Cats close 2003
season with win over Tigers
Cats close 2003 season
with win over Tigers
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
A veritable plethora of Wildcats defensemen greets an incoming
DeKalb County Tiger at the senior night game played last Thursday,
Oct. 30. The defense held DeKalb scoreless for the entire first
half of play, allowing only 56 yards in the first 24 minutes of
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats football team has played its last
game of the 2003 season. It came on Halloween eve at home versus
DeKalb County's Tigers.
Things opened up early on for Livingston. In keeping with recent
Wildcat tradition, LA scored on its first possession. In some 8
plays, the Cats ran 49 yards to secure a touchdown on a sprint by
quarterback Wilson Cates. After the PAT was deemed good by the officials,
Livingston was up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
LA, after leashing the Tigers and forcing them to turn over the
ball, decided it'd be fun to do it again on their next possession,
so they did, scoring 6 more on a 25-yard run by Cates after a hasty
62-yard drive upfield, making the score 13-0, Livingston.
The Wildcats defense came out again and forced the Tigers to turn
over the ball on downs, on which the offense capitalized by scoring
a Brian Colson touchdown by way of a 30-yard run. Cates made good
on a 2-point conversion pass to Jamey Vaughn, making up for a missed
PAT from the last Wildcats touchdown and adding 8 more to the score
for a 21-0 lead.
But the LA ÒOÓ did not let up in the least, scoring yet again before
the first half ended. Cates fired a pass to Cody King, who went
8 yards for the TD. The PAT was good and LA went up 28-0.
Cates would again score in the next Wildcats possession, running
26 yards for his third touchdown. Wesley Puckett again made good
on the kick, and the score became 35-0 at halftime.
The second half saw the second string come onto the field to play
for the Wildcats. They made haste in scoring on a Mike Jones run
for 46 yards. Puckett missed the PAT kick, so the score was 41-0,
DeKalb finally made a stab at the scoreboard in the second half,
making decent yardage via the passing game and scoring three times
during the process. The Tigers' offensive awakening would not go
unnoticed by the LA squad, though, who answered back with one last
touchdown late in the fourth with a 46-yard run by Mike Jones, making
the final score 47-21 in favor of the boys in blue.
The Wildcats generated 438 yards rushing, with an additional 20
pass yards, for a total of 458 yards on the evening. DeKalb mustered
282 yards, with 73 by way of ground attack.
Mike Jones led LA's rush offense, running 8 times for 101 yards
and scoring 2 touchdowns to boot. Brian Colson followed suit, running
4 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. QB Cates put up a none-too-shabby
6 carries for 97 yards and a whopping 3 touchdowns.
Due to Smith County's loss at Portland, Livingston Academy was
eliminated from Region 4-3A tournament play, and thus ended the
2003 season at 7-3, 5th place in Region 4-3A.
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