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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.



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 York, 28-14.

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 14 yards.

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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