Wildcats chalk up first win of season
Outlaws, Jr. Outlaws defeat visiting Fentress team
defeat Baxter 14-6
Lady Wildcats soccer team keeps record unblemished
LA Wildcat golfers win Sub-District
Lady Cats up for first in
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Wildcats chalk up
first win of season
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Lance Holland, #82, gains big ground for Livingston Academy in
Friday's win over White County's Warriors.
In the movie Dumb and Dumber, the main character is told by his
dream girl that his chances with her are a million to one. Well,
that's how it felt going into Livingston Academy's Homecoming game
last Friday, Sept. 13. The season began rather grimly, with and
0-3 record going into Friday's contest versus the White County High
The beginning of the game looked to be more of the same old stuff
as White County scored a touchdown on the very first possession
of the game.
The Wildcats answered the call and scored a touchdown when they
got the ball, tying the score at 7-7 with 1:26 to play in the first
The second quarter began with a couple of failed offensive attempts
by both teams. Then, LA senior Joe Nigro tackled White County punter
Blake Maxwell, putting Livingston in prime position to score. They
put the TD on the board with 4:06 to play in the second quarter.
The extra point attempt was successful and the Wildcats went up
Livingston continued to punish as Lance Holland intercepted a
bad White County pass to take over offensive possession of the football
with less than a minute to play in the half. LA made quick work
of this with a long pass and a 31-yard touchdown run by quarterback
Wilson Cates. Livingston didn't go for the extra-point attempt and
made a successful 2-point conversion, putting them up 22-7.
The third quarter continued to be dominated by the blue and white
as Joe Nigro once again tackled the White County punter. This time,
Nigro dropped him in the endzone to give the Wildcats a safety and
increase the lead to 17 points, 24-7.
Holland then returned the free kick all the way to the White County
28-yard line. Once again, the Wildcats took advantage of excellent
field position and took it in for the score, putting LA up 30-7.
White County came back and scored a touchdown of their own, primarily
thanks to a 34-yard gain by White County standout Johnny Minnear.
The Warriors' extra point attempt was unsuccessful, adjusting the
score to 30-13.
LA's offense came alive again in the fourth quarter as Lance Holland
took a White County punt and gave it to quarterback Wilson Cates,
who took it 57 yards for the score, putting LA up 36-13. Livingston
didn't try for the extra point and took another stab at a 2-point
conversion. The Wildcats successfully completed it and increased
their lead even more, 38-13.
This game wasn't over, though. Both teams put in their second lines
and continued to pound the ball. LA capped off the game with a 1-yard
touchdown run by backup quarterback Jake Peterman. Wesley Puckett's
extra point attempt was successful and the Wildcats emerged victorious
with a 45-13 win.
White County had 145 yards of total offense. Of these yards, 75
were passing and 70 were on the ground. The Warriors were led in
rushing by Jarvis Williams with 42 yards. He was followed by Buckner
with 41, Minnear with 24, and Martin with 14 yards. Warrior quarterback
Josh Lowery was 5 of 19 passing.
Livingston Academy ground it out for 320 yards of offensive output
for the evening, with 236 yards on the ground and 84 passing yards
from LA quarterback Wilson Cates, who went 5 of 18. LA was led in
yards rushing by Brian Colson, who went for 101 yards, followed
by Whitney Coleman with 46, Wilson Cates with 31, Cody Melton with
26, Lance Holland with 14, Jamey Vaughn with 14, Marco Lisi with
7, and Jake Peterman with 1.
Livingston Academy's record now stands at 1-3 for the season overall
and 1-2 in region play. This Friday, Sept. 20, the Wildcats travel
to Cannon County to play another region contest.
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Jr. Outlaws defeat visiting Fentress team
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Paxton Eldridge, #7, takes off against Fentress County. He ran
for 95 yards in the Jr. Outlaws game.
Overton County's Senior Outlaws survived their second nailbiter
in the past three weeks with a thrilling 6-0 win over Fentress County,
a game, which in the end, was decided by the defenses.
The game started with a bang when the Outlaws' Ethan McDonald
made an excellent 40-yard return of the opening kickoff, but fumbled
and Fentress County recovered on their own 32 yard line. This was
an early indicator of what type of day it would be for the Outlaws,
one filled with mistakes.
For the most part, the Outlaws defense kept Fentress County in
check seemingly always making a big play when they need to. The
Outlaws offense sputtered most of the day caused by turnovers and
several untimely penalties.
Neither team was able to score in the first three quarters. Then,
with 5:38 to play in the game, following a Fentress County punt,
the Outlaws took over on their own 27 yard line. The Outlaws drove
down field, aided by two big runs by Cody Brewer and a key third
down pickup by Brannon McCoin to set up first and goal at the Fentress
County 8 yard line.
The touchdown finally came on fourth down on a quarterback sneak
by Hayden Hill.
Fentress County was able to come right back, driving down to the
Outlaws 5 yard line.
The Outlaws defense thwarted the drive when, on the final play
of the game, Fentress County quarterback Josh Espey was tackled.
The Outlaws defense was spearheaded by Cody Brewer with 9 tackles
and Josh Norris with 7.
After another win, the Outlaws record is 5-0. They will travel
to Gordonsville on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Senior Outlaws Individual Statistics
Cody Brewer 6-64-0
Brannon McCoin 5-21-0
Justin Poston 7-14-0
Hayden Hill 2-11-1
Brannon McCoin 3-3-15
Justin Poston 1-1-26
Hayden Hill 2-26
Ethan McDonald 2-15
Cody Brewer 9
Josh Norris 7
Antheny Ward 5
Cody Stafford 4
Tracy McDonald 3
Josh Espey 3
Trey Thomas 3
Jacob Parsons 2
Ty Eldridge 2
Caleb Sells 2
Overton County's Junior Outlaws stopped their two game losing skid
with a 13-0 victory over Fentress County. This was a game that early
on the Outlaws showed to be the superior team.
The Outlaws offense moved the ball well the whole game and the
defense played as well as they have played all season.
After an exchange of possessions in the first quarter, the Outlaws
took over on their own 30 yard line. They covered the 70 yards in
five plays, with quarterback Paxton Eldridge rambling the final
32 for the touchdown.
In the second quarter, the Outlaws moved the ball well, but were
victimized by several holding penalties. They took a 7-0 lead to
The third quarter was even better when the Outlaws drove the nail
in the coffin. Fullback Kyle Lee broke four tackles en route to
a 36-yard touchdown run. The conversion failed, leaving the score
From this point on, the Outlaw defense dominated the game and completed
the shutout. With the Outlaws winning, their record is now 3-2.
The Outlaws will travel to Gordonsville Saturday, Sept. 21.
Junior Outlaws Individual Statistics
Paxton Eldridge 8-95-1
Kyle Lee 7-70-1
Carson Bailey 4-33-0
Lucas Dailey 3-8-0
Seth Kilgore 3
Paxton Eldridge 3
Paul Daniels 2
Jonathan Melton 2
Lucas Dailey 1
Carson Bailey 1
Dustin Harris 1
Tyler Cates 1
Kyle Lee 1
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Jr. Wildcats defeat Baxter
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Josh Carwile, #5, is glory bound as he outraces the Baxter pursuit
on his way to a touchdown for the Jr. Wildcats.
Overton County Junior Wildcats came into their home game against
Baxter on Thursday, Sept. 12 with their first game under their belt
in the form of last week's victory against Monroe County.
The Jr. Cats did what they had to do against Baxter, and came up
with sweet victory, winning the game 14-6.
Junior Wildcat Head Coach Terry Melton expressed mixed-feelings
regarding the win.
"We played pretty well at times," he said, "but
on some occasions we didn't block as well as I expected from the
players. And that's all up and down, not only the offensive line
but also some of the backfield guys didn't block as well.
"But we did what we had to do to win the football game, and
I was pretty proud of that."
After giving up an opening drive touchdown, Overton County struck
back on a Josh Carwile's 18-yard scamper that put them ahead 7-6.
Just before the close of the first half, Jacob Reeder handed the
game over to the Jr. Wildcat defense with a 3-yard touchdown run,
which contributed to his 100 rushing yard total on the evening.
Melton was pleased with the performance one player in particular
brought to the team. "I thought Reeder played pretty well,"
he said. "We had him at defensive end, and he made some pretty
good decisions on the defensive end spot."
Despite some needed improvements, especially on the defensive side
of the ball, Melton believes his players have what is necessary
to be successful this season.
"We're just an average bunch of kids,hopefully with big hearts,
and we want to win," he said. "I think that's our biggest
asset of our football team. We don't have any stars. We don't have
any super people out there that's doing something outstanding every
"We've just got a bunch of average kids who want to play football
and are doing their very best with what they have to work with."
The Junior Wildcats face their toughest challenge yet in the form
of an away game against Sparta on Thursday, Sept 19.
Lady Wildcats soccer
team keeps record unblemished
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
Some might say the soccer program at Livingston Academy is somewhat
overlooked when school sports are being discussed, but with the
Lady Wildcats playing as well as they have so far this season, one
would be hard-pressed to do so.
The Lady Cats played two games last week, the first being at Mt.
Juliet Christian Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "We didn't play our best
game that day, we had trouble with the small field, with spacing
ourself out and passing. The score didn't show it, but we didn't
play very well."
Despite having troubles on the field, the team pulled out of Mt.
Juliet with a 7-1 victory.
LA striker Kasey Baltimore had the hat trick with three goals,
senior Christen Cates scored a goal, sophomore Katrina Marshall
came up with one goal and one assist, and senior player Rachel Romzek
had one goal from a penalty kick.
But wait, that doesn't add up to seven, does it?
Coach King explained, "They (Mt. Juliet) had one goal they
kicked in themselves, so that's where we got the seventh point."
That not withstanding, Mt. Juliet denied LA the shutout victory
by scoring a goal in the first half of the game.
"We didn't play well, but we kind of learned from it I hope,"
Coach King said.
Just two days later, the Lady Cats moved on to play Friendship
Coach King was enthusiastic about the girls' performance.
"It's probably one of the best games we've played," he
said. "We passed well, talked well, shot well. Our only problem
was we couldn't get the ball in the back of the net. Our defense
was kind of adjusting; one of our normal starters was out."
Friendship managed to score a goal on the Lady Cats defense in
the second half, but LA would not be thwarted. The Lady Wildcats
came out of the game with a 2-1 victory.
"Both of our goals were scored by Allison Medley, and one
of them came off of an assist from Kasey Baltimore," Coach
King said. "I was pleased with the way we played.
"We had one or two shots hit the post...Their keeper just
had a really good game."
Coach King seemed quite impressed with LA's strikers, Kasey Baltimore
and Katrina Marshall.
"What they've been doing is really something they should be
proud of, and it's kind of a reflection of how the team plays. It's
their job to be the finishers, and they do an exceptional job of
it. On the season, we've scored 42 goals, and they've scored 25
So many goals scored by just two people would make it seem like
that's all they do, but the coach said otherwise.
"Those two also lead the team in assists, setting up other
And, according to Coach King, having players so notorious for scoring
can have hidden advantages.
"Teams will cover (our strikers) with two players, which just
opens up other players and gives them opportunities to score."
And score they have. The rest of the team have tallied up 17 goals
so far this season.
"We're playing as a team, but that's the strikers' goal, to
finish for the offense and to put the ball in the back of the net.
They've just done an exceptional job."
With an unblemished record after seven games, it would seem probable
that the team will be looking to play well in the district tournament.
"I'm not worried about it too much right now," Coach
King said, "but we always want to do well. One of our goals
is to win the district. You always want to be playing your best
at tournament time, and that's what we're trying to do is get the
girls ready and get them at their peak right at tournament time."
The Lady Wildcats are not the only team in the region that is undefeated.
York Institute's Lady Dragons share this distinction with LA.
Coach King said, "This is probably one of the best starts
(York's) ever had...a lot of people probably think that this is
their year, so we've got a good challenge ahead of us."
After the Tuesday, Sept. 17 game at York, the Lady Cats will come
back home for a game tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 19 against Cumberland
"They gave us a good game last time," Coach King said
of LA's last meeting with the Lady Jets on August 29.
"We're looking forward to coming home and having our good
home crowd. I'm biased, of course; but I think our fans are the
best, they come out and support us at home or on the road. Sometimes,
we play an away game and our crowd is bigger than the home team's!"
Coach King said the team also looks forward to playing in the district
tournament, which comes up in about two weeks.
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LA Wildcat golfers win
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
With the Livingston Academy golf season nearing the end, the Wildcats
were ready to begin the district tournament on Thursday, Sept. 12
when they played the Sub-District 9 A-AA match at the Ironwood course
Eddie Sells delivered an outstanding round, shooting a 76 on the
difficult Ironwood, leading the Wildcats to a victory and the 9
LA shot a 324, with freshman Brandon Matthews taking 81 strokes,
followed by Charles Hammer and Brad West, who took 82 and 85 shots,
Clarkrange posted a 330 to claim the second-place position, with
Pickett County shooting a 341 to come in third.
York Institute and Monterey High School were forced to duke it
out in a playoff for the right to the fourth and final district
opening because the teams ended the match tied at 344. York came
out with the clutch win, stealing the final spot by a single stroke,
winning the playoff 17-16.
The Wildcats were next scheduled to play Monday, Sept. 16 in the
district championship at White Plains.
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Lady Cats up for first
By BECKY MEREDITH, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
LA junior Kelly Thurman prepares to spike the ball down on Friendship
Christian Academy at a home game last Tuesday night, Sept. 10.
Last night was a big night for the Lady Cats' volleyball team
at Livingston Academy as they vied for first place in the district
against Jackson County.
Although game stats weren't available at press time, Coach Smith
gave his forecast for the night, where the team would face Pickett
and Smith counties as well.
"I'm looking for more enthusiasm, more togetherness,"
he said. "Everybody needs to play up to their potential, and
if we can do that, why, we're in the game with Jackson County. This
right here's for first place in the district.
"They defeated us the first game of the season 15-10, 15-10.
Hopefully, we have gotten better, but I'm sure they have, too."
He believed the Bobcats of Byrdstown and the Owlettes of Carthage
would not get the better of his team.
"We've already played them and didn't have much trouble with
them," he explained.
In LA action last week, the team faced Friendship Christian School
of Lebanon again, along with Van Buren High School of Spencer.
"We played really well against both of those. We beat Friendship
15-8, 15-6 and Van Buren 15-7, 15-7. That ran our overall record
to 21-6 and our district record to 11-1," he said.
While the Jackson County game was his primary focus on Tuesday,
he stopped and considered Thursday, Sept. 19's games long enough
to predict things will run smoothly for LA.
"Gordonsville has improved," he said. "We didn't
have any trouble with them last time, but they played real well."
Also in the lineup is Clarkrange, who will face Livingston for
the first time this season.
"We haven't played them yet, so we're looking forward to that,"
Games set for next week include a match against Monterey and one
against Red Boiling Springs at Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday, Sept.
24. Then, Clarkrange will host Livingston and Upperman High on Thursday,
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