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Jr. Wildcats roll over Macon County
LA Wildcats fall at home to Smith County Owls
LA golf team wins in crowded course Friday
LA volleyball team wins two, loses one
Outlaws remain undefeated

 

Jr. Wildcats roll over Macon County

Steven Morgan is helped through traffic on a run in the Jr. Cats win over Macon County.

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Overton County Junior Wildcats football team saw victory at its first home game of the season, beating the visiting Macon County Jr. Tigers 12-0.

Scoring touchdowns were Kyle Carter and quarterback Josh Carwile.

Coach Terry Melton seemed happy with the win, yet in keeping with his saying that a team should never be satisfied, he wasn't.

"I'm happy with the win, of course, but you've got to look at every football team and look at the mistakes and try to correct those. The mistakes that we made are the mistakes that we want corrected next week."

The coach seems in agreeance that the team has improved since the beginning of the season, though.

"Macon County was a better football team than Tompkins-ville was," Melton said, noting that several things still need to be worked on.

"Our defense looked a lot better, we were more aggressive, we were moving our feet, we made good contact at the line of scrimmage."

The team displayed an impressive goal line defense during the contest against Macon County, holding the Junior Tigers at the 2 yard line in order to secure the shutout.

After the Tuesday, Sept. 9 game on the road against Baxter, the team moves on to play Smith County on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

"Baxter has a good quarterback," Coach Melton said on Monday. "Our kids just gotta be ready.

"I really don't know anything about Smith County yet," remarked Melton about the team, which was newly added to the conference this season. "We'll just have to wait and see."

 

 

LA Wildcats fall at home to Smith County Owls

Livingston Academy's Lance Holland prepares to receive a pass from quarterback Wilson Cates during gameplay Friday versus Smith County's Owls. Holland led LA in pass yardage, catching the ball 7 times for a total of 63 yards.

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The lifetime wellness room at Livingston Academy was a dark and tension-filled place on Monday afternoon, as the coaching staff of the Livingston Academy Wildcats football team pointed out every single mistake made by every single player thanks to a game film projected onto the large, canvas-like block wall.

Plays would be shown, and then shown again. And again. Coaches' voices flared when somebody on the projection film made a "stupid mistake".

The coaching staff was making sure that LA's football squad understood what it did wrong during the game on Friday, Sept. 5 versus Smith County.

The Cats took a tough loss then, beaten by the visiting Owls at a score of 26-0.

When prodded for any Owl advantages, Livingston Academy Football Coach Matt Eldridge narrowed much of it down to size.

"They were a lot bigger and stronger than we were," he said. "They probably averaged about 260 up front, and we probably averaged about 185 on the line. The line. That was their strength."

Indeed, it was the strong point of the Owl defense, holding the Cats to only 35 yards rushing on 16 tries. LA's Jamey Vaughn led the team in rush yardage, going 24 yards in six tries. Also rushing were Casey Coleman, who had one run for 6 yards, Brian Colson, who ran four times for 3 yards, and Mike Jones, who ran five times for 2 yards.

On the upside, the defensive line made a decent showing out of things.

"Our defensive line didn't play too bad," Eldridge said.

The LA defensive line allowed one touchdown during the first half, and three more in the second.

"The last score was off a fumble recovery at the 1 yard line, so it was kind of a misleading stat."

The line did let several runs slip through though, enough to allow Smith County 9 first downs by rush to LA's 2.

The passing statistics weighed in in Livingston Academy's favor, with the Cats netting 126 pass yards to Smith County's 96. LA quarterback Wilson Cates threw 25 times, completing 14 a completion rate of 56 percent. The Smith County quarterback could not match Cates's performance, throwing 15 for 7, or 47 percent.

LA's leading receiver would be Lance Holland, who caught seven times for 63 yards, averaging 9 yards per. Other receivers were D.J. Allred, who caught three for 38, Wesley Puckett, who caught two for 14, Mike Jones, who caught one for 6, and Whitney Coleman, who caught one for 5.

After a good first showing, LA newcomer Mike Jones didn't fare too well during the contest against the Owls, something the coaching staff in general seemed to attribute to Jones not being able to show up for practice as of late.

"He had a couple of days he was out," Eldridge said, "and it's hard to place somebody... you know, they've got to show up to practice before we can play them."

The Wildcats will play Macon County's Tigers on the road on Friday, Sept. 12, and then return home to play Trousdale County on September 19.

 

LA golf team wins in crowded course Friday


By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats golf team continued on the winning course last week by winning at Hidden Valley Country Club on Friday, Sept. 5.

LA shot a 156 to win over Cookeville, Pickett County, Cumberland County, KY, Clinton County, KY, and Van Buren County.

LA Golf Coach Elizabeth Woodard said, "We're consistently shooting in the 150s now, which is good coming closer to tournament time. Our five, six, and seven guys are all within two and three tenths of a stroke of each other.

"Lance (Ruble) had a good round last week, and he was able to get up to the sixth spot this time. Seven and eight both shot a 39, so they're playing tough right now. They're playing real close.

"Eddie (Sells) played well. He shot a one-under 35."

Sells' 35 was good for 1st medalist. He was followed by Pickett County's Luke Mason at 37.

Other Wildcats scoring for LA were Brandon Matthews and Marshal White, each with a 40, and Justin Monday with a 41.

On the girls side, Samantha Williams shot a respectable 49. She was overshadowed by Pickett County's trio of Chelsea Smalling, at 46, Lindy Mason, at 48, and Danielle Smalling, at 49.

Coach Woodard was surprised by the number of teams playing on Friday, with Clinton County, KY, being an unexpected addition to the already crowded match.

"There were six teams there counting us. There's usually only four or five," she said.

She expressed appreciation to Jack Crabtree and Hidden Valley Country Club for accommodating the large match and for providing a home course for Livingston Academy throughout the season.

"The golf course has been great to let us use their course for the kids," Coach Woodard said.

The Wildcats will play at White Plains on Thursday, Sept. 11 against Upperman, Van Buren County, and Pickett County, then will travel to Burkesville, KY, to play Cumberland County, KY, and Pickett County the following day. The LA team will play at Cumberland Bend on Monday, Sept. 15 against Jackson County, Pickett County, and Monterey.

 

LA volleyball team wins two, loses one


By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Wildcats girls volleyball team tasted loss for the first time this season last week.

Livingston Academy hosted Friendship Christian School on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and were treated rudely by their guest.

The Cats jumped ahead with a two game advantage, winning 25-15 and 25-22, but then stalled. Friendship came back and won 25-22, 25-21, and 15-12.

LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "Friendship really played well. We made a lot of mistakes."

Livingston again played host on Thursday, Sept. 4, this time to Mt. Juliet Christian School and Van Buren County. LA was victorious over Mt. Juliet Christian 25-8, 25-18, 25-18.

The Cats also defeated Van Buren. Livingston jumped ahead with a 25-15 win, but then lost 22-25. The Wildcats rallied and won the next two, 25-22, 25-21.

"Van Buren was real strong," Coach Smith said. "They didn't make many mistakes. They could hit the ball back. They dug us.

"We missed more serves than we normally do.

"Overall we did okay. We had to gut it out just a little bit, because they had the lead on us twice and we had to make a comeback both times. So, I was proud of them for the comeback."

A scheduled playday at LA on Saturday was cancelled.

The week's play moved the Wildcats record to 7-1.

After playing Smith County in Carthage on Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Cats will travel to Baxter to play Upperman on Thursday, Sept. 11.

"The schedule says we go to Clarkrange, but Clarkrange does not have a team," Coach Smith said. "So, we're going to Upperman. Upperman will be very strong."

The Wildcats will travel to Sparta on Monday, Sept. 15 to take on White County, then will travel to play Monterey on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

 

 

Outlaws remain undefeated

Overton County's Senior Outlaws kept their undefeated season intact with a 35-7 pummeling of the Pickett County Sr. Titans. With the win, the Sr. Outlaws' season record went to 4-0.

The Outlaws got off to a frustrating start offensively with a string of penalties, as well as some poor execution. But, on their second possession, the Outlaws offense got it in gear, driving 57 yards in 5 plays to set up a touchdown on an option keeper by quarterback Hayden Hill from 13 yards out. The conversion was successful on a pass from Hill to Cody Stafford, making the score 8-0.

The defense quickly returned the ball to the offense on an Ethan McDonald fumble recovery at midfield. Three plays later, McDonald scampered in from 33 yards for the Outlaws second touchdown. A failed conversion left the score at 14-0.

Then, the Outlaws defense was again up to the test, stopping Pickett County and forcing a punt.

This time the Outlaws needed only 4 plays to cover 55 yards, with McDonald notching his second TD of the day from 3 yards out. The Outlaws now led 20-0.

A swarming Outlaws defense again forced Pickett County three-and-out, giving the Outlaws the ball at the Titan 49 yard line. After a Hill to Eldridge 23-yard completion set the Outlaws up at the Pickett County 23, Eldridge covered the final 23 yards on a reverse. Another Hill to Stafford pass for the conversion made the score 28-0.

The Outlaws' final touchdown came with 10 seconds left in the half on a pass from Hill to split end Josh Patterson covering 20 yards. McDonald ran in the conversion making the halftime score 35-0 in the Outlaws favor.

Again, for the fourth consecutive week, the Outlaws got the chance to play everybody on the team.

Pickett County scored a late touchdown long after the outcome had been decided.

The Outlaws defense held Pickett County to minus 17 yards in the first half.

The game was the biggest offensive output of the season for the Outlaws, with 319 total yards. McDonald was the rushing leader with 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Strong support came from fullback Cody Stafford, who had 72 rushing yards. Hill passed for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, David Winningham led the tacklers with 4, Corey Phillips and Dylan Ashlock had 3 tackles each.

The Outlaws travel to Gainesboro to take on Jackson County on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Individual Statistics Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Ethan McDonald 12-123-2
Cody Stafford 7-72-0
Ty Eldridge 2-26-1
Hayden Hill 4-20-1
Kyle Lee 2-4-0
Paul Daniels 3-7-0

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Hayden Hill 4-8-81-1
Ethan McDonald 0-1-0-0

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Caleb Sells 1-26-0
Ty Eldridge 1-23-0
Josh Patterson 1-20-1
Cody Stafford 1-12-0

Tackles
David Winningham 4; Corey Phillips 3; Dylan Ashlock 3; Caleb Sells 2; Tracy McDonald 2; Paul Daniels 2; Justin Ledbetter 2; Cody Stafford 2; Matthew Allred 2; Trey Thomas 2; Chad Copeland 2; Adam Wilson 1; Paxton Eldridge 1; Dylan Harris 1; Ethan McDonald 1; Cody Dickerson 1; Hunter Garrett 1.

 

 

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