Cats Go To Triple OT To Win Over Tigers
Juunior Cats Fall To Wayne County
Lady Cats Win District Tournamentt
Outlaws Teams Take Wins Over Baxter Rebels
LA Number One Seed In District
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Cats Go To Triple
OT To Win Over Tigers
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Quarterback Josh Walker and the Livingston Academy offensive line
are set for a drive in Friday's win over the host DeKalb County
By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats won what was possibly their hardest
fought victory of the season last Friday against the DeKalb County
Tigers. The game was won after a triple overtime session played
in the rain.
LA Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "It was a little too exciting
for me, but we came out on top and that's what really matters.Ó
The first quarter was filled with exciting play.
The first scoring came on a Tiger fumble. The touchdown was scored
by James Clouse with a 2-yard run. After LA kicker Joseph McGill's
PAT, the score was 7-0 in favor of Livingston.
DeKalb County answered LA's score with a pass from Tiger quarterback
Matt Brown to runningback Anthony Hamilton with 14 seconds to play
in the first quarter. The extra point attempt was successful, tying
the score for the first of many times during the game.
The second quarter was primarily controlled by Livingston, who
scored the only points of the entire quarter. This came about with
LA quarterback Josh Walker hitting Josh Cravins with a 25-yard pass.
The extra point attempt was successful, moving the Wildcats ahead
on the scoreboard, 14-7.
The second half was relatively quiet offensively for both teams,
with only one score in the half. This single touchdown came with
a pass from Dekalb County quarterback Matt Brown to Jacob Rankhorn
with 4:11 to play in the third quarter. The score was once again
equal for both teams, with defense being the primary function for
both teams for the rest of regulation.
The game then went into overtime.
Livingston began on offense first. Jonathon Cummings ran for one
yard on a fourth down play to put the game in favor of the Wildcats.
The extra-point kick was successful. But it had to be kicked again
because the officials were not ready. Once again, the Cats were
Next, it was the Tigers turn to try to score. And score they did.
Brown hit Hamilton with a 9-yard pass and they powered in for the
other yard, tying the score for what seemed like the millionth time.
So that meant another overtime session. This time DeKalb County
started on offense. They made pretty quick work of it, scoring on
a 10-yard pass play.
Then, Livingston scored with a 6-yard pass from Josh Walker to
Josh Cravins, tying the score at 28-28.
With rain steadily falling, the third overtime began.
After not going too far for a few plays, Livingston had the ball
on a 4th and goal play six yards from the endzone. They lined up
as though they were going to kick a field goal. The Wildcats then
quickly got out of field goal formation and into an offensive set,
drawing DeKalb County offside.
Walker hit Cummings for a 3-yard pass to score their final touchdown.
This moved the score to 35-28 in favor of the Wildcats.
DeKalb County then took their turn and scored on a 6-yard pass
from Brown to Rankhorn. Instead of trying to attempt the extra point
kick, the Tigers went for a 2-point conversion, which failed, thus
giving Livingston the win, 35-34.
James Clouse led Livingston in yards rushing, with 56 yards.
Josh Walker completed 15-of-13 passes with one interception and
three touchdown passes thrown. Josh Cravins had eight catches for
90 yards and two touchdowns.
The win brings Livingston Academy's overall record to 5-3 and 5-0
in region play.
Livingston's next bout is this Friday against the Portland Panthers,
with the kickoff at 7 p.m. at Tom Davis Memorial Field in Livingston.
Coach Eldridge said of the upcoming game, "We'll have to play
well. Portland is a very tough team."
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Junior Cats Fall To Wayne
The Junior Wildcats went north of the border to Wayne County, KY,
on Monday, Oct. 8 and were upended 16-30.
In the first quarter, the home team received the kick-off and their
tailback ran for several short gains before breaking out for a long
run around the end. Safety Wilson Cates slapped the ball out of
his hands to cause a fumble recovered by Josh Carwile on the 30
The Jr. Cats could not capitalize and punted. Three plays later,
Wayne County scored and made a 2-point conversion to go up 8-0.
The second quarter began with Wayne County moving the ball again,
and with 7:48 left in the quarter, the Jr. Cats jarred the ball
loose once more and Wilson Cates made the recovery.
Again the Jr. Cats could not move the ball and had to punt. A touchback
put the ball on the Wayne County 20. The first half ended with the
Coach Terry Melton fired the team up at halftime.
The Jr. Cats came out in the third quarter and scored on a 38-yard
run by Brandon Brewer. Jamey Vaughn made the conversion to tie the
game at 8.
Injuries took a toll in the third quarter with several players
leaving the game, and opening the game up for Wayne County to score
another TD. The 2-point conversion moved the home team ahead 16-8.
The fourth quarter began with Wilson Cates joining the Jr. Cats
To add insult to injuries, Wayne County added two more touchdowns
for another 14 points.
In the closing minutes, Overton County quarterback Levi Holt engineered
the Jr. Cats' second TD on a 42-yard run by Brandon Brewer, and
a 2-point conversion pass to John Lucas White.
Brandon Brewer led the Jr. Wildcats in rushing with 103 yards and
2 touchdowns on 10 carries. Wilson Cates ran for 39 yards on 5 carries,
Jamey Vaughn ran for 26 yards and a 2-point conversion on 8 carries,
and Jake Reeder carried the ball for 2 yards.
Wilson Cates led Overton County in tackles with 12, followed by
Jake Reeder with 7, Jamey Vaughn with 6, Levi Holt with 5, Jacob
Coffee, Wade Ford, and Brandon Brewer with 2 each, and Beau Massengale,
Garvin Davis, and Seth Melton with 1 each.
The Junior Wildcats close out the regular season this week with
a home game against Warren County.
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Lady Cats Win District
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer Team is presented the
District 9-A/AA Tournament Championship plaque after defeating Mt.
Juliet Christian 3-1.
Scores can be deceiving.
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team defeated York
Institute 7-3 and Mt. Juliet Christian 3-1 on the way to the District
9-A/AA Tournament title.
But it wasn't that easy.
In the championship game played Thursday, Oct. 11 at Livingston
Academy, defense ruled in the first half with neither team able
The second half turned around when LA's Allison Medley made a perfect
pass to Lora Brady who nailed it in the net for the first score
of the game.
Later, Katrina Marshall found an open lane from quarter-field
and booted an arrow-straight ground-hugger past the Mt. Juliet goalkeeper.
LA wasn't finished. Danielle Thrasher found an opening and put
in a third goal for the Lady Cats.
Mt. Juliet managed a score in the waning moments of the game.
LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "It's the same story of how
we've done the whole year. The second half we come in and we play
the way we should. A little adjustment at halftime. We got more
shots. That helped us."
Earlier in the week, LA hosted York Institute in the first round
of the tournament.
York drew first blood, but that only served to wake up the Lady
Cats. Danielle Thrasher wouldn't give in and scored LA's first goal
to tie the game. The game remained tied to halftime.
The Lady Wildcats then went wild on the Lady Dragons. Kasey Baltimore
expertly passed to Lora Brady for a goal. Then Baltimore scored
a goal of her own to put LA ahead 3-1.
York tightened the game with a goal to bring it to 3-2. Baltimore
again struck for a goal. Then Lora Brady once more fired in a score,
giving LA a 5-2 advantage. York scored again, but never again.
Allison Medley maneuvered in for a goal, then Lora Brady scored
her third goal of the game to give Lady Cats their final total of
"I was glad to get out of that game with a win because York
is a real physical team," Coach Sells said.
The win gave Livingston Academy home field in the Region 5-A/AA
Tournament game against Davidson Academy scheduled for Tuesday,
"What I want now is for us to make a good showing in the regional,"
Coach Sells said.
"If we play the way we can, we can beat any team out there.
We have the athletes. Nobody can kick the ball better than us.
We can handle the ball.
"We know how to play. We have to keep applying it all the
time, thinking all the time. If we do, we'll be all right.Ó
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Outlaws Teams Win
Over Baxter Rebels
The Junior Outlaws clinched at least a tie for first place Saturday,
Oct. 13 with a 32-0 win over the Baxter Rebels.
The game was lopsided from the beginning. After a quick three
and out, the Jr. Outlaws took the ball 50 yards in two plays for
the first touchdown. Then after another three and out, the Jr. Outlaws
took only one play to score.
On the next defensive series, Antheny Ward intercepted a Baxter
pass and ran it back for a touchdown, making the score 19-0 in the
first quarter. At the half, the score was 26-0.
Coach J.J. Jones said, "We dominated the game from the first
snap. Our defense held the Rebels to zero yards total offense with
The Jr. Outlaws offense had 326 total yards, 260 on the ground
and 60 in the air.
The Junior Outlaws are now 8-0 and will face DeKalb County (7-1)
on Saturday, Oct. 20. A win Saturday will give the Jr. Outlaws a
perfect season and an automatic spot in the championship game on
In a defensive battle, the senior Outlaws took over sole possession
of second place with a 14-8 win over the Baxter Rebels also on Saturday,
At first the game looked to be a solid victory when Stephen Morgan
took the opening kick-off and returned it for a touchdown. After
the conversion failed, the Outlaws led 6-0. Then the defense held
for four plays and out.
Then it happened, a fumble on the Outlaws' first play. But the
Big O defense held again.
Yet again the Outlaws fumbled, this time on the second play. Yet
again the Outlaws D held.
Again the Outlaws fumbled on the first play. With the ball on the
Outlaws 30 yard line, Baxter was able to score. With the 2-point
conversion Baxter took an 8-6 lead with under 4 minutes left in
the first half.
The Outlaws struggled the remainder of the half.
After halftime, the Outlaws' problems moving the ball continued,
but the Outlaws defense was just as stingy. The Outlaws D did not
allow Baxter past their own 40 yard line the entire third quarter.
The great defensive stands kept giving the offense good field position,
which the Outlaws finally capitalized on.
With 4 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Morgan ran up the middle
of the Baxter defense to score the go-ahead touchdown. On an important
extra point try, Brannon McCoin threw a strike to Jonathon Sullivan,
making the score 14-8.
The defense took over again and forced a turnover on downs with
just over a minute to go in the game. The Outlaws took three kneel
downs and the game was over.
Coach Roger Barlow said, "It was a defensive battle and our
defense stood up to the challenge."
Coach Jones said, "We were lucky not to be down by two or
three touchdowns after fumbling on our first four possessions, but
our kids never gave up and kept on giving us their all.
"We told them all week long that if they would give us 110
percent and not leave anything back that we would win this game,
and they did exactly that."
With the win, the Outlaws take over second place with a record
of 7-1. This Saturday, the Outlaws will face undefeated DeKalb County.
An Outlaws victory will put them in a tie for first place, with
the tie breaker going to the Outlaws, which would place the Outlaws
as the top seed in the championship game in Monterey on October
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LA Ends District In
2nd, Competes In Regionals
By Becky Meredith, OCN staff
Renee Melton and Jenna Baltimore meet up at the net to keep Jackson
County's play from coming through in the first of three games against
the Lady Blue Devils at the recent district tournament.
The 9A-AA volleyball district tournament began last Monday night
in Jackson County, though Livingston Academy did not break into
action until Tuesday night, Oct. 9.
The first opponent faced by the Lady Cats was Monterey, who had
defeated Clarkrange the night before.
Livingston glided through the two-game match, and Monterey could
get nothing by.
LA was set until Thursday night, when the winners of the district
title would be determined.
On Thursday night, The Lady Cats were up against the straight-faced
Jackson County Lady Blue Devils, a powerful team who always put
up an amazing fight.
The first game kept Living-ston's girls on their toes, but did
not have them overcome. LA managed to pull a 15-11 game out of the
The second game was a battle that did not look good for LA at its
start. Jackson County beat down Livingston 13-4 in only moments.
But LA would not be kept down. The girls made a mind-blowing comeback
against the Lady Devils. Not only did they meet Jackson County's
13 points, but passed up the Lady Devils as well.
After winning the Jackson County match, the Lady Cats had an hour
break to catch their breath while
Van Buren County High School and Upperman High School competed
against each other. The winner would compete against LA. Van Buren
was restless from the moment they stepped onto the court, beating
the Upper-man Lady Bees 15-5 and 15-6 easily.
In the first game against Van Buren, Livingston Academy did not
come through and lost 9-15. Van Buren, on the other hand, was getting
in all kinds of serves, sets, and spikes.
Status of the match did seem hopeful in game two, though, with
an LA comeback win of 15-13.
The teams went into the final game of the match, and in the rally
points, Van Buren pulled out a 15-12 win.
"I think we missed three serves in that game, which kind of
helped them as far as points are concerned," Coach Merl Smith
said. "We didn't play badly, they just had a good game."
LA was not 100 percent and Coach Smith believes some players could
have done better.
"I was disappointed in a few individuals in that they didn't
communicate well enough, which hurt the team. In a crucial situation,
you have to give it all. I'm not talking about physically, I'm talking
about mentally, too, and I felt like a few of the girls did not
do that in a crucial situation.
"I mean, when you're in the finals of a district tournament,
and it's close, you have to find a way to win, and we didn't find
"I think a couple of them girls thought maybe because they
weren't playing that well or we were behind or whatever, they didn't
have the enthusiasm that they should to bring it back. We kind of
dropped our heads a little bit."
The loss did not have Coach Smith disappointed in the team, though.
"As a team I wasn't disappointed; I was more impressed by
Van Buren coming out and playing well. And that happened to us last
year in the district finals against Macon County. Macon County just
came out hot, and there wasn't anything we could do about it. Hopefully,
that won't happen again, but it's possible. We may be the one who
come out hot next time.
"The Lady Cats would get their chance against Macon County
at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the volleyball regional tournament.
Although the Lady Cats did not win the district title, the regional
was open to them.
Van Buren was scheduled to play Portland on Tuesday after the LA
game. The winners of the two matches, possibly LA and Van Buren,
would face each other and vie for the region title.
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