'Cats Fall To Brainerd 30-13
In First-Round Playoff
LA Girls Soccer Team
Closes Season In Region
LA Cross Country Closes Out 2000 Season
LA Wildcats Defeat
Macon County Tigers 31-7
By Howard Chandler
Jonathon Cummings, #32, piled up 150 all-purpose
yards in the first round playoff game.
Livingston Academy saw the 2000 football season end with a 30-13
loss Friday night at Chattanooga-Brainerd. The first round TSSAA
playoff loss marked the second consecutive year the Wildcats have
lost to Brainerd in a first round game.
The Panthers took control of the game early using their vaunted
passing attack to move the ball against the Wildcats defense. Quarterback
Tyrus Ward connected with wide receiver Jamicheal Caldwell for a
52-yard touchdown pass on the Panthers first possession to set the
tone for the explosive Region 3-3A champions. Ward ran the conversion
in himself to make it 8-0 Brainerd in the early going.
After the Wildcats failed to get the offense generated, Brainerd
went back on the attack with Ward finding Caldwell again, this time
from 16 yards out, for the second Brainerd touchdown. Marcus High
hauled in a Ward pass for the 2-point conversion to make it 16-0
Brainerd midway through the opening quarter.
Livingston Academy's leading tackler and second leading ballcarrier
injured a shoulder in the opening period and would not return for
the remainder of the game, thus dimming the Wildcats hopes even
In the second quarter the Panters struck quickly with senior Kenneth
Henderson fielding a Joseph McGill punt at his own 15 and then racing
for an 85-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed but Brainerd
was off to a 22-0 lead.
The shocked Wildcats put together their only touchdown drive of
the first half to cut into the Brainerd lead. Tailback Jonathan
Cummings found paydirt on a 6-yard touchdown run to pull the 'Cats
closer. After Joseph McGill's PAT the Wildcats trailed 22-7.
Brainerd, however, was not ready for halftime yet as the Panthers
put together one final drive, mixing the passing of Ward and the
running of Toney Owens to march for yet another score. Owens reached
the endzone on a 2-yard run, and, after the extra point failed,
the Panthers led 28-7 at intermission.
In the second half the Wildcats went almost exclusively with a
ground oriented attack in order to keep the ball away from the Panters.
Neither team reached the endzone as Brainerd seemed content to allow
the clock to tick behind the running of Owens.
In the final quarter, the Brainerd defense reached the scoring
column by bottling up Cummings in the endzone for a safety. The
score gave Brainerd a 30-7 cushion.
The Wildcats continued to ground it out offensively reaching the
endzone late in the contest on Josh Parsons' 1-yard touchdown run.
A 2-point conversion attempt failed making the final score 30-13.
The 9-1 Panthers advance to host White House next week while the
6-5 Wildcats see their season come to an end. The Wildcats, who
had advanced to the second round or beyond for four consecutive
years, have now lost in the first round in back-to-back seasons.
The 21 seniors playing their final game at LA ended their careers
with a 29-17 record, including four straight playoff appearances.
During the contest Josh Parsons, who rushed for 67 yards on 19
carries, moved past Mark Ogletree into third place on the school's
all-time rushing list, with 2,491 yards, 20 yards short of second
place held by Greg McDonald. Matt Garrett holds the record with
Jonathan Cummings put together another 100-yard all-purpose game
with 62 rushing, 68 in kickoff returns and 20 in punt returns for
150 total yards.
Robert Richardson completed 2 of 6 for 6 yards as he finished his
career with 2,393 passing yards.
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LA Girls Soccer Team
Closes Season In Region
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy girls soccer team completed the 2000 season
by winning the season championship in District 9-A/AA with a perfect
LA advanced to the Regional Playoffs but was defeated by Portland
in the first round by a score of 2-1. Scoring for the Lady 'Cats
came from freshman Casey Baltimore with one goal. LA finished the
season with a record of 13-5.
"We really improved this year," said Coach Rick Sells,
"we went from winning only 5 games to winning 13, and should
be even better next year."
Several LA players were honored with post-season awards, Lora Brady,
Tabitha Robbins, Christen Cates, Danielle Thrasher, and Casey Baltimore
were named all district, and Senior Lacey White was named District
MVP. In the regional tournament, Lacey White and Lora Brady were
Scoring for LA this season Casey Baltimore led scoring with 10
goals, followed by Lora Brady with 9 goals, Lacey White scored 7
goals, Danielle Thrasher scored 5 goals, Christen Cates scored 2
goals, Ferran Stephens, Tabitha Crabtree, Jenna McCormick, and Deidra
Garrett each scored 1 goal.
Country Closes Out 2000 Season
By Russell Garrett
The Livingston Academy Cross Country Team completed
the 2000 season at the Burnett Memorial Invitational in Cookeville
on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Placing for the girls, Heather Petry placed 4th, Heather
Walker placed 20th, Rebekah Melton placed 37th, and Rachel Tollett
placed 40th. The boys placed 5th as a team. Placing individually
for the ‘Cats, Josh Krack placed 7th, Casey Hunter placed 25th,
Eric Huddleston placed 27th, Jacob Cobble placed 41st, Bo Byers
placed 21st, and Colin Smith placed 36th.
The 'Cats then traveled to Gallatin for the Midstate
Championship on October 18. Two LA girls competed in this competition,
Deidra Garrett placed 27th and Heather Walker placed 43. Placing
for the boys in this meet Josh Krack placed 34th, Casey Hunter placed
60th, Eric Huddleston placed 80th, Jacob Cobble placed 83rd, Kyle
Story placed 95th, and Bo Byers placed 77th. Josh Krack was also
named to the All Midstate Cross Country Team.
LA then competed in the Regional Meet on October
26. Scoring well for the girls Deidra Garrett placed 5th, and Heather
Walker placed 7th. For the boys, Josh Krack finished 4th. Both the
boy's and girl's teams failed to qualify for the State tournament
but Deidra Garrett, Heather Walker, and Josh Krack advanced to the
State Meet as individuals.
Earlier in the season LA competed in the Tennessee
Classic on September 16. The girls team placed 20th. Individuals
placing for the Lady ‘Cats were Deidra Garrett who placed 68th,
Heather Petry placed 81st, Heather Walker placed 115th, Rebekah
Melton placed 173rd, and Rachel Tollett placed 181st.
The boys placed 22nd as a team. Placing individually
for LA, Josh Krack placed 20th, Casey Hunter placed 143rd, Jacob
Cobble placed 176th, Bo Byers placed 100th, Colin Smith placed 155th,
and Thomas Bowman placed 198th.
Next the 'Cats competed in the A.F. Bridges Invitational
on September 23 at the Steeplechase course in Nashville.
The girls placed 21st as a team. Placing individually
for LA, Heater Petry placed 100th, Deidra Garrett placed 106th,
Heater Walker placed 154th, Rebekah Melton placed 268th, and Rachel
Tollett placed 312th.
The LA boy's team placed 23rd. Placing individually
for the ‘Cats, Josh Krack placed 86th, Casey Hunter placed 299th,
Eric Huddleston placed 309th, Jacob Cobble placed 400th, Kyle Story
placed 408th, Bo Byers placed 277th, and Colin Smith placed 311th.
LA's next meet was the Mid-Week Run in Cookeville
on September 26th.
The girls placed 3rd as a team. Placing individually
for the girls Heather Petry placed 6th, Deidra Garrett placed 5th,
Heather Walker placed 14th, Rebekah Melton placed 33rd, and Rachel
Tollett placed 56th.
The boys placed 6th as a team. Placing individually
for LA, Josh Krack placed 4th, Casey Hunter placed 30th, Eric Huddleston
placed 339th, Jacob Cobble placed 54th, Kyle Story placed 67th,
Bo Byers placed 23rd, and Colin Smith placed 32nd.
Several of LA's runners then competed in the Gallatin
Invitational. For the girl's Heather Walker placed 30th. For the
boy's, Josh Krack placed 19th, Casey Hunter placed 64th, Eric Huddleston
placed 68th, Jacob Cobble placed 77th, and Bo Byers placed 67th.
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