Jr. Wildcats post
Country runners compete at Steeplechase
Wildcats throw Cannon County Lions for a loop
LA Golf Team plays in tournaments
LA Wildcats finish in
tourney's top 4
Outlaws go to
7-0 with win at Baxter
Jr. Wildcats post
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Overton County's Steven Morgan, #20, runs up the field in the
Thursday, Sept. 25 game against Sparta as teammate Josh Coffee#31,
clears the path. It would be effective running such as this that
would see the Junior Wildcats score 30 points on the evening.
BY LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Overton County Junior Wildcats put on an impressive display
of power during the Thursday, Sept. 25 game vs. Sparta in Livingston.
Coach Terry Melton said, "I thought we played awfully well."
The Jr. Cats did quite the job containing the Spartan offense,
holding them to only two first downs in the first half. Though Sparta
would score just before the end of the second quarter, they would
still find a large number of points between themselves and the home
"We came back out and kicked off to them in the second half,
allowed them, I think, two first downs, and held them again,"
Coach Melton said.
"When we got the ball, we moved it down the field and scored.
"That took up most of the third quarter, so they were down
24-8 and looking at one quarter to go."
Sparta would try to make up the point deficit, but to no avail.
The touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion scored in the
second quarter would tally the team's only points for the game.
The end result of the contest was a strong 30-8 victory for the
Offensively, the Jr. Cats ran at will, mostly up the middle of
Coach Melton lauded his offensive linemen for their efforts.
"The offensive line needs credit," he said. "By
and large, I would give the O-line an ÔA' this week."
The coaching staff had feared that they would have to rely on a
pass offense to get by the rather large and strong Sparta defensive
line, but thanks to the efforts of the Overton offense, the Jr.
Cats were able to run at will.
"We did some things that I really didn't think we'd be able
to do at the beginning of the game," Coach Melton said. "We
had plans to throw the ball some, but we didn't have to throw it
after we could establish the run."
It seemed the whole Junior Wildcat squad was giving it 100 percent
for the game, which had been anticipated to be one of the toughest
of the season.
"It was just an extreme team effort from everybody,"
Coach Melton said.
"Our kids played very hard, and I'm very proud of them. No
turnovers, no bitter mistakes that could kill a drive or cost you
the game or anything like that. We played as well as we possibly
"Our kids rose to the occasion and played extreme team ball.
There weren't any individuals out there that did any more than anyone
else. They just went out and played hard."
The Junior Wildcats were doing some heavy strategizing at the time
the interview with Coach Melton took place in preparation for the
Tuesday, Sept. 30 game at DeKalb County.
DeKalb is known for using a wing-T offensive formation, something
the Jr. Cats are not accustomed to.
"They'll be just a little bit different," Coach Melton
"You don't know how you're going to play right after a big
After the DeKalb game, the Junior Wildcats head to Jamestown to
face York on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Cross Country runners
compete at Steeplechase
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Cross Country runners travelled to Nashville
on Saturday, Sept. 27 to participate in the A.F. Bridges Invitational
held at Steeplechase.
LA Cross Country Coach Jamie Loftis said, "We did pretty well.
We're not going to win very many races, but everybody keeps improving
their times, and keeps getting better and better.
"As long as they keep getting better, I'm satisfied."
Casey Ledbetter had the best time of the LA runners, 20:01, followed
by Chris Looper at 20:26, and Brent Thrasher at 22:37.
Earlier in the week, the Livingston Academy runners participated
in a mid-week meet at Cookeville on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Chris Looper had the best time for LA at 18:18, good for 27th place.
Casey Ledbetter ran an 18:52 for 34th, Chris Handy ran 19:57 for
41st, and Brent Thrasher ran 21:11 for 43rd.
In the girls run, Chelsey Franklin ran a 26:19 for 28th, and Kayla
Wilson ran a 26:33 for 29th.
"Cookeville's got a big course,Ó Coach Loftis said. "It's
a 2.8 mile now."
After a mid-week meet at Lafayette on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the LA
Cross Country crew will travel to Smyrna to run in the Sharp Springs
Invitational in Sharp Springs Park.
"I think our times will keep getting better," Coach
Loftis said. "Chris and Casey and Brent, their times are definitely
going to get better. Saturday, they should be even better because
they've already ran that one once, and it's real flat."
Wildcats throw Cannon
County Lions for a loop
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy sophomore runningback Mike Jones, #34, runs
in a touchdown during the Livingston Academy Homecoming game on
Friday, Sept. 26. The Homecoming game would be a dominant performance
on behalf of the Wildcats, who beat the Cannon County Lions by a
margin of 41-6.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats had good reason to play great football
last Friday night. It was LA's homecoming. After the pre-game festivities,
the Wildcats set out to play some brilliant football.
In the first quarter, the Livingston defense held the Lions scoreless,
to which the offense subsequently scored 7 of its own points.
The second quarter saw much the same performance, Cannon County
again being held scoreless. But this time, Livingston scored 2 touchdowns
and extra point kicks to add another 14 onto their score, totalling
21-0 in favor of the Wildcats at halftime.
The break proved beneficial for Cannon, the team came out and scored
its only points in the third quarter.
The Wildcats answered back by scoring 13 more of their own, bringing
the scoreboard to read 34-6 in Livingston's favor.
The fourth quarter would be a virtual repeat of the first. LA
would go on to score 7 more points, and the Lions would be denied
The best offense truly proved to be a good defense for the Wildcats.
The Livingston "D" held the Lions to only 85 yards total
for the entire contest.
Of course, it didn't hurt that Livingston quarterback Wilson Cates
had a pretty good night, either. Cates completed 5 of 8 passes for
72 yards, and ran 8 times for 37 yards.
Leading the Cats in rushing was Brian Colson, who rushed 8 times
for 67 yards and scored a touchdown. Colson was followed by sophomore
sensation Mike Jones, who ran 11 for 43 and scored a touchdown,
Lance Holland, who ran once for 31 yards and a touchdown, and freshman
LaVincent Raines, who ran 6 times for 15 yards.
The leading LA receiver on the night was Jamey Vaughn, who caught
a pass for 39 yards. Holland followed closely, catching 3 for 37
The one statistic from the game weighing in Cannon County's favor
was in the penalties column, Cannon taking 4 penalties for 40 yards
to Livingston's 6 for 60.
The Wildcats go on the road to neighboring Jackson County to play
the Blue Devils this Friday, Oct. 3, then return home for a game
against rival York Institute Dragons on Friday, Oct. 10.
LA Golf Team plays
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston Academy's golfing Wildcats placed runner-up in the 9
A-AA Sub-District Tournament held at White Plains Golf Course on
Thursday, Sept. 25.
LA Golf Coach Elizabeth Woodard said, "We played great in
the sub-district, it was overall one of our team's best scoring
Scoring for LA in the 18-hole tournament came from Justin Monday
and Brad West with a 77 each, Eddie Sells with a 79, and Brandon
Matthews with an 83.
The Cats' team score of 316 was just one shot off the pace of the
Jackson County Blue Devils' winning 315. Tyler Cassetty scored a
74 for the Gainesboro squad, followed by Nathan Kernea and Graham
Richards at 79 each, and Joseph Draper at 83.
LA's golfers next participated in the District 9 A-AA Tournament
held at River Run on Monday, Sept. 29.
"We were optimistic going into the district tournament,Ó Coach
Woodard said. "We had some kids have some bad holes and just
couldn't pull through it. River Run's an awesome course. and the
wheels can fall off quick up there.
"It never got above 50 degrees, and the wind blew pretty much
LA scoring was provided by Eddie Sells and Marshal White both at
90, Brad West at 93, and Brandon Matthews at 94.
"For next year, we have to work on going to other courses
and playing in different conditions," Coach Woodard said. "As
much as we'd want them to, Hidden Valley will never host the sub-district,
district, region or state tournament, so we have to be able to play
Livingston Academy's lone lady golfer, Samantha Williams played
in the girls division of the District 9 A-AA Tournament held at
Ironwood on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Scores were not available at press
Before the match, Coach Woodard said of Williams, "She's got
a great chance of going to the region, and it's held at Ironwood
this year, too.
"She's improved consistently from last year. If she keeps
going at this rate, she'll be in contention for great things her
junior and senior year."
The regional tournament is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6 at Ironwood.
Earlier last week, the Wildcats finished regular season play by
tying for second at Ironwood on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
LA shot a 162 to tie with Pickett County and fall a shot shy of
Scoring for LA were Eddie Sells with a 36, Brandon Matthews with
a 40, Brad West with a 42, and Justin Monday with a 44.
LA Wildcats finish
in tourney's top 4
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's April Handy, #23, draws back to slam one
over against Mt. Juliet.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team travelled to play
in the Glencliff Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 27 and finished in
the top four.
LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We played in the pool
play, came out with a 4-1 record, finished second in our pool.
"We only got beat by Glencliff. That was a close game. They
beat us 25-17, then we beat them 25-15, then they beat us 15-10.
"We finished second in our pool, so that put us in the top
four of the 12-team tournament," he said. "We got to play
White County, who was number one in the other pool.
"They beat us pretty good the first game 25-10, then in the
third game, we almost pulled it off. They beat us 26-24.
"Except for just one game or two, we played really well down
"We seem to be coming together just a little bit before the
end of the season."
LA's varsity squad started last week at Gordonsville, where they
had little trouble winning over the host team and Smith County.
"We played really well against Gordonsville the first two
games," Coach Smith said.
Livingston Academy was host to Mt. Juliet Christian and Van Buren
County on Thursday, Sept. 25.
The Cats defeated Mt. Juliet 25-6, 25-9, 25-17.
"That's probably the best we've played all year long,"
Coach Smith said. "Then Van Buren, we played better in that
one than we did in the first one. They're a pretty good ballclub."
LA defeated Van Buren 25-13, 25-12, 25-15.
"Everybody was on in that game," Coach Smith said. "The
setters were very good. Megan Thompson had a great game setting.
"All of our hitters did an excellent job. Beechboard was on."
After travelling to Gainesboro on Tuesday, Sept. 30 to play the
home team and Red Boiling Springs, Livingston Academy will host
Monterey on Thursday, Oct. 2, then will host White County on Monday,
Oct. 6, which will also be Senior Night for LA.
Outlaws go to 7-0
with win at Baxter
Overton County's Sr. Outlaws, behind the running of Ethan McDonald
and a tenacious defense, rolled to their seventh win of the season
without a loss by defeating Baxter's Rebels 38-6 on Saturday, Sept.
With the win, the Sr. Outlaws stay atop the MTYC standings with
their 7-0 record.
After the Sr. Outlaws defense stopped Baxter on their initial
possession, the Rebels punted, giving the Outlaws the ball on their
own 18 yard line.
On the Outlaws' second play from scrimmage, McDonald bolted 77
yards for a touchdown, giving the Sr. Outlaws a 6-0 lead.
After another solid Outlaws defensive stand, the Outlaws took over
at the Baxter 43 yard line. Again on the second play of the possession,
McDonald raced 38 yards for his second TD of the night. The conversion
was successful on a run by Cody Stafford, giving the Outlaws a 13-0
The Outlaws' next possession started at their own 28 yard line.
This time it was only a one-play drive as McDonald continued his
great running, going 72 yards for the touchdown.
The Outlaws defense stopped the Rebels on their next possession
when safety Dylan Ashlock intercepted a pass at the Rebel 44. But
the Sr. Outlaws gave it right back as Daniel Taylor intercepted
a Hayden Hill pass.
Another interception by the Rebels thwarted a late first half drive,
and left the half-time score at 19-0.
The Sr. Outlaws received the second half kickoff and ran it back
to their own 41 yard line. Again it was "McDonald Time"
as he scampered 59 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game. This
made the score 25-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Paxton Eldridge recovered a fumble on the
Rebel 44 yard line. It took one play for the Outlaws to score, this
time on a 44-yard pass from Hill to flanker Ty Eldridge. The score
was now 31-0.
After an early fourth quarter pass interception by Kyle Lee, the
Outlaws drove 41 yards in 6 plays, with Lee getting the touchdown
from 3 yards out. Hunter Garrett ran in the conversion, making the
score 38-0 in the Sr. Outlaws' favor.
The Rebels scored a late touchdown, making the final score 38-6
for the Sr. Outlaws' win.
An Outlaw coach commented that Ethan McDonald had unquestionably
one of the best rushing performances in Outlaws history. McDonald
finished with 272 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 5 carries. With
those yards, McDonald surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the season.
Defensively, the Outlaws were rock solid throughout, led by Cody
Stafford and Paul Daniels with 6 tackles each.
The Outlaws' next action will be Saturday, Oct. 4 against Gordonsville,
which will also be the Outlaws Homecoming.
Ethan McDonald 5-272-4
Kyle Lee 5-28-1
Paul Daniels 4-26-0
Ty Eldridge 1-22-0
Paxton Eldridge 4-7-0
Hayden Hill 3-(-1)-0
Hayden Hill 2-6-49-1-2
Ethan McDonald 1-1-24-0
Ty Eldridge 1-44-1
Cody Stafford 1-5-0
Paul Daniels 6; Cody Stafford 6; Adam Wilson 4; Tracy McDonald 3;
Caleb Sells 3; Trey Thomas 3; Ethan McDonald 2; Corey Phillips 2;
Nick Robbins 2; Josh Melton 2; Hayden Hill 2; David Winningham 2;
Dylan Ashlock 1; Kyle Lee 1; Justin Ledbetter 1; Justin Hill 1;
Jordan Danner 1.
Dylan Ashlock 1; Kyle Lee 1.
Paxton Eldridge 1.
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