Wildcats fall to Tigers in LA home opener
Outlaws win fourth straight; Jr. Outlaws suffer
open season with close win
Lady Wildcats soccer team keeps the fire burning
Wildcats golfers suffer season's first loss
Lady Cats take opponents
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Wildcats fall to Tigers
in LA home opener
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
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
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
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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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.
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
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
Brannon McCoin 0-1-0
Hayden Hill 0-1-0
Justin Poston 0-1-0
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
Josh Beaty 1
Josh Norris 1
Josh Patterson 1
Trey Thomas 1
Overton County's Junior Outlaws suffered their second consecutive
loss of the season at the hands of the Jackson County by the score
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
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
Kyle Lee 1-10
Paul Daniels 2-4
Lucas Dailey 2-1
Carson Bailey 5 (-8)
Paxton Eldridge 7 (-12)
Carson Bailey 7
Paul Daniels 4
Hunter Garrett 3
Kyle Lee 2
Austin Reed 2
Jonathan Melton 1
Dustin Harris 1
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Jr. Cats open season with
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
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
"We were very surprised by those during a game situation,"
Melton said of the punts. "It was a great boost for our football
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
"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
Lady Wildcats keep
soccer winning streak going
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
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
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
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
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
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
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
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
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
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
By BECKY MEREDITH, OCN staff
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
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
"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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