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Archives 08-31-2005

Sports

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 the game.

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 we didn't.

"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 fourth period.

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 opens 1-1-1

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 the net."

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 corner."

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 half."

The Lady Cats weren't as lucky on Thursday, Aug. 26 against York Institute.

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 Jessica McDonald.

"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, Sept. 6.

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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 of golf.

"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 counties.

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 39.

"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 it up."

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 October 4-5.

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Jr. Wildcats thump Tompkinsville 34-6


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 point.

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 22-0 lead.

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 touchdown.

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 the game."

Defensive standouts were Stafford and Harris with 10 and 8 tackles respectively.

In addition to Harris' fumble recovery, Stafford intercepted a pass.

The next Jr. Wildcats game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at Livingston Academy.

Individual Statistics

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Hayden Hill 2-6-14

Receiving (Catches-Yds.)
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

Lead Tacklers
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 teams

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 Gore.

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 score 7-0.

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 game.

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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