LA Wildcats rough up DeKalb Tigers 46-8
season in games at TTU
Lady Cats soccer team finishes as runner-up
LA Wildcats rough
up DeKalb Tigers 46-8
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Livingston Academy's Michael Hayes clamps down on a DeKalb County
ballcarrier as more Wildcats swarm in to assist in the takedown
during Friday's home win.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats football team continued its winning
ways last Friday night, Oct. 18, as they whipped the daylights out
of the DeKalb County Tigers, 46-8. This bumps the Wildcat win streak
up to five games.
The Wildcats got out to a great start, scoring on their first offensive
possession. This was the first of many passing plays for Livingston.
Freshman quarterback Wilson Cates hit Joe Nigro with a 15-yard pass
for the big score. Andy Gunnels, who seems to have arisen as LA's
new kicker, added the extra point to give LA an early 7-0 lead.
Livingston then continued to punish the Tigers offensively, scoring
on their very next possession. This time, it was an 18-yard pass
to Cody King that made the score. Gunnels once again kicked the
extra point, and LA jumped out to a 14-0 lead with 3:26 to play
in the first quarter.
On the next possession, it was the LA defensive side's time to
shine as DeKalb County QB Hunter Patterson was sacked twice, first
by Matt Rooker, and then by Joe Nigro and Paul Robbins. This helped
to prevent a probable DeKalb County score from an impressive hook-and-lateral
play that ran them 64 yards to the LA 11-yard line.
LA then played really well offensively, but didn't score. For the
next play or two, the Wildcats would get close to the endzone and
then fumble the ball.
It didn't take long for them to recover, though, as LA scored
once again with 1:50 left in the half. This time, Cates ran it in
7 yards for the score. Gunnels was successful for the third straight
time in kicking the extra point and LA went up 21-0.
Sixteen short seconds later, senior standout Joe Nigro intercepted
a Tiger pass to run 20 yards untouched for a touchdown. This time,
Livingston attempted and missed a 2-point conversion. This pushed
LA's lead up to 27-0.
Just when the average fan thought the halftime score would be 27-0,
DeKalb County fumbled the football at their own 2 yard line. Livingston
picked it up and Brian Colson ran the 2 yards for the score to give
the Cats a 33-0 halftime lead.
It certainly was a night for LA football, as Lance Holland returned
the second half kickoff 85 yards for yet another touchdown, LA's
third in a period of about two minutes of game time. The 2-point
conversion was successful and LA went up 40-0.
A little while later, a hush went over the audience as DeKalb County
freshman center, Justin Cripps lay motionless on the field. About
20 minutes later, Cripps was taken off the field on a stretcher
and transported by ambulance to Livingston Regional Hospital.
After that, the game lost most of its spice. LA scored again on
a 17-yard interception return by D.J. Allred to give Livingston
a 46-0 lead. Some spice returned, however, as some Livingston Academy
players doused Head Coach Matt Eldridge with the water bucket.
Late in the game, DeKalb County ran the hook-and-lateral play again.
This time it was successful and the Tigers were on the board. Their
2-point conversion attempt was successful and the final score showed
a strong Livingston win, 46-8.
DeKalb County had 183 yards of offense. Johnny Ray led the way
in yards rushing with 116. He was followed by John Slager with 6
yards and Chris Cantrell with 5 yards.
At quarterback, Hunter Patterson was 8 of 27. As far as receiving
went, Johnny Ray had 3 catches for 29 yards. Jacob Rankhorn had
3 catches for 14 yards.
Livingston Academy had 293 yards of offense.
On the ground, Wilson Cates rushed for 78 yards, Brian Colson rushed
for 13, Matt Simcox ran for 3, and Marco Lisi and Casey Coleman
each ran for 2 yards.
Wilson Cates was 17 of 24 passing for 206 yards.
Receiving, Cody King had 75 yards, and Lance Holland and Joe Nigro
went for 68 and 44 yards, respectively.
Livingston's record now stands at 4-1 in the region and 5-3 overall.
This Friday, Oct. 25, the Wildcats will travel to Portland to face
longtime rival, the Panthers.
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Outlaws close season in
games at TTU
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Justin Poston, #22, attempts to turn the corner on the Fentress
County pursuit in Saturday's game.
Overton County's Senior Outlaws ended their 2002 campaign with
a heartbreaking 18-12 overtime loss to Fentress County's Bulldogs.
The game, which was played on Overall Field in Tennessee Tech's
Tucker Stadium, was for third place in the Middle Tennessee Youth
Conference. This was the two teams' second meeting this year. The
Outlaws won the previous contest 6-0.
Fentress County kicked off to start the game, but the Outlaws offense
went three and out, being forced to punt.
The Bulldogs got the ball at the Outlaws 33 yard line, where it
took them six plays to score. The drive ended on a 1-yard run by
J. Wright. The conversion failed, giving Fentress County a 6-0 lead.
The Outlaws' next possession started from their own 13 yard line.
The Outlaws drove down-field with good running from tailback Justin
Poston, and were also aided by three offsides penalties against
the Bulldogs. The drive was capped on a beautiful pass and catch
from Brannon McCoin to Hayden Hill covering 23 yards for the touchdown.
The Outlaws conversion failed, tying the score at 6.
After an exchange of punts, Fentress County drove 49 yards to
score late in the second quarter. The touchdown came on a 1-yard
run by quarterback Thomas Jones. The halftime score was 12-6 in
Fentress County's favor.
The third quarter started with Fentress County driving to the Outlaws
42 yard line before the Outlaws defense stopped the drive with a
fumble recovery by Cody Brewer.
The Outlaws drove the 58 yards in six plays, with the big play
in the drive being a 33-yard halfback pass play from Poston to Hill.
McCoin capped the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak for the
touchdown. With another failed conversion, the score remained tied
The fourth quarter was marred by turnovers, as Fentress County
turned the ball over three times with fumbles, while the Outlaws
had two turnovers of their own.
Regulation ended with the score 12-12. In overtime, the Outlaws
had the ball first, but fumbled it away on second down. Fentress
County used all four downs to cover the 10 yards, with Jones running
in from the 1 yard line on the final down to give the Bulldogs an
18-12 victory and third place.
The Senior Outlaws finished the season with a 7-3 record and fourth
place in the conference.
Senior Outlaws vs. Fentress County
Justin Poston 10-47-0
Ethan McDonald 5-7-0
Brannon McCoin 7-1-1
Cody Brewer 3-(-4)-0
Hayden Hill 1-(-6)-0
Brannon McCoin 2-6-30-1-2
Justin Poston 1-2-33-0-0
Hayden Hill 2-56-1
Antheny Ward 1-7-0
Antheny Ward 8
Cody Brewer 6
Josh Norris 5
Caleb Sells 4
Josh Beaty 3
Cody Stafford 3
Stenson Smith 2
Jacob Parsons 2
Tracy McDonald 2
Hayden Hill 2
Justin Poston 1
Ty Eldridge 1
Josh Espey 1
Clint Warren 1
Cody Stafford 2
Cody Brewer 1
Josh Espey 1
Overton County's Junior Outlaws also played Saturday at Tennessee
Tech. Jackson County defeated the Jr. Outlwas 19-6.
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Lady Cats soccer
team finishes as runner-up
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team wrapped up the
2002 season of play by finishing runner-up in the Region 5 A-AA
Girls Soccer Tournament.
Region play began Tuesday, Oct. 15 with the Lady Cats playing at
home against the Lady Bears of Davidson Academy.
The team got off to a promising start in the tournament by defeating
the Lady Bears 3-1.
Goal scorers were Kasey Baltimore, Danielle Thrasher, and Ferran
Stephens. The trio fired in their collective hat trick all in the
first half of play.
The home field turnout for the Lady Wildcats was very good, according
to LA soccer coach Ethan King.
"We had a really good home crowd," Coach King said.
After the solid home victory against Davidson Academy, the Lady
Wildcats got to move on up the ladder in the tourney and play at
Portland on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The game was the Region 5 championship game, so the team went into
Portland with more than just a little pressure.
It seemed the game was very well balanced for the most part.
"The score was 0-0 at halftime," Coach King said, "and
the goals didn't come until towards the end of the second half."
Unfortunately, all of the three goals that did come at the end
of the second half came in favor of the Lady Panthers. Coach King
was not disappointed with his team, though.
"In the first half, (goalie) Sarah Jowers had a great game.
She had a number of saves. I don't have the exact number, but I
would say that she made at least a dozen saves in the first half,
and a few more than that for the game. She played exceptionally
well, although she had a lot of pressure on her."
The coach credited Portland's late goalscoring to their endurance
and larger field. He said that towards the end of the second half,
after a long, scoreless game, the Lady Cats were starting to get
"After a while, we just couldn't slow them down. They ended
up getting a couple goals late in the second half. They have a lot
of speed, and they know how to use their large field to their advantage.
They have a huge sized field, and they used it well; they stretched
us to our limits on it. They played well."
To sum up the game's ending, King said, "We did a good job
hanging with them, but we just kind of ran out of gas at the end.
The girls played with a lot of heart and a lot of intensity, but
we just couldn't stay with them towards the end."
The coach went on to laud his team for a good season.
"The girls should be proud of their season. They played well
and always played as a team. They shouldn't hang their heads. Portland
is a good team."
Of his first season coaching the LA girls soccer team, Coach King
said, "I think it has been a success. We defended the district
championship, and made it back to the regional championship. They
did that last year, and I think if you can do that on a regular
basis, you've got a pretty good program, so that's what we want
The team has four players named to the All-District team:
"Kasey Baltimore, Danielle Thrasher, Christen Cates, and Jessica
Smith all made First-Team All-District,Ó Coach King said. "Katrina
Marshall and Sarah Jowers made honorable mention.
"It's voted on by all the coaches in the district," he
explained. "They vote for the players they think deserve recognition.
It's kind of like the best of our district's players. They usually
like to pick one player from each team, but we got four since we
were first in the district."
As if being named to the All-District Team wasn't enough, LA striker
Kasey Baltimore was also voted District Most Valuable Player.
"That's a big honor," Coach King said.
Looking forward to next year Coach King said, "We're losing
six seniors, five of which started. Three of them were defenders,
so we're definitely in need of players.
"We've got good girls, but we need fresh blood coming in and
getting used to the system and getting used to the program so that
when it comes their time, they're it.
"The girls are already talking about next year, about what
they can do now to improve. I've told them to relax a little while,
but they're wanting to work. so we'll get back at it here before
Coach King also said he appreciates all those who supported the
soccer team during the past season, especially the fans who showed
up in good numbers at home and on the road.
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