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'Cats Open Season At Moore County
Lady ‘Cats Volleyball Team Off To 6-1 Start
LA Soccer Team Takes Tough Loss
Outlaws Open With Wins At Gordonsville



'Cats Open Season At Moore County


The Wildcats offensive line prepares to stop the Moore County defense in Friday's game.
(photo by Amanda Harris)


Livingston Academy Football 8-30 Livingston Academy opened the 2000 football season by winning the statistical battle but losing the game to Moore County in Lynchburg Friday night.

The 16-15 loss came as the result of turnovers, miscues, and missed scoring opportunities on the part of the Wildcats as the Class 1-A Raiders held on to the narrow victory to the delight of the home crowd.

The Wildcats controlled the early going by pinning Moore County deep in their own territory. With field position on the Cats side, however, they failed to cash in, fumbling on each of their first two possessions, first at the Raiders 13 and then at the 3.

Moore County's offense was held in check until after the second fumble when the Raiders All-State runningback Brandon Wells ran through the Wildcats' defense for a 97 yard touchdown. After Matt Weaver added the conversion kick, Moore County led 7-0 with 1:33 remaining in the opening quarter.

Livingston Academy came back, driving to the Moore County 10 before stalling on a fourth down play. The Wildcats defense held the Raiders in check and, after the Moore County punt, Livingston Academy had the ball at their own 45. From there the Wildcats marched to the endzone with the big play, a 35-yard pass from Robert Richardson to James Parsons. Parsons then got the Cats on the board with a 2 yard touchdown run. The conversion kick failed, and LA still trailed 7-6 with 5:21 to go in the first half.

Moore County added to their lead when the Wildcats, forced to punt from their own 24, had a bad snap bounce by Cats punter Joseph McGill and into the endzone. McGill was able to get the ball through the back of the end zone, avoiding a possible Raiders touchdown. The resulting safety gave Moore County a 9-6 lead at halftime.

The Raiders threatened to break the game open on their first possession of the second half, going 56 yards in 7 plays, with fullback Travis Harmon rambling the final 30 for the touchdown. Weaver's PAT gave the Raiders a 16-6 lead with 7:27 to go in the third.

The Wildcats were not about to quit and marched down the field to the Raiders 10 where once again the drive stalled. Joseph McGill nailed a 27 yard field goal to narrow the gap to 16-9 with 3:49 left in the third.

The Wildcats defense stuffed the Raiders on their possession and LA got the ball back at their own 36 with the third quarter winding down. The Cats put together their best drive of the game as the running attack began to wear the Raiders down. James Parsons ran the final 7 yards of the 64 yard drive, to score his second touchdown of the night. The conversion kick again sailed wide right, leaving the Wildcats behind 16-15 with 7:30 remaining.

The final Moore County drive of the night followed however, as the Raiders chewed up the remainder of time left on the clock, aided primarily by two key third and long pass completions for first downs and a fourth down offsides penalty against the Cats at the LA 48 with three minutes remaining. The Wildcats used all of their time-outs, but ultimately the clock ran out on the Wildcats efforts.

The Cats were led offensively by Josh Parsons with 106 yards on 19 carries while James Parsons had 13 attempts for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns. Robert Richardson completed 7 of 22 for 110 yards.

Defensively, the Wildcats held Wells in check with the exception of the long touchdown run as the senior had only 15 carries for 56 yards the rest of the game. Leading the defense were Nathan Randolph with 11 tackles, James Parsons with 10, Brandon Smith 9, and Josh Parsons 9. Michael Hayes had 8 total stops from his defensive tackle position.

Jonathan Cummings, who had 5 tackles, had 4 for lost yardage and recorded the only sack for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats, now 0-1, will host Springfield Friday night in their first Region 4-3A game of the year.


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Lady 'Cats Volleyball Team Off To 6-1 Start
By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are off to a winning start in the 2000 volleyball season, posting wins over White House and Macon County in the season opener at Lafayette on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Coach Merl Smith summed it up with, "They played very, very well. They played great."

The Lady 'Cats defeated White House 15-12, 15-9, then defeated the host team 15-11, 15-7.

The LA team traveled to Sparta on Saturday, Aug. 26 to play in the White County Tournament.

Livingston Academy finished in the top 4 of the 16-team tournament.

The Lady Wildcats won their pool by defeating Glencliff 15-11, 15-7, then Warren County 15-0, 15-10, then Beech 6-15, 15-11, 15-5.

In the quarterfinals, Coach Smith's squad defeated Macon County 15-9, 20-18.

"That put us in the final four with Sparta, East Ridge, and Brentwood,” Coach Smith said.

The host team then defeated LA 15-4, 15-1.

With one week's play in the books, the team's record is 6-1.

After traveling to Gainesboro on Tuesday, Aug. 29 to take on a tough Jackson County team, the Lady Wildcats will host Cookeville on Thursday, Aug. 31 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Livingston Academy will host Friendship Christian and Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 5, with games beginning at 5:30 p.m.


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LA Soccer Team Takes Tough Loss
By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer Team opened the regular season with a close 3-5 loss at Sparta.

Lady 'Cats Coach Rick Sells said, "We gave away too many goals."

The White County Warrior-ettes jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, but the young LA team stayed in the game.

"We came right back and scored two goals in a 10 minute period," Coach Sells said. ‘Then we scored on a penalty kick."

The host team tied the game at the half. Sparta scored two goals in the second half, while the Livingston Academy shots went astray.

"We had chances to get it back," Coach Sells said. "One went wide of the goal and one of them hit the goal, stuff like that."

Scoring for Livingston Academy came from a goal each by Lacey White, Lora Brady, and Christen Cates.

"We looked pretty good on offense," Coach Sells said. "We hustled. As far as hustling, you couldn't ask them to do any better, because they didn't quit.

"We have to do a better job on defense. We're going to try to change up the defense a little bit."

After hosting Boyd Christian on Tuesday, Aug. 29, Livingston Academy will host the York Lady Dragons on Thursday, Aug. 31 in a 4 p.m. game.

Of York, Coach Sells said, "We played them in the jamboree and beat them 1-0, that was 30 minutes. They're young, but so are we.

They play real physical."

The Lady 'Cats will travel to play Mt. Juliet Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 5.


Outlaws Open With Wins At Gordonsville
By Howard Chandler

The Overton County Outlaws opened the 2000 season with a 12-6 overtime victory at Gordonsville Saturday afternoon.

The Outlaws, undefeated a year ago, clinched the win on Josh Carwile's 2-yard run in the overtime period. It was Carwile's second touchdown of the game as he scored on a 59 yard run in the second quarter.

Gordonsville had jumped out to an early lead on Tyler Hughes 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

"We didn't play as well as we're capable of playing, but a win is a win," said Head Coach Curtis Hayes.

Carwile led the Outlaws with 87 yards on 12 carries and also led the defense with 14 tackles. Levi Holt completed 2 of 5 for 21 yards with Paul Ragland on the receiving end of both passes. Holt and Joe Stansberry had 7 tackles each while Ryan Bowman had 6 and Jordan Bailey 5.



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