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Wildcats cruise past York Dragons 32-14
Wildcats close season play
Lady Cats District Champs, region bound
Outlaws win close game for Homecoming

Wildcats cruise 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.

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.

Forget it.

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 attempts.

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 through."

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 can."

The Yardstick:

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

Total: 14


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 play

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Whitney Hill returns fire against the White County Warriors in action from Thursday, Oct. 7.

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.

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 victory 2-1.

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 one day.

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 13-12.

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.

Individual Statistics

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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