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Wildcats Win Opener 20-14
Outlaws Defeat Celina 14-0
LA Volleyball Team Plays At Playday
LA Girls Soccer Loses At Lebanon
LA Golf Team Plays Through Second Week



Wildcats Win Opener 20-14
By Howard Chandler

The game was on the line on a critical third down play in the closing minutes of the season opener when junior quarterback Robert Richardson found senior wide receiver Matthan Houser in the left corner of the west endzone for a 13 yard touchdown pass, giving Livingston Academy a 20-14 victory over Moore County.

The touchdown, Houser's third of the game, came with 1:06 remaining in the contest.

"It was the same play we had scored on earlier in the game," Houser said. "Robert throws that pass well and I just felt like we were going to score as soon as I heard the play called."

Moving back to wide receiver, after spending last season at quarterback, Houser gave high marks to his replacement at quarterback.

"Robert played really well for his first start. He hung in there and didn't get rattled," Houser said. "I thought everbody played hard and that's what it's going to take."

Richardson completed 8 of 14 for 107 yards, and 2 scores, while Houser had 3 catches for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also running for a 9 yard score.

James Parsons had 7 carries for 64 yards and Josh Parsons 17 for 58 to lead the rushing attack, while each of them had 14 tackles to lead the defense.

Chris Everley had 2 key interceptions for the Cats.

The game began with Moore County receiving the opening kickoff at their own 44. On the first play the Raiders Jarrod Waid fumbled and LA recovered. The Cats returned the favor, however, fumbling on their second offensive play.

Neither team mounted much of a drive in the opening quarter with Moore County limited to 7 total yards and no first downs.

Near the end of the quarter the Cats began a 9 play, 48 yard drive, with the big plays a 27 yard pass from Richardson to Andy Allred, and the 15 yard touchdown pass from Richardson to Houser on a 4th and 10 play. Joseph McGill added the conversion and LA led 7-0 with 10:47 left in the second.

Moore County battled back, however, later in the quarter on a 41 yard, 7 play drive, scoring on a 5 yard pass from Jay Murray to Justin Epley. Allen Williams kick made it 7-7 with 4:21 left in the half.

Houser almost broke the ensuing kickoff, returning it to the 44. From there the Cats mounted a drive as Richardson found Houser for 19 yards, then Chris Everley for 24. With time running out in the half, McGill came on to attempt a 30 yard field goal. The kick was blocked however, and the half ended 7-7.

The third quarter was marked by turnovers, the Cats had 2 fumbles and an interception.

The interception came with Moore County threatening and was preceded by a big third and one stop by defensive end Jeremy McDonald. On fourth down, Moore County tried to throw for the first but the ball bounced off the receiver into the hands of Everley who returned it 34 yards to the LA 49.

From there Josh Parsons went for 7,0, and 7 followed by James Clouse for 18. James Parsons then went for 3, Clouse for 7 and James Parsons for no gain before Houser took a pitch from the tailback position and, using a block by Everley on the corner, went 9 yards to score. McGill's kick made it 14-7.

Moore County took 12 plays to go 56 yards, with Jarrod Waid scoring on a 14 yard pass from Murray. Williams kick made it 14-14 with 5:21 left.

The Cats then went 35 yards in 8 plays, with James Parsons rambling 35 yards on the first play to get the drive going.

Richardson, scrambling on 3rd and 11 made 10 yards, and on 4th down Josh Parsons gained 3.

Josh then picked up 2 and Houser 1, before the game winning pass from Richardson to Houser, covering 13 yards. The extra point kick failed, leaving LA up 20-14 with 1:06 left.

The Raiders moved to the LA 43 before Chris Everley sealed the win with his second interception of the game.

The Cats, now 1-0, play at Springfield, Friday night, in the Region 4-3A opener for both teams.

Wildcat Notes: The 1999 edition of the Livingston Academy Wildcats selected captains last week with seniors Matthan Houser and Jeremy McDonald named as team captains and Chris Everley, David Stockton and Matt Copeland selected as co-captains.

The selection came in a vote by their teammates.

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press named their Top 25 Prospects in Tennessee in their Sunday, August 22 edition. Livingston Academy was well represented with senior wide receiver Matthan Houser and senior defensive lineman Jeremy McDonald both named among the Top 25. Also from Region 4-3A were Gerald Turner, runningback, and Luke Dunbar, linebacker, both of Portland. Complete Statistics

LA 0-7-0-13-20
Moore Co. 0-7-0-7-14

LA - Matthan Houser 15 pass from Robert Richardson (Joseph McGill kick)
MC - Justin Epley 5 pass from Jay Murray (Allen Williams kick)
LA - Houser 9 run (McGill kick)
MC - Jared Wade 14 pass from Murray (Williams kick)
LA - Houser 13 pass from Richardson (kick failed)

LA - MC
First downs 13 - 10
Rushing yds. 43-163 - 30-134
Passing yds. 107 - 59
Total off. 270 - 193
Passing 8-14-0 - 9-20-2
Turnovers 3 - 5
Punting 3-29.7 - 3-39.0
Penalties 5-25 - 0-0
Plays 57 - 50
Points 20 - 14

Individual Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-Ints.)
Robert Richardson 8-14-107-2-0

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
James Parsons 7-64-0; Josh Parsons 17-58-0; James Clouse 3-25-0; Matthan Houser 7-23-1; Chris Everley 1-5-0; Robert Richardson 5-6-0

Sacks Against (No.-Yds. Lost)
Robert Richardson 3-(-18)

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 3-47-2; Chris Everley 2-27-0; Andy Allred 2-23-0; Jordan Looper 1-10-0

Kickoff Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 2-44-0; Bryant Harmon 1-7-0

Punt Returns (No.-Yds.-TDs)
Matthan Houser 2-11-0 Punting (No.-Yds.-Avg.-Longest) Matthan Houser 2-61-30.5-36; Chris Everley 1-28-28.0-28

Scoring (TDs-2 pt.-Points)
Matthan Houser 3-0-18

Kick Scoring (XP,XPA-FG,FGA-Points)
Joseph McGill 2-3, 0-1, 2

Tackles (Primary-Assists-Total)
Josh Parsons 9-5-14; James Parsons 8-6-14; James Clouse 7-2-9; Matt Copeland 3-3-6; Jeremy McDonald 3-1-4; David Stockton 1-3-4; Elliot Vaughn 3-0-3; Matthan Houser 2-0-2; Andrew Looper 1-1-2; Derek Knappenberger 2-1-3; Josh Dial 1-0-1; Clint Melton 1-0-1; Steven Barlow 1-0-1; Chris Everley 1-0-1; Jonathan Cummings 0-1-1

Tackles For Loss (No.-Yds. Lost)
Josh Parsons 2-(-3); Matt Copeland 1-(-1); David Stockton 1-(-1); Jeremy McDonald 1-(-1)

Sacks
None

Fumble Recoveries
Matthan Houser (1); 2 more unidentified

Interceptions (No.-Yds.-Tds)
Chris Everley 2-35-0

Passes Broken Up
Matthan Houser (3); Jeremy McDonald (1); James Clouse (1)

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Outlaws Defeat Celina 14-0
By Howard Chandler

The Overton County Outlaws opened their season with a hard fought 14-0 win over Celina, Saturday, using a great defensive effort to earn the shutout.

Beau Massengille led the Outlaws defense with 5 tackles while Jake Reeder, Dustin Rush, and Josh Carwile had 4 each.

The Outlaws offense struggled but found a way to win by using wide receiver Kurt Gilbert as a runner. Gilbert carried 3 times for 68 yards, including both touchdowns on reverses. His first score came on a 27 yard run with 4:04 left in the first. He then scored his second touchdown on a 45 yard run and added the two point conversion on a pass reception from Andrew Dixon.

The Outlaws Jamey Vaughn was injured in the contest and limited to only 21 yards on 6 carries. Josh Carwile had 4 carries for 51 yards. "I was pleased with our defense, but offensively we have a ways to go before we get to where I want us to be," Head Coach Curtis Hayes said.

Complete Statistics Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Int.-2pt.)
Andrew Dixon 2-2-6-0-0-1

Rushing
Kurt Gilbert 3-68-2; Josh Carwile 4-51-0; Jamey Vaughn 6-21-0; Andrew Dixon 2-(-5)-0

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs-2pt.)
Kurt Gilbert 1-3-0-1; Beau Massengille 1-3-0

Tackles
Beau Massengille 5; Jake Reeder 4; Dustin Rush 4; Josh Carwile 4; Anthony Matthews 3; Jamey Vaughn 3; Tyler Sullivan 2; Bryan Scott 2; Kurt Gilbert 2

The Junior Outlaws got points from 7 different plays in cruising to a 39-0 opening win over Celina.

The Outlaws scored first on a 70 yard touchdown pass from James Williams to Jonathan Sullivan with 6:51 left in the first. The conversion failed but the Outlaws led 6-0.

Jordan Everley added the second score on a 16 yard run with 3:06 left in the first. Everley had a 70 yard touchdown called back earlier in the game. James Williams ran in the conversion to make it 13-0.

The second quarter saw the Outlaws tack on a couple more scores, with Will Peterman going 43 yards to make it 19-0, followed by Gary Massengille going 7 yards for a score with 1:34 left in the half.

Williams threw to Steven Morgan for the conversion to make it 27-0 at the half.

In the third quarter Cody Brown went 80 yards for a touchdown and Steve Morgan completed the scoring with a 37 yard run to make the final 39-0.

In the final quarter, the Outlaws 7-year olds got to play with Hayden Hill getting a 9 yard run and Adam Wilson a 1 yard carry.

The defense was led by Lucas Holt with 4 tackles, followed by Joe Stansberry, Josh Coffee, and Hayden Hill with 3.

Complete Statistics Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.- TDs-Int.-2pt.)
James Williams 2-3-73-1-0-1

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2pt.)
Cody Brown 1-80-1; Will Peterman 3-57-1; Steven Morgan 1-37-1; Jordan Everley 4-28-1; Gary Massengille 4-18-1; Hayden Hill 1-9-0; James Williams 1-3-0-1; Adam Wilson 1-1-0

Receiving (No.-Yds.-TDs-2pt.)
Jonathan Sullivan 1-70-1; Steve Morgan 1-3-0-1

Tackles
Lucas Holt 4; Joe Stansberry 3; Josh Coffee 3; Hayden Hill 3; James Williams 2; Will Peterman 2; Steven Morgan 2; T.J. Pendergrass 2; Cory Prestwood 2; Aaron Roysden 2; Lee Gatts 1; Anthony Ward 1

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LA Volleyball Team Plays At Playday
By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Volleyball Team participated in the White County Playday held Saturday, Aug. 28.

Sixteen teams participated in the event. The teams were divided into four-team pools.

LA drew host White County first and came up short, 9-15, 12-15.

Next up was Cumberland County. This time LA was victorious 15-11, 15-10.

The Lady ‘Cats then defeated Goodpasture 15-2, 16-14, to finish second in the pool.

They were then placed against the champion of another pool, Hazel Green, AL, in the final eight. Livingston fell 8-15, 7-15.

LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We didn't play as well as I thought we should have. White County was better than us and so was Hazel Green, but I don't think we played as well as we could have. We missed a lot of serves."

LA will begin District 9-A/AA play this week with a Tuesday, Aug. 31 trip to Van Buren County to play Van Buren, Jackson County, and Clarkrange. Livingston Academy will host Friendship Christian and Pickett County on Thursday, then host Macon County and Monterey on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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LA Girls Soccer Team Loses At Lebanon
By Dewain Peek

The Livingston Academy Girls Soccer Team traveled to Lebanon on Saturday, Aug. 28 for its season opener.

Overmatched by the strong home opponent, LA fell 0-3.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "We played real well though. I was happy with the way they played."

Lebanon was a physical team, a team that had defeated LA 6-0 last season.

"We played with them this time," Sells said.

Goalkeeper LaShaun Living-ston was injured when she was kneed in the head in the game and was replaced by Lacey White for the remainder of the game. Though not a serious injury, Livingston will likely have to sit out the 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 game at Cookeville as a precautionary measure until she is deemed fully recovered.

"That tells you how rough that game was," Sells said.

"We played good and everybody got to play. Everybody hustled, so I was happy about that."

"We just need offense," Coach Sells said. "We play good defense, but we don't have offense. Our problem is getting the ball from the mid-field to the strikers. Until we are able to do that, we won't score any goals."

Thursday's game is expected to be another tough contest for the Lady ‘Cats Soccer Team.

"Cookeville is tough, probably the best team around here. They've got a real good team," Sells said.

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LA Golf Team Plays Through Second Wek
By Dewain E. Peek

It was the best of times, then it was the worst of times for the Livingston Academy Golf Team through its last four matches.

After waiting out a pop-up storm on Monday, Aug. 23, Livingston went out to shoot a 176 on the home course at Hidden Valley, good enough to defeat Celina's 203, but just short of Jackson County's 171.

LA Golf Coach Eddie Linder said, "We felt we were making some strides toward improvement that day. We picked up a win and Jackson County only beat us by five strokes."

Scoring for LA came from Matt O'Brien's 42, Matt Barefoot's 43, Anthony Ognibene's 44, and Colin Smith's 47.

The following day, still on the home course, Livingston shot a 172, one stroke shy of Smith County's 171.

Scoring for LA came from freshman Charles Hammer with a 39, Anthony Ognibene with a 43, Matt Barefoot and Colin Smith with a 45 each.

"This was our best team effort, all year long, so far," Coach Linder said. "Smith County has a very good golf team. They had beat us by 21 strokes previously, so we had made some ground and felt we were improving. We had things going in the right direction."

The wheels fell of the golf cart on Thursday, Aug. 26 at Jamestown when LA shot a dismal 218, losing to Monterey's 179, York Institute's 192, and Clarkrange's 208. Anthony Ognibene was the only Livingston player to shoot in the 40s with a 49.

"We went to Jamestown and didn't have a good day,” Coach Linder said. "By far our worst outing of the year. It was a very tough golf course."

LA came home to Hidden Valley Golf Course on Monday, Aug. 30 to play Upperman and Red Boiling Springs. Upperman shot 165, RBS shot 172, and LA shot 185.

Livingston scoring came from Colin Smith with a 42, Anthony Ognibene with a 46, Charles Hammer with a 47, and Matt Barefoot and Matt O'Brien either with a 50.

"We were disappointed," Linder said. "We really struggled."

The golfing Wildcats looked to rebound Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Smithville against DeKalb County and Cannon County. LA will host York Institute on Thursday, Sept. 2, then travel to Carthage to play Smith County on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

"Hopefully, we can get back down into reasonable scores," Linder said. "The boys are trying and that's all you can ask of them right now. Maybe if they keep working hard things will pan out."

 

 

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