Stunned By Portland 39-0
Outlaws To Play In Blue Devil Bowl
Wildcats Win Over McMinnville
Lady 'Cats Close 1999 In Tourney
LA Girls Finish 3rd In Cross Country Meet
Wildcats Stunned By
By Howard Chandler
Livingston Academy played host to the state's top
ranked Class 3A football team Friday night, losing to the Portland
The Wildcats, who entered the game ranked 12th in
the latest AP poll, suffered their worst loss since a 48-0 loss
to Kingston in 1993. The Widlcats struggled offensively as they
were shut out for the first time since a 33-0 loss at Portland in
last year's regular season matchup. The Wildcats continued an alarming
decline in offensive production going in consecutive weeks from
36, to 28, 14, 9, and now 0.
Portland rolled up 421 yards in total offense with
Gerald Turner leading the way rushing for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns
on 17 carries.
The Wildcats had opportunities in the game, but turned
the ball over 3 times and had a field goal attempt blocked.
Robert Richardson completed 12 of 19 for 124 yards
and one interception while Matthan Houser had 5 catches for 42 yards.
Houser, injured in the third quarter, finished with 126 all-purpose
yards and led the team in tackles with 11.
Josh Parsons led the Cats rushing game with 10 carries
for 48 yards.
The game began with Portland receiving the opening
kickoff and being forced into a fourth and one from their own 44.
The Panthers enticed Livingston Academy to jump offsides and proceeded
for the game's first score. The 11-play, 65-yard drive was culminated
by Turner's 4-yard touchdown run. Kevin Eakes conversion kick made
After an exchange of punts, LA began a drive on their
own 25 and marched to a first and goal at the Portland 4. Richardson
hit Matt Poston with an 18-yard completion to begin the drive that
was highlighted by two 14-yard passes to Houser. Two running plays
resulted in no gain and after Richardson was sacked, the Cats were
forced to try a 33-yard field goal. Joseph McGill, who had hit from
that distance the week before, saw the kick blocked by an untouched
Josh Jones who returned it 28 yards to the Portland 48.
The Panthers quickly went 52 yards in 6 plays with
Jones scoring on a 21-yard run. The kick failed, but Portland led
The Panthers added another score on their next possession
as Turner went in from 18 yards out. This time a two-point conversion
pass failed and the state's top ranked team led 19-0 going into
In the third quarter, the Wildcats received the opening
kickoff and advanced into Portland territory before turning the
ball over on downs.
Portland took only 4 plays to go 58 yards using an
unbalanced set to confuse the Cats defense. Turner scored from 13
yards out and after yet another failed conversion, Portland led
After the ensuing kickoff, the Wildcats fumbled on
their third play and Portland recovered at the LA 29.
The Panthers' Chad Bruce made a sensational one-handed
catch of a Nathan West pass to score on the first play. Eakes kick
made it 32-0.
Portland tacked on a final score with 7:38 remaining
as Derek Boyd went in from 22 yards. Eakes kick made the score 39-0.
The Wildcats had one final chance to score, fumbling
at the Panthers goal line only to have the ball batted out of the
endzone for a touchback.
The Wildcats, 7-2 overall and 4-2 in Region 4-3A,
must now prepare to host Macon County, 1-8, and try to gain some
momentum for the TSSAA playoffs. The Cats are assured a playoff
berth and could wind up 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. Barring an upset somewhere,
the Cats are likely looking at a third place seed, which would mean
a trip to Chattanooga-Brainerd in the first round.
Portland, 9-0, will close the regular season with
5-4 DeKalb County.
Friday night will be senior night and will mark the
last regular season game at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium for the seniors.
Playing their last regular season game will be Matt Copeland, Chris
Everley, Matthan Houser, Derek Knappenberger, Danny Webb, Jeremy
McDonald, David Stockton, and Josh Young.
Portland 7-12-13-7-39 at LA 0-0-0-0-0
Portland - Gerald Turner 4 run (Kevin Eakes kick)
Portland - Josh Jones 21 run (kick failed)
Portland - Turner 18 run (pass failed)
Portland - Turner 13 run (pass failed)
Portland - Chad Bruce 29 pass from Nathan West (Eakes kick)
Portland - Derek Boyd 22 run (Eakes kick)
First downs 13 15
Rushing yds. 28-121 40-357
Passing yds. 143 70
Total off. 264 421
Passing 14-21-1 5-7-0
Turnovers 3 0
Punting 2-28.5 1-37.0
Penalties 5-25 3-25
Plays 49 47
Score 0 39
Robert Richardson 12-19-124-0-1; Josh Walker 2-2-19-0-0
Josh Parsons 10-48-0; Jonathan Cummings 6-38-0; James Parsons 6-27-0;
James Clouse 2-23-0; Brandon Smith 1-3-0; Matthan Houser 1-0-0
Sacks Against (No.-Yds. Lost)
Robert Richardson 2-(-18)
Matthan Houser 5-42-0; Chris Everley 4-41-0; Matt Poston 2-38-0;
Jesse Wolfram 2-19-0; James Parsons 1-3-0
Kickoff Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 4-77-0; Jonathan Cummings 1-12-0; Chris Everley 1-7-0;
Brandon Smith 1-8-0
Punt Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 1-7-0
Matthan Houser 2-57-28.5-31
Matthan Houser 7-4-11; James Parsons 3-4-7; Josh Cravins 5-1-6;
Nathan Randolph 4-2-6; Derek Knap-penberger 4-2-6; Jeremy McDonald
4-2-6; Brandon Smith 4-1-5; James Clouse 2-2-4; Josh Parsons 2-2-4;
Elliot Vaughn 3-0-3; Matt Copeland 3-1-4; Andrew Looper 3-0-3; Chris
Everley 2-0-2; David Stockton 1-2-3; Andy Allred 1-1-2; Josh Dial
0-2-2; Jonathan Cummings 1-0-1
Tackles For Loss (No.-Yds. Lost)
Andrew Looper 1-(-5)
Andrew Looper 1
Passes Broken Up
Matthan Houser 1
Friday, Oct. 22 Results
Portland 39 LA 0
Wh. House 53 York 10
Greenbrier 42 DeKalb Co. 26
Springfield 17 Macon Co. 14
Region 4-3A Standings
W L - W L
x-Portland 6 0 - 9 0
y-White House 5 1 - 7 2
y-LA 4 2 - 7 2
y-Greenbrier 4 2 - 6 3
DeKalb Co. 3 3 - 5 4
S pringfield 1 5 - 1 8
Macon Co. 1 5 - 1 8
York 0 6 - 1 8
(x-clinched Region championship; y-clinched playoff
Friday, Oct. 29 Schedule
Macon Co. at LA
White House at Greenbrier
Portland at DeKalb Co.
Springfield at York
-end of regular season-
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To Play In Blue Devil Bowl
By Russell Garrett
Blue Devil Bowl in Gainesboro Saturday, October 30,
Outlaws vs. Macon Co. All-stars
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Jr. Wildcats Win
By Howard Chandler
The Overton County Junior Wildcats completed their regular season
with a 38-12 win over McMinnville.
The Junior Cats used the big play, getting touchdowns from 75 and
89 yards in the one-sided victory. The Junior Cats jumped out to
the lead on a 14-yard touchdown run by Mike Jones with 4:34 remaining
in the first quarter. The conversion failed making the score 6-0
McMinnville tied the game on Markee Carr's 37-yard run early in
the second quarter. The conversion run failed, but the score was
tied 6-6 with 6:02 left in the second quarter.
Overton County's Danny Ledbetter, who led all rushers with 126
yards, broke loose for a 75-yard touchdown with only 1:39 left in
the first half. Ledbetter added the conversion run to make it 14-6
In the second half, the Cats opened the lead, first on a 28- yard
touchdown by Brian Colson with Mike Jones adding the conversion
to make it 22-6, then early in the third quarter Colson added his
second touchdown on an 8-yard run. Colson then ran in the conversion
to make it 30-6.
With 3:23 remaining in the game, Mike Jones, on the longest play
of the year, went 89 yards for the score. Ledbetter's 2-point conversion
made the score 38-6 Cats.
McMinnville added a final score on John Bartcher's 57-yard run
to make the final score 38-12.
Jr. Cats 6-8-8-16-38
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Ints.)
Wilson Cates 4-10-28-0-1
Danny Ledbetter 8-126-1-2; Brian Colson 6-54-2-1; Mike Jones 5-83-2-1;
Cody Melton 2-9-0-0; Wilson Cates 1-(-2)-0-0
Brian Colson 1-15-0; Cody Melton 2-7-0; Matt Simcox 1-6-0
Kickoff Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Danny Ledbetter 1-28-0; Whitney Coleman 1-14-0
Punt Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Lance Holland 1-28-0
Cody Melton 1-30-30.0-30
Whitney Coleman 7-6-13; Danny Ledbetter 9-3-12; Cody Melton 7-3-10;
Steven Walker 4-4-8; Mike Jones 4-3-7; Paul Robbins 5-1-6; Steven
Burchfield 4-1-5; Matt Simcox 2-1-3; Wilson Cates 2-0-2; Jonathan
Gore 1-0-1; Lance Holland 1-0-1; Tyler Lancaster 0-1-1; Rodney Dempsey
0-1-1; Jeff Cummings 0-1-1
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'Cats Close 1999 In Tourney
By Dewain E. Peek
Livingston Academy's Christy Hastings was named to the All-District
9-A/AA Team. (OCN file photo) LA Volleyball By Dewain E. Peek The
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats volleyball team closed out 1999
playing in the District 9-A/AA Tournament.
After closing the regular season with a 6-15, 15-11, 7-15 loss
at Cookeville, the Lady ‘Cats defeated Trousdale County 15-1, 15-4
in the first round of the district tournament, setting up a chance
in the second round to avenge previous season losses to Upperman.
LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We came in tied for
second with Upperman. They had beaten us twice. The first time they
beat us pretty good, the second time we had them where we wanted
them. We beat them the first game, then they beat us the second,
and we had them 9-5 in the third game and missed two serves. You
can't miss serves on rally points.
"I felt we hadn't played our best game overall, and we never
did play our best game against them. They were just too strong for
us and they were the better team the night that we played them in
the tournament. The first game was real, real close. We had the
ball back in our court at 13-12 and should have put it away, and
then they went ahead and scored it on out.”
Upperman ended the Lady ‘Cats season with a 15-13, 15-2 win.
Van Buren County upset Macon County 16-14, 15-0, then defeated
Upperman 17-15, 15-9 in the finals. "We had a good tournament,"
Coach Smith said.
"We had five teams capable of going on. It was just whoever
got hot at the time. We never did get that way.
"It was the first time I've ever had a team to not improve
down toward the stretch, to really play tough at tournament time.
We've always done that, and this year we didn't do it."
Overall, the 1999 Lady Wildcats finished with a winning 26-13 record.
"You know, that's not bad with some of the competition we
played because we played in three playdays, against Sparta, Cookeville,
Glencliff, Riverdale, BGA and teams like that," Coach Smith
said.. "That's not bad, but we just never did get it going
right at the right time. We played some pretty good ball and we
played some poor ball, but we never played really tough when we
needed to against that real good team. We never got up enough to
beat somebody like that. We were beating the mediocre teams and
losing to the good teams."
The 1999 squad will graduate five seniors - Christy Hastings, Adrianne
Dial, Kara Masters, Cayce Parsons, and April Fletcher.
"We lose both middle blockers, and the outside hitter. So
we'll have to rebuild a little bit," Coach Smith said. "They're
fairly athletic, we'll just see if they can learn how to play volleyball
a little bit better."
Coaches have to look to the next season after a season comes to
an end, but thinking about the future doesn't ease the sense of
loss of potential unrealized. Coach Smith is no different. His team
did not perform to his expectations and he is left with the feeling
that follows failed expectations. "
A little bit disappointed. I was disappointed down the stretch
because I've done the same thing that I've done for years and it
didn't work. I was disappointed in how we got up for the big games.
We just didn't get up and play like we're supposed to."
LA Girls Finish
3rd In Cross Country Meet
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy Cross Country teams competed in the Midstate
Championship on Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Gallatin.
The girls finished 3rd out of 11 teams, with 82 runners competing
in the girls competition. Placing for LA, Heather Petry finished
10 with a time of 23:50, Deidra Pryor finished 12 with a time of
24:04, Heather Walker finished 27 with a time of 25:36, Stephanie
Thrasher finished 36 with a time of 26:25, Brook Thompson finished
48 with a time of 27:35, and Rachel Tollet finished 72 with a time
The boys team finished 8th out of 11 teams, with 121 runners comping
in the boys competition. Placing for the ‘Cats, Josh Krack finished
5 with a time of 18:36, Colin Smith placed 57 with a time of 21:28,
Bo Byers placed 65 with a time of 21:52, Eric Huddleston finished
68 with a time of 22:04, Silas Stoddart finished 95 with a time
of 23:18, Anton Coleman placed 96 with a time of 23:20, and Jeremiah
Savage finished 109 with a time of 24:34.
The teams' next race will be Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Region 5
meet in Gallatin. The race will be run on the Long Hollow Golf Course
beginning at 1:30 p.m.
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