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Archives 09-17-2003




Cats football falls to Macon County feline foes
LA golf ties with Jackson County at 161
Lady Cats deal out defeats in soccer
Wildcats defeat Owls, lose at Upperman
Outlaws win fifth straight Saturday


Cats football falls to Macon County feline foes

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy sophomore runningback Mike Jones, #34, puts the juke on one of the Macon County's Adam Patterson, #5, during the game last Friday in Lafayette.

"We played better, we still need to improve yet, but we played better. We had some chances to win."

Livingston Academy Wildcats Football Coach Matt Eldridge chose to see the good side of a bad situation on Monday after his team fell to the Macon County Tigers in Lafayette on Friday, Sept. 12.

The Wildcats went into the game looking good and playing much the same, recovering from a 7 point deficit in the second quarter, and charging hard in the third with a safety to surge ahead 9-7.

The fourth quarter would see Macon County make a comeback, scoring 9 points from a touchdown and a field goal. The touchdown came as the result of a breakaway run by a Macon County player who ran some 60 yards for the score.

At the end of the fourth quarter, the Macon County Tigers had won with a score of 16-9.

Though the team did take another "L" on the record, Eldridge isn't too disappointed with his team, especially the defense.

"The defense only allowed one touchdown," Eldridge said of the "D", which also pushed the Tigers into their own endzone for a safety.

Livingston Academy quarterback Wilson Cates again outdid the competition in passing yardage, netting 116 to Macon County's 44 air yards.

The Tigers had the clear advantage in the ground war though, running 31 times for 263 yards to LA's 25 for 145.

Both teams had 9 first downs to their credit.

Coach Eldridge now has his eyes set on Trousdale County, the team the Wildcats will play this Friday night on his own home turf.

"In some polls, they're rated number one in the state. They do a good job.

"They're a good team. They won the state for several years, a few years ago in single-A, and they've moved up to triple-A. Last year they went into the region, and I think they got beat in the semi-finals.

"They're a good football team and they've got a good team this year.

"They're going to be about like Smith County; they throw the ball a lot.

Coach Eldridge has decided what the team will be working on during practice this week to prepare for the contest versus Trousdale County.

"We ran well sometimes," he said about the game against Macon County, "and sometimes we didn't. We're going to have to get better at the running game this week. We're throwing the ball semi-effective... we're too hit-or-miss.

"That's what we're going to try to work on."

The Wildcats will face an expectedly quick and pass-happy Trousdale County squad Friday night at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.


LA golf ties with Jackson County at 161

The Livingston Academy Wildcats golf team tied for the top spot in a match Monday, Sept. 15, following a win and a second last Thursday and Friday.

In the Monday, Sept. 15 match at Cumberland Bend, LA tied with Jackson County at 161, followed closely by Pickett County at 163, and Monterey at 169.

Blake Garrison of Monterey posted the low score with a 36. LA's Brad West and Pickett's Luke Mason each shot a 37.

Others scoring for LA were Justin Monday with a 40, Brandon Matthews with a 41, and Marshal White with a 43.

Jackson County's scoring came from Nathan Kernea at 39, Tyler Cassety at 39, Martin Hensley at 41, and Joseph Draper at 42.

The Wildcats won on Thursday, Sept. 11 at White Plains with a dominating 158 to Pickett County's 175 and Upperman's 182. The LA second team scored a 190.

On the girls' side, LA's Samantha Williams had the second lowest score at 47. Lindy Mason had the lowest score with a 39.

Brandon Matthews was 1st medalist with a 36. Others scoring in the LA win were Eddie Sells with a 37, Marshal White with a 42, and Rex Dale with a 43.

Josh Crawford was the low scorer for the LA second team, shooting a 41.

Livingston Academy played second fiddle to Pickett County on Friday, Sept. 12 at Dale Hollow, with the Bobcats shooting a 178 to the Wildcats' 183.

Clinton County, KY, shot a 185, and Cumberland County, KY, shot a 197.

Cumberland County's Travis Radford was 1st medalist with a 36, and Clinton County's Andrew Tallent was 2nd medalist with a 41.

Scoring for Pickett County came from Luke Mason with a 42, Lance Mason with a 43, Dustin Mitchell with a 45, and Nathan Groce with a 48.

LA scoring was provided by Marshal White with a 44, Brad West with a 45, Justin Monday with a 46, and Brandon Matthews with a 49.

The Wildcats will next play on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Ironwood against Monterey and Pickett County.


Lady Cats deal out defeats in soccer

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy senior Danielle Thrasher puts a boot to the ball in a corner kick during the game on Thursday, Sept. 11 versus the visiting Smith County Owlettes. Thrasher scored 2 goals during the September 4 game against Friendship Christian School, as well as 2 goals against DeKalb County in the Friday, Sept. 12 game.

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats have been handing out one soccer loss after another during the past week and a half.

The first was handed out on Thursday, Sept. 4 on the LA pitch against Friendship Christian School, though the Cats would not come out unscathed. The game was a 2-1 victory for LA, with both the team's goals coming at the boot of senior midfielder Danielle Thrasher, but senior defensive player Jessica Smith sustained an injury to her ankle late in the second half.

After that tough win, the team loaded itself onto the bus and traveled to Jamestown to play rival York Institute's Lady Dragons for the first time this season on Tuesday, Sept. 9, where they won by a margin of 3-2.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "It kind of went back and forth. We were up 2-0, then we were up 3-1, and then they scored to make it 3-2.

"It was the first game we had to play without Jessica on our defense, so we kind of had to adjust things around, but we ended up doing good. We got plenty of shots; we just didn't get a lot of good shots on goal."

LA's senior striker Kasey Baltimore scored two of the game's goals, and her partner-in-crime Katrina Marshall scored one on a penalty kick. Kerri Keisling recorded the game's only assist.

The ladies returned to their home turf on Thursday, Sept. 11 to face Smith County's Owlettes.

The game proved to be a hoot for the LA defense, which secured a shutout in defeating the Owlettes 3-0.

Goals were scored by Allison Medley, Jessica McDonald, and Katrina Marshall, who again made good on a penalty kick.

The Cats sent more than 30 shots at the Smith County goalkeeper, who, Coach King said, "She did a really good job keeping them more in the game. It's kind of surprising it was only her second time ever playing."

The following afternoon, the team again took to the Livingston turf to play visiting DeKalb County.

The ladies were on the attack during this particular contest. Scoring two goals each were Danielle Thrasher, Katrina Marshall, and Ferran Stephens, and and scoring one goal apiece were Kasey Baltimore, Danielle Ray, Megan Harris, Allison Medley, Jessica Carr, Mary Faye Maynord (penalty kick), and Cassandra Cobble, who scored her first career goal on a penalty kick.

Junior Michelle Allen was put in at the position of goalkeeper during the second half to gain some experience at the post. She matched starting goalie Sarah Jowers' save total from the first half by stopping one ball.

The game ended in the team's second consecutive shutout, with the Cats on top 13-0.

"The girls did a lot better job passing the ball around, Coach King said.

"Right now, the girls are doing good, they're playing a little bit better. We're hoping we can keep the momentum going."

The team has a tough schedule ahead of it in the coming week, heading out on the road to play Boyd Christian School on Thursday, Sept. 18, followed by a game on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Friendship Christian School. Then, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Lady Cats roll into Mt. Juliet to play Mt. Juliet Christian Academy.


Wildcats defeat Owls, lose at Upperman

The Wildcats volleyball team breezed through Carthage with a win on Tuesday, Sept. 9, but succumbed to the Upperman High School volleyball juggernaut in Baxter on Thursday, Sept. 11.

The Tuesday game against the Owls went very well for Coach Merl Smith's LA squad.

"We had no trouble with them," he said. "We didn't play well, but we still had no trouble."

Livingston Academy took the road win 25-15, 25-18, 25-18.

"No trouble there," Coach Smith said. "We played a B-team game after that and won that one.

"Then we went to Upperman and played better than we have been playing, but we still lost."

Upperman hosted LA for yet another in a string of wins dating back to the season's start. If Upperman could be defeated, it would not be by the Wildcats last Thursday night.

"We lost the first game 25-18," Coach Smith said. "We got behind 9-1, then we played with them after that.

"In the second game, we had them 22-18, and let them off the hook. They came back and beat us 25-22.

"In the third game, we played great, probably the best we have all year long, and beat them 25-17, no trouble.

"We had the lead down toward the stretch in the fourth game, and missed two serves and mis-hit a couple of balls, and made a couple of mental errors, and they beat us 25-23.

"We played better than we have in a while. But they played well. It was a real good match."

Though a loss is a negative thing, Coach Smith saw bright spots in his team's play.

"Of course, I was disappointed in the loss, but I wasn't disappointed in the way that they played," he said. "I was disappointed in the fact that they didn't put the game away. They didn't have that killer instinct when we had it. We played well enough to win, except the last few points. And we've done that five or six times already in certain different games. We've just got to find a way to pull out those close victories, which we didn't do.

"That's going to be left up to the girls, if they have the heart, the desire to do that.

"We'll wait and see. The season's still young.

"As far as their play, they communicated better, they kept the ball in the court better, they did everything a lot better. They served better than they have been," he said. "So, they did a good job.

"Beechboard and Thurman had an excellent game. Beechboard was on. She kept everything in the court, hit it pretty hard.

"So was Kelly. She did a good job of doing that as far as hitting is concerned.

"A couple of them struggled. We've got to get all six girls going at the same time.

"But, I thought they did an excellent job of hitting the ball."

After road trips to White County on Monday, Sept. 15, and Monterey on Tuesday, Sept. 16, Livingston Academy will host Cannon County and Upperman on Thursday, Sept. 18.

"So, we'll get Upperman again pretty quick," Coach Smith said. "They're good. Right now, they're the best team in our district."

The Cats will travel to Gordonsville on Tuesday, Sept. 23 to play the home team and Smith County.


Outlaws win fifth straight Saturday

Overton County's Senior Outlaws recorded their fifth straight win of the season, without a loss, by defeating the Jackson County Sr. Blue Devils by the score of 26-13 on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The game, which was played at Jackson County High School, matched two undefeated teams. With the loss, Jackson County's record falls to 4-1.With the win, the Sr. Outlaws' season record went to 4-0.

After a solid defensive series by the Outlaws, the offense started their first possession from their own 32 yard line. The Outlaws mixed the run and pass to methodically move down the field. They covered the 68 yards in 7 plays, scoring the touchdown on a 31 yard pass from Hayden Hill to Ty Eldridge. The conversion was successful on another Hill to Eldridge hook-up, making the score 8-0.

The Outlaws' swarming defense again gave the ball back to the offense, this time at their own 39 yard line.

Using the same pass and run formula, the Outlaws drove 61 yards in 6 plays, with Ethan McDonald on the payoff end of a 27-yard Hill pass. The outlaws now led 14-0.

After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Jackson County sideline, the Outlaws attempted an onside kick. The officials awarded the ball to Jackson County. The last score of the half came by Jackson County runningback Jordan Godwin on a 1-yard run. With an unsuccessful conversion, the halftime score was 14-6 in the Outlaws' favor.

The Sr. Outlaws received the second half kick, and didn't take long to light up the scoreboard again. From the Outlaws' own 37, McDonald hit a seam in the Jackson County defense and sped 63 yards for the TD. The conversion was no good, making the score 20-6.

The Outlaws defense then rose to the occasion once more, stopping the Jackson County offense cold, led by Tracy McDonald, Ethan McDonald, Caleb Sells, and middle linebacker Cody Stafford.

The Outlaws' final score came on a 60-yard drive, culminating in another touchdown pass from Hill to Eldridge, who made a brilliant move on the Jackson County defensive back.

Jackson County scored a late touchdown on a 30-yard run by Caleb Stafford, making the final score 26-13 for the Outlaws' win.

Offensively, the Sr. Outlaws were led by Ethan McDonald's 127 rushing yards, and Hayden Hill's 140 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. Ty Eldridge caught 2 touchdown passes and a 2-point conversion.

Defensively, the Sr. Outlaws were led by Cody Stafford with 7 tackles. Caleb Sells, Paul Daniels, Ethan McDonald, and Hayden Hill each had 5 tackles. The Sr. Outlaws will play at home Saturday, Sept. 20 against undefeated DeKalb County.

Individual Statistics

Rushing (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Ethan McDonald 11-127-1
Cody Stafford 3-4-0
Ty Eldridge 2-38-0
Hayden Hill 1-1-0

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Hayden Hill 9-15-140-3

Receiving (Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Ty Eldridge 2-50-2
Cody Stafford 3-46-0
Caleb Sells 3-17-0
Ethan McDonald 1-27-1

Cody Stafford 7; Paul Daniels 5; Caleb Sells 5; Hayden Hill 5; Ethan McDonald 5; Tracy McDonald 4; Trey Thomas 2; Ty Eldridge 2; Nick Robbins 2; Dylan Ashlock 2; Adam Wilson 2; Seth Kilgore 1; Ridge Harris 1; Cory Phillips 1.


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