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Archives 10-04-2000



LA Wildcats Claw DeKalb Tigers 27-7
Jr. Wildcats Shutout York 16-0
Lady 'Cats Soccer Wins Two More
Lady 'Cats Take Season Title
Outlaws Post Wins Over Baxter



LA Wildcats Claw DeKalb Tigers 27-7
By Howard Chandler

Livingston Academy senior Andy Allred, #34, is off to the races after making an interception. Allred ran it home 35 yards for a Wildcats touchdown. (photo by Amanda Harris)



On a night when the Livingston Academy offense appeared to be out of sync the Wildcats used big plays on defense and special teams to earn their fifth consecutive win by defeating DeKalb County 27-7 Friday night.

The homecoming victory kept the Wildcats in a first place tie with Portland in the Region 4-3A race and set up a three game stretch in which the Wildcats face White House at home before visiting Greenbrier and then Portland, the state's top ranked team.

The Wildcats played much of the game without senior quarterback Robert Richardson, who started but played only one series due to a shoulder injury, and senior linebacker-fullback Brandon Smith who suffered a recurring shoulder injury in the second quarter. Already sidelined were James Clouse, a linebacker-fullback and the ‘Cats kickoff specialist Shauz Daniels, with a shoulder and a knee injury, respectively.

The 'Cats got on the board on their first offensive drive after holding DeKalb County to three plays and out. The Cats took only three plays to go 33 yards for the touchdown with James Parsons scoring on a 21-yard run. Joseph McGill added the extra point and LA led 7-0 with 9:04 remaining in the first quater.

The Wildcats found themselves right back in business after Josh Parsons picked off a Matt Brown pass deep in DeKalb County territory. The ‘Cats fumbled at the Tigers 1, however, ending the drive.

Early in the second quarter, the Wildcats defense got LA on the board again as senior linebacker Andy Allred picked off a screen pass and went 34 yards for a touchdown. It was the second consecutive week for Allred to score a defensive touchdown. The extra point attempt was blocked but the ‘Cats led 13-0.

After DeKalb County failed to move the ball on its next possession, Livingston's Josh Cravins blocked the Tigers punt attempt. The ball bounced all the way to the 1 yard line where Allred recovered it.

On the next play James Parsons scored to put the ‘Cats further ahead. Junior Jonathan Cummings added a 2-point conversion run, and with 8:43 left in the first half, LA led 21-0.

DeKalb County finally got on the scoreboard on the last play of the half as Matt Brown threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jamie Hendrix. Carlos Restrepo added the kick to make it 21-7. The 18-yard drive had been set up by a Wildcat fumble.

The Wildcats got the only score of the second half with only 2:17 remaining in the game as Jordan Looper scored on a 31 yard reverse. Again, the Wildcats extra point attempt was blocked making the final score 27-7.

Livingston Academy managed only 220 yards in the contest with James Parsons leading the way with 84 yards on 13 carries. Josh Parsons will have to wait at least another week to cross the 2,000 yard mark in his career as he rushed 15 times for 49 yards.

Josh Walker, playing for the injured Richardson, went to the air only five times completing one for 9 yards.

Defensively, James Parsons had 13 tackles, including a sack, and Micheal Hayes had 10 total stops, including two tackles for lost yardage and a sack.

Allred had the big interception return for a touchdown and recovered the blocked punt, while junior safety Josh Cravins recorded a blocked punt and his third interception of the season.

The 5-1 Wildcats must prepare to face 3-3 White House in the last home game of the season. The always tough Blue Devils started the year 0-3 before their current three game winning streak. The big Region 4-3A contest is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

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Jr. Wildcats Shutout York 16-0

The Overton County Junior Wildcats closed their home season on Thursday, Sept. 28 by shutting out York 16-0.

With one second remaining in the first period, Brian Colson put the Jr. 'Cats on the board with a 49-yard touchdown run. Mike Jones added the 2-point conversion to give the home team an 8-0 lead.

Then, just seconds into the second quarter, Wilson Cates intercepted a York pass and ran it home 31 yards for a touchdown. Brian Colson added the 2-point conversion. The Junior Wildcats lead was now 16-0. Time for the defense to put the visiting team to sleep.

With one second remaining in the first half, Wilson Cates picked off another York pass, this time for 46 yards, but no TD. He closed out the game by intercepting another pass in the fourth quarter.

Shawn Gray led the team in tackles with 10, followed by Mike Jones with 6, Matt Reeder with 5, and Cody Melton with 4.

Jake Peterman led the Jr. 'Cats in receiving with a 35-yard catch. Mike Jones had two receptions for 16 yards.

Brian Colson led in rushing with 12 carries for 104 yards, followed by Mike Jones with 6 carries for 63 yards, and Cody Melton with 5 carries for 16 yards.

After a trip to Cookeville on Tuesday, Oct. 3 to play Avery Trace, the Jr. Wildcats will travel to play Smithville on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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Lady 'Cats Soccer Team Wins Two More
By Russell Garrett

By Russell Garrett The Livingston Academy girls soccer team ran their District 9 record to 6-2 with a win over Mt. Juliet Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Lady 'Cats have now defeated every team in District 9 twice.

"We played well," said Coach Rick Sells, "the defense played really well, allowing one goal on a penalty kick and only one more."

LA defeated Mt. Juliet Christian by a score of 4-2. Scoring for the Lady 'Cats, Lora Brady, Kasey Baltimore, Lacey White, and Danielle Thrasher each contributed one goal. LA took 25 shots on goal.

The Lady 'Cats then hosted Lebanon on Saturday, Sept 30. LA defeated Lebanon 2-0.

"We played really well against Lebanon," Coach Sells said, "they beat us last year 6-0 and 1-0 earlier in the season."

Scoring for LA came from Lora Brady and Lacey White, both with one goal. Goalkeeper Tabitha Robbins got the shut out.

After playing Cookeville on Monday, Oct. 2, the Lady ‘Cats will wrap up the regular season with a home game against White County on Thursday.

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Lady 'Cats Take Season Title
By Dewain E. Peek

Van Buren County and Pickett County stood between the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats volleyball team and a perfect run in District 9A-AA last week. After the Tuesday, Sept. 26 play, they were the regular season champs and the number 1 seed for next week's district tournament, to be held at Livingston Academy.

"I was real pleased with going undefeated in the district," LA Coach Merl Smith said. "We have been beaten by Upperman, but not as far as a district game, it was in a tournament at Glencliff."

First up on the night was Van Buren. The Eagles gave the host Lady 'Cats a tough time, but LA won out 15-11, 15-8.

Livingston then defeated Pickett County 15-3, 15-3. The Lady Wildcats closed the regular district season with a 13-0 record. The Lady ‘Cats overall record is 26-7.

Upperman, Van Buren County and Macon County all had 11-2 records. "They had to flip for it,"Coach Smith said. "Van Buren got second, Macon got third and Upperman got fourth. So Upperman goes into our bracket.

"It's going to be tough for any of those four teams to get out. Anybody could beat anybody on a given night. It's according to who gets hot."

The District 9A-AA Tournament will be held at Livingston Academy beginning Monday, Oct. 9.

"The whole thing is going to be here," Coach Smith said. "We'll be running two courts the first two nights."

The Lady Wildcats get a first round bye, then will play the winner of the Smith County-Trousdale County match. Only the top two teams in the tournament advance to region play.

"Our goal is to come out of there," Coach Smith said. "Last year we got beat in the semi-finals, which hasn't happened very often."

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Outlaws Post Wins Over Baxter
By Howard Chandler

The Overton County Outlaws improved to 6-0 with a 25-6 win over Baxter on Saturday afternoon. The win was actually closer than the final score would indicate as the Outlaws found themselves in a 6-6 tie at intermission while playing without injured tailback Josh Carwile. Jordan Everley led the Outlaws offense with 101 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Outlaws remained unbeaten.

Overton County scored first with Everley scoring on a 13 yard run on a fourth down play with 3:42 remaining in the first quarter.

Baxter came back to tie the score at 6-6 on a 74-yard touchdown run by Josh Payne in the second.

Midway through the third quarter, the Outlaws defense gave them the lead for good when Jake Reeder, who led the team with 7.5 tackles, picked up a Baxter fumble and went 37 yards for the score. Later in the third quarter, Everley broke free for a 40-yard touchdown to give Overton County an 18-6 lead.

Blake Vaughn added a fourth quarter touchdown and Matt Fletcher completed the scoring with the 1-point conversion run to give the Outlaws a 25-6 win.

The Outlaws totalled 272 yards with Levi Holt completing 4 of 12 for 63 and, in addition to Everley, Cody Brown had 34 yards in 12 carriers and Holt 25 in 5 attempts. The defense forced four Baxter turnovers.







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