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Archives 10-11-2000



White House Vetoes Wildcats
Jr. Wildcats Win Over Avery Trace
Lady 'Cats Soccer Wins One, Ties One

Outlaws Defeat Jackson County



White House Vetoes Wildcats
By Howard Chandler

Jesse Wolfram, #80, looks for room to move in Friday’s loss to White House. Wolfram had two receptions for 86 yards in the game. (photo by Amanda Harris)


Livingston Academy saw their five-game winning streak end by Region 4-3A nemesis White House Friday night in a heartbreaking 17-14 loss. The loss continued the Wildcats losing streak to the Blue Devils to four consecutive losses since the two schools began competing in Region 4-3A in 1997.

It was an emotional contest from the outset as Livingston Academy honored their senior class, the largest in school history, in the last regular season home game of the 2000 season.

White House, who had battled back from an 0-3 start to win three straight, came prepared to spoil the game for the homestanding Wildcats. On the opening drive, the Blue Devils marched methodically down the field on a 73-yard drive to give the visitors the lead. White House quarterback Ryan Hamilton scored from a yard out to put the Blue Devils on the board. Ryan Gardner’s conversion kick made the score 7-0 White House with 5:38 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Wildcats came back, taking the ensuing kickoff and driving inside the Blue Devils 10-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

After both teams' defenses rose to the occasion, resulting in an exchange of punts, White House struck for the big play with quarterback Hamilton finding Brant Lanham behind the ‘Cats secondary for a 76-yard touchdown pass. Gard-ner’s PAT made it 14-0 White House with 8:52 remaining in the first half.

In desperate need of a big play, the 'Cats would get just that with 7:25 remaining in the first half as James Parsons broke free for a 73-yard touchdown run. In an area that has continued to plague the Wildcats the extra point was blocked leaving the ‘Cats trailing 14-6.

After holding White House on its next possession, LA struck the Blue Devils for another big play to get right back in the game. Wildcat quarterback Robert Richardson hit Jesse Wolfram with a pass that Wolfram turned into a 72-yard play as he was tackled at the Blue Devils 1 yard line. Two plays later James Parsons scored his second touchdown of the game to pull the Wildcats within 2 points. Electing to go for a 2-point conversion, Richardson found Andy Allred to tie the game 14-14 and give the 'Cats new life heading into halftime.

The second half turned into a defensive struggle as neither team was able to put together a sustained drive in the third quarter.

White House then turned to heralded running back Shane Dorris and pounded the ball to the Wildcats 2 yard line where, faced with a fourth and goal situation, the Blue Devils decided on sending the field goal unit into the game. Ryan Gardner nailed the 19-yarder to put the Blue Devils up 17-14 with 7:20 remaining.

Livingston Academy could get no deeper into Blue Devil territory that the 40 yard line in their final two possessions and the game ended with White House clinging to a 3-point win.

Livingston Academy, now 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in region play, had 340 yards in the contest. Josh Parsons rushed 12 times for 124 yards and James Parsons had 8 carries for 95 yards to lead the LA offense.

Robert Richardson completed 7 of 17 passing attempts for 138 yards. Jesse Wolfram led the receiving corp with 2 catches for 86 yards. White House, now 4-3 and 3-1 in region play, had 372 yards, led by Shane Dorris, who had 168 rushing yards in the contest.

The Wildcats now begin a three-game road trip by traveling to Greenbrier Friday night.

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Jr. Wildcats Win Over Avery Trace

The Overton County Junior Wildcats continued their undefeated streak with a decisive 42-18 win over Avery Trace Middle School in Cookeville on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

In the first quarter, Avery Trace’s first drive was thwarted by Wilson Cates making an interception. Avery Trace scored 6 points later in the quarter, but a Brian Colson reception turned into a Jr. ‘Cats touchdown with 5:42 left in the period. Then, with 3:17 to go in the quarter, Colson ran 86 yards from scrimmage for a touchdown, then added a 2-point conversion. The Junior Wildcats led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Jr. 'Cats added 6 more points on a Mike Jones touchdown run in the second period, to lead 20-6 at halftime.

Both teams scored in the third quarter, with Avery Trace adding 6 points and Overton County adding 8 on a Brian Colson run and a Mike Jones 2-point conversion.

Avery Trace scored 6 more points in the fourth quarter, but the Jr. 'Cats added 14 to put the game away 42-18. Seconds into the quarter, Colson ran for a TD. Then later in the period, Mike Jones ran for a touchdown. Cody Melton added the 2-point conversion. The Jr. 'Cats defense took care of business for the final round, topped by a Jamey Vaughn smack down of an Avery Trace ballcarrier, causing a fumble recovered by Overton County’s Shawn Gray.

The Overton County offense totaled 314 yards in the game. Brian Colson rushed for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns and a conversion. Mike Jones rushed for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns and a conversion.

The Junior Wildcats were scheduled to travel to Smithville on Tuesday, Oct. 1, then travel to Warren County on Tuesday, Oct. 17 for the final game of the regular season.

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Lady 'Cats Soccer Wins One, Ties One
By Russell Garrett

LA and White County tied 1-1, with Kasey Baltimore scoring for the Lady Wildcats.

LA Coach Rick Sells said of the game, "We played good defense, and took enough shots. We just couldn't get any to fall. We had them down until late in the game and got a handball, which caused the tie."

Earlier in the week, the Lady 'Cats defeated Cookeville 3-1 in a Monday, Oct. 2 home game. Lacey White, Christen Cates, and Tabitha Crabtree all scored for LA.

Coach Sells said, "This is the best game we’ve played all year, because Cookeville is so tough."

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Outlaws Defeat Jackson County
By Howard Chandler

The Overton County Outlaws remained undefeated with a 19-6 win over Jackson County in a game that proved to be a tough test for the Outlaws. The game was tied at 6-6 entering the final quarter before the Outlaws put the game away.

The Outlaws were hurt by penalties and turnovers, according to Head Coach Curtis Hayes. “We have to improve in those areas if we are going to win the conference championship,” he said.

Leading the offense was Jordan Everley who carried 19 times for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 29 yarder with 0:40 remaining in the game to seal the win. Levi Holt rushed for 39 yards and a score while completing 3 of 10 for 39 yards. The offense totaled 199 yards.

Defensively, Ryan Bowman, Jesse Cole, and Brent Carr each had 4.5 tackles with Carr also recovering a fumble. Jake Reeder and Jordan Bailey had interceptions for the Outlaws, who fell behind 6-0 early in the third quarter before scoring 19 unanswered points.







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