int.)
Jordan Everley 2-2-50-0-0

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Jordan Everley 17-57-1; Gary Massenille 5-22-0; Jonathan Sullivan 1-9-0; James Williams 1-2-1

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Joe Stansberry 1-30-0; Jonathan Sullivan 1-20-0

Will Peterman 7; Jessie Cole 7; Gary Massengille 6; Devan Ramsey 6; Steven Morgan 5; Lucas Holt 4; Josh Coffee 4; Joe Stansberry 4; Jonathan Sullivan 4; James Williams 2; Jordan Everley 2; Cody Brown 2

Jr. Outlaws B-Team
The Junior Outlaws B-Team defeated Gordonsville 6-0 on Adam Wilson's 60 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The defense played a solid game holding Gordonsville to only one first down for the game. Wilson led the Outlaws with 90 yards on 7 carries while Hayden Hill had 5 carries for 23 and Ty Eldridge 3 carries for 16. Jacob Parsons led the defense with 5 tackles while Dylan Ashlock had 4. Wilson and Antheny Ward each had fumble recoveries.

Individual Statistics
Jr. B-Team 6
Gordonsville 0

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Int.)

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Adam Wilson 7-90-1; Hayden Hill 5-23-0; Ty Eldridge 3-16-0

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs)

Jacob Parsons 5; Aaron Roysden 4; Dylan Ashlock 1; Antheny Ward 1; Hayden Hill 1; Justin Langford 1

Fumble Recoveries
Adam Wilson 1; Antheny Ward 1

Youth Football Standings
Senior Division W L
Outlaws 5 0
Gordonsville 5 0
Baxter 4 1
Celina 2 3
Smithville 2 3
Carthage 1 4
Fentress Co. 1 4
Monterey 0 5

Junior Division W L
Smithville 5 0
Outlaws 4 1
Baxter 4 1
Gordonsville 4 1
Carthage 2 3
Fentress Co. 1 4
Celina 0 5
Monterey 0 5

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Jr. Wildcats To Play In Industrial Bowl
By Howard Chandler

The Overton County Junior Wildcats will travel to Macon County on Tuesday, Oct. 26 to play in the 1999 Industrial Bowl, where the Jr. 'Cats will face off with the Macon County Tigers.

Both teams had one loss to the same team during the 1999 football season at press time. Both teams fell to the Tomkinsville, Kentucky Falcons, with the Jr. 'Cats losing 18-8 and Macon County losing 12-0.

According to the Jr. ‘Cats coach David Peterman, the Jr. ‘Cats have not faced the Tigers of Macon County since 1989.

Both teams end the regular season this week. The Jr. 'Cats host the McMinnville Pioneers, going in with a record of 8-1, while Macon County finishes the season playing Westmore-land and is also 8-1. Both teams could enter the Industrial Bowl 9-1.

The Industrial Bowl will be the final game for the ‘99 Jr. 'Cats. Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. at the old high school field.

Jr. Cats Defeat DeKalb Co. 28-6 10-20-99

The Overton County Junior Wildcats defeated DeKalb County 28-6 last week. The Junior Cats victory came as the result of a big offense and a defense that held DeKalb County scoreless until the closing minutes of the game.

Danny Ledbetter got the Junior Cats going with a 73-yard touchdown on the first offensive play. The conversion attempt failed, but with 7:45 left in the first quarter, Overton County led 6-0.

The Cats added another touchdown with 5:51 to go in the quarter as Mike Jones scored on a 35-yard run. Ledbetter added the conversion run to make the score 14-0.

Jones added his second touchdown on an 83-yard run with 1:45 remaining in the first half giving the Cats a 20-0 lead.

The third quarter belonged to the Cats as well as Wilson Cates found Matt Simcox for a 4-yard touchdown on a quick slant. Cody Melton ran in the conversion to make the score 28-0.

The Saints of DeKalb County added a touchdown with only 2:23 left in the game on Chris Cantrell's 60-yard run . The conversion attempt failed and the Cats led by the eventual final margin of 28-6.

Mike Jones led the Junior Cats running attack with 3 carries for 118 yards and 2 touchdown while Ledbetter added 111 yards and a score on only 5 carries.

Wilson Cates completed 4 of 10 for 44 yards with Matt Simcox catching 3 for 32 yards and the only passing touchdown.

Whitney Coleman had 8 tackles to lead the defense followed by Cody Melton with 7 and Steven Walker with 5.

Complete Statistics
Jr. Cats 14-6-8-0-28
DeKalb Co. 0-0-0-6-6

Individual Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Ints.)
Wilson Cates 4-10-44-1-0

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs-XP)
Mike Jones 3-118-2-0; Danny Ledbetter 5-111-1-1; Jeff Cummings 4-40-0-0; Cody Melton 2-12-0-1; Phillip Murphy 1-1-0-0; Wilson Cates 1-(-3)-0-0

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matt Simcox 3-32-1; Cody Melton 1-12-0

Kickoff Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Whitney Coleman 2-18-0

Punt Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Lance Holland 2-19-0; Wesley Puckett 1-8-0

Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg.-Longest)

Tackles (Primary-Assists-Total)
Whitney Coleman 8-0-8; Cody Melton 5-2-7; Steven Walker 4-1-5; Steven Burchfield 3-1-4; Brandon Choate 2-2-4; Mike Jones 1-3-4; Danny Ledbetter 2-1-3; D.J. Allred 1-2-3; Tyler Ledbetter 2-0-2; Paul Robbins 2-0-2; Matt Simcox 1-1-2; Lance Holland 1-1-2; Eddie Sells 0-2-2; Wilson Cates 1-0-1; Jonathan Gore 1-0-1; Wesley Puckett 1-0-1; Mark Burnett 1-0-1 Sacks Danny Ledbetter 1-(-6)

Fumble Recoveries
Danny Ledbetter 1 (30 yd. TD); Mike Jones 1; Paul Robbins 1

Interceptions (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Mike Jones 1-65-1

Complete Statistics
Jr. Cats 22
Baxter 6

Individual Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Ints.-2 pt.)
Wilson Cates 3-6-60-1-0-1

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Brian Colson 16-47-1-1; Danny Ledbetter 5-36-0-0; Mike Jones 5-30-0-0; Cody Melton 3-8-0-0; Wilson Cates 4-(-28)-1-0

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Lance Holland 2-50-1-1; Paul Robbins 1-10-0-0

Kickoff Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Whitney Coleman 2-35-0

Punt Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)

Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg.-Longest)
Brian Colson 3-25-8.3-27

Tackles (Primary-Assists-Total)
Whitney Coleman 8-1-9; Danny Ledbetter 5-0-5; Mike Jones 3-1-4; Paul Robbins 1-2-3; Steven Burchfield 2-0-2; Steven Walker 1-1-2; Cody Melton 1-1-2; Brian Colson 1-1-2; Matt Simcox 1-0-1; Jamie Hutchinson 0-1-1 Sacks Steven Burchfield 1; Brian Colson 1

Fumble Recoveries
Cody Melton 1

Interceptions (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matt Simcox 1-28-0

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Lady 'Cats Soccer Season Closes
By Dewain E. Peek

Stephanie Morgan throws the ball in for Livingston Academy deep in Boyd Christian territory during the regular season ending win last week.

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team closed the 1999 season in the district tournament on Monday, Oct. 18 with a 2-1 loss to Boyd Christian School, a team they had played twice to close out the regular season.

Lora Brady scored the Lady Wildcat's only goal with an assist from Morgan Gantt in the first half. Another goal by LA's Lacey White was called off-sides.

The Lady 'Cats led into the second half before Boyd Christian tied the game. The game remained tied until the final minutes of the game, when Boyd broke through.

"They scored the winning goal with about a minute to go," LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said.

The Lady 'Cats closed out the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 12 with a 4-2 road win against Boyd Christian. Lora Brady scored three of Livingston Academy's goals and Stephanie Morgan scored one. Tabitha Robbins played goalkeeper and had 12 saves.

"She did a really good job," Coach Sells said. Though the Lady Wildcats did not have a winning season, Coach Sells appreciated the effort put forth by his team.

"I'm really proud of the way they've played this year. They didn't quit. They really learned more and by the end of the year knew what they were doing. I think they really progressed. I think they did a good job."

The Lady Wildcats lose 11 seniors to graduation, but look to add freshmen with soccer experience next year.


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