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Archives 09-27-2000



LA Wildcats Shut Out Sparta Warriors 35-0
Jr. Wildcats Defeat Sparta 20-14l
LA Soccer Girls Lose, Then Win
Lady 'Cats Volleyball Adds More Wins
LA Golf Team Adds Two More Wins
Outlaws Win Over DeKalb County 18-0



LA Wildcats Shut Out Sparta Warriors 35-0

Senior Brandon Smith takes down the White County quarterback for a sack in Friday's win. (photo by Amanda Harris)


By Howard Chandler

Livingston Academy earned its first shutout of the season Friday night by dismantling White County 35-0.

The Wildcats held the Warriors to 19 yards in total offense, including minus 25 yards rushing, to improve their record to 4-1. White County fell to 1-5.

"We felt like White County was going to try to throw the ball and we wanted to pressure the quarterback,” said senior linebacker Brandon Smith, who recorded the Wildcats' first of six sacks in the contest. "We tried to take away the quick passing game and not give them time to throw deep."

While the 'Cats defense dominated the game from the outset, the LA offense had to get warmed up in the first quarter before exploding for 20 points in the second.

The first scoring drive of the game began on the Wildcats' third possession near the end of the first quarter. The 80-yard drive reached the endzone as Josh Parsons scored from 9 yards out. Joseph McGill added the conversion kick to make it 7-0 with 11:06 left in the first half.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Wildcat defense recorded back-to-back sacks to push the Warriors back to their own 5 yard line. Livingston's Matt Mahaney recovered a Sparta fumble at the Warrior 7 on the third down play.

The Wildcats wasted no time in adding to their lead as James Parsons went the distance on the first offensive play. McGill's extra point made it 14-0 LA.

Later in the half, the 'Cats got the ball in good field position at the Sparta 43. This time it took only three plays for the Wildcats to increase their lead. The score came on a 27-yard pass from Robert Richardson to Andy Allred. The extra point attempt was blocked but LA led 20-0.

The third quarter began with LA receiving the second half kickoff. James Parsons returned the kick 20 yards to the LA 35. The 'Cats methodically marched 65 yards in 7 plays with Josh Parsons scoring his second touchdown of the game from one yard out. The 2-point conversion try failed and LA led 26-0.

On White County's next possession, Wildcat senior outside linebacker Andy Allred turned the contest into a rout by making an athletic interception and returning it 45 yards for a touchdown. Allred leaped high into the air to pick off the Josh Lowery attempt with 8:11 remaining in the third quarter. McGill added the PAT to put the Wildcats in control at 33-0.

The Wildcats, using reserves for the final quarter and a half, added a safety in the fourth quarter when a bad snap by White County out of the shotgun resulted in 2 points for the ‘Cats, making the final score 35-0.

It was a fitting ending to a game totally dominated by the Wildcats' defense, who held White County to only 2 first downs.

Tackles for LA were evenly distributed with James Parsons collecting 6, while Josh Parsons, Brandon Smith, Michael Hayes, and Nathan Randolph had 5 each.

Offensively, Richardson completed 8 out of 12 for 122 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Walker completed 1 of 3 for 10 yards. The leading receiver was Jordan Looper with 3 catches for 30 yards.

Running the football, the Wildcats had 183 yards with Josh Parsons leading a host of runners with 54 yards on 13 carries.

Wildcats punter Joseph McGill punted 3 times for 142 yards, a school single game record of 47.3 yard average. He had a long punt of 51 yards.

The Wildcats are now finished with the non-region portion of their schedule as they begin a string of five consecutive Region 4-3A contests by hosting DeKalb County Friday night. The homecoming contest brings Livingston Academy's all-time leader in coaching victories, Don Farley, back to town as coach of the 2-3 DeKalb County Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with the pre-game homecoming activities set to start at 7 p.m.

LA notes:

(1) Josh Parsons needs 19 yards to reach 2,000 career rushing yards. He will become only the fourth player in LA history to reach that mark. Career rushing: 364-1,981. (2) James Parsons needs 97 yards to reach 1,000 career rushing yards.

(3) Four current players have over 100 career tackles including James Parsons, 155; Josh Parsons, 160; Brandon Smith, 112; and junior James Clouse, 106.

(4) Offensively, the 'Cats have scored 178 points, averaging 35.6 per game, on pace to challenge the school record of 366 points (11 games, 1974), an average of 33.3 per game.

(5) Robert Richardson is closing in on 2,000 career yards passing. In his career, Richardson has completetd 124 of 233 for 1,909 yards, 15 TDs, and 13 interceptions.


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Jr. Wildcats Defeat Sparta 20-14

Sparta proved a worthy opponent for the Overton County Junior Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 21.

A Cody Melton rushing touchdown with 5:25 to go in the first quarter put the Jr. 'Cats on the board first at 6-0.

Sparta came back in the second quarter with 14 points. With 1:13 left in the first half, Brian Colson scored a rushing touchdown for the Jr. 'Cats, and Mike Jones ran in a 2-point conversion. The score was tied 14-14 at half-time.

With little more than a half-minute remaining in the third quarter, Brian Colson ran in another touchdown for Overton County to put the Jr. 'Cats ahead 20-14.

The Jr. Wildcats defense then took over. With 4:08 left in regulation, Sparta was driving inside the Jr. 'Cats' 25 yard line when Wilson Cates intercepted a pass in the endzone and ran it out 51 yards. The Junior Wildcats won 20-14.

Quarterback Wilson Cates was 3 for 4 for 43 yards passing.

Matt Reeder caught 2 passes for 26 yards, and Brian Colson caught 2 passes for 17 yards.

Mike Jones led the running attack with 110 yards on 11 carries, and scored a 2-point conversion. Brian Colson ran for 98 yards on 13 carries, and scored 2 touchdowns. Cody Melton had 19 yards on 3 carries, and scored a touchdown.

Colson returned a kickoff 21 yards, and Melton returned a kickoff 12 yards. Wilson Cates returned a punt 11 yards.

Melton led in tackles with 7, followed by Jones with 6.



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LA Soccer Girls Lose, Then Win
By Russell Garrett

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats girls soccer team traveled to Cookeville to face the Lady Cavaliers on Monday, Sept. 18.

The Lady 'Cats fell just short of a victory, losing 3-2. This ran LA's record to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in District 9 play.

"We played well," LA Coach Rick Sells said, "but we gave away a couple of key goals that cost us the win."

Scoring for the Lady ‘Cats came from junior Lora Brady and sophmore Deidra Garrett, both with one goal.

The Lady 'Cats then faced Boyd Christian on Thursday, Sept. 21. LA won by a score of 1-0.

"The defense played really well, and Boyd Christian had a really good goalkeeper," Coach Sells said.

Soring for the Lady 'Cats came from freshman Kasey Baltimore with one goal.

After facing Mount Juliet Christian on Tuesday Sept. 26, LA will host Lebanon on Sept. 30, then will host Cookeville on Tuesday, Oct. 2.




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Lady 'Cats Volleyball Adds More Wins
By Dewain E. Peek

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats volleyball team added seven more wins to their overall record last week, and more importantly, moved into position to at least have a share of the top spot of the district when the district tournament starts on October 9.

The Lady 'Cats opened last week's play against two strong district opponents, Upperman and Jackson County, in games played at Baxter on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The home team won the first game 13-15, then Livingston refused to lose with a 15-12 win in the second game to force Upperman to a third game. The Lady ‘Cats narrowly won the decisive game over the Lady Bees 15-13.

LA Coach Merl Smith said, "I was real happy with the comeback against Upperman. We got down then we came back. Upperman's got a good ballclub."

Jackson County would be no easier for Livingston Academy. The Lady Blue Devils took the first game 13-15 just as Upperman had. The Lady Wildcats surged in the second game to a 15-5 victory, then went on to take the final game 15-11.

Livingston Academy hosted Gordonsville and Monterey on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The Lady Wildcats defeated Gordonsville 15-5, 15-13, then won over Monterey 15-0, 15-9.

The week's play pushed the Lady Wildcats district record to 11-0.

Improvement in the team's defensive play has helped the Lady Wildcats in their recent wins.

"Our defense is getting a lot better," Coach Smith said. "We've played a lot better defensively than we have been.”

The Lady 'Cats traveled to play in a tournament at Glencliff on Saturday, Sept. 23.

"We went 3-3, got second place in the silver division," Coach Smith said of his team.

"We were up and down all day. We played some pretty good teams. We lost to Upperman down there.

"We beat a good Oakland team, 15-7, 15-11, then came back and got beat by them in the silver division finals."

Upperman was the eventual champion. After the weekend's play, LA's overall record stood at 24-7.

After hosting Van Buren County and Pickett County on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in games that could decide the district season championship, the Lady Wildcats will travel to play Cookeville on Monday, Oct. 2.



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LA Golf Team Adds Two More Wins
By Russell Garrett

The Livingston Academy Wildcats golf team hosted a match against Macon County and Red Boiling Springs on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The 'Cats team score of 150 was enough to defeat Macon County's 175 and Red Boiling Springs' 172.

Scoring for the 'Cats, Charles Hammer shot 35, Matt Barefoot shot 37, Brett Bernstein shot 38, Anthony Ognibene and Matt Crawford both shot 40, Matt O'Brien shot 43, and Eddie Sells shot 47.

The ‘Cats will enter the divisional playoffs at the White Plains golf course on Thursday, Sept. 28.



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Outlaws Win Over DeKalb County 18-0
By Howard Chandler

Outlaws Win Over DeKalb County 18-0 By Howard Chandler The Overton County Outlaws won the battle of unbeatens Saturday in Smithville by defeating DeKalb County 18-0 to move into sole possession of first place in the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference. The victory improved the Outlaws' record to 5-0, while DeKalb fell to 4-1.

The Outlaws took control early scoring all three of their touchdowns in the first half. Jordan Everley gave the Overton County team the lead with a 2-yard touchdown run on the Outlaws' first possession. After the conversion failed, the Outlaws led 6-0 with 7:06 left in the first.

In the second quarter, Levi Holt, who passed for 147 yards in the contest, ran for an 11-yard touchdown with 7:49 left in the half. Holt's run completed a 9-play, 75-yard drive and put the Outlaws up 12-0.

Later in the quarter, Jake Reeder scored on a 3-yard run to make the score 18-0 at halftime.

While the Outlaws' defense continued to shut out DeKalb County, the offense rolled up 284 yards.

Levi Holt completed 5 of 12 for 147 yards, while Jordan Bailey had 3 catches for 129 yards.

Josh Carwile led the rushing attack with 43 yards on 10 carries, while Holt had 42 yards on 5 attempts.







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