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Cats of 2004 putting up impressive numbers
Cats volleyball season ends in regionals
Jr. Outlaws finish as runner-up

Cats of 2004 putting up impressive numbers

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
LA's D.J. Allred, #27, catches a Wilson Cates pass and takes it to the house in the Wildcats' 35-14 win over Upperman.

With only one game remaining in the regular season and post season action guaranteed, the 2004 edition of the Livingston Academy Wildcats will go down as one of the school's most successful teams.

Heading into the regular season finale against DeKalb County this weekend in Smithville, the Wildcats boast an 8-1 record, 7 wins in a row and only 2 victories away from tying the school's longest winning streak of 9.

One individual mark was broken several weeks ago when running back Jamey Vaughn became the school's leading touchdown producer with 23 in a single season. The team could also become the school's winningest squad should it win three more games. Only four previous LA teams have won 10 games in a single season, and none have posted 11 victories in a season.

After eight games this year, the most outstanding quality of the Wildcats is the diversity shown and also the total team play. Despite Vaughn's individual record, the entire team is balanced both offensively and defensively.

On the scoreboard, the Wildcats have put up 299 points opposed to 130 for the opposition. Rushing, LA has averaged 278 yards per game while allowing foes only 173 yards. On the season, Livingston has compiled 2,919 total yards against 2,055.

Senior Brian Colson leads the team in rushing with 717 yards on 71 carries for an incredible 10 yards per carry. Vaughn has 532 yards on 107 carries while quarterback Wilson Cates has rolled up 442 yards in 80 attempts. Jake Reeder, Drew Cannon, and Josh Carwile all have over 100 yards each.

D.J. Allred leads all receivers with 340 yards on 16 carries. Allred also has 2 touchdowns. Wesley Puckett, in addition to his 24 extra point conversions on 33 attempts, has pulled down 12 passes for 184 yards and 4 touchdowns.

In the scoring department, Vaughn is the leader with his 23 touchdowns and a total of 138 points. Puckett has 54 points, Colson has 36, Cates 28, Cannon 12, Carwile 8, and Reeder 6.

And while they are both offensive threats, Vaughn and Colson are as equally strong on defense. Through 8 games this season, Vaughn has 40 solo tackles and 23 assists while Colson has 31 tackles and 14 assists. Jake Reeder has a total of 45 tackles and assists, followed by Brandon Bond with 39, Adam Hunter with 29, Allred with 28, Puckett 28, Cody Melton 25, Ryan Duke 24, and Cates 23.

Bond leads the Wildcats defense in sacks with 3, Colson has 2, as does Wade Ford.

In the interception department, Cates has 3 and Jake Peterman and Allred follow with 2 each. Levi Holt has 1.

Puckett and Carwile each have 2 fumble recoveries to lead the squad, and Cates has 6 pass deflections to his credit to lead in that category.

Head Coach Matt Eldridge, a former Wildcats player, said, "It's easy to see why this team has been successful so far. It has been a total team effort with every one on the team contributing at one point or another.

"We have kids playing both offense and defense and they stand out in both. And we have kids coming off the bench who have done what we as a coaching staff have asked them to do and have done it well.

"This is probably the best all around team I've had the privilege of coaching, and the reasons are many," he said. "We have outstanding athletes to start with, and we have depth at a lot of positions. That's critical, especially the further you go in the playoffs. Teams will get tougher and we feel we have the kids this time around that can compete."


Cats volleyball season ends in regionals

Livingston Academy's Wildcats volleyball team travelled to Greenbrier to play in the first round of the Region 5A-AA Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The Cats played against Greenbrier and lost with the scores being 26-24, 25-13, and 25-20.

LA Coach Merl Smith said, "The girls played very well, but Greenbrier was just the better team.

"I am proud of my girls for all the effort they have put in this year, and hopefully next year will be the same way."

There will be no next year for senior Kristin Hoover, who will graduate in May.

"I am sorry to see Kristin leave the team," Coach Smith said about his only senior volleyball player. "She was a wonderful leader, helped out her other teammates, and played her best. I will miss her next year."


Jr. Outlaws finish as runner-up

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Overton County's 8 and 9 year-old Outlaws finished the season as the runner-up after losing a tight rain-soaked game Saturday night to DeKalb County.



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