Wildcats win 47-7
in season opener
Golf Team off to 4-0 start
LA soccer wins
two, looks to tough games this week
season with win, tough loss
47-7 in season opener
BY MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
"You practice during the heat of the summer and try to cover
everything, but nothing counts until you hit the field against a
real opponent. Then you hope the players perform well.
"Opening games always have a lot of question marks."
That's the way Livingston Academy Head Football Coach Matt Eldridge
began his assessment of the Wildcats' 2004 season opener Friday
night against Warren County.
Coming off the 2003 season with seven straight wins, the Wildcats
appeared to have enough returning lettermen to make things happen
early this season, but as Eldridge knew, anything can, and usually
does happen in the first game of a new season.
Before a large home crowd that came not only to see this year's
edition of LA football, but also to honor the 1974 team that was
the first Wildcat team to win 10 games, Eldridge got a lot of answers
to a lot of questions and he got them early.
"I thought they looked pretty good, didn't you?" the
coach beamed after the game in which his chargers scored every time
they got the ball in the first half, then cruised to a convincing
47-7 victory. Not only did the Wildcats score every time they had
the ball in the first half, they scored every time they had the
ball in the entire game, but three touchdowns were called back because
Rolling up 356 yards on the ground and another 91 through the air,
LA blew through the porous Pioneer defense with ease while holding
the visitors to 58 yards on the ground and 67 through the air.
"The line opened holes big enough to drive a truck through,"
pointed out senior runningback Brian Colson, who carried 7 times
for 117 yards in the first half, then watched the remainder of the
game from the sideline with most of his first string teammates.
And while Colson was softening up the opposition, his backfield
runningmate Jamey Vaughn was adding 79 yards and 4 touchdowns. For
the junior runner, it was a career night.
Vaughn smiled after the game, saying, "The line did a great
job and that kinda made it look easy. We wanted to hit them quick
and hard to take the wind out of them, and I guess that's what we
That's exactly what the Wildcats did. After taking the opening
kickoff (Warren County's first mistake -the Pioneers won the toss,
but deferred to the second half), at their own 35, LA used just
5 plays to march 65 yards and tally the season's first score. Vaughn
hit pay dirt from the 5 yard line, but the big run of the series
was a 57-yard blast right up the middle from Colson on the second
play of the game.
Only two minutes had ticked off the clock.
But that was only the beginning. On their next possession, LA romped
49 yards in just 4 plays, and the following possession used a Wilson
Cates to Wesley Puckett pass to take a commanding 21-0 lead only
half-way though the quarter.
Cates and Puckett teamed up once again on LA's next series, and
in 4 plays scored again from 19 yards out. The only flaw in the
series was a 10-yard penalty.
If practice makes perfect, the Wildcats apparently had done a
lot of practicing since mid-July. The following 2 possessions produced
2 more Vaughn touchdowns.
At the half, Livingston Academy led 41-0.
Now it was time for the younger players to take over. Using backup
quarterback Levi Holt to guide the attack in the second half, and
Josh Carwile and Drew Cannon to eat up the yardage, the Wildcats
added a final score late in the third period. Carwile rushed for
40 yards and Cannon added 45.
"If we had a weakness, it was in the punting," laughed
Cates, who attempted the only kick of the night for LA and had it
blocked, which led to Warren County's only score. "I got the
ball and looked up and they were all over me. Actually, I thought
we played well, we executed well and got a good effort from everyone,"
the junior quarterback pointed out.
"But that one is over and we have two weeks to get ready for
Smith County, which will be a much stronger team. We will have to
have this same level of performance plus some if we expect to win."
LA-Vaughn, 5 run. Puckett kick.
LA-Vaughn, 14 run. Puckett kick.
LA-Puckett, 27 pass from Cates. Puckett kick.
LA-Puckett, 19 pass from Cates. Puckett kick.
LA-Vaughn, 9 run. Puckett kick. LA-Vaughn, 3 run. Kick failed.
LA-Carwile, 5 run. Kick failed.
WC-Paz, 4 run. Garibaldi kick.
LA golf team drives
to 11-0 on season
By MAC McCLEOD OCN Sports
Playing excellent golf over the past two weeks, the Livingston
Academy golf team chalked up 7 more victories last week, bringing
its record to a perfect 11-0 thus far this young season.
On Monday, Aug. 16, the team traveled to Albany, KY, to take on
York Institute of Jamestown, Pickett County, and Clinton County,
In the match, the Wildcats posted a team score of 154 to take the
match by two strokes over Pickett County. York Institute came in
3rd with a score of 164, and Clinton County totaled out at 168.
Taking individual honors was freshman Michael Ledford of Livingston
with a nine-hole score of 35. Rex Dale was a close 2nd with a 37,
followed by Brad West with a 40. Brandon Matthews posted a 42.
In girls play, Samantha Williams posted a 45 and Brandi Keisling
followed with a 62.
The team traveled to Cumberland Bend on Thursday, Aug. 19 to take
on Jackson County, Pickett County, Cannon County, and Clay County.
Again the Wildcats came home with the victory, posting a team
total of 154 to 157 for Jackson, 161 for Pickett, and 180 for Cannon.
Clay County's scores were incomplete.
Medalist for the match was Jackson County's Tyler Cassetty with
a 35. Brad West posted a 40 for LA, and was 2nd in medal play. Other
scores for Livingston included Brandon Matthews with a 39, Justin
Monday with a 39, and Michael Ledford with a 40.
In girls action, Samantha Williams had a 46 and Brandi Keisling
posted a 66.
After playing at White Plains on Monday, Aug. 23, LA will play
at home at Hidden Valley on Thursday, Aug. 26. Then, LA will play
at Monterey on Monday, Aug. 30, and will play at Ironwood Golf Course
on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
LA soccer wins two,
looks to tough games this week
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats kick-started regular season
play with two victories last week.
The first came on the road last Tuesday, Aug. 17 at Harriman. It
was a 4-0 affair, with the first chapter of LA's register recording
the shutout performance.
Katrina Marshall, perhaps as a preliminary taste of things to
come this season, captured the hat trick with 3 of the team's 4
goals on the game, with the remaining tally being chalked up by
Brittany Ray. Could things possibly have gone more in Livingston's
"We had one called back for offsides," explained Livingston
Acedemy Soccer Coach Ethan King as he noted the score at the final
whistle might have been 5-0 if not for that infraction.
Securing the shutout opener for the Lady Cats was goalkeeper Jessica
McDonald, who, in the words of her coach, "had a big game."
"She had five saves preventing goals that really helped preserve
Of the Harriman competition, King said, "They had a couple
of really good strikers that put a lot of pressure on our defense.
They had a lot of shots on Jessica, and she did a really good job.
They were a pretty good team. Overall, they played pretty good as
a team and passed the ball really well.
"Their field was small, so we had to get used to playing
on a smaller field, but it was a good way to open up the season."
But the solid win at Harriman could only serve as warm-up for the
first District 9A-AA game of the season the following Thursday,
with the Cats returning to their home field to face persistent rivals
In a much closer contest than at Harriman, York put up quite a
battle for the first half, with the LA squadron coming out with
the 3-2 edge at the halftime whistle. After play resumed for the
second stanza, the Lady Cats managed to squeeze the ball past the
Lady Dragons' goalkeeper twice more to widen the margin to the final
score of 5-2.
Technical difficulties prevented the first home game of the season
from being played under the Livingston soccer field's newly-installed
"We were hoping the lights would be hooked up and that would
be our first night game against York, but it turned out they were
not quite completely installed, so we had to start the game at 5:30,
an hour before the scheduled start time of 6:30.
"We didn't want to run out of daylight," explained the
coach, "but it was hot! It would have been nice to play at
night if only for that."
Marshall and Ray scored a deuce each, while sophomore Mallie Stephens
rounded the number to 5 goals by the game's end.
"The game was closer than the score. It wasn't until late
in the second half that we started playing better. In the second
half, we started passing the ball and we got a couple of late goals
that kind of made it look like a larger margin than it was.
"We got up 2 (early in the game) and York made it 2-1, when
we had three goals, they made it 3-2... they hung with it until
the very end. We just got a couple of goals that made the win look
bigger than it really was."
Lady Wildcat Allison Medley recorded the game's only assist on
a stunning run with Marshall, volleying the ball back and forth
and helping LA's primary striker beat several York defenders and
score one of the late goals of the game.
"When they pass the ball, the girls play really good,"
King said." Every year it seems like it takes a couple of games
for everybody to get used to what they need to do to keep control
of the ball and pass the ball and work it around. It takes them
a little while to realize that they can't sit there and run for
80 minutes straight; they need to pass the ball and let the ball
do some of the work for them. They have to get used to their other
teammates and how they're going to be; so it just takes a little
bit of time for them to gel better."
Scary thoughts consumed some of LA's players and fans in attendance
when Brittany Ray slowly went down while running upfield late in
the second half. King said that it was nothing too major though.
"She had muscle cramps from the heat. It was really hot and
she just got a little bit dehydrated. She had been running the whole
game pretty hard and I think it just caught up with her a little
at the end."
The coach went on, "We were a little bit worried because she
had tweaked her ankle at the Smyrna pre-season jamboree, so we were
hoping that she didn't re-injure it. Thankfully, it was just a little
cramping from all the heat and the running she had done."
Coach King knows what he needs out of his players now, having seen
them play their first two games.
"I was really pleased with the way they played," he said
of his team's performance in the second half against York. "If
we can continue playing like that, we'll be okay."
The Lady Wildcats will get their chance to continue playing "like
that" this week, with two exhibition games in Knoxville. The
first at Webb School of Knoxville, and the second versus Sevier
County High School.
"Webb is a Division II school where they give scholarships
to athletes. They'll be good. There's not a doubt in my mind they'll
"The school's not necessarily bigger, but they are able to
recruit, and since they're a private school, they can give scholarships
to players to get them to come there, so the quality of players
that they have will all be very good."
Friday night's kickoff at Knoxville is set for 5 p.m. After the
play at Knoxville, LA will head home to host DeKalb County on Tuesday,
Aug. 31 in a game scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Outlaws open season
with win, tough loss
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Overton County Outlaws football opened up its season Saturday, Aug.
21 versus Fentress County in Livingston. The Outlaws lost a tight
game 6-7 in overtime, while the Junior Outlaws won handily, 25-6.
Here, Paxton Eldridge prepares to let loose with a pass from the
backfield for the Outlaws.
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