Cats shred Cannon County
LA golf team finishes 2nd in Region 5
LA freezes Blue
LA falls back into tie for 1st in volleyball
Cannon County Lions 49-22
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staffLivingston Academy's Jake Peterman eyeballs
the incoming pass near the endzone as a Cannon County Lion looks
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Prior to last Friday night's game between Livingston Academy and
Cannon County in Woodbury, Wildcat running back Brian Colson was
averaging 112 yards, 9 carries, and one-half a touchdown per game.
His backfield teammate, Jamey Vaughn was leading the entire state
of Tennessee in touchdowns, and was second in the state in scoring.
With such a powerful running attack and an offensive line that
consistently opened holes in opponents' defenses that would accommodate
an 18-wheeler, there was little doubt of the outcome of the impending
contest between the two Region 4-3A teams. Besides, Cannon County
had only one victory in four outings this season, while Livingston
was just the reverse with a 3-1 mark.
The good news was Colson and Vaughn continued their explosive offensive
ways, only they did it all in the first half. More good news was
the Wildcats breezed to a convincing 49-22 victory.
The bad news was Colson slightly injured his right knee late in
the first half and will probably be out of action for next week's
game with Jackson County.
"I hurt it on a kickoff," Colson explained during intermission.
"I was in on the tackle and fell with my leg under me. It's
not hurt very bad, but I'll be hobbling around this week, I'm sure."
Along with bad news, there's more good news.
Livingston probably won't need Colson's services this week against
Jackson County since Cannon County whipped the Jackson County Blue
Devils last week, 35-0.
Teammate Vaughn said after the game, "I'll miss Brian (Colson)
blocking and his hard running. He's been getting the ball in close,
and I've been getting the scores. Plus, his blocking is outstanding."
Vaughn had 11 touchdowns prior to Friday's contest, tops in the
state, and managed to add 3 more in a game that seemed to go on
Colson, on the other hand, had his best scoring night of the season,
getting two early touchdowns, but his yards per game took a hit
as he had only 32 on 4 carries.
"On the bright side, I probably wouldn't have played much
in the second half anyway," Colson said.
Not only did Colson not play any in the second half, the entire
first team watched the second half from the sidelines. The first
team Wildcats rolled up 41 unanswered points in the first two frames,
then cheered on their teammates the second half.
LA Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "We knew Cannon was in a
rebuilding position, and we felt it was a good time for us to try
some new things and also get some of our younger players some experience.
That was a plus for us.
"We did get Colson hurt, but again, it's not all that bad
and we can rest him next week and he should be fine."
When the game started, the offensive plan was to give quarterback
Wilson Cates some passing opportunities. The Wildcats threw the
ball the first four offensive plays of the game. The first two were
complete for 52 yards, but the next two were incomplete and Livingston
turned the ball over at the Lions' 3 yard line on downs.
But that was only a little bump in the road. On their next offensive
series, Livingston again went to the air, and this time Colson took
a Cates pass in the backfield, then rumbled 20 yards for the night's
Vaughn capped the next Livingston possession with a 4-yard run.
Cates then got into the scoring picture with a beautiful 53-yard
D.J. Allred returned a Lion punt minutes later for 52 yards. That
set up Colson for his second TD from 5 yards out.
Allred then added to his night's performance with a pass interception.
Vaughn bulled it over the line from the 2 with almost 5 minutes
remaining in the half.
Wesley Puckett made 5 point-after conversions on the night. Vaughn
ended his night's activities with a 14-yard run that put the Wildcats
up 41-0 at the intermission.
In the second half, Levi Holt took over for Cates at quarterback,
while Drew Cannon and Josh Carwile relieved Colson and Vaughn.
Holt admitted after committing two fumbles, "I have a lot
to learn, but it was good to get playing time. There's nothing like
game experience, and I learned a lot tonight. I've got something
to work on next week and I'm looking forward to it."
Although the second team played the entire second half and gave
up three touchdowns, they drew some praise from their coach.
"We needed to get them playing time and we did," Eldridge
explained. "They made mistakes, but they also did some good
things, and if you want a program that moves forward, you have to
get younger players in the game.
"This was a win and that's what you play for. Now we'll have
to get ready for Jackson County. What we have going for us now is
that every player on this team knows he's going to get on that field,
and that makes them work harder to perform well. I'm pleased with
Friday's game will be Livingston Academy's Homecoming.
09/24/04 LA CC 1st Downs 12 13
Yds. Rushing 259 111
Yds. Passing 77 238
Passes Att./Comp. 11/4 27/17
Passes Int. By 2 0
Fumbles Lost 2 1
Punts/Avg. 2/28 5/30
Yds. Penalized 20 46
Score by quarter:
LA: 13 28 0 8 Total: 49
CC: 0 0 8 14 Total: 22
LA -Colson, 20 pass from Cates. Puckett kick.
LA -Vaughn, 4 run. Pass failed.
LA -Cates, 53 punt return. Puckett kick.
LA -Colson, 5 run. Puckett kick.
LA -Vaughn, 2 run. Puckett kick.
LA -Vaughn, 14 run. Puckett kick.
CC -Clark, 48 pass from Tarawa. Clark pass.
CC -Kaliponi, 18 run. Pass failed.
CC -Clark, 56 pass from Lance. Clark pass.
LA -Cannon, 55 run. Carwile run.
LA golf team finishes
2nd in Region 5
After a 3rd place in the District 9A-AA Sub-District, the Livingston
Academy Wildcats golf team took the runner-up spot in the District
9A-AA Championship and in the Region 5A-AA Finals.
LA finished behind Jackson County and Clarkrange in the sub-district
on Thursday, Sept. 16. Jackson County shot a 328, followed by Clarkrange's
335, and LA a stroke back at 336. Pickett County shot a 340 to fill
out the four teams moving on to the district tournament.
Justin Monday led LA with an 81, and Michael Ledford, Brad West,
and Brandon Matthews all shot an 85.
In the boys portion of the District 9A-AA Tournament held Tuesday,
Sept. 21 at Bear Trace in Crossville, Livingston Academy placed
2nd behind Clarkrange, and ahead of Jackson County as the three
teams to represent District 9A-AA in the Region 5A-AA Tournament.
Clarkrange shot a 336, LA was 4 strokes behind at 340, and Jackson
County shot a 349.
LA was led by Justin Monday and Michael Ledford with an 83 each,
followed by Brad West with an 85, and Rex Dale with an 89.
On the girls side, LA finished 3rd. The team of Samantha Williams
and Brandi Keisling shot a 93 and 115 respectively for a 208. DeKalb
County shot a 170 for top honors, and Pickett County's team of Lindy
Mason and Kate Jolley combined for a 197, with Mason shooting an
89 and Jolley scoring a 108.
The Livingston Academy boys team placed 2nd in the Region 5A-AA
Finals held Monday, Sept. 28. LA shot a 344, just beating out Davidson
Academy and Portland with 345s. Greenbrier won the championship
with a 321.
LA was led by Brad West with a 79, followed by Michael Ledford
with an 85, Justin Monday with an 89, and Rex Dale with a 91.
LA freezes Blue Devils
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Livingston Academy sophomore Mallie Stephens nails a direct kick
past the Jackson County goalkeeper during last Thursday's game at
the LA soccer field. This goal was one of 10 scored by the Lady
Wildcats during the game.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN Sports
Livingston Academy returned to the LA soccer field last Thursday,
Sept. 23 to face the newly-formed Jackson County Lady Blue Devils
soccer squad. Perhaps only a result of inexperience, the JCHS crew
did not fare so well.
LA Soccer Coach Ethan King explained, "They're having their
struggles as a first-year team."
In 80 minutes, several members of the Lady Wildcats bomb squad
booted no less than 10 goals into the Jackson County net, all the
while leaving the Lady Blue Devils scoreless. Result: LA 10, JCHS
"A lot of our younger girls who don't get to play a lot played
for over half the game, so it was a good experience and let them
get some playing time. We're happy we got to do that.
"We got to move some players to different positions for fun,"
he said. “They enjoy it when they get to play somewhere different
that they don't normally play. Anytime a girl who plays defense
gets to play striker, they are just fired up. They never get to
shoot most times in a game. They're normally stopping the shots,
but this time they got to take them."
The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to face Smith County earlier
in the week on Tuesday, Sept. 21, but due to a double-booking, the
Owlettes faced Jackson County that day instead, leaving LA, who
had faced Smith County in a game earlier this month, with a bye
The final games of the District 9A-AA season for LA are scheduled
for Tuesday, Sept. 28 at home versus F.C. Boyd Christian School
and on the road Thursday, Sept. 30 to face rival York Institute
before the district meeting takes place the following Friday to
determine tournament bracketing.
LA falls back
into tie for 1st in volleyball
By SAMANTHA BARLOW, OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's volleyball team hit the road to Sparta on Monday,
Sept. 20 to play against White County.
The Wildcats won the first match with a score of 25-16; however,
they lost the next three with scores of 25-21, 25-18, and 25-16.
Next the Cats played two district games against Smith County and
Mt. Juliet Christian the following day. The team won against Smith
County 25-21 and 25-23, but lost against Mt. Juliet Christian 24-26
and 14-25. This moved the volleyball team's district record to 12-2
and has brought back the three-way tie for 1st place in District
9A/AA, which LA held alone last week.
The Glencliff Tournament took place in Nashville on Friday and
Saturday, September 24 and 25. LA won their pool, 5-0. The team
played Hillwood, Pearl Cohn, Clarksville Northeast, Antioch, and
Glencliff. They lost the semi-finals to Greenbrier.
The Wildcats' overall record is now 19-9.
After playing Van Buren County and Gordonsville at Spencer on
Tuesday, Sept. 28, the LA volleyball team will take on Red Boiling
Springs and Jackson County at Red Boiling Springs on Thursday, Sept.
The Wildcats will play Macon County and Beech High School at Lafayette
on Monday, Oct. 4. Livingston Academy will then host Gordonsville
and Monterey on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
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