LA wins upset over
LA, FCS tied for soccer top seed
Cats move into
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.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN Sports
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
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
LA junior Amanda Gilliam makes a diving dig in Thursday's win
4-set match against Friendship Christian.
By SAMANTHA BARLOW, OCN Sports
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
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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