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Cats silence Portland whistle 20-12

 

Cats silence Portland whistle 20-12

By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staffL

A quarterback Wilson Cates launches a pass in Friday’s win over Portland’s Panthers.

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 lead.

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 a row.

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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