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Archives 09-11-2002



Wildcats fall to Tigers in LA home opener

Outlaws win fourth straight; Jr. Outlaws suffer second loss
Jr. Cats open season with close win
Lady Wildcats soccer team keeps the fire burning
Wildcats golfers suffer season's first loss
Lady Cats take opponents down




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Wildcats fall to Tigers in LA home opener


Amanda Harris Sports Photography

Livingston Academy's Michael Hayes refuses to let go of the Macon County ball carrier, giving time for teammate Michael Poston, #60, to close in to complete the tackle.


The Livingston Academy Wildcats opened up region play last Friday night, Sept. 6, losing to the Macon County Tigers, 16-7.

The first quarter was offensively uneventful. Neither team put out enough of anything to get on the board. Things really got rolling early in the second quarter, though. Junior stand-out Lance Holland returned a kickoff for 67 yards. He then had the ball knocked out of his hands by Macon County's Josh Hudgens.

The Macon County Tigers proceeded to use this against LA, and kicker Kittrell Smith connected on a 33-yard field goal attempt on a 3rd down play with 11:08 to go in the first half. This really set the tone for the game as Macon County would do this again before the night was over.

The next field goal opportunity came with 3:50 left to play in the half on a 3rd down Macon County play. This time the field goal was only for 31 yards. Smith still connected and made the perfect kick.

After that, it just seemed like every positive move Livingston made, something happened to mess it all up. At the half, Macon County posted a 6-0 advantage over the Wildcats.

The third quarter started off slowly, with neither team getting any offensive output, just playing good, solid defense. Then, Macon County did once again what they seem to do best, kick field goals in about the 30-yard range. This gave Macon County a 9-0 lead over the Wildcats with 3:42 to play, and neither team had yet scored a touchdown.

Livingston seemed to be in a different frame of mind as the fourth quarter began and kicked it into overdrive. LA quarterback Wilson Cates intercepted a pass at the LA 30 yard line and took it all the way over to the 41 yard line of Macon County.

After that, the momentum seemed to shift and on 3rd down Cates hit senior standout Joe Nigro with a big pass and the score was only 9-6 in favor of the Tigers. The extra point attempt by LA kicker Wesley Puckett was successful and the Wildcats narrowed the gap to 9-7 with 9:25 to play in the game.

The game was pretty much capitalized by time-consuming penalties until the last two minutes of the game when Macon County drove 27 yards on 4 plays with the football.

Macon County's Jacob Law sprinted 14 yards for the touchdown that sealed the deal and gave the Tigers the win, 16-7. Macon County was led in rushing by Ross Brawner who went for 121 yards on 25 carries. He was followed by Josh Hudson, who ran for 76 yards on 5 carries and Jacob Law, who ran for 61 yards on 11 carries.

LA was led in rushing by Wilson Cates, who had 66 yards on 10 carries, and Brian Colson, who ran for 43 yards on 10 carries.

LA's next action takes place this Friday night, Sept. 13 when the White County Warriors come calling. The game will begin at 7 p.m., with Homecoming festivities preceding the game at 6:15 p.m.

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Outlaws win fourth straight; Jr. Outlaws suffer second loss

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Paxton Eldridge, #7, outraces a Jackson County player in Saturday's Junior Outlaws loss.


Overton County's Senior Outlaws won their fourth game of the season when they defeated Jackson County 31-0 at home on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The outcome of the game was never in doubt as the Outlaws took total control from the start. Many of the Outlaw starters only played the first four minutes of the game.

On the first possession of the game, Jackson County fumbled deep in their own territory with the recovery being made by Josh Beaty.

The Outlaws were able to score four runs later when Cody Brewer made a 4-yard run. The extra-point attempt failed.

Jackson County had the ball and coughed it up again with the Outlaws' Josh Norris recovering.

The Outlaws took two plays to score this time with the final yards being covered by Josh Poston. The extra-point attempt failed.

The Outlaws' third touchdown came 45 seconds after another fumble by Jackson County, when Brewer recorded his second touchdown of the day from 8 yards out. The conversion attempt failed, making the score 18-0.

At this point in the game, most of the Outlaws starters were given the rest of the day off. But the Outlaws tacked on another touchdown right before halftime on a 34-yard run by Ethan McDonald. Hayden Hill ran in the conversion making the score 25-0 Outlaws at halftime.

The only touchdown of the second half was made by the Outlaws when Antheny Ward ran 49 yards on a reverse. After another conversion failed, the final score was 31-0 Outlaws.

Senior Outlaws Individual Statistics

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.)
Justin Poston 4-51-1
Ethan McDonald 3-45-1
Cody Brewer 3-29-2
Antheny Ward 1-49-1
Cody Stafford 3-16
Hayden Hill 3 minus 3

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-Int.)
Brannon McCoin 0-1-0
Hayden Hill 0-1-0
Justin Poston 0-1-0

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.)


Cody Brewer 4
Josh Norris 3
Trey Thomas 2
Justin Poston 2
Clint Warren 2
Timmy Ledbetter 1
Tyler Watkins 1
Dylan Ashlock 1
Caleb Sells 1
Ethan McDonald 1
Hayden Hill 1

Fumbles Rec.
Josh Beaty 1
Josh Norris 1
Josh Patterson 1
Trey Thomas 1

Junior Outlaws
Overton County's Junior Outlaws suffered their second consecutive loss of the season at the hands of the Jackson County by the score of 35-0.

The Outlaws were overmatched from the outset with Jackson County scoring almost at will.

The tone of the game was set early when, after a change of possession, the Jackson Countians went on offense on their own 40.

On the first play, tailback Caleb Stafford rambled 60 yards for the touchdown. This was definitely a sign of things to come as Jackson County scored on five of their six first half possessions.

Stafford finished the first half with over 200 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

Jackson County built a 35-0 halftime advantage.

The Outlaw offense was never able to muster much of anything as Jackson County had total control of the line of scrimmage.

The second half was pretty much non-eventful with Jackson County coasting home with the victory.

The Outlaws will get back into action Saturday, Sept. 14 when they play Fentress County.

Junior Outlaws Individual Statistics

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.)
Kyle Lee 1-10
Paul Daniels 2-4
Lucas Dailey 2-1
Carson Bailey 5 (-8)
Paxton Eldridge 7 (-12)

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-Int.)

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.)


Carson Bailey 7
Paul Daniels 4
Hunter Garrett 3
Kyle Lee 2
Austin Reed 2
Jonathan Melton 1
Dustin Harris 1

Fumbles Rec.


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Jr. Cats open season with close win


Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

John Cody, #30, runs loose with the ball for the Junior Wildcats in Thursday's win over Monroe County, KY.


The Junior Wildcats kicked off their 2002 season with a home game Thursday, Sept. 5 against Monroe County, KY.

The Junior Cats were slightly nervous, which is typical for season-openers, and made numerous mistakes throughout the contest, according to Coach Terry Melton. Livington Middle School did manage to come out the victor, as they beat Monroe County by a 14-6 margin.

"I thought our kids played pretty well," Coach Melton said. "We made a lot of mistakes during the game, but we were able to overcome it during the game.

"The two teams were equal, as far as size, strength, speed ability, and that type of thing. Our team was just lucky enough to come out with the win. We made a couple of plays at the right times to make it happen for us."

Levi Holt provided two of the highlights of the contest with two booming punts, one of which completed its journey 50 yards from scrimmage.

"We were very surprised by those during a game situation," Melton said of the punts. "It was a great boost for our football team."

The Junior Cats scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the contest, the first a 4-yard scamper by Jacob Reeder. After missing the extra point, the score stood at 6-0 in favor of the Junior Wildcats.

Josh Coffee felt it necessary to do his teammate 21 better, scoring on a 25-yard scamper which gave Overton County the win.

"We're only playing about 13 or 14 kids, and we expect a lot out of them," Melton said. "They are going to have to show up every night to play come game time.

"Our kids learned a lot.

"We had two scrimmages during the pre-season, and they were very apprehensive about their abilities; their confidence level was none whatsoever. I think when we practice, their confidence is going to be a lot better and our kids are going to be enjoying themselves.

"They know now what it takes to win a football game."

The Junior Wildcats will have their next opportunity to display their renewed confidence on Thursday, Sept. 12 in a home game against Baxter.



Lady Wildcats keep soccer winning streak going



Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

The Lady Wildcats soccer team continued to win last week by defeating Scott County in Tuesday's home game, then winning over Boyd Christian later in the week.

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team has been busy trying to keep their record unblemished after five games so far this season.

LA played two of those games last week, the first of which was at home on Tuesday, Sept. 3 against Scott County's Lady Highlanders.

The Lady Cats took several shots on goal during the game, with junior Kasey Baltimore taking 6 shots, junior Danielle Thrasher taking 4, senior Tabatha Crabtree, sophomore Katrina Marshall, junior Ferran Stephens, and freshman Jessica McDonald taking 3 apiece, and sophomore Allison Medley taking 2.

The Lady Wildcats weren't the only ones playing offense, however; the Lady Highlanders fired 7 shots at junior goalie Sarah Jowers, of which 6 were blocked.

When all was said and done, the second home soccer game of the season was a success, with LA winning the game by a 6-1 margin.

On Friday, Sept. 6, most of Livingston's attention turned to the first LA home football game of the season, but there was another kind of football being played at Boyd Christian Academy: Livingston Academy's soccer team took a road trip to play a game they hoped would lead to their sixth consecutive victory this season.

The Lady Cats played a good game, taking several shots on goal – Katrina Marshall with a whopping 10, Kasey Baltimore and Danielle Thrasher with 7 apiece, senior Christen Cates with 6, Allison Medley with 4, Tabatha Crabtree with 2, and senior Jenna McCormick with 1.

Goal scorers were Kasey Baltimore with 2, and Danielle Thrasher, Katrina Marshall, Tabatha Crabtree, and Jenna McCormick all with 1 apiece. These goals and a consistently strong defense kept the Lady Wildcats on top of the game after 80 minutes of play, 6-2.

The Lady Wildcats soccer team is well into the middle of its regular season, having played 5 of 12 scheduled games already.

Upcoming soccer games include road games against Friendship Christian Academy's Lady Commanders on Thursday, Sept. 12, and York Institute's Lady Dragons on Tuesday, Sept. 17, with the Lady Cats returning home on September 19 to face off against the Lady Jets of Cumberland County.

Livingston Academy will play the remaining three games of the regular season at home against Mt. Juliet Christian, Friendship Christian, and York Institute respectively.


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Wildcats golfers suffer season's first loss


Entering last week's play, the LA Wildcats were on a serious roll, winning their first 22 games.

They looked to improve upon that impressive mark on Thursday, Aug. 29, when they the took to the links in an afternoon match-up against Smith County, Clarkrange High School, York Institute, and Pickett County.

This match was loaded with competition, but the Wildcats showed no signs of concern in the face of opposition. They managed to chalk up another winning day, sneaking past Smith County by a single stroke, as they put up a score of 153. Pickett County was third with a 164 score, followed by York and Clarkrange, who took 166 and 170 shots respectively.

The Wildcats' only senior golfer, Charles Hammer, nabbed the second lowest score of the day as he scored a 36. Teammates Eddie Sells and Brad West also performed very well, with Sells shooting a 37 and West taking 38 shots.

LA Coach Elizabeth Woodard said, "I thought we all played well. We had three people in the 30s, and one person took 3 strokes out of the 30s. So that's good when you have four people shooting in the 30s like that. That's real good."

The Wildcats were pitted against York Institute, Clark-range, Upperman, and Pickett County at the Ironwood course on Monday, Sept. 2.

No team was even close to matching the score LA put on the board as they smoked their peers, winning with 162 shots. Clarkrange came the closest to matching the stingy Wildcat score, but fell 4 strokes behind the winner. Coming in third place was York, with 173 shots, followed by Pickett County and Upperman who each took 176 and 195 strokes respectively.

Charles Hammer shot a 39 on the difficult Ironwood course, while Eddie Sells came in a stroke back, with Brad West taking 41. Freshmen Justin Monday and Brandon Matthews also meant business, as both popped in at 42 strokes.

"I think we did well," Woodard said. "And I'm glad we got to play there because on Thursday in the sub-district we'll be playing at Ironwood as well."

As is true in all things aside from selected Gobstoppers, all good things must come to an end. Livingston's streak of 26 straight wins did just that in Thursday's game against Pickett County and Upperman, when they lost to Pickett by 4 strokes.

Pickett County displayed a fine score on a tough Southern Hills course, dropping 164 strokes on LA's 168. Upperman fell a shot back of LA and finished with 169 total strokes.

To keep this one from becoming an embarrassment, the LA freshmen did what they could, with Brandon Matthews taking 41 shots, as did Justin Monday. Brad West posted a 42 on the leader board, with Charles Hammer and Eddie Sells each displaying a sub-par performance, taking 45 and 47 strokes respectively.

Coach Woodard explained a positive aspect of Thursday's tough loss.

"Our top two players didn't play as well as they normally do," she said, "and that had a lot to do with us not winning. We're just not used to having those high scores from those two.

"But I think that at this point a loss was good for us, because going into districts, it shows us that we're not invincible. We can't go in too cocky. Sometimes a loss is good."

The Wildcats traveled to Smithville on Monday, Sept. 9, to face DeKalb County, Clark-range, and Pickett County, trailed by an early round on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at White Plains against Cookeville and Warren County to close the regular season.

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Lady Cats take opponents down


Becky Meredith/OCN staff

Lady Cat Althea Allred throws a ball over on the White County Lady Warriors during action Saturday, Sept. 7 at the LA Playday.


Livingston Academy's volleyball team beat the daylights out of their opponents last week to maintain the no-nonsense reputation they've worked hard to establish.

The girls started off their busy week Tuesday night, Sept. 3 with matches against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Monterey High School, and Pickett County High School.

According to Coach Merl Smith, the games were a piece of cake compared to the competition they had been facing.

"We played here and won all the games easily," he said. "We didn't play with a whole lot of enthusiasm, but we did win, so that's on the plus side."

Back on the force was Katrina Beechboard, who had been suffering from a backache.

"Beechboard got back in there and played really strong," the coach said.

The team beat Mt. Juliet Christian 15-5, 15-13. They followed up with a victory over Monterey at 15-4, 15-7. Finally, Pickett County succumbed to the Lady Cats 15-3, 15-4.

"The competition wasn't at the level that we have been playing, but we didn't play with any enthusiasm at all," Coach Smith said.

The enthusiasm level, however, climbed back up Thursday night, when the team hopped their bus to Gordsonsville to face hosts, the Lady Tigers, and the Lady Bulldogs of Red Boiling Springs.

"We played great," Coach Smith said. "We beat Gordonsville, who has a pretty decent team, 15-5, 15-8."

The match against Red Boiling Springs was even easier claimed, as Natashia Melton brought grins to her team when she became the second player in LA history to serve 15 points in a row.

"She got all 15 serves in," Coach Smith said. "We never did rotate."

The second game against RBS was taken by the Lady Cats 15-4.

Mallory Sells was there to share the glory at Gordonsville, even though she was not feeling 100 percent with her shoulder.

"I played her half the time down there and she played in the back row. You could tell she was a little bit rusty," Coach Smith said.

"Her shoulder's still hurting her, but she's playing through it and icing it down after each game. She's still doing her exercises and rehabilitation, but evidently it's going to be there so she's just going to have to play through it.

"That's the reason I'm playing her in the back row rather than the front row – because I don't want her to do much with the shoulder as far as hitting and raising up to set. We're mixing up some girls there," he explained.

At the LA Playday on Saturday, the Lady Cats were powerful as they vanquished all their opponents, with the exception of one.

"We went 4-1," Coach Smith reported. "We beat all the teams except for White County. We lost to White County. We beat Bledsoe County, Cumberland County, Trousdale County, and Macon County.

"It's hard to keep the girls up the entire day, but for the most part, we had about 2 bad games out of the 11 or 12 we played all day. The rest of the time they did great, they did well. I'm very pleased with them,” he applauded the team.

\Playday was also a time when the girls who usually sit out got to see some play.

"We had a game against White County, where we just weren't in the game at all. We were getting beat very badly and couldn't pass, so some girls got to go in there and play in that game.

"Then I did do some mixing up; I didn't put too many in at one time, maybe just substitute one or two at the most, because you can't change the momentum of a volleyball game. A lot of times it will change completely if you try to sub too much.

"They got in a little bit of playing time, plus we're having a B team game tonight and that's going to let some of them play there, too," Coach Smith said Monday.

Scheduled for this week were once again Friendship and Van Buren, both of which the Livingston girls played and defeated on August 29 at Spencer.

Coach Smith didn't expect the same results in this powwow.

"I know both those teams are better," he said. "I understand that Friendship had a middle blocker out sick in the last game, and then I think Van Buren is going to be a lot tougher," he said. "They're going to have a little something to prove because we did play really well against them, but hopefully we can do the same thing."

LA hosted both teams last night, Tuesday, Sept. 10.




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