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LA 'Cats Stunned By Greenbrier Bobcats
Jr. 'Cats Defeat Smithville Saints
LA Girls Soccer Team Wins District Tourney

Lady 'Cats Volleyball Team Takes Runner-Up
LA Golf Team Closes Season In Regional
Outlaws Thrash Upstart Pickett County

 

 

LA 'Cats Stunned By Greenbrier Bobcats
By Howard Chandler

Josh Parsons, #3, rounds the corner on a run for Livingston Academy. He rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the game. (photo by Amanda Harris)

 

Stunned. In one word, that was the description of the Livingston Academy players, coaches, and fans Friday night as Greenbrier fought back from a 14-point deficit to upset the Wildcats 29-28 in a pivotal game in the Region 4-3A playoff race.

The Wildcats dominated the statistical stage of the game accumulating 367 yards to only 215 for the Bobcats and led most of the way but was just unable to put Greenbrier away. The loss left the Wildcats staring at a fourth place finish in the region, barring any major upsets the rest of the way, while Greenbrier clinched a playoff spot and put themselves in position to finish third in region play.

Livingston Academy got on the scoreboard first with 2:55 remaining in the opening quarter as the Wildcats defense forced two early turnovers from Greenbrier. Nathan Randolph picked off a pass on the Bobcats first drive followed by Josh Cravins on Greenbrier's next possession.

The 23-yard drive was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Josh Parsons. Joseph McGill added the conversion kick and LA led 7-0.

Greenbrier came back on a 72-yard drive with quarterback Brandon Holder throwing to Stetson Dickerson for 42 of those yards on the drive's biggest play. Brandon Hajdu scored the touchdown on a 5-yard run. Brandon McMurfry's PAT made it 7-7.

Livingston Academy came right back as Robert Richardson found the game's leading receiver, Andy Allred, for a 33-yard score with 7:52 left in the first half. McGill's extra point put LA back up 14-7.

The 'Cats continued to give up the big play as Jared Cummings hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Norton on Greenbrier's next possession. McMurfry's kick deadlocked the game at 14-14.

Not to be outdone, the Wildcats marched down the field for another score before the half as Richardson hit Jonathan Cummings for a 24-yard touchdown. McGill again nailed the conversion to put the Cats on top 21-14 at intermission.

The 'Cats opened up a two-touchdown margin in the third quarter as Josh Parsons, who led the 'Cats with 130 rushing yards, scored from a yard out. McGill's PAT gave LA a 28-14 lead that would stand through three quarters of play.

In the final period, everything that could go wrong did for the Wildcats. It began with Greenbrier taking advantage of a fumbled punt at the LA 23-yard line. The Bobcats marched from there to paydirt with quarterback Holder scoring on an 11-yard run. McMurfry added the kick to cut the ‘Cats lead to 28-21.

On Greenbriers next possession, the Bobcats marched to the Wildcats 28, when on fourth and 21, Holder found Bobby George open in the corner of the endzone to pull the Bobcats to within a point. After a time-out and much deliberation, the homestanding Bobcats decided to go for the lead instead of the tie. Norton, who had made big play after big play on the night edged into the corner of the endzone on an option play the Wildcats had appeared to have played well against. The score gave Greenbrier their first lead at 29-28.

Livingston Academy's next drive ended with a turnover and the ‘Cats simply ran out of time on their final possession of the contest.

The ‘Cats Robert Richardson completed 10 of 17 for 165 yards with Andy Allred catching 6 for 103 and a score.

Josh Parsons had 21 carries in gaining his 130 yards to lead the rushing attack. The loss drops the Wildcats to 5-3, 3-2 in region play, while Greenbrier improves to 4-4, 4-1 in the region.

The road does not get easier for the Wildcats as they travel to play undefeated Portland (8-0), the state's top-ranked team in Class 3-A.


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Jr. 'Cats Defeat Smithville Saints

The Overton County Junior Wildcats moved to 8-0 with a win at Smithville on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The Jr. 'Cats went up 14-0 on the Saints in the first quarter. With 6:22 remaining in the first, Mike Jones ran 27 yards for a touchdown. The conversion failed. Then approximately a minute later, Wilson Cates connected with Jake Peterman for a 24-yard touchdown reception. Jones added the 2-point conversion. The touchdown was made possible by a Shawn Gray fumble recovery.

Seconds into the second quarter, Brian Colson broke loose for a 61-yard touchdown run. Mike Jones added the 2-point conversion. With 3 minutes remaining in the quarter, Brandon Bond caught a Wilson Cates pass for a 59-yard touchdown reception. Jones added another 2-point conversion to make the score 30-0, which held through to halftime.

Smithville scored in the third quarter to put the score at 30-8, then scored again in the fourth to bring the Saints total to 16 points. The Junior Wildcats added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a Brian Colson 21-yard reception along with a Jamey Vaughn 2-point conversion.

The Junior Wildcats racked up 289 yards total offense in the 38-16 win.

Jr. ‘Cats quarterback Wilson Cates passed for 104 yards, connecting on 3 of 6 for 3 touchdowns. Brandon Bond led in receiving with 59 yards and a touchdown, followed by Jake Peterman with 24 yards and a touchdown, and Brian Colson with 21 yards and a touchdown.

Brian Colson led the Jr. 'Cats in rushing with 147 yards and a touchdown, followed by Mike Jones with 36 yards and a touchdown, and Cody Melton with 6 yards.

Wilson Cates recovered 2 fumble recoveries, and Shawn Gray recovered 1.

Cates led in tackles with 7, followed by Shawn Gray with 6, Cody Melton, Matt Reeder, and Mike Jones with 5 each, and Brian Colson, Brandon Bond, Anthony Matthews, and Rodney Dempsey with 4 each. Jacob Coffee, Brandon Brewer, Jacob Peterman, and Casey Coleman each made a tackle.

The Junior 'Cats were scheduled to close out the regular season at Warren County on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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LA Girls Soccer Team Wins District Tourney
By Russell Garrett

LA wins district tournament over Boyd Christian. The Lady Wildcats then defeated York Institute 2-1 to take the tournament championship. Livingston Academy will now host the runner-up of District 10-A/AA in the region tournament. Game date and time had not been determined at press time.

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Lady 'Cats Volleyball Team Takes Runner-Up

By Dewain E. Peek

From the start of the 2000 season, Coach Merl Smith had one central goal for the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats volleyball team - move out of the district tournament and get in the region tournament. The Lady 'Cats accomplished that goal last week.

"The tournament went very smooth," Coach Smith said. "We played some good volleyball."

The host team for the District 9-A/AA Tournament opened tournament play against Trousdale County on Tuesday, Oct. 10. LA won handily 15-7, 15-2 to move to the semi-final round to face Upperman.

"We had a little lull the first game," Coach Smith said. "We had Upperman 12-7 the first game and couldn't score again."

Livingston fell 12-15 to Upperman in the first game.

The Lady 'Cats came back to win 15-11 in the second game of the loser goes home round.

"We really had to scramble," Coach Smith said.

The deciding round went completely LA's way, with the Lady ‘Cats winning decisively 15-6.

"We didn't miss any serves," Coach Smith said of the key to victory in the final game against Upperman. "We played well against Upperman."

Now, no matter what happened in the championship match, the Lady Wildcats would move on to the region.

In the final match, LA was pitted against Macon County.

"We just ran into a buzzsaw against Macon," Coach Smith said. "We had played them four times, we had beaten them four times, but they had all been close."

"Macon played extremely well," Coach Smith said. "Every one of them played great.

"We did an all right job. They just played better than we did."

Awards were presented at the conclusion of the tournament. LA's Jessica Leach was named regular season District 9-A/AA Most Valuable Player. Jenna Baltimore was named All-District for the regular season.

Lady Wildcats named to the All-District 9-A/AA Team were Jessica Leach, Jenna Baltimore, and Letrice Smith.

The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to travel to Greenbrier for a 5:30 p.m. region game on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

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LA Golf Team Closes Season In Regional
By Russell Garrett

The Livingston Academy golf team concluded the 2000 season after failing to advance to the state tournament from the regional tournament at the Kenny Perry Golf Course in Franklin, KY, on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

"I'm proud of the team and their effort this year." Coach Eddie Linder said, "Our goal was to advance to the region, we accomplished that goal and had a good year."

The Wildcats finished fifth in the regional tournament with a team score of 329. Scoring for LA, Matt Barefoot shot 76, Eddie Sells shot 78, Charles Hammer shot 84, Brett Bernstein shot 91, and Matt O'Brien shot 94.

Although the 'Cats failed to advance as a team, LA golfer Matt Barefoot did advance to the state tournament as an individual.

Before competing in the regional tournament, LA finished third in the district tournament on Monday, Oct. 2. Scoring for the ‘Cats in the district tournament, Matt Barefoot shot 85, Brett Bernstein shot 84, Charles Hammer shot 83, and Eddie Sells shot 82.

 

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Outlaws Thrash Upstart Pickett County
By Howard Chandler

The Overton County Outlaws welcomed the Pickett County Titans to Livingston last Saturday with a 38-0 thrashing. This is Pickett County's first season of football in nearly 30 years.

The Outlaws started the game with Levi Holt throwing a 51-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Bailey. With Gary Massengille adding the conversion, the Outlaws took a 7-0 lead with 7:50 left to go in the first quarter.

The Titans then proceeded to march down the field until the Outlaw defense forced them to punt the ball deep into Outlaw territory. The Outlaws then took the ball back down the field and scored when Jake Reeder ran in from 20 yards out. Cody Brown then added the extra point, making the lead 14-0 with 1:16 left in the first quarter.

After three and out, the Outlaws took over again at the Titans 48 yard line, when Levi Holt ran around the end for another score. After the conversion failed, the Outlaws led the game 20-0 with 6:55 left in the second quarter. On their next offensive possession, the Titans fumbled and Jake Reeder picked up the loose ball and rumbled for 37 yards and a touchdown. The conversion failed and with 3:36 left in the second quarter, the Outlaws led 26-0.

With a commanding lead the Outlaw coaches began making substitutions. On their next possession, Outlaw quarterback Daniel Elder found John Lucas White open for a 22-yard touchdown pass. After the conversion failed, the Outlaws led 32-0 with 0:08 left until halftime.

As the second half started, the Outlaw coaches continued the substitutions, allowing everyone on the team to get a good deal of playing time. During the second half the Outlaws continued to be stingy on the defense. Even after the Titans got a first and goal on the Outlaw 1 yard line, the defense held the Titans out and took over on downs.

The Outlaw offense only had two opportunities on offense in the second half with the first one resulting in a turnover on downs. The second opportunity saw the Outlaw offense, led by Daniel Elder, go 73 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown was set up by a 45-yard run by Cody Brown, which took the ball down to the Titans 18 yard line. On the next play, Blake Vaughn went around the left end for the touchdown and the final score of the ball game. The conversion failed, and with 0:39 left in the game, the Outlaws led 38-0.

The Outlaw offense had eight different players running the ball and two different quarterbacks leading the offense on their way to a 313 yard performance (215 yards rushing, 98 passing). Cody Brown led the way with 70 yards rushing while Levi Holt had a perfect day passing, going 2 for 2 and passing for 76 yards and one touchdown. The defense was led by cornerback Joe Stansbury with 6 tackles.

Overton County will play for a perfect season next Saturday against the Clay County Cardinals. A win next Saturday will give the Senior Outlaws their second perfect season and a chance for back-to-back championship on October 28 in Jamestown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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