Cats silence Portland whistle 20-12
Cats silence Portland
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staffL
A quarterback Wilson Cates launches a pass in Friday’s win over
The Portland Panthers and their notorious train whistles were
no match for the locomotive that is Livingston Academy football
last Friday night, Oct. 25. The win guaranteed LA a spot in this
year’s Region 3A playoffs.
Livingston Academy Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, “It was a good
game. The kids played hard and did a lot of good things.
“We’re tickled with it. We needed that win.”
The game began with Livingston Academy almost scoring on their
first offensive possession. The Wildcats drove all the way to the
1 yard line, but no further. Although this was disappointing, Livingston
continued to overpower the Panthers on both sides of the football.
LA finally got on the board with 1:52 to play in the first quarter.
The Cats ran an option play with Brian Colson running 23 yards for
the score. The Wildcats then faked the extra point and got the ball
out to Lance Holland, who then scampered into the endzone. This
gave LA an 8-0 lead.
Then, on their next offensive possession, the Wildcats gave what
was seemingly a repeat performance of their first offensive possession,
once again taking the ball inside the 10 before getting trapped
by the powerful Portland defense.
LA got their powerhouse offense going again with 2.5 seconds to
play in the half, though. Livingston quarterback Wilson Cates pitched
the ball to Holland, who once again found the endzone for points.
The extra point attempt failed, giving the Wildcats a 14-0 halftime
The Cats didn’t stop there, though. As soon as the third quarter
began, Portland fumbled the kick and linebacker Whitney Coleman
took the ball in 54 yards for yet another LA touchdown. The extra
point attempt failed once again, but LA was up by a score of 20-0.
Portland was not to be counted out that quickly.
The Panthers scored a touchdown in just over one minute. Big runs
made the score for the Panthers, most notably a 43-yard sprint by
Waylon Lamberth and a 23-yard touchdown run by Darryl Hartley. The
extra point attempt failed, though, and LA held on to a 20-6 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, Portland did it again. This time
it was a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Casey Allen to
receiver Michael Callis. The Panthers’ conversion attempt failed
and the lead was cut to 8 points, 20-12.
After that, it was basically a race for Livingston to run out the
clock and get their first win over Portland and get Head Coach Matt
Eldridge his 50th win. The win was Livingston’s sixth victory in
This Friday, the Wildcats play their final regular season game
at home versus longtime rival York Institute.
Coach Eldridge said of the upcoming game, “They always want to
play well and beat us. Hopefully we’ll be able to play well, too.
We’d like to have everyone come out to the game and cheer us on.”
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