Cats open season against Trousdale County
Lady Cats soccer opens 1-1-1
LA Golf Team off to good start
Jr. Wildcats thump Tompkinsville 34-6
Outlaws sweep Monterey teams
Cats open season
against Trousdale County
Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy runningback Mike Jones struggles for a few
more feet in Saturday's game at Hartsville. Jones rushed for 100
yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Season openers are by nature the best and worst of all worlds. Will
the team play well; will they make the right decisions or the wrong
decisions; how will the offense perform; and will the defense make
the critical plays? For a coach, it is finally time to put the team
to a real test and, hopefully, a mistake will not determine the
outcome of the contest.
For the Livingston Academy Wildcats, opening night in Hartsville
last Saturday, Aug. 27 turned out to be a display of outstanding
offense and defense, but two critical miscues, both on special teams,
spelled a 14-12 setback at the hands of Trousdale County.
Before the game started, Head Coach Matt Eldridge paced the middle
of the field wondering if his squad would perform well. He had all
the questions, but none of the answers. When it was over, the answers
were there, and despite the loss, Eldridge believed his team had
performed fairly well.
"We played well enough to win," the coach explained after
the contest, which had been moved from Friday to Saturday night
due to wet field conditions in Hartsville. "I thought our offense
put on a good show, and defensively, we made a great goalline stand
and held them to almost nothing. It was a breakdown on special teams
that really determined the outcome."
Although he didn't have the numbers to back him up at the time,
Eldridge was right on the money in his assessment of the game. In
the first half alone, although trailing by a single point at the
intermission, 7-6, the Wildcats had held the Yellow Jackets to 2
first downs and a mere 48 yards of total offense on the ground and
through the air.
During the same 24 minutes, Eldridge's Wildcats had rolled up an
impressive 141 yards on the ground, collected 9 first downs, and
picked up a fumble.
But one play had changed the tempo of the game. Although Trousdale
only managed to take 2 snaps from center in the entire second period,
a 92-yard kickoff return by Marco White got the home team back in
Livingston defensive back Wilson Cates said, "I don't think
we even touched him. It was one of those things where a good runner
finds seams in the defense and makes the best of it. That play and
another later in the game were really all we allowed them, but they
turned them into a win.
"This was our first game, and it was their second, and I really
think that makes a difference. There's nothing like a real game
to get you settled down, and they had one under their belts and
"Overall, we made mistakes, but offensively and defensively,
the team put on a good performance and we'll move on from here.
We'll be okay." Before the game, Coach Eldridge expressed concern
about senior runningback Mike Jones, who has not played a down at
Livingston Academy since 2003.
"I had to see if Jones was going to be able to help us,"
Eldridge said. "He answered that question pretty good. All
our runningbacks played extremely hard."
Jones, a transfer from Monterey High School, quickly answered any
questions his coaches may have had.
In the second period, he ripped off a 30-yard run to set the Wildcats
up on the Yellow Jackets' 16 yard line, then, three plays later,
bulled in with four defenders hanging on for the night's first score.
Jonathan McGill's extra point try was blocked.
On the night, Jones collected 100 yards on 14 carries and scored
both Livingston touchdowns.
The soft spoken Jones recalled, "They just gave me the ball,
the line opened some nice holes for me to run through. The team
played a good game, I thought, and gave a good effort."
In the third period, the Wildcats went back on top using a 70-yard
drive that featured hard running from Cates, Jamey Vaughn, and Jones.
Jones capped the drive with a 5-yard run, but Cates' pass for the
2-point conversion barely missed, and LA led 12-7 going into the
But just like in the second period after the touchdown, the LA
kicking team had a breakdown, a 50-yard return that let the home
team have great field position.
With first and goal from the 6, the Jackets tried the inside of
the Livingston defense four straight times, and each time the defense
held, stopping the drive on the 1.
Lineman Wade Ford said, "That was a good defensive stand.
By this time, everyone was about worn out from the heat, but our
line held and we felt good about it."
But four plays later, Cates had to punt from his goal line.
On Trousdale's second play from scrimmage, the Jackets turned quarterback
Dustin Dillehay loose for a 15-yard score that determined the outcome
of the game.
Jamey Vaughn, last year's scoring leader, pointed out, "We
didn't win and winning's what we came over here to do. But, overall,
I thought we played fairly well.
"Offensively, the line did a great job and Mike (Jones) really
stepped up and showed his stuff.
"We'll work on mistakes next week and we'll get better as
the season go on. We are in a tough league this year, and we will
not be able to make mistakes and expect to win. Trousdale was a
good team, and from here on out they don't get any easier."
The Wildcats return home this week for a region game against Kingston.
Game time is 7 p.m. at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium.
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Lady Cats soccer
MaryJane Young/OCN staff
McKenzie McConaha, #13, fights for ball control during the season
opener against Warren County.
By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN Sports
In a season that began with a 0-0 tie with Warren County, the Livingston
Academy Lady Wildcats quickly saw the ups and the downs in the first
two weeks of play in the 2005 soccer season.
On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the girls soccer team faced Smith County,
who took an early first half lead.
Coach Ethan King said, "We had trouble clearing the ball (on
a corner kick), and the Smith County player put it in the back of
But the second half saw LA strong on offense. Twenty minutes into
the second half, the game was tied by Allie Baltimore.
"Allie is one of my few left-footed players," Coach King
said. "She used that left foot and put it over the goalie into
The first goal quickly sparked a second goal minutes later, when
the ball found the net via Devin Thompson.
"The girls really hustled the second half, and it paid off,"
Coach King said. "I was proud of the way they worked that second
The Lady Cats weren't as lucky on Thursday, Aug. 26 against York
York took a decisive 2-0 lead in the first half, scoring first
off of a miss-handled ball, then off a direct kick.
LA finally answered when Mallie Stephens scored off an assist from
"We had a better effort the second half, but it just wasn't
enough," King said. "We made some mistakes, we just need
to learn from those mistakes.
"My hat's off to York. They played a good game.
"This is only the second district game the soccer program
has lost since I've been here.
"We have a target on our back, and we need to come to every
game ready to play because the competion is gunning for us."
The Lady Cats were scheduled to play at Wilson Central on Tuesday,
Aug. 30, then travel to Smithville to play DeKalb County on Tuesday,
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LA Golf Team off
to good start
Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Members of the 2005 Livingston Academy Wildcats golf team are,
front row from left, Samantha Williams, Michael Ledford, Jordan
Everly, Clint West, Brandi Keisling, back row, Assistant Coach Patty
Dale, Daniel Elder, Brandon Matthews, Nathan Dale, Justin Monday,
Rex Dale, Lance Ruble, and Coach Elizabeth Woodard.
BY MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
With four seniors, three of whom played on last year's outstanding
team, the Livingston Academy golf squad is once again off to a strong
start with 9 wins in their first 3 matches.
Paced by Justin Monday and sophomore Michael Ledford, the Wildcats
are again contenders for district and regional play. Last year's
squad finished third in the regionals.
LA Golf Coach Elizabeth Woodard said, "We have a strong team
with students that can play. If we have a weakness, it is that we
have to learn to control our emotions, and emotions are a big part
"As far as being able to play the game, we can do that. We
have good senior leadership, and we have some underclassmen who
will get better and better as the season goes along."
Seniors on this year's team include Justin Monday, Rex Dale, Brandon
Matthews, and Lance Ruble. Daniel Elder and Nathan Dale compose
the junior class. Ledford is the only sophomore, while Clint West
and Jordan Everly are freshmen.
In their only setback of the season thus far, Livingston finished
second to Jackson County at Cumberland Bend, while defeating Pickett
and Clay counties. In their next match, the Wildcats easily defeated
Monterey, Pickett, and Cannon counties. Last Thursday, Aug. 25,
LA again proved too strong, upending Jackson, DeKalb, and Pickett
Medalist in the opening match was Monday, who posted a 39, while
Dale came in with a 40.
In the second outing, Ledford fired a blistering 34, and Monday
posted a 38. Elder was medalist in last Thursday's outing, played
at Hidden Valley Country Club in Livingston, with a fine 34, while
Dale posted a 37. Monday was in with a 38 as was Matthews and Ruble.
Clint West posted a 34, and Dale had his best ever match with a
"I really think we will be contenders for district, region,
and even perhaps state titles if we can stay consistent," Coach
Woodard added. "Our players can shoot low scores if they concentrate.
"In our first few matches, the kids have turned in some fine
scores, which shows they can play the game. I hope they can keep
On the girls side, the Wildcats have two returning veterans in
Samantha Williams and Brandi Keisling.
At this early stage of the season, the girls are 4-4. Williams
has turned in scores of 37, 41, and 43. Keisling has posted scores
of 60, 51, and 56. The team is selling sponsorships this year to
buy some much needed new equipment. Those wanting to help the team
can contact Coach Woodard at (931) 823-5911 during school hours.
Sponsors will have their names placed on a sign at the country club.
Assisting Woodard again this season is Patty Dale. The regular season
will end September 15. Girls district play will begin September
19, and boys district play will begin on September 20. Regional
action will be September 26, and the state playoffs will be held
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Jr. Wildcats thump
The Jr. Wildcats coaches give instructions prior to the game.
Please Note: The Jr. Wildcats picture was inadvertently listed
in the paper under the Outlaws story.
The Jr. Wildcats ran their 2005 record to 2-0 with a solid offensive
and defensive performance against Tompkinsville, KY, winning 34-6.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Jr. Wildcat fullback Cody
Stafford took the first play from scrimmage and scampered 63 yards
off tackle for the initial score. Ethan McDonald ran in the extra
After holding Tompkinsville on their initial drive, and forcing
them to punt, the Jr. Wildcats' McDonald fielded the punt and ran
74 yards for the second touchdown of the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Jr. Wildcats stripped the ball, and
Jr. Wildcat Dustin Wiley recovered it. With great ground control,
the Jr. Wildcats marched down the field, with McDonald running the
ball in from the 13 yard line for the Jr. Cats' third touchdown
in the first quarter. McDonald ran the conversion in.
The first quarter ended with the Jr. Wildcats taking a commanding
The second quarter began with the Jr. Wildcats again stripping
the ball on a kickoff, with Wiley making his second fumble recovery
of the game.
Again with a solid ground game, the Jr. Wildcats drove to the 1
yard line, and quarterback Brannon McCoin punched it in for the
Late in the second quarter, Tompkinsville scored their only touchdown
of the game. The half ended with the Jr. Cats leading 28-6.
The third quarter was scoreless.
After a Ridge Harris fumble recovery in the fourth quarter, the
Jr. Wildcats again pushed the ball down the field. McDonald scored
again, this time from 5 yards out, making the final score 34-6.
Coach Bryan Aldridge said, "The offensive line played a great
game, which gave us the opportunity to have good ball control throughout
Defensive standouts were Stafford and Harris with 10 and 8 tackles
In addition to Harris' fumble recovery, Stafford intercepted a
The next Jr. Wildcats game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 1 at Livingston Academy.
Hayden Hill 2-6-14
Cody Stafford 1-11
Ethan McDonald 1-4
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs)
Cody Stafford 6-88-1
Ethan McDonald 11-83-2
Brannon McCoin 5-27-1
Cody Stafford 10; Ridge Harris 8; Ethan McDonald 6; Adam Wilson
6; Josh Beaty 5; and Jacob Parsons 4.
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Outlaws sweep Monterey
The Overton County Outlaws Jr. B team defeated Monterey 32-0 on
Saturday, Aug. 27.
Dylan Linder's 3 touchdown runs led the Outlaws.
The Outlaws defense was smothering, paced by defensive tackle Dalton
The Overton County Jr. Outlaws put up the second shutout of the
day, defeating Monterey's Jr. Wildcats 19-0.
The Jr. Outlaws offense established a solid ground game from the
outset. The first quarter was scoreless, but the Jr. Outlaws broke
through midway in the second quarter on a 12-yard run by Jordan
Savage. Kaleb Qualls ran in the conversion, making the halftime
The Jr. Outlaws tacked on 2 third quarter touchdowns, the first
coming from Savage on a 63-yard scamper, and the second by Logan
Clark from 7 yards out.
The final score was 19-0, Jr. Outlaws.
Savage paced the way offensively with 126 rushing yards. Jacob
"The Masterpiece" Masters led the defense with 8 tackles
and a fumble recovery. Peter Hollars also contributed a fumble recovery.
The Senior Outlaws completed the sweep with a 27-0 victory over
the Monterey Sr. Wildcats.
The Outlaws defense set the tone from the opening kickoff with
a swarming group of tacklers who flew to the ball throughout the
The Outlaws scored on their first play from scrimmage on a 53-yard
run by Brock “B-Rock” McCoin. Creed Hayes ran in the conversion,
making for a 7-0 score.
No more scoring took place in the first half, but on the second
half kickoff, McCoin had a 65-yard return for a touchdown.
The Outlaws struck paydirt again early in the fourth quarter on
a 4-yard run by Hayes.
The Outlaws' final touchdown came with 2:00 left in the game, when
McCoin scored his third touchdown, this time from 39 yards. Hayes
hit Lucas Dailey for the conversion, making the final score 27-0.
McCoin rushed for 127 yards, with Hayes rushing for 56.
Defensively, McCoin had 6 tackles, with Lukas Reagan and Jarred
Hogue making 4 tackles each.
The next scheduled action for the Outlaws is a home game Saturday,
Sept. 3 against Carthage.
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