Wildcats snuff Dragons, head to playoffs
Wildcats snuff Dragons,
head to playoffsats
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
Brian Colson breaks away for a Wildcats gain in FridayÕs win over
visiting York Institute.
By ASHLEY HUNTER, OCN staff
The on-fire Livingston Academy Wildcats football team won their
seventh straight game last Friday night, Nov. 1, with a victory
over York Institute. The win closed out the regular season and seeded
them third in the region playoffs.
York got off to a very good start in the game, scoring an early
touchdown on a 75-yard run by standout Nick Stiver. The extra point
attempt was successful, giving the Dragons an early 7-0 lead.
The good luck continued for York as Livingston fumbled the football
inside of their own 20, giving York possession. It didnÕt take the
Dragons long to run that in for a touchdown and a 13-0 lead over
the Wildcats. The kick was once again a good one and they earned
one more point, putting the Dragons up 14-0.
After that, though, the good luck fairy left the York Dragons and
moved to the Livingston Academy end of the football.
On the next drive, the Wildcats took the ball 71 yards and Brian
Colson ran a yard for the score. Wesley Puckett successfully kicked
the extra point and the deficit was cut to 7. On the play, York
got its second of many personal fouls. If it was basketball, they
probably wouldÕve fouled out. York penalties were a major factor
in the game.
Just before the half, Livingston did it again. This time the score
came on a 33-yard Wilson Cates run. Wesley Puckett once again kicked
the extra point and tied up the score at 14 apiece.
Early in the third quarter, York got yet another personal foul.
Livingston did something that theyÕve done a lot lately: follow
up a big touchdown with another big touchdown. This TD ended on
a short run by Brian Colson. The score and the following extra point
gave LA a 21-14 advantage over the no longer fire-breathing Dragons.
That wasnÕt enough, though. Livingston hit Ôem where it hurt and
scored yet another TD. This gave LA a runaway train advantage over
Early in the fourth quarter, though, the luck fairy came back to
York for a little while as they scored on a 69-yard pass play, moving
within one touchdown range of catching the Cats.
They continued to punish offensively in the fourth, taking the
ball all the way down to the 13-yard line with less than a minute
left to play; however, they just couldnÕt seem to hold on to it
as they fumbled the football. LA recovered it and took a knee as
well as a 28-21 victory.
York Institute had 313 yards of offense. The Dragons were led in
rushing by Nick Stiver with 125 yards on 16 carries. He was followed
by Jason Smith with 31 yards on 4 carries, and Cravens and Brown
who each had 12 yards.
York quarterback Robert Cravens was 9 of 15 passing for 131 yards.
Receiving, Daniel Hicks had 4 catches for 97 yards, and Kelly Lefew
had 3 catches for 29 yards.
Livingston Academy had 347 yards of offense, with 267 on the ground
and 80 passing. Quarterback Wilson Cates was the leading rusher
with 117 yards. Brian Colson was next with 77 yards. Whitney Coleman
ran for 45 yards and Lance Holland ran for 28 yards.
At QB, Cates was 6 for 15 for 80 yards. Cody King had 2 catches
for 32 yards, Whitney Coleman had 2 catches for 16 yards, Brian
Colson had a catch for 18 yards, and Lance Holland had a catch for
Livingston Academy closed out the regular season with a 7-3 overall
record and 6-1 region record, good for third in the region.
The win knocked York out of the playoff picture.
The Wildcats will travel to Coalmont on Friday, Nov. 8 to open
playoff action against Grundy County. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.
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