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Wildcats win 47-7 in season opener
LA Golf Team off to 4-0 start
LA soccer wins two, looks to tough games this week
Outlaws open season with win, tough loss


Wildcats win 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 of penalties.

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 did."

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."

Scoring Drives

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, KY.

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 favor? Possibly.

"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 the shutout."

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 York Institute.

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 lights.

"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 be good.

"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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