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Wildcats fall to Owls in region opener
LA Cats golf team remains above par
Lady Cats move to 2-0 in district soccer
Wildcats win 4 volleyball matches in a row


Wildcats fall to Owls in region opener

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston running back Jamey Vaughn prepares to make his move and try escaping the clutches of an awaiting Smith County Owl in Friday's loss in Carthage.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
A good crowd gathered on both sides of the field, the Nashville TV station helicopter circled overhead, fireworks lit up the warm, calm night, and a fine marching band opened the ceremonies for an early season showdown between perhaps the two top teams in Region 4-3A.

The Wildcats of Livingston Academy and the Owls of Smith County were ready to see who would emerge as the dominant team in the region.

With memories of last year's 26-0 whipping at the hands of the Owls fresh on their minds, the Wildcats appeared prepared to get even. Smith County apparently wanted to remind their foe that a trip to the state playoffs ran right through Carthage.

Livingston Academy Coach Matt Eldridge said, "We were ready, we were prepared, and we played outstanding in the first half. Then, for whatever reason, we started shooting ourselves in the foot.

"Against good teams you can't do that and expect to win."

After scoring first then holding a 7-6 lead at the half-time intermission, the Wildcats were hit with seven crucial penalties for 45 yards and came out on the short end of a 12-7 final decision.

LA lineman Matt Reeder sadly explained after the game, "We were as good or perhaps even better than Smith County. The penalties just simply killed us, especially in the second half."

Thirty-five yards in penalties in the first half didn't help much either.

Livingston took critical hits on third and 3 and on third and 2 in the first half that stalled drives, and in the second half, gave the Owls first downs on three drives. At the outset of the game held at Carthage, the Wildcats moved from their own 28 yard line to the Owls' 20, but were stopped when quarterback Wilson Cates fumbled. Five plays later, Livingston picked up an Owl fumble at the home team's 38 and marched smartly to the endzone in 14 plays, with Jamey Vaughn going the final yard on the second play of the second period.

Wesley Puckett's point-after conversion gave Livingston a 7-0 lead.

Coach Eldridge pointed out, "That drive, and even the one before it, should have given us enough confidence to dominate the offensive portion of the game. I thought we looked very good at that point."

In the first quarter alone, Livingston picked up 137 yards on the ground and 8 of its 12 first downs. Those first two offensive series would be the high water mark for the Wildcats for the night.

In the second period, LA managed only 33 yards offensively, and in the second half, only 35, 7 of which came on a pass.

Meanwhile, the Owls were able to bend, but not break. After taking a pounding from the Wildcats early, they got things gathered up and turned loose running back Nathan Wilmore. Wilmore, a punishing 5-9, 185 pound running back, ripped Livingston for 161 yards, 105 of those in the first half alone, and scored one of the two Smith County touchdowns.

Almost as importantly, he got the ball eight times in the final period and allowed the Owls to control the clock, allowing Livingston only one offensive series in the period.

Livingston's Brian Colson, who plays both offense and defense, said of Wilmore, "He is a fine running back. If you didn't hit him low, you couldn't bring him down, and he gave real good second efforts.

"Their number 17 (Jacob Bass) was also a big factor for Smith County. He did extremely well cutting off the corner on our pitch out plays."

Coach Eldridge told his players after the game, "That one's behind us now. We played well, but we made mistakes that we couldn't afford to make. Those penalties killed us more than one time.

"But now we've got to move on. We're at home with Macon County next week. Hopefully, we can look at what we did tonight and learn from it.

"We should get another chance at these guys later on," Eldridge said making reference to the playoffs.

On the night, Cates accounted for 94 of Livingston's 198 yards on the ground. Vaughn added 60, and Colson piled up 43.

"I don't know how many yards we had tonight," Eldridge said, "but we probably lost half as many on penalties. You can't give back that many yards aginst a good team and expect to win."

Actually, Livingston totaled 205 yards offensively, and was penalized 90.

The Yardstick:
09/03/04 LA, SC
1st Downs 12, 15
Yds. Rushing 198, 272 Yds.
Passing 7, 0
Passes Att./Comp. 3-1, 6-0
Passes Int. By 1, 0
Fumbles Lost 2, 1
Punts/Avg. 3/36, 1/36
Yds. Penalized 90, 5

Score by quarter:
LA: 0 7 0 0 Total: 7
SC: 0 6 6 0 Total: 12

Scoring:
LA -Vaughn, 1 run. Puckett kick.
SC -Wilmore, 1 run. Kick failed
SC -Brandy, 1 run. Run failed.

 

LA Cats golf team remains above par

By MAC McLeod, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy golf team continued to roll over opponents in recent weeks with an impressive 14-2 record.

During the final week of August, LA defeated Pickett County, Clarkrange, and York Institute in a match played at Ironwood Country Club. The Wildcats posted a total score of 157 to clip Pickett County by 2 shots. Clarkrange posted a 161, and York Institute was 4th with a 185.

LA's Brad West tied for low medalist with a fine 37. Livingston's Brandon Matthews and Rex Dale posted scores of 39 each, and teammate Justin Monday had a 42.

The Wildcats posted a team total of 150 at their home course of Hidden Valley to topple Clarkrange (163), DeKalb County (163), and York (169).

West was low medalist with a one under par 35. Matthews and Dale had 38s, and Michael Ledford had a 39.

On Monday, August 30, Livingston dropped one match, and won two more. In a match played in Monterey, Pickett County had a 158 to topple LA, (161), DeKalb (164), and Monterey (172).

LA outplayed Pickett County on Tuesday, Aug. 31, winning with a 157. Pickett shot a 155. Clarkrange shot a 161, and York Institute shot 185.

LA's Brad West tied with Clarkrange's Dylan Richards and Travis Ramsey for low medalist, all with a 1 over par 37. Brandon Matthews and Rex Dale shot a 39 each for LA.

Then on Thursday, Sept. 2, LA again was home in Hidden Valley and completely dominated a four-team match. The Wildcats, paced by Ledford's 36, put up a team total 149, which was 10 shots better than 2nd place Pickett County. DeKalb was 3rd with a 164, and Cumberland County, KY, had a 187.

Others scores for Livingston included West with a 37, Matthews and Beau Massengille at 38 each, and Justin Monday and Dale with 39s .

In girls play, Samantha Williams had a 44 to tie for 2nd low medalist.

Thus far this season, Livingston has posted 22 wins and a couple of 2nd place finishes. With only 4 more matches remaining in the regular season, the Wildcats look strong heading into district later this month.

After hosting DeKalb County and Pickett County on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Hidden Valley Golf Course, LA will play the same two teams at Ironwood Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 9.

The LA team will return to the home course at Hidden Valley on Monday, Sept. 13 to take on Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Monterey, and Pickett County. The team will then play at White Plains Golf Course against Watertown, Cannon County, and Pickett County to close out the regular season.

 

Lady Cats move to 2-0 in district soccer

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer squad had to move to different environs on Tuesday night, Aug. 31 for the scheduled home game against DeKalb County's Lady Tigers. Due to construction of the new lighting rig at the LA field, the contestants packed up and headed to Rickman, where an open (and construction zone-free) field awaited.

The game was the second District 9A-AA game the LA girls had on their schedule, and they knew it. Furthermore, they played like it.

The strength of the LA defense was somewhat weakened, with starting goalkeeper Jessica McDonald out due to injury. In the clutch, Michelle Allen stepped in and, along with goals from Brittany Ray and Allison Medley, helped secure a 2-0 shutout performance.

The victory gave LA a much needed boost, and improved upon their district standings, giving them a 2-0 record in 9A-AA play so far.

Livingston Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "The girls played well. We played as a team, but were not able to capitalize on our numerous opportunities, which gave us something to work on going into Thursday's game."

So Thursday, Sept. 2, the Lady Cats travelled to Smith County to face the Owlettes, amid foul weather.

"We had a short delay waiting for the last few storms to pass by," Coach King said.

After the storms cleared, the LA offense set forth with a storm of their own onto the Owlette goal, with Katrina Marshall, Allison Medley, and Danielle Ray all scoring singles, and MaryFaye Maynord scoring on a penalty kick.

"The team played well together," said King post-game. "We finished our shots. Despite a late defensive breakdown, we played our best game of the year tonight."

The Lady Wildcats get another extended break from district play this week, playing Warren County High School on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Livingston and a special weekender home game against Wilson Central on Saturday, Sept. 11, before playing their next district game against Mt. Juliet Christian Academy in Livingston on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Kickoff for the weekend game will be at noon, with the game versus Mt. Juliet scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

 

Wildcats win 4 volleyball matches in a row

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Academy sophomore Jada Ledbetter makes a kill against Upperman High School during the Thursday, Sept. 2 Wildcats winning match over the Bees. LA went on to defeat Cannon County the same evening.

By SAMANTHA BARLOW, OCN Sports
The LA volleyball team traveled to Smith County on Tuesday, Aug. 31 to play against Mt. Juliet Christian and Smith County.

They won both games with scores of 25-16 and 25-20 against Mt. Juliet Christian, and 24-26, 25-14, and 25-20 against Smith County.

LA Wildcats Coach Merl Smith said, "Smith County was tough to beat and took us for all we had, but the team pulled through as winners. Amanda Gilliam especially showed that she was a tough competitor."

The first home game of the season for the Wilcats took place on Thursday, Sept. 2. They won against Upperman High School first -16-25, 26-24, and 15-5. Next, they played Cannon County and defeated them 25-14 and 25-20.

"From the first game on, we kept getting better and better," Coach Smith said. "Jada Ledbetter and Kristen Hoover showed a lot of promise by getting the ball to the spikers.

"I feel like we are improving and that the girls are gaining confidence."

After all their wins last week, the volleyball team district record is 4-1.

After hosting Van Buren County and Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Cats will travel to Woodbury on Thursday, Sept. 9 to play Jackson County and the host team, Cannon County. The LA squad will travel to Baxter on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to play Upperman and Monterey High School.

 

 

 

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