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Archives 2001 10-24-2001



Cats Fall Victim To Portland Runaway Train
Junior Cats Defeated By Warren County
Lady Cats Soccer Team Enters Elite Eight

Jr. Outlaws Finish Perfect Season 8-0
Lady Cats To Compete At State



Livingston Academy Volleyball Schedule 2001
Wed.-Fri., Oct. 24-26 State MTSU TBA

Livingston Academy Football Schedule 2001
Oct. 26 York Away 7:00 p.m.

Outlaw Football Schedule 2001
Oct. 27 Championship Monterey TBA


Reserved Seats Available For Basketball Reserved seats for Livingston Academy's upcoming basketball games are currently available at the high school. Those interested in season tickets should see Coach Danny McCoin.


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Cats Fall Victim To Portland Runaway Train

By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff


Amanda Harris Sports Photography

LA's Jonothan Cummings is pursued by two Panthers in action from Friday's game.



Livingston Academy's Wildcats were thrown for their first region loss Friday night, losing to the runaway train called the Portland Panthers. The defending state champions have now won 24 straight games.

Livingston's loss brings the Cats' overall record to 5-4 and their region record to 5-1.

LA Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "They are rated number one in the state and an excellent, senior-dominated team. We moved the ball offensively, but couldn't stop them on defense."

Portland scored on the first possession, running the ball 14 yards for the touchdown, running Portland up 7-0 after the PAT.

Livingston then answered back with a touchdown of their own, tying the score at 7-7. The score cost the Cats more than they had bargained for though, as LA tailback Jonathon Cummings laid on the ground motionless.

A hush fell over the crowd for several minutes and the Portland Panthers showed a stunning display of sportsmanship, meeting several Wildcat players in the middle of the field and praying with them.

Cummings was carried from the field on a stretcher and taken to Livingston Regional Hospital. He suffered chin lacerations and possibly a mild concussion.

After that, it seemed as though the Wildcats' morale was carried off in the ambulance as well because Portland then took total control of the game.

Portland quarterback Richard DePriest passed to Josh Bolton for their second of many, many touchdowns in the game. They faked the extra point attempt and went for the 2-point conversion instead, running the score to 15-7 in favor of Portland. They scored again with a minute left in the first quarter.

A Panther blocked a Wildcat punt, starting them off at the Livingston 11-yard line. They took the 11 yards in one play and after the extra point attempt led Livingston 22-7 to end the first quarter.

The second quarter was full of Portland scoring. The first score came from a long drive, with the quarterback running the last yard to raise Portland's lead to 29-7.

On their next possession, Panther Jordan Brooks ran 71 yards for another Portland touchdown with 3:18 to play in the first half. This brought the Panthers up 35-7.

Then, DePriest hit Ben Thornton with a 14-yard pass to score yet another touchdown. After the extra point attempt, Portland led Livingston 42-7.

The second half wasn't at all like the first half, with only 15 points scored the the entire half. Portland got on the ball early, sacking LA quarterback Josh Walker in the Wildcat endzone for a safety to give the Panthers a 44-7 lead.

In just a matter of seconds after that, Derek Boyd ran for a 33-yard touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, giving the Panthers a 50-7 lead.

Livingston showed they were down but not giving up. They scored again on a 17-yard pass from Josh Walker to Jesse Wolfram. The PAT was successful, pushing the final score to 50-14.

Livingston had 206 yards of total offense. In yards rushing, James Clouse led with 45. Whitney Coleman, Jesse Wolfram, Shaun Gray, and Marco Lisi combined for 23 yards rushing.

Next week Livingston faces the York Institute Dragons at Jamestown for their last regular-season game. If Livingston wins this game, they will clinch a playoff berth.

Coach Eldridge said of next week's bout, "They'll probably play well. They have the best team they've had in six or seven years.

"We'll have to play well, especially with the real possibility of being down an integral player."


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Junior Cats Defeated By Warren County

The Overton County Junior Wildcats were shut out by Warren County 35-12 last week.

Warren County scored in the first quarter on a run from scrimmage and made the conversion to go ahead 8-0.

The Jr. Cats were forced to punt, and Warren County scored again, making the score 16-0.

Warren County scored again in the second quarter, but missed the point after try, leaving the score at 22-0.

Jr. Cats Coach Terry Melton met with the team during an Overton County drive that brought the team to the Warren County 1 yard line. Quarterback Wilson Cates called his own number and ran in for the score. The conversion failed, making the score 22-6 at halftime.

The third quarter started with Warren County tailback Jevon Ramsey injured and on the sidelines. Warren County began a drive after the opening kickoff taken on their own 43. The drive went to the 11 yard line before fizzing out when the Jr. Cats defense kept them out of the endzone on four downs.

The Jr. Cats took over on the 1 yard line, with 99 to go for a touchdown. Jamey Vaughn moved the Jr. Cats out for a yard, then QB Cates kept the ball on second down and broke open a 98-yard run for a touchdown, his longest run of the year. The conversion again failed, leaving the score at 29-12.

Warren County scored once more in the fourth quarter to go up 35-12, the most points scored on the Jr. Cats all year.

Wilson Cates led the Jr. Cats in rushing with 119 yards, followed by Brandon Brewer with 24 yards, and Jamey Vaughn with 21 yards.

Jamey Vaughn caught two passes for 5 yards, and Kurt Gilbert caught a 1-yard pass.

Wilson Cates led in tackles with 12, followed by Jamey Vaughn with 8, Brandon Brewer with 6, Garvin Davis, Ryan Bowman, Johnathon Preece, and Robert Holt with 3 each, and Beau Massengale, Levi Holt, and Wade Ford with 2 each.


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Lady Cats Soccer Team Enters Elite Eight

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

The 2001 Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer Team has now gone where no Lady Cats soccer team has gone before. A win over Portland last Thursday placed the Lady Cats in the Elite Eight in Class A-AA.

LA Soccer Coach Rick Sells said, "I never would have dreamed that we would be here in this position.

"I knew we were good, and I knew we would win the district. I thought there would be some tough teams we would face to get through the region.

"Portland beat us 2-1 last year and we paid ‘em back this time. We paid them back for the regional championship."

The region championship game, played at Livingston Academy, was a tough defensive battle. LA's Lora Brady broke through in the first half for a goal.

Livingston's defense held the Portland Lady Panthers in check until a fluke handball in the box call with two minutes to go until the half gave the defending region champs a penalty kick, which they quickly converted into a goal put down as a PK in the scorebook.

"She (Danielle Thrasher) turned around and they kicked it right into her and there's not much you can do," Coach Sells said. "The thing killed me because we got a handball, but it wasn't her fault.

"When I saw that handball I thought, ‘Oh no, PK's going to beat us again. PK that's what beat us before, that's what's gonna beat us again."

The second half continued the defensive struggle until Lora Brady gained control of the ball deep in the box, then passed to Kasey Baltimore, who did not miss the opportunity.

Given a 2-1 lead, the LA defense tightened even more and held on to win the region championship.

"Every time they got the ball down the gut, our defense was all over it," Coach Sells said. "Even when they got it deep, our defense was still there.

"They showed a lot of heart, a lot of guts to come back after that handball."

Along with the rest of the defense, Sarah Jowers played exceptional at goalkeeper, which was a carryover of the first round game played at LA on Tuesday, Oct. 16. She allowed no goals in that game.

Livingston Academy defeated Davidson Academy in the first round game 4-0. Danielle Thrasher scored 2 goals, and Christen Cates and Lora Brady each scored a goal.

Though the Lady Cats were ultimately victorious, the Lady Cats' play was not up to par, according to Coach Sells.

"I think we played at their level," Coach Sells said. "I don't think Davidson Academy was that good. Some of those teams in our district were better than them. We played.

"I was glad to get through it winning it. They had one girl who did everything. I asked that coach if she drove the bus. She did everything.

"I was just glad to get through it with the win.

"When we go up against a good team, we have to be our best, we can't let down any. And that's where we're headed now," he said. "When you're to the sectionals you've got those teams that've been playing for a long time and it's going to be tough. But we've got the athletes, we can stay with them.

"If we play sloppy in the sectionals, they'll beat us. We can't, so we have to be on our game. I think we'll give them a game.

"We're as good as anybody out there right now. We can beat anybody right now."

The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to host the Class A-AA Sectional against Franklin Road Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The appearance in the sectional is the highest level a Livingston Academy soccer team has achieved.

"I give all the credit to the girls because all year they've done everything I've asked them to do," Coach Sells said. "They keep hustling. They don't get mad at me when I yell at them. They know it's not personal. They know I just want them to play the best they can."


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Jr. Outlaws Finish Perfect Season 8-0

The Overton County Junior Outlaws finished the regular season Saturday, Oct. 20 with a perfect 8-0 record by defeating DeKalb County 12-0.

The Jr. Outlaws scored for the first time when Adam Wilson caught a screen pass from Hayden Hill and raced 37 yards down the sidelines. After the conversion failed, the score was 6-0.

In their usual fashion, the Outlaw defense was stingy, not allowing DeKalb County to establish any type of offense. Only in the last minutes of the second quarter did the defense show any signs of weakness when they allowed DeKalb to march down to the 27 yard line. But the half expired and the score remained 6-0.

The second half saw both defenses stopping the other offense. The Outlaws would move the ball down the field and then stall and have to give it back to DeKalb County.

Then late in the fourth quarter Overton County was just trying to get another first down so they could run the clock down, when Hayden Hill broke loose up the middle for a 76-yard touchdown. After the conversion failed, the score was 12-0, where it ended.

Coach Kelly Hill said, "We came out ready to play ball, but we still need to work on finishing the series.

"We consistently move the ball up the field and then fail to get any points on the board."

Coach Mark Lee added, "The defense did its usual outstanding job, not allowing DeKalb County any type of rhythm. We will have to keep it up for one more game."

The win put the Junior Outlaws in the championship game Saturday, Oct. 27 at Monterey. The Jr. Outlaws will go up against the junior team from Monterey. Monterey finished the season 8-1, with their only loss coming from the Outlaws.

Coach Lee said, "Our defense will have another tough game. Monterey has some quick kids at the skill positions."

Coach Hill said, "Our offense is going to have to do a better job of blocking up front and controlling the line of scrimmage.

The Jr. Outlaws are scheduled to play in the championship game at 4 p.m.

Senior Outlaws Lose To DeKalb County

The undefeated DeKalb County senior team came to Livingston Saturday looking to keep the record perfect, and that is exactly what they did when they beat the Outlaws 27-0.

The game started out on a bad note when the Outlaws fumbled the opening kickoff and DeKalb County recovered on the Outlaws 45 yard line. DeKalb then marched down the field to score the first touchdown of the day, but the conversion failed, making the score 6-0.

After that initial drive, a defensive battle was on with neither team able to move the ball much until late in the first half. DeKalb got the ball and scored on the last play of the half. After the conversion failed, the score at the half was 12-0.

The second half did not go any better for the Outlaws as the offense showed signs of coming to life and then failed to convert.

DeKalb County scored again in the middle of the third quarter, and with the conversion made the score 20-0. They added another late touchdown and conversion to make the score 27-0, where the game ended.

Coach J.J. Jones said, "We played a horrible ball game as a team. We would get penetration on defense and overrun the ball, miss tackles, and fail to stay in the assigned positions.

"On offense we wouldn't block up front or wouldn't run the ball hard.

"If we expect to do any better in the championship game, we are going to have to play a lot better."

Even with the loss, the Outlaws finished 7-2 and tied with Baxter for second place. The head-to-head game going to the Outlaws put the Overton County team in the championship game Saturday. The Outlaws will face DeKalb County once again in that game, which is scheduled for 5:45 at Monterey.


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Lady Cats To Compete At State

By Becky Meredith, OCN staff

Livingston Academy Volleyball Coach Merl Smith feels fantastic and with good reason. The Lady Wildcat volleyball team has gotten past every team who bothered to get in their way this season, Van Buren an exception, and the girls are on their way to state.

Going to the state championship became real to the Livingston team Tuesday evening, Oct. 16 after a strong match against Macon County in the regional tournament.

As in years before, the Macon County team proved good competitors to Livingston, who did not get much of a comfort zone , as the Lady Tigers stayed on their heels throughout the entire match.

The first game was won by LA 15-13. Macon came back with a 15-11 win, but could not meet the 18 points scored by LA in the final game.

"We had a real match right there," Coach Smith said. "That was the key to us going to the state. If we would have lost that one, why, we wouldn't have had a chance."

The next match for LA at the regional tournament was against the seemingly unbeatable Van Buren County High School. Van Buren won the first game of the match 15-13. LA came back with a 15-10 win, but Van Buren was too powerful and beat Livingston in the final game of the match 15-4.

"They beat us pretty good in the final game, but we played really well until the final game. We missed a lot of serves, but other than that, we did everything else pretty well."

The match against Van Buren was not imperative in LA's participating in the sub-state tournament. The top two teams of the region, in this case LA and Van Buren, go to sub-state.

Livingston's rival in the sub-state tournament turned out to be Hume Fogg High School's Blue Knights of Nashville.

"We played there before in the sub-state game and they beat us before, but this time we came out and played real well, didn't miss many serves at all."

Livingston took the match in two games, 15-7 and 15-13.

"The girls did a great job, they've worked really hard, they deserve it. We played a very good match in the sub-state in kind of a hostile environment. They came through and did a great job."

Next for the Lady Cats is the state tournament, where the state's eight greatest teams will compete for the state title.

The teams will be divided into two pools, four teams in each pool.

Livingston Academy is scheduled to play Anderson County High School, Covington High School, and Fred J. Page High School before the single elimination tournament begins.

The four teams that win the single elimination tournament will play in the semi-finals Friday morning, Nov. 8. The two remaining teams will confront each other on Friday afternoon.

"I think we have the roughest pool," Coach Smith said. "Page is defending state champs and they're in our pool. They have everybody back from last year. We played them preseason and they beat us pretty good.

"Anderson County is state runners-up and they have a lot of people back. We played them preseason and they beat us pretty easily. We're better, a lot better than we were at that time, but they probably are too.

"I think Page and Anderson County are the top two teams in the state and they're both in our pool. We'll just have to wait and see. We'll have to play the game.

"On paper, they're the best, but they haven't played us yet, so we'll see what we do."

The state tournament will begin this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 24 and continue through Friday afternoon at MTSU.


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