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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 game time.

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 O 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, Livingston.

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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