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Wildcats take sting out of Upperman Bees

Outlaws suffer 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, finish 29-1


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.



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 victory.

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 led 12-6.

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 through.

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 Devils.


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 24-0.

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 8-0.

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 score 24-0.

The Outlaws defense was once again led by Cody Brewer, who had 8 tackles.

Sr. Outlaws vs. Baxter
Individual Statistics
Rushing (Atts.-Yds.)
Justin Poston 6-14
Cody Brewer 4-(-12)
Brannon McCoin 1-0
Ethan McDonald 1-(-5)

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TD-INT)
Brannon McCoin 6-8-26-0-0
Hayden Hill 2-4-2-0-1
Justin Poston 0-2-0-0-0

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.)
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 stern.

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

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.)
Kyle Lee 10-65
Paxton Eldridge 5-16
Carson Bailey 3-8

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Paxton Eldridge 1-2-6

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.)
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

Fumbles Rec.
Kyle Lee 2


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Jr. Wildcats slip to .500 in loss to Avery Trace

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 their potential.

"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 5 p.m.


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Lady Wildcats rough up Mt. Juliet Saints


Kelly Thurman whizzes a ball past a Mt. Juliet player during action Tuesday, Oct. 1.



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 foes.

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, 15-1 match.

"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 Thursday night."

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 the district."


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LA golfers falter in district, finish 29-1


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, respectively.

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 golf team.

"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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