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'Cats Lose To Brainerd 36-35
Elementary Basketball
Livingston Soccer League Completes Season

'Cats Lose To Brainerd 36-35
By Howard Chandler

The TSSAA football playoff run for Livingston Academy came to an abrupt end Friday night in Chattanooga as the Wildcats lost 36-35 to Chattanooga-Brainerd. The loss marked the first time in five years Livingston Academy failed to advance beyond the first round.

It was a see-saw battle with both defenses dominating the first half, with the offenses taking over after intermission. Livingston Academy had numerous chances to win the game, but in the end came up just short. The Wildcats finish the season 8-3, while 6-4 Brainerd advances to play Portland this week.

The game began with Brainerd receiving the opening kickoff at their own 40, as LA sacrificed field position with a pooch kick. The Panthers moved the ball to the LA 2 where the 14-play drive ended with a goal line stand by the Cats. The Wildcats' offense turned the ball over on their second play, fumbling at the LA 3, giving Brainerd excellent field position. The Panthers failed to score again as four plays resulted in minus 2 yards and the Wildcats dodged yet another bullet.

The Wildcats moved for three first downs before an interception ended the drive.

The second quarter proceeded much like the first until the Wildcats put together an 8-play, 55-yard drive. The drive consisted of Matthan Houser for 9, Josh Parsons 2, then 18, an incompletion, James Parsons for 9, Houser 3, then Houser 12, then Josh Parsons with the 2- yard touchdown. Joseph McGill added the PAT to give LA a 7-0 lead with 0:34 left in the first half.

The Wildcats pooch kick gave Brainerd the ball at their own 42 and in six plays the Panthers went 58 yards to score with 0:13 remaining. Riley Walker, who was 3 of 13 before completing 3 consecutive passes, threw to Marcus High for the 21-yard touchdown. Kenneth Hender-son's kick made the halftime score 7-7.

In the third quarter, LA took the kickoff and went 77 yards in 12 plays, with Josh Parsons scoring again, this time from 5 yards out. McGill added the kick to make it 14-7.

Brainerd started their next drive at their own 20 after LA kicked off deep. Walker connected with High for 21 and then 39 yards to get the Panthers deep into LA territory. Kenneth Henderson scored on a 10-yard run and added the kick to make the score 14-14.

Livingston Academy came back again on a 63-yard drive with sophomore Jonathan Cummings scoring on a 53-yard run. The kick made it 21-14 Cats.

Brainerd came right back with a 6-play drive, going 62 yards. Walker scrambled in himself from 9 yards out on a fourth and three play. The Panthers faked the conversion kick and instead Antonio Arnold caught a pass from Henderson to give Brainerd it's first lead 22-21.

Livingston Academy was held on downs at the Brainerd 35 on its next possession and Brainerd scored quickly as Walker hit High for 10 yards with a 15-yard penalty tacked on. Then Walker found Jermario Thurman for a 40-yard touchdown. Walker threw to Henderson on the conversion to make it 30-21 Brainerd.

After the Wildcats turned the ball over again, 1 of 5 on the night, Brainerd increased its lead on a 6-yard pass from Walker to Henderson. The kick failed leaving Brainerd up 36-21 with only 7:54 remaining.

Livingston Academy came back going 58 yards in 4 plays with Matthan Houser scoring on a 25-yard run. The 2-point conversion pass from Robert Richardson to Andy Allred made the score 36-29 with 6:22 to go.

On Brainerd's next possession, Houser picked off Walker's pass and ran it back to the Brainerd 29. Richardson then threw to Houser for 14 and Josh Parsons ran for 9 before Houser scored from 6 yards out. The kick sailed wide right, leaving LA trailing 36-35 with 4:46 remaining.

The Wildcats defense forced a punt and after Houser returned it for 12 yards, the Cats were at their own 41 with two minutes left. Richarson threw a pass intending it for Looper which was tipped and caught by Houser for a 3-yard gain. Houser then carried for 10 and Brainerd was flagged for 15 yards, moving it to the Brainerd 32, with a minute and a half left.

After Houser was stopped for no gain, Richardson was sacked and fumbled back near midfield. Brainerd recovered and was able to run out the clock to preserve the 36-35 win.

In the contest, Josh Parsons ran 28 times for 179 yards to go over the 1,000 yard mark for the season while Jeremy McDonald had 12 tackles to move over 200 tackles in his career. The total also left him tied with Josh Parsons for most tackles this season.

Matthan Houser ended his career with 254 all-purpose yards against Brainerd, increasing his school record for total yards to 7,104. Houser had 5 catches for 57 yards to finish with 116 career catches for a school record 2,078 yards and 17 touchdowns receiving. He scored 31 touchdowns overall. Complete season statistics and a salute to the 1999 seniors' careers will appear in next week's NEWS.

Complete Statistics
LA 0-7-14-14-35
at Brainerd 0-7-15-14-36
LA - Josh Parsons 2 run (Joseph McGill kick)
Brainerd - Marcus High 21 pass from Riley Walker (Kenneth Henderson kick)
LA - Jo. Parsons 5 run (McGill kick)
Brainerd - Henderson 10 run (Henderson kick)
LA - Jonathan Cummings 53 run (McGill kick)
Brainerd - Walker 9 run (Antonio Arnold pass from Henderson)
Brainerd - Jermario Thurman 40 pass from Walker (Henderson from Walker)
Brainerd - Henderson 6 pass from Walker (kick failed)
LA - Matthan Houser 25 run (Andy Allred from Robert Richardson)
LA - Houser 6 run (kick failed)

First downs 21 12
Rushing yds. 50-327 27-73
Passing yds. 81 278
Total off. 408 351
Passing 7-12-1 18-36-1
Turnovers 5 1
Punting 0-00.0 3-26.7
Penalties 5-60 8-99
Plays 62 63
Score 35 36

Individual Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-Ints.)
Robert Richardson 7-10-81-0-0; Matthan Houser 0-2-0-0-1

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Josh Parsons 28-179-2; Matthan Houser 9-86-1; Jonathan Cummings 6-72-1; James Parsons 2-16-0; Chris Everley 3-8-0 Sacks Against (No.-Yds. Lost) Robert Richardson 2-(-27)

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 6-57-0; Chris Everley 1-24-0

Kickoff Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 4-78-0; Brandon Smith 1-7-0

Punt Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 2-12-0

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

Kick Scoring (XP-XPA-Total Pts.)
Joseph McGill 3-4-3

Tackles (Primary-Assists-Total)
Jeremy McDonald 9-3-12; Josh Parsons 4-5-9; Matthan Houser 6-1-7; James Parsons 6-1-7; Nathan Randolph 5-1-6; Jonathan Cummings 4-1-5; David Stockton 4-0-4; Derek Knappenberger 2-2-4; Andrew Looper 2-2-4; Matt Copeland 3-1-4; James Clouse 2-0-2; Chris Everley 2-0-2; Ryan Ledbetter 1-0-1; Matt Poston 1-0-1; Jordan Looper 0-1-1; Elliot Vaughn 0-1-1; Brandon Smith 0-1-1

Tackles For Loss (No.-Yds. Lost)
Jeremy McDonald 2-(-3); James Parsons 1-(-1); Derek Knappenberger 1-(-1); David Stockton 1-(-1)


Fumble Recoveries

Interceptions (No.-Yds.-Tds)
Matthan Houser 1-20-0

Passes Broken Up
Matthan Houser 3; Nathan Randolph 1; Jonathan Cummings 1

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Elementary Basketball

Elementary basketball scores for last week for LMS and the Derward Vaughn Classic are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 1
LMS 41, Avery Trace 33

LMS 44, Avery Trace 43

Derward Vaughn Classic
Thursday, Nov. 4
Livingston 63, Wilson 29
Pine Haven 56, Albany 11

Livingston 65, Wilson 41
Albany 62, Pine Haven 57

Saturday, Nov. 6
Allons 48, Macon Co. 33
White Co. 46, Pine Haven 35
Avery Trace 58, Wilson 14
Pickett Co. 32, Rickman 23

Clarkrange 47, Allons 35
White Co. 57, Pine Haven 43
Avery Trace 69, Wilson 45
Pickett Co. 42, Rickman 31

Monday, Nov. 8
G irls
Avery Trace 66, Allons 16
White Co. 45, Rickman 27

Avery Trace 61, Allons 22
White Co. 47, Rickman 40

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Livingston Soccer League Completes Season

The Livingston under-6 teams play against each other during the Saturday, Nov. 6 playday, completing the first season for the newly formed Livingston Soccer League. The league is a member of the Upper Cumberland Soccer Association and had more than 170 participants on 21 teams from ages 3 to 16. Those who played this fall and wish to play in the spring soccer season can receive a discount by signing up now for $20 for 3 year-old, Under-6, and Under-8, and $30 for Under-10 and above. Fees should be sent to UCSA, 1261 Walton Lane, Cookeville, TN 38501. Designation as a Livingston team should be mentioned.


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