LA Wildcats burn Blue
LA volleyball pushes district record to
LA first in tourney,
King Coach of the Year
LA baseball team to hold golf tourney
burn Blue Devils 41-0
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Josh Carwile runs blocker for sophomore quarterback Levi Holt
as the Livingston Academy second string takes the field to play
in last Friday night's 41-0 Homecoming victory over the Jackson
County Blue Devils. After the second quarter, the second and third
string got plenty of playing time.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Last Friday night was Homecoming 2004 at Livingston Academy, and
a large crowd showed up to renew old acquaintances, crown queens
in beautiful dresses, and even reintroduce the 1981 edition of the
Wildcats, who would become the first team in school history to make
Unfortunately, when all the fun and festivities were over, a football
game had to be played between visiting Jackson County and host Livingston.
While the pre-game events took more than 30 minutes, the ball game
was, in all reality, over in less than 8.
Two fumbles, an interception, and a punt return in less than 2
minutes of the opening kickoff saw the Wildcats jump all over the
Blue Devils, 21-0. Three more touchdowns in the next 12 minutes
assured Livingston its fifth win in six starts this season.
So complete was the rout that early in the second period, Livingston
Coach Matt Eldridge put in his second team, and most of the starters
could have gone to the showers. Actually, they could have just gone
to the dressing room and changed clothes. They had hardly broken
And to add insult to injury, Tennessee's leading high school scorer,
Wildcat Jamey Vaughn, only carried the ball four times, but scored
four touchdowns. That brought his season total to 18, four short
of the LA record of 22 set in 1992 by Greg McDonald.
In their last two appearances, the Wildcats have racked up 90
points to their opponents' 22, and the second team has played almost
six of the past eight quarters.
On the positive side, the younger players are getting an extreme
amount of playing time. On the down side, the starters are having
to work extra hard in practice to maintain a sharp edge so they
can wade back into the meat of the schedule that will resume this
week in Jamestown against York Institute.
Starting quarterback Wilson Cates said, "That won't be a problem.
We knew we would have a couple games where the younger players would
see a lot of action. But we've been working extremely hard in practice
to make sure we stay sharp."
It didn't take long for the sharp edge to start cutting Friday.
Cates intercepted a stray Jackson County pass on the third play
of the game and raced 42 yards for the night's first score.
On the first play of the ensuing series, Livingston recovered a
Blue Devils fumble, and five plays later, Vaughn scored from the
19 for his first of four scores on the night.
A second Jackson County fumble two plays later gave Vaughn his
second score. He scooped up the loose ball and rambled 30 yards
almost untouched. Six-and-a-half minutes remained in the first quarter
and Livingston was on top 21-0. But it wasn't over yet.
Jackson County finally managed to hang onto the ball for three
plays, then punted.
On the first offensive play of the following series, Cates hit
Wesley Puckett on a beautiful 42-yard pass that put the ball at
the 20. Two plays later, Vaughn was in the endzone again.
Another Cates pass, this time to D.J. Allred, got the Wildcats
to the Jackson County 2, and Vaughn carried for the fourth time
on the night and scored.
Livingston's final touchdown came after Jake Peterman intercepted
a Blue Devils pass, and this time Drew Cannon went in for the score.
The score was 41-0 and almost 11 minutes remained in the first half.
Second team quarterback Levi Holt said, "I think I played
a lot better tonight than I did last week at Cannon County. Playing
last week was good, and this was better. You can never have enough
playing time on game night."
Holt not only had a good night on offense; he probably had an even
better evening on defense. So did Brandon Bond. The senior lineman
was credited with 3 sacks, 2 in a row.
Josh Carwile came on late in the game to replace Holt at quarterback.
"It was definitely a learning experience for me," the
freshman pointed out. "It was fun playing before a crowd, and
I saw quickly that the younger players on this team have got to
step up and be ready.
"Playing time is what we need, and we've been able to get
a lot in the past two weeks. That helps."
With Cannon County and Jackson County behind them on the schedule,
the Wildcats have got to get serious. Although next week's opponent
lost Friday night to Portland, the Dragons are always tough on the
Wildcats when they play in Jamestown. The following Friday, Portland
comes to town in what is one of the region's biggest games.
Coach Eldridge said after Friday's game, "Yeah, we've got
to get back in the groove now. It was good to get our younger kids
some playing time, but we've got big games ahead of us.
"With Trousdale beating Smith County tonight (14-0), it puts
us right in the thick of the region playoff picture. We have to
win all our games from here on out to throw the playoff picture
into a three-way tie with us, Portland, and Smith.
"I thought our first team looked sharp early in the game while
they played, and we had some bright spots with our second and third
teams as well. It was a good homecoming, but now we've got to get
ready for York, and we expect a tough game up there next Friday."
LA volleyball pushes
district record to 15-3
By SAMANTHA BARLOW, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team travelled to Spencer
on Tuesday, Sept. 28 for two matches.
In the first match, the Cats played Gordonsville and won 25-18,
25-7, and 25-18. Their second match was against the host, Van Buren
County. LA won the first game 25-18, but lost the next two with
the scores being 25-23 and 25-18.
Making a long trip to Red Boiling Springs, the LA volleyball team
played against Red Boiling Springs and Jackson County on Thursday,
Sept. 30. The Wildcats won both matches with the scores being 25-14,
24-26, and 25-12 against the host team, and scores of 25-21 and
25-21 against Jackson County.
These matches moved LA's overall record to 22-10, and their district
record to 15-3. They are in 2nd place in the running for the district
championship. But with having seven matches and the district tournament
still to go, the Wildcats could come out on top.
After travelling to Lafayette on Monday, Oct. 4 to play Macon
County and Beech High School, and hosting Monterey and Gordonsville
on Tuesday, Oct. 5, Livingston Academy will host White County on
Thursday, Oct. 7 in the last regular season home match.
A Senior Night ceremony will be held at Thursday's game, with the
only senior on the team, Kristin Hoover, being honored. Three matches
will be played - a varsity match, a varsity B-team match, and a
The volleyball season is coming to a end, and the major tournaments
are on their way. The District 9A-AA Tournament will be held October
11-14, the Regional 5A-AA Tournament will be held Tuesday, Oct.
19, the sub-state will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, and the Class
A-AA State Tournament will be held October 27-29.
LA first in tourney,
King Coach of the Year
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
The LA senior soccer players were honored during the game Tuesday,
Sept. 28 as part of the scheduled Senior Night activities. Presented
roses and T-shirts are, front row from left, Katrina Marshall, Krista
Clinard, Allison Medley, MaryFaye Maynord, back row, Michelle Allen,
Chelsey Franklin, Stevie Plumlee, Tara Taylor, and Brittany Ray.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN Sports
Last week was a week of "ginormous" proportions for the
Livingston Academy girls soccer team.
It all began last Monday, Sept. 27, when the Lady Wildcats played
rival Friendship Christian School in Lebanon. Sweating to the last
minute, the Livingston bunch beat out the Lady Commanders 2-1 to
secure the victory and 1st place in District 9A-AA.
The goal-scoring was done by senior strikers Katrina Marshall and
The next day, LA came home for Senior Night to face F.C. Boyd Christian
School and made it look like a banquet, feasting on the Boyd defenses
and swallowing 6 goals in the process. The LA backs and goalkeeper
Michelle Allen did an exemplary job by most accounts and secured
the 6-0 shutout for the Lady Cats.
The goals were scored in all their abundance by Clinard, Marshall,
Brittany Ray, Allison Medley, MaryFaye Maynord, and Tara Taylor,
who scored her first career goal on the evening. Somewhat fitting
it was, then, that a majority of the team's senior players scored
a goal on Senior Night.
After a day of rest on Wednesday, the team played York Institute
on the road in Jamestown. The final district game of the season,
the ladies made it count with the end result being a 3-0 victory.
Doing the honors were Marshall, Maynord, and Brittany Ray.
At the District 9A-AA meeting the following Friday, LA received
a fair amount of recognition, including Coach Ethan King being named
District Coach of the Year.
Of the honor, King said, "It should be a nice reflection on
our girls, because we didn't get goalie of the year, or we didn't
get best player, but I got that and it's really a reflection of
how they've played."
While it wasn't "player of the year", the Lady Cats did
receive a number of honors from the district coaches, including
four players -Marshall, Maynord, Medley, and Brittany Ray -being
named to first team All-District, and two players -Clinard and Taylor
-being named second team. Jessica McDonald received honorable mention.
Being 1st seed in the district tournament has got its perks, and
principal among them is playing the last place, and presumably "easiest",
team first. In this case, the 8th seed belonged to first-year team
The performance under the lights on Monday night, Oct. 4 mirrored
the first meeting of the teams on September 23. The end result:
Livingston Academy 11, Jackson County 0.
Mallie Stephens led goal-scoring with the hat trick, netting the
Lady Wildcats 3 goals on the evening. Marshall and Medley scored
two apiece, while Taylor, Maynord, Clinard, and Danielle Ray all
scored a goal apiece.
"It was good to get Mallie Stephens back," Coach King
said after the game. "She was hurt in the Friendship Christian
game. This was the first game she got to come back and play, and
she came out and scored three goals."
King also made note of the lighting at the field, since the game
was the first that had seen them get any real nighttime use.
"The girls have been dying to play at night, and we finally
get a chance to play a few tournament games at night," he said.
As a result of their victory, the Lady Wildcats were scheduled
to host the second round of the tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 5 versus
the winner of Monday night's tournament game between Mt. Juliet
Christian Academy and Smith County.
LA baseball team
to hold golf tourney
Darren Oliver/OCN staff
The baseball team at Livingston Academy will hold a fundraising
golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Hidden Valley Golf Course.
The event will be an A, B, C, D four-person scramble, with a shotgun
start at 12:30 p.m. For more information about the event or on hole,
hole-in-one, and team sponsorship, call Bruce Elder at (931) 823-2265.
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