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Wildcats defeat Warriors in Upperman Bowl



Wildcats defeat Warriors in Upperman Bowl

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy arrived in Baxter to face off against White County High School's Warriors in the Upperman Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Wildcats won 27-7.


The Livingston Academy Wildcats football squadron may have ended its regular season on Thursday, Oct. 30 versus DeKalb County's Tigers, but that would not be the end of the action it would see.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Cats rolled into Baxter on a cold afternoon to play White County High School in the Upperman Bowl.

Neither team would muster a stab at the scoreboard for the entirety of the first quarter; however, the Wildcats would come out with the first uppercut to the Warriors' jaws, scoring with about 6 minutes left in the second quarter on a Brian Colson run into the endzone. Wesley Puckett added the PAT to make the score 7-0.

On the wave of enthusiasm caused by that scoring drive, which totaled 13 plays and 80 yards. The Cats again scored before ending the first half, this time thanks in large part to a 46-yard punt return by Lance Holland that landed them on the Warrior 10. LA quarterback Wilson Cates put the exclamation point on the ensuing drive, scoring the touchdown. Holland then ran in a 2-point conversion to make the score 15-0 at the half.

After going inside to warm up for a few minutes, the second half began. Perhaps due to cold hands, the Warriors were able to take advantage of two Wildcat fumbles in the third quarter, the second of which was returned for 33 yards. Despite these advantageous gains, the White Countians could not seem to get past the penalty flag, being pushed back over and over again due to offensive offenses.

The low point of all the penalties came when the Warriors were faced with a second and 45 from their own 18 marker.

It was obvious that some Warriors were getting pretty frustrated. Mentally, the Wildcats had already beaten them. Some crimson jerseys were begging their coach to take them out of the game as early as the third quarter after a team flub led to a Wildcat gain.

After a scoreless third, the Cats again flipped over 6 points on the scoreboard with a 37-yard Cates pass to Holland, making it 21-0 as the two-point conversion try failed.

White County would finally see the scoreboard light up in its favor within a minute and a half of the last Wildcats score, making 7 of its own points thanks to a touchdown and a PAT kick, pushing the score to 21-7.

The Wildcats answered back, though, with Cates again connecting with Holland from 28 yards for another 6 points. The PAT failed, but it would be the final score of the game, making the result 27-7 in favor of Livingston Academy.

Voted Upperman Bowl offensive MVP, Cates rushed 17 times for 134 yards, scoring a touchdown in the process. He also made good on 5 of 12 pass attempts, netting 112 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns by air mail.

The Wildcats had 346 total offensive yards, crushing the White County total by nearly 200 yards.

Brian Colson ran 12 times for 71 yards on the afternoon. Also rushing for LA were Jamey Vaughn, who ran 4 for 16, Steven Walker (a defensive lineman!) ran 3 for 13, and Mike Jones ran 7 for 2 yards.

Holland made an impressive showing in his last high school performance, catching 4 times for a total of 95 yards and 2 touchdowns. Whitney Coleman followed suit, catching once for 17 yards.

The Wildcats were, in the eyes of many, the hottest team in the Upper Cumberland late in the season, beating out their last eight opponents, many by a margin of 20 points or more. Unfortunately, due to the loss of the first three games, LA finished 6-3 in Region 4-3A, putting them in fifth place and just knocking them out of the playoffs.








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