Wildcats Shut Out By Portland
Jr. 'Cats Win Freedom
Bowl, Finish Undefeated
Lady 'Cats Volleyball Season Ends
Outlaws Defeat Clay County 45-6
Hole-In-One Scored At Hidden Valley
Wildcats Shut Out
By Portland 20-0
By Howard Chandler
Livingston Academy, coming off consecutive
heartbreaking losses, travelled to Portland Friday night to battle
the unbeaten and top ranked Panthers.
The Wildcats refused to be intimidated by
their highly regarded Region 4-3A rivals, however, staying in the
game until the fourth quarter before eventually falling 20-0.
Despite the loss, the team's third straight
after a 5-1 start, the Wildcats clinched a playoff berth for the
6th consecutive year and the 10th time in the last 12 years. Springield's
21-14 victory over Macon County, coupled with DeKalb County's loss
to Greenbrier, gave the Wildcats the region's fourth seed in the
TSSAA playoffs, which are set to begin Friday, Nov. 3. The team
will travel to Chattanooga-Brainerd for the third time in four years
to face the Region 3-3A champions.
The feeling in the Wildcats locker room after
the game was that this team could play with anyone in Class 3-A.
"We could have won this game," said
LA senior tight-end-linebacker Andy Allred. "We
just have to keep playing hard."
Three of the Wildcats four losses have been
by a total of five points and, although Portland won 20-0, the game
was in doubt until the final quarter. The vaunted Panthers rushing
attack could not get into the endzone until the final quarter, and
Livingston Academy's defense continued to rise to the occassion
forcing two turnovers inside the LA 10.
Portland looked as if they might have an easy
night early in the contest as Richard DePriest found his favorite
target, Andrew Garrett, for a 51 yard touchdown on the Panthers
first drive. The score concluded a 6 play, 82-yard drive, and a
Kevin Eakes extra point giving Portland a 7-0 lead with 10:06 remaining
in the opening quarter.
Portland followed that drive by stopping
LA and marching deep in Wildcats territory again only to have an
apparent touchdown called back for a penalty. Livingston struggled
offensively on the next possession and Portland's Josh Jones took
the ensuing punt 41 yards for a Portland score. Eakes conversion
kick made it 14-0 Panthers.
The game would stay this way through three
quarters as the Wildcats defense stopped the vaunted Panther attack,
which had been averaging 36.9 points per game. Meanwhile, the LA
offense began to move the ball and, although they failed to score,
they controlled the clock for much of the game as evidenced by their
offensive plays to Portland's.
The Panthers, clinging to a two touchdown
lead, saw the Wildcats threaten to get back in the game in the fourth
quarter as Cummings picked off his second pass of the night returning
it 41 yards. A personal foul on the return moved the ball to the
Panthers 12 yard line. The ‘Cats advanced to the Portland 9 before
turning the ball over on downs.
Portland got a late score on Brandon Barlow's
14-yard run and after the conversion failed the final margin was
Offensively for LA, Robert Richardson completed
8 of 19 for 88 yards, while James Parsons added 67 yards on the
ground and Josh Parsons had 43.
The Wildcats forced three turnovers in the
game, including the two Cummings interceptions and a fumble recovery
by Brandon Smith at the Wildcat 9 to stop a threat in the thrid
quarter. Portland is now 9-0 overall, 6-0 in region play, while
the Wildcats fall to 5-4 overall, 3-3 in the region.
Livingston Academy closes out the season by
travelling to Macon County Friday night in one final tune-up before
continuing on the road in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs
to face Chattanooga-Brainerd.
Corrections 1) Last week a 12 yard sack credited
to Brandon Smith was actually made by Andy Allred. 2) Jordan Looper's
kickoff return against Greenbrier was reported as 19 yards and should
have been 29 yards.
The NEWS regrets the errors and we apologize
for any inconvenience they may have caused.
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Jr. 'Cats Win Freedom
Bowl, Finish Undefeated
Member of the victorious Overton County Junior Wildcats give the
"We're Number One" salute after defeating Macon County
38-16 in the Freedom Bowl at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium on Saturday
night, Oct. 21. The win gave the Junior Wildcats a perfect 10-0
record for 2000.
The Overton County Junior Wildcats completed an undefeated season
with a win in the Freedom Bowl on Saturday night, Oct. 21. The Jr.
'Cats dominated the game, winning 38-16 over Macon County.
Offensive Player of the Game Brian Colson ran for 212 yards on
9 carries, scoring touchdowns on a 70-yard run in the first quarter,
a 19-yard run in the third and a 54-yard run in the third. He also
caught a pass for 39 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter.
Mike Jones ran up 101 yards for the Jr. 'Cats on 3 carries, scoring
on a 55-yard run. He also scored a 2-point conversion. He returned
an interception 22 yards in the third quarter, and had 5 tackles.
Quarterback Wilson Cates was 3 for 3 passing for 68 yards, connecting
on a touchdown pass to Colson in the second quarter. He also rushed
for 17 yards on 3 carries. He made 4 tackles in the game.
Defensive Player of the Game Matt Reeder had 5 tackles, but also
had 3 catches for 2-point conversions.
Others contributing on offense were Jake Peterson, who had a 30-yard
catch, Kurt Gilbert, who had a 4-yard catch, Jamey Vaughn, who ran
for 12 yards on 3 carries, and Jonathan Maynard and Cody Melton
who each ran for 3 yards.
Jeremy Sells had a fourth quarter interception and 2 tackles.
Along with Reeder and Jones, Cody Melton, and Shawn Gray also had
5 tackles in the game. Along with Cates and Colson, Jamey Vaughn
and Brandon Bond also had 4 tackles.
Anthony Matthews, Casey Coleman, Shane Hostutler, Kodak Hendrien,
and Jacob Coffee each had 3 tackles. D.J. Allred, Brandon Brewer,
and Jeremy Sells each had 2 tackles.
Earlier last week, the Junior Wildcats closed out the regular season
with a 28-6 win over Warren County on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
In the first quarter, Wilson Cates recovered a fumble and ran 43
yards for a touchdown. Cates then threw a pass to Wesley Puckett
for the 2-point conversion to put the Jr. 'Cats ahead 8-0.
With 2:37 remaining in the first quarter, Cates struck again, this
time returning a punt 34 yards for a touchdown. Brian Colson ran
in the 2-point conversion to put the Jr. ‘Cats to 16-0.
The Junior Wildcats defense took over for the remainder of the
first half and kept the score at 16-0 to halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Cody Melton ran in a touchdown to push
the lead to 22-0.
The defense kept control in the third with Brandon Brewer stopping
a Warren County drive by recovering a fumble.
Seconds into the final frame, Wilson Cates intercepted a Warren
County pass and returned it 14 yards. Approximately one minute later,
Mike Jones ran 61 yards for a touchdown to give the Jr. 'Cats 28
points for the game.
Warren County scored 6 points in the final frame, but that was
all they could score.
Shawn Gray led the Jr. ‘Cats in tackles with 6, followed by Jones,
Colson, and Melton with 5 each, and Rodney Dempsey, Matt Reeder,
and Brandon Bond with 3 each.
The 2000 Overton County Junior Wildcats outscored opponents 314-112
on the season, averaging 31.4 points scored per game and allowing
an average of 11.2 points per game.
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Lady 'Cats Volleyball
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats volleyball team saw a winning
season come to an end in the region tournament match held at Greenbrier
on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Down 0-8 in the first game, the Lady Wildcats made a charge and
took the lead 12-9. The host team tied the game 12-12, then pulled
ahead 13-12. Greenbrier claimed the first game 15-13.
"The last three points, we just made some silly mistakes,"
LA Coach Merl Smith said.
"The second game it was 12-10 and we made three quick mistakes
and it was all over."
The Lady 'Cats lost 10-15 in the second game, ending their season.
"We came close, but just couldn't come up with the big play,"
Coach Smith said.
LA junior Jessica Leach was named All-Region.
"She played an excellent game," Coach Smith said, "one
of the better I've seen her play."
"Overall, I thought we had a pretty good year. We went 29-11,
so that's nothing to sneeze at."
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Defeat Clay County 45-6
By Howard Chandler
The Overton County Outlaws completed its second consecutive
undefeated season by beating Clay County 45-6 Saturday night.
The win improved the Outlaws record to 9-0 heading
into the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Association's championship
game against 8-1 DeKalb County. The game is set for Saturday afternoon
The Outlaws extended their winning streak to 20 games
over the past two seasons to tie the program's record for consecutive
wins set in the 1991-92 seasons.
The Outlaws dominated Clay County in the regular season
final, scoring on Jake Reeder's 70 yard kickoff return to open the
game and never looking back.
The Outlaws scored on their next three possessions
as Jordan Everley scored from a yard out, Jordan Bailey caught a
21 yard touchdown pass from Levi Holt, and Cody Brown scored on
an 11-yard run. All four conversion attempts failed but Overton
County led 24-0 midway through the second quarter.
Clay County scored just before half-time to close
out the first half with the Outlaws up 24-6.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Outlaws added
21 fourth quarter points. Matt Fletcher scored on a 3-yard run,
followed by a conversion pass from Daniel Elder to Paul Adkins.
Elder followed the conversion pass by throwing a 32-yard
touchdown pass to Joe Stansbury on the Outlaws next possession.
Fletcher's conversion run made it 39-6.
Blake Vaughn completed the scoring on a 46-yard run
to make the final margin 45-6.
Vaughn led the rushing attack with 116 yards on 8
carries as the Outlaws used 7 different rushers to gain 213 yards
on the ground.
Elder completed 2 of 7 for 35, while Holt completed
1 of 7 for 21. Stansbury, Bailey and Adkins had the receptions.
Jake Reeder led the defense with 4.5 tackles.
Scored At Hidden Valley
A par 4 hole at Hidden Valley Country Club was defeated
recently when Brandon Thomas of Livingston pulled off a nearly impossible
He made a hole-in-one on the 350-yard, par 4, number
7 hole on Monday, Oct. 9. This is the second par 4 to be aced this
year and the first time ever for number 7.
Peck Smith was on hand to witness the event.
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