Cats football falls
to Macon County feline foes
ties with Jackson County at 161
Lady Cats deal out defeats in soccer
Wildcats defeat Owls, lose at Upperman
Outlaws win fifth straight
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.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
"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
"They're a good football team and they've got a good team
"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
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
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
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
Livingston Academy played second fiddle to Pickett County on Friday,
Sept. 12 at Dale Hollow, with the Bobcats shooting a 178 to the
Clinton County, KY, shot a 185, and Cumberland County, KY, shot
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
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
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.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
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,Ó
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
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
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
The Cats will travel to Gordonsville on Tuesday, Sept. 23 to play
the home team and Smith County.
Outlaws win fifth
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.
Ethan McDonald 11-127-1
Cody Stafford 3-4-0
Ty Eldridge 2-38-0
Hayden Hill 1-1-0
Hayden Hill 9-15-140-3
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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