LA Wildcats Defeat Macon County
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
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
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
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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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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