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LA wins upset over Trousdale County
LA, FCS tied for soccer top seed
Cats move into 1st place

LA wins upset over Trousdale County

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy's Brian Colson outpaces the horde of Yellow Jackets during Friday's game at Trousdale County. The LA senior ran for 178 yards on 12 carries in the Wildcats' 27-24 win over the perennial playoff contenders.

At the outset, it looked like a romp was in store when the Livingston Academy Wildcats visited Trousdale County Friday night. In the first 12 minutes of the game, complacency might have set in.

Before it was over, what at the start appeared so easy, turned into a slugfest that only a last-second interception could preserve a Wildcats win and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for the home team.

"There it was and all I could think of was, ‘don't drop it,'" explained D.J. Allred, moments after he intercepted a Trousdale pass, with only 27 seconds remaining on the clock, stopping a last-minute drive by the Yellow Jackets at the LA 5 yard line.

As a result of the interception, Livingston Academy managed to hang on for a 27-24 victory, and upped the Wildcats' season record to 3-1, but more importantly, 2-1 in Region 4-3A play.

Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "It was the kind of victory we really needed. I think we showed ourselves that we could come from behind and win. We jumped on them early, but they rebounded well and really gave us a fight. To come back and win showed our kids that they could dig down deep and get something done."

Long before Allred's interception late in the game, the Wildcats were in cruise control. After taking the opening kickoff before a large crowd on both sides of the field, Livingston Academy marched 59 yards on 6 plays. The first play from scrimmage in the game saw Brian Colson explode for 39 yards up the middle. Five plays later, Jamey Vaughn went in from the 2 for his ninth touchdown of the season.

Seven plays later, the Wildcats defense forced Trousdale to punt, and a back kick of only 5 yards wobbled around near the side lines at the home team's 35. Vaughn rushed over, picked it up and raced in for the second LA score of the night. After a missed point-after try, the Wildcats were up 13-0.

Vaughn said, "I looked around and they (Trousdale) didn't seem to know what to do, so I just reached down and picked it up and took off."

With only half of the first quarter gone, Livingston was on top and not finished.

On the next offensive series, Colson had his finest run of the season thus far. The running back took a hand off from quarterback Wilson Cates at the LA 35 and blasted up the middle for 65 yards and another Wildcats score.

With still over a minute remaining in the opening quarter, Livingston led 19-0.

Then things started to change. During the first period, the Yellow Jackets floundered around missing snaps, dropping the ball, and missing key blocks. Enter freshman quarterback Marco Wright.

Wright rallied his teammates and attacked the LA defense with a variety of options that led to a score in the second period, another in the third, and a go-ahead tally in the fourth.

Coach Eldridge later pointed out, "That young man is going to be outstanding. He came in, picked up his teammates, and they made a really good game of it. Thank goodness for Allred's interception."

So dominating was Trousdale's reversal of fortune that Livingston had the ball offensively only one time in the entire third period, and that finalized with a punt. In the meantime, the Jackets closed the gap to only 5 points with their second touchdown. The home team rolled up 122 yards alone in the period.

Trousdale put its final TD on the board with 10 minutes remaining in the game on a 1-yard run by Wright, then took a 3-point lead with a 2-point conversion. When the Wildcats got the ball back, they trailed 19-22.

But Cates and company went to work on what they knew was a do-or-die series. Marching 66 yards on a clock-killing 17-play drive, the Wildcats took the lead with 1:24 remaining on Vaughn's third score of the night from 2 yards out. Allred took a Cates pass for the 2-point conversion.

Trousdale came right back up the field on the ensuing kick off, and a 28-yard pass put the home team at the LA 25 with 27 seconds left. Then, Wright made his fatal mistake. His pass was a little short; Allred was waiting.

Cates took a safety to run out the clock and preserve the Wildcats win.

After the game, lineman Wade Ford said, "They stopped us and they stopped us good. Their line poured it to us for a good part of the game, but I'll have to say our players sucked it up and did what we had to do when we had to do it.

"I think we might have gotten a little overconfident early, but when reality set in, we came around."

Offensively, Vaughn had 3 touchdowns to up his season total to 11, while Colson had his biggest night of the year with 178 yards on 12 carries. Cates was 4 for 5 in passing for 44 yards.

This week, the Wildcats will be on the road once again, traveling to Woodbury to take on the Cannon County Lions.

The Yardstick:
09/17/04 LA TC

1st Downs 12 21

Yds. Rushing 237 270

Yds. Passing 44 68

Passes Att./Comp. 5/4 11/6

Passes Int. By 1 0

Fumbles Lost 1 0

Punts/Avg. 1/25 1/5

Yds. Penalized 56 10

Score by quarter:

LA: 19 0 0 8 Total: 27

MC: 0 7 7 10 Total: 24

Scoring: LA - Vaughn, 2 run. Puckett kick.

LA - Vaughn, 35 punt return. Kick failed.

LA - Colson, 65 run. Pass failed.

TC - McDonald, 10 run. Vetetoe kick.

TC - McDonald, 1 run. Vetetoe kick.

TC - Wright, 1 run. McDonald run.

LA - Vaughn, 2 run. Allred, pass from Cates.

TC - Safety.

LA, FCS tied for soccer top seed

Did you hear? It's still hurricane season. Due to inclement weather, last Thursday's scheduled girls soccer contest at Friendship Christian School in Lebanon was postponed; however, Tuesday's game went off without a hitch.

Last Tuesday, Sept. 14, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy's Lady Saints rolled into Livingston to play, though they had only 10 players to put on the field.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "They started the game with 10 players and ended it with 8. They are having a down year and rebuilding their team.

"We only played with a one-player advantage. When they dropped down to 9 players, we took one player off, and we did it again when they went down to 8."

Playing a tight game even two players short, the Lady Wildcats pulled out three goals in the first half. Two came from the toe of Krista Clinard, with the third courtesy of Brittany Ray. Second half gameplay saw goals scored by Allison Medley and MaryFaye Maynord to bring LA's total to 5.

The LA defense held the Lady Saints scoreless for the entire 80 minutes to secure a shutout. Result: LA 5, MJCA 0.

The victory set LA and Friendship Christian School in a tie for first place in District 9A/AA.

The sands are getting scarce in the District 9A/AA hourglass, with LA playing just four more games before the regular season comes to a close and tournament time arrives.

First will be a game this Thursday at home versus Jackson County. Then, next Monday will see the makeup of the hurricaned-out game at Friendship Christian School, which will determine which team gets top seed in the district tournament.

After that, Livingston Academy will host Boyd Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 28, to be followed by the regular season's final game at York Institute on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Cats move into 1st place

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
LA junior Amanda Gilliam makes a diving dig in Thursday's win 4-set match against Friendship Christian.

At the start of last week, LA's volleyball team was in a three-way tie for first place in the district against Upperman and Friendship Christian. At the end of the week, LA came out victorious with a week of wins.

First, LA travelled to Upperman on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to play Upperman High School and Monterey High School. They won both matches with scores of 18-25, 27-25, and 25-18 against Upperman, and scores of 25-21 and 25-6 against Monterey. The win against Upperman turned the tie for the district champions into a two-way tie with LA and Friendship Christian in the running.

Next, LA stayed at home and played a tight match against Friendship Christian for the district lead on Thursday, Sept. 16. The Wildcats came out champs with the scores being 25-21, 25-18, 25-27, and 29-27.

LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We have had a very good week, and the team has played to their potential. Whittney Hill was exceptionally good at blocking, and Amanda Gilliam showed her talent in serving."

Having taken over first place in the district, the volleyball team's District 9A/AA record is 11-1 and their overall record stands at 13-6.

After playing White County at Sparta on Monday, Sept. 20, and travelling to Carthage on Tuesday, Sept. 21 to play Smith County and Mt.Juliet Christian, the Cats will play in the Glencliff Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. Then, the Wildcats will travel to Spencer on Tuesday, Sept. 28 to play Van Buren County and Gordonsville.






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