Wildcats cruise past York
Wildcats close season play
Lady Cats District
Champs, region bound
Outlaws win close game for Homecoming
past York Dragons 32-14
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
The Livingston Academy Wildcats' offensive line and receivers
prepare to do business as junior quarterback Wilson Cates calls
the play during the 32-14 victory on the York Institute Dragons'
home turf Friday, Oct. 8.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
After rolling over their last two opponents (Cannon County and Jackson
County) by a combined score of 90-22, and the starting players only
seeing action for a little over three quarters, there might have
been a question of how the Livingston Academy Wildcats would perform
in a tough contest.
Friday's game might have been their best overall performance of
the season. LA rolled into York Institute's home, and often hostile,
turf Friday night and came away with a convincing 32-14 victory.
The victory boosted the Wildcats overall record to 6-1, and more
importantly, 5-1 in Region 4-3A competition.
An excited Livingston lineman, Jacob Coffee, beamed, "We had
fun out there tonight. Rodney (Rodney Dempsey, another offensive
lineman) and I have been working together for a long time, and tonight
we put it all together.
"We had to step up and we all knew it, and tonight we played
a tough team and we won."
Coffee and Dempsey hold down the left side of the Wildcats offensive
line, and their play along with the entire offensive line, including
Adam Hunter, Wade Ford, and Matt Reeder, allowed Livingston to roll
up 358 yards on the ground and another 145 through the air.
Offensive Line Coach Bruce Lamb, perhaps the happiest man in the
stadium, said, "That's the way I want our line to play. I am
so proud of the way that line played tonight.
"We knew we had the players capable of doing that, and when
it counted, they did it."
On the ground, Brian Colson bulled his way to 109 yards on 9 carries,
all in the first half; Jamey Vaughn added 93 on 17 carries, and
back-up tailback Jake Reeder impressed with 100 yards on only 5
And when the line wasn't opening holes for the running back, they
were holding the York defense at bay while quarterback Wilson Cates
hit on 7 of 10 pass attempts.
But it wasn't by any means a stroll through the park for the Wildcats.
York countered with a strong running game that penetrated the LA
defense for 256 yards on the ground. Defensively, the Wildcats were
able to bend, but not break and gave up only two touchdowns.
Livingston got on the score-board early in the game when Cates
dropped back on the third offensive play of the game and found D.J.
Allred racing down the middle of the field. Allred ran under Cates'
pass, then outran the defenders for a 68-yard strike and a quick
6-0 lead. Wesley Puckett's point after try was wide.
Four minutes into the second period, following a 68-yard run by
Colson, aided by the blocking of Coffee and Dempsey, Vaughn bulled
over from the 5 yard line for the first of four scores on the night
for the running back.
After he tied the school's record of 22 touchdowns in a single
season, Vaughn said, "I didn't expect to score four times tonight.
Tonight, the offensive line really opened some holes for us to run
Vaughn scored his second TD late in the first half, and Cates
hit Puckett for the 2-point conversion. That gave the visiting Wildcats
a 20-0 lead at intermission.
But all was not rosy. During the first half, Colson reinjured his
knee, and Matt Reeder, the 6'5", 220-pound offensive and defensive
lineman, pulled up lame with a bad back. To add to the woes, lineman
Wade Ford was ejected from the game.
Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "We lost three key players
before the half, and we told the kids in the dressing room that
they had to step up and fill those holes. Jake (Reeder) really came
through in the backfield replacing Colson, and we got outstanding
line play from everyone who went in for Matt and Wade."
The Dragons came out in the second half and took the opening kickoff
72 yards on an impressive drive that closed the gap to 20-7. In
all, York stayed on the ground for ten straight plays. Quarterback
Dustin Hensley went the final yard for York's first score.
But the Wildcats offense would not be denied.
Cates went to the air on the following series, connected with
Vaughn and Puckett on three straight plays to move the ball deep
into the Dragons' territory. An almost certain touchdown was foiled
when Vaughn fumbled at the York 20.
Livingston stopped the Dragons on fourth down the following series,
then marched back downfield, sparked by a 14-yard run by Reeder.
Vaughn ran it in from the 5.
York answered the score with a TD of its own, and midway through
the final period, LA led by only 26-14.
"That final drive on our part was impressive," Coach
Eldridge continued. "Reeder was strong on a great run (15 yards),
and Cates really showed speed on that one play (a 17-yard scamper)."
Cates added an 11-yard pass to Puckett, and Vaughn went in for
the record-tying score from the 2.
"That was a good high school football game," Coach Eldridge
added. "York is a very physical team, and we needed to make
a showing like this against a good team. It will build confidence
in our youngsters.
"We have a big game next week with Portland, and we'll have
to play as well as we did tonight or perhaps better. I think we
10/08/04 LA YI
1st Downs 21 16
Yds. Rushing 358 256
Yds. Passing 145 47
Passes Att./Comp. 10/7 6/2
Passes Int. By 1 1
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Punts/Avg. 0/0 1/39
Yds. Penalized 80 30
Score by Quarter:
LA: 6 14 0 12
Total: 32 CC: 0 0 7 7
LA - Allred, 68 pass from Cates. Kick failed.
LA -Vaughn, 5 run. Pass failed.
LA -Vaughn, 18 run. Puckett, pass from Cates.
YI -Hensley, 5 run. Herren kick.
LA -Vaughn, 5 run. Run failed.
YI -Hensley, 10 run.
Herren kick. LA -Vaughn, 2 run. Run failed.
Wildcats close season
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Whitney Hill returns fire against the White County Warriors in action
from Thursday, Oct. 7.
By SAMANTHA BARLOW, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team travelled to Lafayette
on Monday, Oct. 4 to play Macon County and Beech High School.
The Cats first played Beech and lost 25-23 and 26-24. They next
played Macon County and lost after winning the first match 25-18,
but losing the next two matches 18-25 and 21-25.
LA Coach Merl Smith said, "The girls played very well even
though we did not come out winning."
The team had two home matches on Tuesday, Oct. 5, one against Monterey
and one against Gordonsville. LA came out winners against both competitors
with the scores being 25-12 and 25-14 against Monterey, and 25-18
and 25-14 against Gordonsville.
The last home game for Livingston Academy took place on Thursday,
Oct. 7. The Cats played against White County. LA lost the first
game 25-16, won the second game 16-25, and lost the next two games
25-18 and 25-21. This ended the regular season for the LA team.
LA opened the District 9A-AA Tournament at Upperman on Monday,
Oct. 11 as the number 2 seed, with a record of 17-3.
A win against Jackson County in the first round of the District
Tournament on Monday, Oct. 11 pitted the Wildcats against the Upperman
Bees at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. The winner would move on to
the championship match to be played at 8 p.m.
The top two teams in the District Tournament will move into region
play on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Lady Cats District
Champs, region bound
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
The 2004 Lady Wildcats soccer team poses with their hard-earned
District 9A-AA trophy won in tournament play last week. Team members
are, kneeling from left, Krista Clinard, Heather Camp, Chelsey Franklin,
MaryFaye Maynard, Jessica Carr, Melody Allen, Katrina Marshall,
standing, Whitney Allred, Megan Harris, Tara Taylor, Stevie Plumlee,
Danielle Ray, Mallie Stephens, Brittany Ray, Jessica McDonald, Olivia
King, Michelle Allen, and Allison Medley.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats continued their soccer dominance
last week in a duo of games that would see them win the District
9A-AA championship by week's end.
After defeating first-year, and 8th seed, Jackson County in the
first round of tournament play, the Lady Cats moved on to semifinal
action against Smith County's Owlettes.
LA Soccer Coach Ethan King said, "It was the first time Smith
had advanced in the tournaments." Eighty minutes and stoppage
time saw the blue and white pull one out for the home team in fine
fashion. Result: LA 5, SCHS 1.
Katrina Marshall led scoring with the hat trick, while her partner
in crime Krista Clinard toed in a two-fer. Marshall and Clinard
split assists to one another equally, with each giving up one chance
so their teammate could capitalize and score.
"The girls hustled and it payed off for both of them,"
Coach King said.
The final round against Lebanon's Friendship Christian on Thursday,
Oct. 7 was the battle for all the peanuts. Much back-and-forth volleying
was had, with neither team making much advance. Both defenses and
midfields were doing a good job of upsetting any major offensive
tries, until a Friendship Christian striker snuck one by the Lady
Wildcat fullbacks and keeper Michelle Allen to make the score 1-0
in their favor.
Returning to play, the same tug-o-war seemed to be starting up
again until the Cats scored a goal of their own to tie the score
1-1, where it would stay for the majority of the game.
With the atmosphere becoming increasingly intense on the field
and in the stands, the game looked to be headed for a shootout ending
until LA pulled out a second streaker in the 76th minute, making
the score 2-1.
To say the goal took the wind out of the sails of the Lady Commanders
would be an overstatement, as they displayed the same aggression
the last 4 minutes of play that they had all evening; however it
wouldn't be enough to rescue the game, with LA pulling off the tight
Coach King said, "It was a defensive battle. Our girls shut
down their offense. Michelle Allen made some key saves down the
stretch, and we held on for the win."
For the seniors on the LA squad, this was their fourth consecutive
district championship, something they can brag about to their children
The Lady Wildcats advance to Region 5A-AA quarterfinals, hosting
Davidson Academy Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Outlaws win close
game for Homecoming
A late fourth quarter touchdown gave the Overton County Senior
Outlaws a 13-12 Homecoming win over the Clay County Senior Cardinals
Though penalized 8 times in the game, the Outlaws were able to
come up with the late-game heroics. Dylan Roberts rushed for 159
yards and the game-winning touchdown. Defensively, Carson Bailey
had 4 tackles.
Dylan Roberts 21-159-1
Carson Bailey 3-37-0
Paul Daniels 7-24-0
Lucas Dailey 4-2-1
Paul Daniels 1-1-24
Lucas Dailey 1-1-0
Carson Bailey 2-24-0
Carson Bailey 4; Hunter Garrett 2; Paul Daniels 2; Justin Ledbetter
2; Kyle Lee 2; Ross Good 1; Dylan Roberts 1; Matthew Allred 1; Lucas
Dailey 1; and Tyler Peek 1.
Junior Outlaws win 7-0 Individual Statistics
Brock McCoin 15-152-1
Lukas Reagan 7-40-0
John Michael Dishman 1-14-0
Creed Hayes 7-7-0
Creed Hayes 1-4-25
John Michael Dishman 1-25
Lukas Reagan 5; Jordan Thrasher 5; Ronnie Linder 3; Creed Hayes
2; Jacob Weilenman 2; Connor Oliver 2; Austin Gentry 2; Jared Hogue
1; and Morgan Mayberry 1.
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