Livingston Academy Wildcats lose to DCA Wildcats
Outlaws take overtime win over Carthage
Lady Wildcats soccer team keeps the fire burning
LA volleyball girls conquer week's foes
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Wildcats lose to DCA Wildcats
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Eric Huddleston, #16, tries to clear a path for Livingston Academy
quarterback Wilson Cates, #8, during a Wildcats offensive drive
against DCA in Friday's loss.
Much like last week's opening game against Cumberland County, Livingston
Academy's football team was up against a stronger, faster opponent,
Donelson Christian Academy, on Friday, Aug. 31. Not only a stronger
and faster opponent, but one that beat them last year, 38-0.
The game began with the LA Wildcats in possession of the football;
however, they didn't keep it for long as DCA's Mario Calvetti, who
is also the quarterback, intercepted a Living-ston pass to give
the DCA Wildcats possession at LA's 13 yard line.
It didn't take long for DCA to turn that turnover into a touchdown.
The extra point attempt was successful and DCA went up 7-0 midway
through the first quarter.
Livingston wasn't giving up that easily, though. The Cats came
back on the defensive side, and thanks to the excellent backfield
penetration of LA sophomore Brandon Bond, DCA quarterback Calvetti
was sacked back 7 yards during the last minute of the first quarter.
DCA bounded right back when the second quarter began as the Wildcats
of DCA scored another touchdown. Kicker Matt Lanom's extra point
attempt came through and DCA went up 14-0 with 10:05 left in the
first half of the ball game.
LA never really seemed to be getting anything off the ground offensively,
mostly because Lanom put every kick into the endzone, which automatically
left LA starting out their offensive sets at their own 20-yard line.
Livingston looked well on the defensive end of the spectrum, though,
as LA forced DCA to turn over the football almost immediately after
they gained offensive possession. Livingston held onto the football
for quite awhile, but they just couldn't seem to get it over the
stripe. The first half ended with LA behind, 14-0.
The second half began with LA possessing the football. This didn't
go over too well as the LA Cats got hit with a controversial pass
interference penalty, forcing them to give up the football.
DCA then got possession of the football, and after a series of
plays, got it down to the 26 yard line, where DCA kicker Matt Lanom
lined up to attempt a field goal. The try was no good.
LA then gained offensive control of the football, but turned it
over with 5:07 to play in the third quarter. One minute and three
seconds later, DCA turned that turnover into another touchdown and
went up 20-0. Lanom's kick was good and the DCA Wildcats further
increased their lead to 21-0.
Both teams had possession of the football before the end of the
quarter and both teams failed to do anything with it.
LA managed to get the ball rolling a little as the fourth quarter
began. The Cats avoided a DCA blitz and Wilson Cates ran 17 yards
on a carry. On the next play, Cates fumbled the football on the
handoff, but LA senior lineman Michael Poston fell on the football
to save the possession. LA didn't score on their turn with the football,
but standout Lance Holland kicked a beautiful 49-yard punt and landed
it just inside the LA 1 yard line, forcing DCA into a long trip
down the field. DCA managed to make the trip, but fumbled the ball
right at the endzone, giving LA possession.
Livingston failed to make a go of it and was forced to punt the
ball away, and DCA standout Justin Hall scored a touchdown on a
40-yard punt return. This time DCA's extra point attempt was no
good as it was blocked by LA senior Marco Lisi.
The game ended at 27-0.
DCA had 293 yards of total offense Ð 196 on the ground and 97 passing.
Chris Wooden led the way in yards rushing with 130. Mario Calvetti
ran for 33 yards.
Livingston Academy was led in rushing yards by Wilson Cates and
Brian Colson, who ran for 45 and 44 yards, respectively. Whitney
Coleman ran for 7 yards and Marco Lisi ran for 5 in the loss. Throwing
the football, Cates was 9 of 23 for 55 yards.
This Friday night, Sept. 6, LA's Wildcats play their home opener
versus Macon County at 7 p.m.
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take overtime win over Carthage
Overton County's Senior Outlaws ran their season record to 3-0
with a 14-13 win over the Carthage Chargers. The game was decided
by a successful conversion by the Outlaws in overtime.
The first three quarters of the football game were a defensive
struggle, with Carthage getting the better of the line of scrimmage.
Then, two minutes into the fourth quarter, Outlaws defensive back
Josh Espey recovered a Carthage fumble at the Chargers 41 yard line.
The Outlaws needed five plays to cover the 41 yards, with tailback
Ethan McDonald scoring from 2 yards out. The big play in the drive
was a 27-yard run on a reverse by flanker Hayden Hill. Justin Poston
ran in the conversion, giving the Outlaws a 7-0 lead.
But, Carthage came right back, driving 64 yards in 7 plays, with
the touchdown coming on a 32-yard run by Cody Anderson. Anderson
ran in the conversion to tie the game. Regulation ended with the
In overtime, Carthage went on offense first, scoring on third down
on a 1-yard run by Anderson. The Outlaws defense rose up and stopped
Anderson on the conversion attempt, making the score 13-7 in Carthage's
The first three plays of the Outlaws' overtime possession netted
a negative 9 yards. Then, on fourth down and 19, an Outlaw prayer
was answered when tailback Poston completed a halfback pass 19 yards
to Hill for the tying touchdown. The Outlaws conversion attempt
was good when fullback Cody Stafford picked up a fumbled snap and
ran it in, giving the Outlaws the 14-13 decision.
The Senior Outlaws' next game is at home on Saturday, Sept. 7 against
Senior Outlaws Individual Statistics
Outlaws 0 0 0 7 7 14
Carthage 0 0 0 7 6 13
Hayden Hill 1-27-0
Justin Poston 14-17-0
Ethan McDonald 9-1-1
Brannon McCoin 4-12-0
Justin Poston 1-2-19-1
Brannon McCoin 1-4-5-0
Hayden Hill 2-24-1
Josh Norris 7
Cody Stafford 6
Brannon McCoin 5
Ethan McDonald 4
Trey Thomas 4
Josh Beaty 3
Josh Espey 1
Caleb Sells 1
Tracy McDonald 1
Clint Warren 1
Jacob Parsons 1
Josh Norris 1
Josh Espey 1
Overton County's Junior Outlaws suffered their first loss of the
season at the hands of the Carthage Jets by the score of 12-0.
The Outlaws offense was in disarray for much of the game and unable
to mount any kind of threat.
Both teams' defenses played sternly early on, with the first quarter
The game stayed scoreless until midway through the second quarter
when an Outlaws fumble set the Jets up at the Outlaws 35 yard line.
Three plays later, Carthage quarterback Gage Scurlock rambled 26
yards for the Jets touchdown. The conversion failed, making the
halftime score 6-0.
The second half was pretty much the same as the first for the Outlaws,
with many bad exchanges between the Outlaws' quarterback and center.
A fourth quarter Outlaws fumble set up the Jets' final touchdown,
making the final score 12-0 in favor of Carthage.
The Junior Outlaws' next game will be at home against Jackson County
Junior Outlaws Individual Statistics
Outlaws 0 0 0 0 0
Carthage 0 6 0 6 12
Paul Daniels 5-26-0
Kyle Lee 5-13-0
Jonathan Melton 1-1-0
Paxton Eldridge 2-(-5)-0
Paul Daniels 1
Jonathan Melton 6
Paul Daniels 5
Lucas Dailey 4
Carson Bailey 3
Seth Kilgore 3
Kyle Lee 2
Hunter Garrett 1
Justin Ledbetter 1
Tyler Cates 1
Dustin Harris 1
Paxton Eldridge 1
Lady Wildcats soccer
team keeps the fire burning
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
LA's Christen Cates, #14, faces off against a Boyd player in the
Tuesday, Aug. 27 overpowering 7-0 victory.
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats played their first home soccer
game to an enthusiastic crowd on Tuesday, Aug. 26 against Boyd Christian
LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "We had a good crowd out
there. It's always nice to have a nice crowd out there to cheer
us on at home."
The game started off with a bang with 5 goals being scored in the
first half alone. LA's offense pounded the shots at the goal, and
the defense kept Boyd Christian from doing the same.
After the regulation 80 minutes, the Cats had taken the game 7-0.
Goal scorers were Kasey Baltimore, Katrina Marshall, and Danielle
Thrasher with 2 apiece, and Ferran Stephens with 1.
Players with assists were Ferran Stephens, Christen Cates, and
Kasey Baltimore with one each.
Coach King sounded enthused about all the assists.
"An assist in soccer is probably one of the most unselfish
things, setting up another teamate to score," he said. "When
you get some players doing that, you've got a good team. We're starting
to have some players do that.
"We really looked good in that game. We played well and passed
well. The defense played very well that game and got the shutout.
It was a good home opener."
On Thursday, Aug. 29, the Lady Wildcats loaded up the bus and went
to Crossville to play the Cumberland County Lady Jets, a division
"They're a larger school and have a better team," Coach
King said. "They ended up having a few more shots on goal than
we did, but we played very well. It was a physical game, but our
girls did well and held their ground through some intense and physical
The team held on to pull out a 2-0 win. Goal scorers were Katrina
Marshall and Danielle Thrasher.
"(Marshall) scored off of a nice assist from Kasey Baltimore,"
Coach King said. "Kasey set her up and she finished it off
for a really pretty goal. It's exciting to see a nice quality goal
"Danielle Thrasher also had a nice goal, the shot bounced
off the post and went in.
"The defense had a good shut-out. They had more pressure on
them than they have in past games, but we expected it because they
(Cumberland County) are really a good quality team. The girls and
myself are really excited about the win.
"It was a really good win for us. We played well and passed
really well. That's one thing I've noticed: From game to game the
girls keep improving, passing more and becoming less timid."
Through all this gameplay, the girls seem to be holding up very
well, with no serious injuries plaguing the team.
"We've got a couple of girls with nicks and bruises, a few
banged up ankles," Coach King said. "There's a few with
some blisters and one or two with a pulled back, but nothing major."
Coach King gave the girls Monday off to rest and recuperate.
"Hopefully we'll come back Tuesday healthy and ready to go
against Scott County at home," he said of the Tuesday, Sept.
After that game, the girls are scheduled to go on the road for
four games Ð Boyd Christian, Mt. Juliet Christian, Friendship Christian,
and York Institute. The team returns home for the remainder of the
season's four games starting with the September 19 game against
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LA volleyball girls
conquer week's foes
By BECKY MEREDITH, OCN staff
The thoughts of a long Labor Day weekend didn't bog down the Lady
Wildcats volleyball team last week as the girls outplayed and outwitted
every team they faced.
First in line was a Tuesday night match against Smith County, followed
by play against Upperman.
LA Coach Merl Smith was not pleased with the girls' play against
the Smith County Lady Owls, but he let it slide as his team stole
the match 15-4, 15-9.
"We just didn't play well," he said regretfully.
The Lady Cats' play was still not its best starting out the match
against Upperman's Lady Bees, but the girls recovered and gained
back their competitive attitude.
"We played very poorly the first game," Coach Smith said,
"but came back to finish up strong."
LA won the second game 15-2, and then took a 15-13 victory in the
The girls travelled to Spencer on Thursday, Aug. 29 to face Friendship
Christian School of Lebanon and host Van Buren County High School.
A match between Friendship and Van Buren gave Coach Smith an idea
of how each team was running and which team had more stamina.
"Friendship had split with Van Buren, and Van Buren had beaten
them, but in three games,Ó he said.
Friendship threw a couple of curves at LA, requiring extra effort,
but LA was pumped and would prevail.
"We struggled just a little bit in the first game at 15-13,Ó
Coach Smith explained, "but then we came back 15-4 and played
The Lady Cats expected a bigger battle from Van Buren, but the
Lady Eagles weren't up to par by the time they walked out on the
court to face LA.
"We had played them earlier in the year and had beaten them,
barely, but we played wonderful last night. We beat them 15-2, 15-3.
And that's probably the best our team has played all year, in that
game there," Coach Smith bragged on the girls.
"I thought by watching the two teams play that they might
be able to outserve us and maybe outpass us," he admitted,
"but as it turned out, we did all the serving and Tosha Melton
served as well as I've seen her serve. Out of 30 points we scored
against Van Buren, she probably scored 15 of them."
Considering Livingston had two girls out of commission, the team
Katrina Beechboard played only briefly in the first game against
Friendship because of a backache.
"I saw it was hurting her and I took her out," Coach
April Handy took Beech-board's place in the front row.
"She did a really good job. Had some balls hit down, blocked
a few, dinked a few, she didn't hardly make any mistakes."
He also reported that Aspen Allen covered for Beechboard in the
back row and did a really good job.
The other player the team had to do without was Mallory Sells,
who is suffering from shoulder pains.
"She has got something wrong with her shoulder. Looks like
it may be tendonitis or something like that. So she didn't play
at all,Ó the coach said.
He believes playing the game has aggravated Sells' shoulder, as
she has done quite a bit of serving in her volleyball career.
"Of course, she's a cheerleader too, so she's lifting and
all those things. We're just going to let her rest for a while and
see if that will help," he explained.
In her stead Thursday night was Rachel Ramsey.
"Rachel played all the way around and she did a good job,"
Coach Smith said.
He believed they had a strong chance of beating their upcoming
opponents in last Friday's report to OCN.
He said of the Mt. Juliet, Monterey, and Pickett County teams,
which were scheduled to play LA last night, "They're not as
strong as Friendship or Upperman or Van Buren or Jackson, I don't
The teams from Red Boiling Springs and Gordonsville didn't seem
like too big a threat either.
"They've only had a team for two years, but they are making
improvements," he said. "I haven't seen them this year,
but the last two years, they made big improvements."
The Lady Cats will host their annual playday on Saturday, Sept.
7. The all-day event will have several area teams playing against
each other for practice and a good time.
LA will play Cumberland County's Lady Jets, White County's Warriorettes,
Bledsoe County's Warriorettes, Trous-dale County's Lady Yellow Jackets,
and Macon County's Lady Tigers.
"The girls are really looking forward to it," Coach Smith
Overall, he was proud of his team's success last week.
"They were really fired up at last night's (Thursday's) game.
They had a lot of enthusiasm. I just sat back and watched them play.
It was enjoyable, very enjoyable," he praised.
"I thought Kelly Thurman just really played probably about
as well as she's played all year long. She hit the ball in the court
just about all the time, had some hard hits, played a great net
"Thea Allred always gives me great net play, but I thought
Kelly kind of stood out last night.
"And Tosha Melton Ð she's been a little inconsistent on her
serving, but she was really consistent last night."
So if LA's girls live up to what the coach knows they can do, they
will doubtlessly have no problem this week pulverizing their adversaries,
whether they have all their players back or not.
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