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LA Wildcats Defeat Macon County Tigers 31-7
Outlaws Defeated By DeKalb In Championship Games




LA Wildcats Defeat Macon County Tigers 31-7
By Howard Chandler

The Livingston Academy Wildcats charge onto the field at Macon County High School during opening ceremonies of the final game of the regular season.



In a final tune-up before the TSSAA playoffs begin, Livingston Academy coasted to an easy 31-7 win over Macon County Friday night in Lafayette.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 24-0 lead on their first possession of the second half and rested several of their starters from that point on as they began looking toward this week's match-up at Region 3 champion Chattanooga-Brainerd.

The game began with Macon County receiving the opening kickoff and going three plays and out. Wildcat defensive tackle Elliott Vaughn recorded a sack on the third down play to set the tone for the LA defense.

After the Tigers punted, the Wildcats drove 41 yards in 10 plays to set up Joseph McGill's 27-yard field goal, giving the ‘Cats a 3-0 lead.

Macon County failed to move the ball on their next possession and, after forcing a punt, the Wildcats marched 60 yards in 8 plays to score again. The big play of the drive was a 34-yard pass completion from Robert Richardson to Jesse Wolfram. James Parsons got the touchdown from a yard out and with McGill's extra point the ‘Cats led 10-0 with 10:14 remaining in the first half.

After the teams exchanged punts, Macon County found themselves backed to their own 10 as McGill booted a 49 yarder. The Tigers managed to get out to their 25 before punting again.

Jonathan Cummings fielded the 36-yard punt and took it back 25 yards to the Tigers 36. From there the Wildcats moved to paydirt on a four-play drive, as Richardson threw to Jordan Looper for 21 yards and Josh Parsons rambled for 5, before, following an incompletion, Richardson found Cummings for a 10-yard touchdown pass. McGill's kick made it 17-0 with 1:19 remaining in the half.

The Macon County Tigers put together their best drive of the half in the last minute as they moved 36 yards to the LA 30 when on the last play of the half the Tigers 47-yard field goal attempt bounced twice on the crossbar before falling back onto the field.

The Wildcats took the second half kickoff and went 55 yards in 11 plays with Josh Parsons scoring from 6 yards out. McGill's kick put LA up 24-0.

Macon County followed with a 13-play 71-yard drive that consumed the third quarter clock and was climaxed by Daniel Cook's 2-yard touchdown run. Kyle Smith's conversion made it 24-7 with 11:32 left in the game.

Livingston Academy added a final score on its next possession as backup quarterback Josh Walker found Cummings for a 36-yard score with 9:29 left in the contest. McGill's conversion kick made it 31-7. The 74-yard drive consisted of 6 plays and allowed the ‘Cats to play many of their younger players the rest of the way.

Neither team seriously threatened in the game's final nine minutes.

The Wildcats were led offensively by Josh Parsons who carried 12 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, and Robert Richard-son who completed 6 of 13 for 87 yards. Sophomore signal caller Josh Walker completed 2 of 5 for 56 yards.

Jesse Wolfram had 3 catches for 54 yards while Jonathan Cummings had 2 catches for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns, 4 punt returns for 38 and 4 carries for 17, to give him 101 all-purpose yards.

Brandon Smith led the defense with 8 total stops while Elliott Vaughn had 6, including a sack.

The Wildcats, 6-4 overall and 4-3 in region play, are the fourth seed from Region 4-3A and will travel to Chattanooga-Brainerd, 8-1 overall and unbeaten in region play for the TSSAA first round playoff matchup. Brainerd's only loss was 20-14 to Class 4-A Cleveland. The Wildcats have had their playoff runs ended by Brainerd 21-7 in 1997 and 36-35 last year. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m. eastern time, 6 p.m. central.

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Outlaws Defeated By DeKalb In Championship Games

The Overton County Outlaws fell one point short of a second consecutive undefeated season Saturday afternoon, losing 14-13 to Dekalb County in the conference championship game. The Outlaws led 13-0 before Dekalb County mounted a comeback that gave them the 2000 championship.

"Our kids played hard all year and they played hard in this game," said Outlaws Coach Curtis Hayes, who announced his resignation as head coach during the week leading up to contest. "We were 20-1 over the past two seasons, winning the championship game last year, and came up just short this time. We, the coaching staff, are very proud of our players."

The loss ended the Outlaws 20 game winning streak, tied with the 1991-92 teams for the longest in the program's history.

The Outlaws forged to a 6-0 halftime lead on Levi Holt's 2 yard run and added to that on Jordan Everley's 28-yard run with 5:36 to go in the third. Josh Carwile's 1-point conversion made it 13-0 before Dekalb County started their comeback.

Everley led the Outlaws with 10 carries for 81 yards while Carwile had 56 yards on 11 attempts. Levi Holt completed 6 of 10 for 57 yards, but was intercepted twice.

Both teams had four turnovers in the hard-hitting game.

Leading the Outlaws defense were Jake Reeder and Josh Carwile with 9 tackles each.



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