Wildcats take sting out of Upperman Bees
first loss, Jr. Outlaws take shutout win
Jr. Wildcats slip to .500 in loss to Avery Trace
Lady Wildcats rough up Mt. Juliet Saints
LA golfers falter in district,
Wildcats take sting
out of Upperman Bees
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
LA quarterback Wilson Cates, #8, cocks his arm to fire a pass in
Friday's win over Upperman.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats tore the stinger right out of the
Upperman Bees last Friday night, Oct. 4. What started off as yet
another soggy-fielded game for LA, turned into yet another soggy-fielded
The game began with both teams making failed offensive possessions
taking up lots of clock. Upperman made the first scoring initiative
of the evening with a 22-yard run by Todd Clinton. Upperman's extra
point attempt was unsuccessful and the Bees led Livingston 6-0 to
end the first quarter.
That score seemed to fire up the Wildcats as they made some quick
plays of their own to score a touchdown as well. LA quarterback
Wilson Cates made a short pass to Cody King, who took the ball 33
yards to tie the score at 6 apiece.
The Bees' next offensive possession never even got across their
own 15 yard line. Livingston got the ball and didn't give it back
until they had scored again.
LA's Brian Colson took the ball for a 40-yard trip down the field
and back into the endzone for a second Wildcats score of the evening.
A 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but Livingston now
It didn't take very many plays until the Bees answered back with
a score of their own, though. Todd Clinton ran the ball 76 yards
for a touchdown with 5:05 to play in the first half. Not really
an evening for extra points, another one once again failed to come
LA fired back with an 86-yard touchdown run by Lance Holland, but
it was called back on an illegal block call. Livingston got it back
a couple of plays later when Holland made a beautiful touchdown
catch while being blocked by two Upperman defenders. This score
gave the Cats an 18-12 lead to end the first half.
The Wildcats remained as hot as Phoenix in July to begin the third
quarter. This time Brian Colson got the ball and a good block from
Whitney Coleman. He was off so fast, nobody saw him again until
he was in the endzone, scoring another Livingston Academy touchdown.
The extra point curse was finally broken as Wesley Puckett made
the kick and gave LA a 25-12 advantage over the Bees.
LA appeared to score another touchdown on a beautiful fleaflicker
play from Cates to D.J. Allred, but the score was called back on
a holding penalty. Livingston kept working the football, though,
and D.J. Allred got to make the score, this time on a fine touchdown
pass from standout QB Cates. Puckett kicked the extra point again
and put the Cats ahead 32-12.
The rest of the game seemed to be just a quest to run out the clock.
Some second-string players got the opportunity to get a little experience
under their belts and the game ended up as a Wildcat victory.
Upperman High School had 262 yards of offense. Todd Clinton rushed
for 117 yards and scored Upperman's 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Tyler
Wilson ran for 67 yards. Dusty Wilson and Lance Powers ran for 58
and 10 yards, respectively. Passing, Wilson was 0 of 8.
Livingston Academy had 504 yards of offense. Brian Colson had an
excellent night, rushing for 174 yards. Whitney Coleman ran for
71 yards. Jamey Vaughn and Wilson Cates each ran for 34 yards. Casey
Coleman ran for 12 yards and Andy Gunnels ran for 7 yards in the
victory. Passing, Cates was 9 of 11.
Livingston Academy is now tied with Upperman for region honors,
as both teams have a 2-1 region record. This Friday, Oct. 11, the
Wildcats travel to Gainesboro to take on the Jackson County Blue
Outlaws suffer first loss,
Jr. Outlaws take shutout win
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
A Baxter Rebel is apprehended by an Outlaw as more of the Outlaws
defense moves in for the stop in Saturday's Overton County loss.
The Overton County Senior Outlaws suffered their first loss of
the season Saturday, Oct. 5 to the Baxter Rebels by the score of
The Outlaws suffered through another game in which lackluster offense
and mistakes were prevalent. The difference this time was the Outlaws
defense was not able to bail them out.
The first quarter of the game was dominated by both teams' defenses
as neither team was able to score. The Outlaws defense was in the
"bend but not break” mode as Baxter moved the ball only to
be stopped by a big play. Midway through the second quarter, Baxter
moved the ball to the Outlaws' 40 yard line, but the drive was stopped
by a Ty Eldridge interception.
Baxter did score on their next possession on a 1-yard run by T.J.
Burden, and then converted a 2-point pass to make the halftime score
The second half wasn't much different than the first in that the
Outlaws' offense couldn't move the ball, and the Rebels' offense
did, but the Outlaws defense seemed to find a way to stop them.
The Outlaws' best offensive field position of the game came following
a Cody Stafford interception taken to the Rebels' 39 yard line.
But the offense was unable to mount a drive.
After a Baxter punt pinned the Outlaws at their own 6 yard line
with 3:18 left to play, the Outlaws fumbled, setting the Rebels
up at the 1 yard line. On the next play, Ty Fields sneaked in for
the Rebel touchdown.
From that point, for all intents and purposes, the game was over.
Baxter added another touchdown late in the game, making the final
The Outlaws defense was once again led by Cody Brewer, who had
Sr. Outlaws vs. Baxter
Justin Poston 6-14
Cody Brewer 4-(-12)
Brannon McCoin 1-0
Ethan McDonald 1-(-5)
Brannon McCoin 6-8-26-0-0
Hayden Hill 2-4-2-0-1
Justin Poston 0-2-0-0-0
Ethan McDonald 4-25
Hayden Hill 1-6
Cody Brewer 2-(-1)
Timmy Ledbetter 1-(-2)
Ty Eldridge 1
Cody Stafford 1
Cody Brewer 8
Ethan McDonald 5
Tracy McDonald 4
Cody Stafford 4
Josh Norris 3
Ty Eldridge 3
Trey Thomas 2
Brannon McCoin 2
Hayden Hill 2
Jacob Parsons 1
Tyler Watkins 1
Caleb Sells 1
Stenson Smith 1
Junior Outlaws Defeat Baxter 7-0
The Overton County Junior Outlaws improved their season record to
6-2 with a 7-0 shutout victory over the Baxter Rebels on Saturday,
Oct. 5. The win was the fourth in a row for the Jr. Outlaws, after
opening the season 2-2.
The game was marked by an outstanding defensive performance by
the Jr. Outlaws. Baxter managed only 79 yards of total offense in
the entire game.
The first quarter was a quarter in which both teams' defenses were
The Outlaws moved the ball with relative success as most of their
yardage was coming on runs by tailback Kyle Lee.
Neither team was able to crack the scoreboard until,with 2:55 left
in the second quarter, Jr. Outlaw Hunter Garrett recovered an Outlaws
fumble in the endzone to record a touchdown. Lee ran in the conversion,
giving the Outlaws a 7-0 halftime lead.
The second half was a continuance of the first with the solid play
of the Outlaw defense, who forced turnovers and big plays on Baxter's
attempted third down conversions.
The Outlaws offense moved the ball just enough to keep field position
in the Outlaws' favor.
Neither team was able to score in the second half, making the final
score 7-0. Paul Daniels paced the defensive attack with 5 tackles.
Junior Outlaws Individual Statistics
Kyle Lee 10-65
Paxton Eldridge 5-16
Carson Bailey 3-8
Paxton Eldridge 1-2-6
Chance Clark 1-6
Paul Daniels 5
Kyle Lee 3
Seth Kilgore 2
Dustin Harris 2
Jonathan Melton 1
Carson Bailey 1
Austin Reed 1
T.J. Walker 1
Lucas Dailey 1
Kyle Lee 2
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Jr. Wildcats slip to .500 in loss to Avery
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
On the heels of last week's wash-out on September 26 which postponed
their game against York Institute, the Junior Wildcats looked to
improve their record to 3-1 in a contest against Avery Trace at
Cookeville High School on Thursday, Oct. 3.
Overton County felt the after-effects of two weeks off, as they
fell short, losing 28-12.
Head Coach Terry Melton said, "We didn't play well at all.
We didn't act like we were in the ballgame. We didn't do some of
the basic stuff that needs to be done to beat a good team.”
Melton believed that the root of his team's poor play on Thursday
was a lack of effort, which resulted in the 16-point loss.
"Basically, I saw lackadaisical play out of our players,"
he said, "and you can't win football games playing like that."
Coach Melton also stressed that his team should have a better record
than the 2-2 mark that they currently rest on.
"I do not believe that Cookeville was a better team,"
he said. "I think they were a good team, but I don't think
they were a better team. I think our players just didn't play to
"And I don't know what that word 'potential' means yet, but
what I'm trying to say is, we aren't where we need to be at this
point in the season."
Overton County gets a chance to push their record past the .500
mark with a home game against Wayne County, KY, on October 10 at
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Lady Wildcats rough
up Mt. Juliet Saints
By BECKY MEREDITH, OCN staff
Kelly Thurman whizzes a ball past a Mt. Juliet player during action
Tuesday, Oct. 1.
By BECKY MEREDITH, OCN staff
The Lady Saints of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy might've played
too "saintly” for Livingston Academy's volleyball team last
Tuesday night as the Lady Cats smashed their opponents' halos and
ripped off their wings of victory.
Mt. Juliet was lined up to play Tuesday, Oct. 1, as well as Trousdale
County, and the LA girls were ready to take on and take down their
The win against Mt. Juliet took a 15-10 game, followed by a 15-9
game, but Coach Merl Smith believed the girls could've put more
into the match.
"We didn't play extremely well, but we struggled and got through
it,” he said. Trousdale County's Lady Yellow Jackets were easier
to defeat as they only put up enough bark and bite for a 15-10,
"We played great in the last ball game," Coach Smith
praised in last Thursday's interview. "Now we've got second
place in the district and we will be going to the district tournament."
The Lady Cats played their first district game last night at 8
p.m., so outcome of the game was not available when the newspapers
hit the racks.
"If we win that one," Coach Smith continued, "we'll
play at 7 p.m. Thursday night, and the finals will be at 8 o'clock
Coach Smith felt pretty good about the team last week.
"They're ready to go. Plus, they've got a little time off
here," he said. "They can rest a little bit. Some of them
are probably pretty tired; we've played about 15 games in the last
5 or 6 days, so some of them are probably worn out a little bit.
To rest – I think it'll be good for them."
The coach, however, was aware of how perfect the girls will have
to play throughout the tournament.
"We've got to play well in the district," he stressed.
"There are some teams that could possibly upset someone in
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LA golfers falter
in district, finish 29-1
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
The LA Wildcats golf season has now come to a close, putting to
rest an impressive regular season record of 29-1.
The Cats took to the green to compete in the district tournament
at the White Plains course on Monday, Sept. 16. They faced very
stiff competition and came in fourth, falling seven strokes back
of qualifying for a regional tournament berth, shooting a 350.
Freshman Justin Monday shot an 80, with Brad West taking 87 strokes,
followed by Charles Hammer and Eddie Sells with 90 and 93 strokes,
On the girls side, Samantha Williams played very well, shooting
a 90, which placed her in a tie for the second-best score of the
day, qualifying her for the individuals' regional tournament.
The remainder of the girls team did not fare as well, which eliminated
them from district competition.
LA Golf Coach Elizabeth Woodard said, "I think as a whole,
we had a successful season. We just didn't get some breaks in the
district tournament. We had some kids have some bad holes."
The Wildcats will return all but one golfer next season, and have
high hopes of improving their showing in the tournament. Charles
Hammer is the lone senior on this year's team.
Coach Woodard provided additional outlook on the 2003 Wildcats
"I think if we practice this summer, and practice on our short
game, and the things we are the weakest at, we should be a regional
contender next year," she said. "And, hopefully, we can
win the state."
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