Wildcats chalk up first win of season
Junior Cats in year's first loss
Lady Cats move up to 15-2 in district
Lady Cats up for first in
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Wildcats drown Lions
20-0 in pouring rain
LA's Brian Colson cuts between Cannon County defenders on a run
for the Wildcats in Friday's win.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats football team continued its winning
ways last Friday night, Sept. 20, with a road win against the Lions
of Cannon County.
Livingston Academy Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "We're tickled
with it. We're playing better and better each week, but still need
to keep on improving.
"It was mighty wet and stormy, though. We'd like to thank
the Livingston fans that stayed for the whole game."
The game began rather sloppily with the entire field under water.
This didn't stop the Cats, though, as they scored a touchdown on
their first offensive possession.
LA quarterback Wilson Cates broke through the line of scrimmage
to take the ball 60 yards for the big score. The Wildcats attempted
a 2-point conversion following the touchdown, but the attempt failed
and the Cats found themselves up, 6-0.
If that wasn't enough, on the very next Livingston Academy possession,
Cates found another hole to go through and this time took it 47
yards to get the touchdown. Livingston once again attempted the
2-point conversion and, once again, failed to make it work.
The rest of the half was more like swimming lessons than a football
game. Cannon County never seemed to get very far offensively. Livingston
did manage to get the ball all the way down to Cannon County's 12
yard line, but the halftime buzzer rang on the Wildcats' third major
shot at scoring.
The third quarter was more of the same, with everyone trying to
make plays on a wet field. The timekeeper seemed to identify with
this, because the game clock didn't seem to stop for anything. The
Livingston Academy defense seemed to be working in full force, though,
as Cannon County just could not seem to get anything to go right
for them. In fact, the Lions did not pick up a first down in the
The fourth quarter found Livingston once again picking up the football
and taking it to the endzone. They took a 10-minute, 70-yard drive,
and LA fullback Whitney Coleman brought it in for the score, giving
Livingston a massive lead, 18-0. "If at first you don't succeed,
try, try again" is a very famous saying. This must have been
the Livingston philosophy on 2-point conversions as Cates found
tight-end Matt Reeder and gave the Wildcats the big victory, 20-0.
Cates led the Cats in rushing with 145 yards on 14 carries, followed
by Brian Colson with 73 yards on 20 carries, and Whitney Coleman
with 35 yards on 7 carries.
LA's record now stands at 2-3 overall, and 1-1 in region play.
The Wildcat's have no game this Friday, but play a big home contest
versus the Upperman Bees on Friday, Oct. 4.
Coach Eldridge said, "We're just going to get to work and
keep on getting better at what we do.Ó
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Sparta thumps Junior Cats
in year's first loss
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
The Junior Wildcats rode into Dodge on a fairly high horse last
Thursday, after they had won their first two games of the season.
Sparta paid no mind to Overton County's sparkling record, and
was clearly the dominating team. They took care of business without
much trouble, routing the Junior Cats by a 22-0 score.
Jr. Wildcats Head Coach Terry Melton said, "Sparta lined up
and just ran pretty much over us. We were unable to stop them in
any way for the whole game.
"We couldn't control the line of scrimmage. They just knocked
us off the line of scrimmage and there was nothing we could do about
The reasons for the loss were numerous, according to Coach Melton,
and included a lack of aggressive play by the Jr. Cats, as well
as a few blown opportunities to score.
"They just out-played us, out-manned us, and basically, out-hustled
us," Coach Melton said. "When all that happens to you,
you're going to get beat."
Melton later said, "I don't think we were ready mentally.
We made too many mistakes Ð miscues, mishandling the ball.
"When it boils down to it, if you can't tackle and you can't
block better than the other team, you're not going to win."
Melton is hopeful to improve his team's play, and looks to make
the necessary adjustments during the week.
"We're going to make some changes in our lineups," he
said, "and we're going to see if our kids really want to play
The Junior Wildcats look to improve their record to 3-1 in a home
contest against York Institute on Thursday, Sept. 26.
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Lady Cats move up
to 15-2 in district
By BECKY MEREDITH, OCN staff
Well, against their coach's better wishes, the Lady Cats volleyball
team did not slide a Jackson County win under their belt last week.
In addition to playing the Lady Blue Devils, LA took on Smith County's
Owlettes and Pickett County's Lady Bobcats on Tuesday night, Sept.
17, and started the night off slicing and dicing.
The match against Byrdstown was practically an effortless win for
the Lady Cats, by the sounds of Coach Merl Smith's report.
"Against Pickett County, we kind of did what we wanted to,
fairly easily. We defeated them 15-3, 15-4,Ó he said.
Smith County also fell victim to LA, but after some contending.
"We struggled and didn't play very well,Ó Coach Smith said.
LA managed to take the match 15-9, 15-10.
Wrapping up the night was Jackson action. And the Lady Blue Devils,
who have caused Livingston a lot of headaches in the past, weren't
about to change their pattern of play.
"We lost to them 13-15, 14-16," Coach Smith said. "We
played well against them, but just didn't put the game away toward
the end. We had the lead both times, in both games. We were ahead
of them 13-12 and they came back and defeated us. Then we had them
14-11 and they came back and defeated us. But we played well; we
just didn't put the ball game away at the end."
The biggest drawback LA had to swallow in losing to Jackson County
was no doubt being denied the first place spot in the 9A/AA District.
"Losing to Jackson County kind of hurt our chances to be number
one in the district. We'll probably be number two seeded in our
district now. Jackson County will go number one because they don't
have any losses and we have two losses," Coach Smith explained.
Completing last week's volleyball action was a match hosted by
Gordonsville's Lady Tigers on Thursday night, Sept. 19. Clarkrange's
Lady Buffaloes also showed up to join in the play.
Livingston had no problem taking out both teams in repeated 15-5,
"We played real well with both of them, no problem. We played
real well in those games and did a lot of good things,Ó Coach Smith
Most recent play was last night when the team faced Red Boiling
Springs and Monterey.
Coach Smith was expecting fairly facile matches, but outcome of
the games was not available when OCN came sliding off the press
this week. Clarkrange will be up against LA again on Thursday, Sept.
26, as well as Upperman's Lady Bees. While the Lady Cats don't even
blink at the mention of
Clarkrange, they get quite antsy at the thoughts of another confrontation
"Clarkrange Ð we haven't had any trouble with them, but Upperman
we have," Coach Smith said. "They're probably the third
best team, or close to it, in our district. We did struggle against
them when we played them the first time. They defeated us the first
game, then we came back and beat them in the next two, but in the
last, we went 15-13. So that's the one we're going after this week.
That's the one we've got to have."
The Lady Cats will also be busy this week preparing for the Glencliff
Tournament, which is scheduled for the weekend.
In their pool they will face Glencliff High School, Cookeville
High School, Clarksville Northeast High School, Saint Cecilia Academy,
and Wilson Central High School.
"We will have six teams in our pool. Glencliff will probably
be the toughest with Wilson Central next, then Cookeville,"
Coach Smith foretold.
The LA girls know what to expect, but are they ready to compete
against so many opposing teams this weekend?
"I hope so," Coach Smith replied. "The only thing
I've been preaching all year is to get more consistent with the
things we do. We've got some talent, we do a lot of good things,
but we also do a lot of bad things, too. I mean, you can't play
a perfect game, but we need to really cut down on our mistakes.
We're making just way too many unforced errors, I guess you might
Prior to last night's game, Coach Smith verified that LA's overall
record is 26-7 and the district record is 15-2.
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Lady Cats soccer team
suffers first loss, rolls on
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Danielle Thrasher, #3, throws in the ball
to resume play in Thursday's 3-1 win over Cumberland County's Lady
Australian rock group The Living End saw mild chart success in
the United States not so long ago with a song called "Roll
On", which featured the lyric "We roll on with our heads
held high," something the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats
soccer team had to force itself to do after suffering its first
loss this season.
The team suffered the loss Tuesday, Sept. 27 at York Institute.
LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "York played a little bit
different style of defense that we hadn't seen and weren't ready
for. They just squeaked a goal in."
And that goal would be the only one of the game, as the Lady Dragons
snatched the victory 1-0.
"To York's credit, they out-hustled us," Coach King said.
"They were the better team that day."
Some feel that York is one of the more physical teams in the district,
and that could have been a determining factor in the game.
"It was a physical match," Coach King admitted, "but
I think they were just more ready to come out and play.Ó
After the York game, the last road game of the season, the Lady
Cats had to roll on and play Cumberland County's Lady Jets on Thursday,
And roll on they did. The team garnered its eighth win of the
season with a 3-1 victory.
Scoring goals for LA were Kasey Baltimore with two, and Danielle
Thrasher with one.
"Cumberland County had lost a couple of players since the
last time we played them, but it didn't look like they'd lost any
of their key players," Coach King said. "They were still
a very aggressive, very good team.
"For the most part, we played them better than we did the
first time. The first time we played them, it was kind of an even
match; I felt like this time we controlled the ball more and we
were a little bit more in control of the game.
"We really rebounded well after losing against York,Ó he said.
"The girls were ready to play this game; they wanted to get
back on track, and hopefully that's where we are."
The Lady Wildcats look to continue to roll on for the remainder
of the regular season, starting with this week's games at home against
Mt. Juliet Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and Friendship Christian
on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Of these upcoming district games, Coach King said, "All of
the district games are important now, especially since we lost one
to York. So it's very important that we win because all of our remaining
games are district games.
"It's getting down to crunch time. So we're trying to get
motivated; we've got to finish strong in the district. If we can
finish out the season winning, we have a good chance of winning
the district. So we've got to finish strong."
Coach King sounded enthusiastic about the players' attitudes after
the loss this past week.
"Honestly, the girls were harder on themselves than I was
on them," he said. "They were very disappointed, and they
were ready to go back out and play them again right then.
"They've come out of it with an attitude that they want to
get better and that they don't want it to happen again, especially
not on their home field.
"Friday, after the two games last week, we probably had one
of the best practices," continued Coach King. "We ran
hard, practiced hard, played well.
"We want to carry the hard work and work ethic of that practice
into this week. Last Tuesday, we were out-hustled, and that's the
first time I've seen that happen. I don't want to see it happen
again. Neither do the girls.
"They know that if they do well these last four games, they
have a shot at winning the district. They're fired up and want to
do well every game, and they're not taking anybody lightly."
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