Cats win home opener against Kingston
Cats win division in volleyball tourney
Junior Wildcats fall to Macon County
Jr. Lady Cats roll past Jackson County
Outlaws lose at home to Carthage
Cats win home opener
Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
LA's Jamey Vaughn eludes Kingston Yellow Jackets defenders in
Friday's home game.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
So many similarities were in last week's season opener at Trousdale
County and this past Friday's home contest with Kingston that fans
attending both perhaps had to look around to be sure they hadn't
gone back to Hartsville.
On both occasions, the offense played well, the defense played
well and the special teams just didn't show up at all. The big difference
this time was that the Wildcats were on the winning end of the 33-18
"It was almost a rerun," lineman Ryan Duke said. "Tonight
we played well on both offense and defense, and last week we played
well, only last week we lost and it was special teams that killed
"Tonight, we played well on both sides of the ball and special
teams just hurt us. Offensively, we put enough points on the board
to win. We have got to get better on kickoffs and punts."
Last week, the Wildcats dominated Trousdale County, but two breakdowns
on special teams allowed those Yellow Jackets to come off a 14-12
winner. In that game, the Wildcats defense allowed the home team
only 20 yards of offense in the first half.
The same story replayed Friday, Sept. 2 as the Wildcats opened
region play by hosting Kingston's Yellow Jackets. In the first half,
the visitors managed only 14 yards on the ground and 23 through
the air. On offense, LA blasted out 136 yards on the ground and
31 through the air.
At intermission, Livingston held a slim 6-0 lead thanks to a solo
score by Jamey Vaughn that capped a 21-yard drive on the opening
play of the second quarter.
Quarterback Wilson Cates said, "We moved the ball all over
the field in the first half, but only scored once. A fumble by me
and one by Jamey, I think, kept us from scoring, but overall, we
played pretty good in the first half. We didn't make many mistakes
on special teams either."
Vaughn put the Cats on the board again midway through the third
frame with a 1-yard blast capping a 47-yard drive that included
two on-the-mark passes from Cates to Jake Peterman and Jake Reeder.
Cates ran in the conversion try and the Wildcats held a 14-0 lead.
Then, with three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the third period,
the once stone-solid Wildcats defense gave up 32 quick yards following
a 44-yard kickoff return, and Kingston was right back in the game
Defensive lineman Wade Ford tried to explain, saying, "I'm
not sure what happened there. They ran the kickoff back really good,
and that kinda gave them the momentum to punch it on in. I think
we recovered okay, but that score was just too easy for them."
The fourth quarter began with Livingston holding a slim 8-point
advantage, but on the first play of the final frame, Vaughn blasted
off the left side after taking a pitchout from Cates, and rambled
30 yards for the score and a 14 -point lead.
But Kingston still had fight left, and on the ensuing drive, divorced
its ground attack in exchange for the passing game. The shift left
the Wildcats looking for a way to stop the attack, and it didn't
come soon enough.
On the 10th play of the drive, Yellow Jacket quarterback Justin
Givens hit Blake Bruner with a pass just over the line of scrimmage,
then Bruner flipped the ball to Chad Johnson who raced 20 yards
for the score with 8:10 remaining in the game. The kick failed,
but Livingston's lead was back to 8 at 20-12.
Wildcats Head Coach Matt Eldridge moaned after the game, "We're
smarter than that. You could see that play coming a mile away.
"I'm happy we won tonight, but I'm not happy the way we are
playing on our special teams. For some reason we're not getting
to the ball carrier and he's running right up the middle of the
"We worked on that all week, and early in the game I felt
like we might have figured it out. Then in the second half, we fell
apart again in that area."
While Eldridge was looking for answers for his special teams, the
Kingston coaches had much the same problem with Cates. The "do
anything" player was destroying the Yellow Jackets on defense,
and his offensive play in the final two periods nailed down the
Following Kingston's second score, Cates marched the Wildcats back
down the field, then on the fifth play of the series pulled off
a perfect quarterback draw. After breaking through the line of scrimmage,
the senior raced away from the Yellow Jacket defenders for the first
of two 43-yard scoring romps that would account for 86 of his 137
yards on the ground for the night.
"The offensive line gets most of the credit for that first
one," Cates explained. "They opened a huge hole and I
just dropped back, saw it, and ran into it. Those guys up front,
Beau (Massingille), (Jacob) Coffee, (Robert) Holt, Wade (Ford),
and (Curtis) Beaty really created some huge holes to run through."
The touchdown gave the Wildcats a 26-12 lead with 5:51 remaining
in the game, and it looked like it was all but over. Cates' second
43-yard score came with just 34 second left in the contest as he
broke off the left side then simply outraced the defenders to the
goal line. Jonathan McGill kicked his first point-after of the season,
and Livingston was way out front, 33-12.
The ensuing kickoff upset Eldridge, as well as most of his team.
Givens took McGill's kick on his own 12, and went 88 yards almost
untouched. The score didn't have much effect on the outcome of the
game, but it left a bad taste in some players' mouths.
Duke said, "I'm happy with the win, but I'm just not satisfied.
We're better than that, and we've got to play better if we expect
to be a contender in this league this year. There are no easy teams
on this schedule, and we have got to fix the special team problem."
The Wildcats are now 1-1 on the season, but more importantly, 1-0
in Region 2-3A.
Station Camp will be in town this Friday for another important
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Cats win division
in volleyball tourney
Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
LA's Whitney Hill knocks the ball back across the net in the
August 30 match against Red Boiling Springs.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team is off to a winning
start, with an 8-4 record in the young 2005 season.
The season opened for the Cats on August 22 at Crossville, where
they lost in five games to host Cumberland County.
LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "It was a real good match.
"They beat us 16-14 in the final. So, we had a real good match
with that one. We were pretty even with them."
The Wildcats played in the White County Tournament on August 26-27.
"In our pool was Glencliff, who we defeated, Warren County,
we defeated them, McMinn County, we defeated them," Coach Smith
said. "We lost to Macon County and Ravenwood.
"That put us 3rd in our pool." They then played in the
"We won the silver division tournament by defeating Upperman
and Glencliff," Coach Smith said.
Livingston Academy's home opener was Tuesday, Aug. 30 when the
Cats took on Red Boiling Springs and Monterey. LA defeated both
in two straight games.
The Cats travelled to Baxter on Thursday, Sept. 1 to play Smith
County and Upperman.
The host team defeated LA in three games, taking a narrow 27-25
win in the final.
Livingston then defeated Smith County to move the Wildcats' overall
record to 8-4.
"We've had a lot of good things happen, and we've still got
a lot of things we've got to work out," Coach Smith said of
his team's play so far.
"Our defense is hurting us a little bit because we're not
as quick as we need to be. And we're not making the passes well
"Our blocking has been tremendous. Whitney Hill and Jada Ledbetter,
both, are doing a tremendous job on the net at blocking. That's
our strong point right now," he said.
"Our hits are getting there. Our serving has been great.
"We just need to be a little bit quicker on the back row and
make better passes."
After playing Donelson Christian Academy and Portland on DCA's
home court in Nashville on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Wildcats will host
Gordonsville and Cannon County on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Cats will
play in the Knox Bearden Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 10, then
will travel to Gainesboro to play Jackson County on Tuesday, Sept.
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Junior Wildcats fall
to Macon County
Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
The Jr. Wildcats' defense take down a Macon County runner in
the September 1 loss.
The Overton County Jr. Wildcats lost their first game of the season
0-20 at home against Macon County on Thursday, Sept. 1.
The game began with Jr. Wildcat Ethan McDonald taking the opening
kickoff 36 yards, well into Macon County territory. The Jr. Cats
were on the move, but two costly penalties pushed them back into
their own territory and forced them to punt.
A high snap from center on the punt resulted in punter Casey Beason
being tackled deep in the Jr. Wildcats' zone.
On the ensuing play, Macon County's Christian Crabtree ran for
28 yards for their first touchdown of the game.
The quarter ended with Macon County leading 6-0.
In the second quarter, the Jr. Wildcats pounded the football down
the field to Macon County's 13 yard line. The Jr. Cats appeared
set to march into the endzone, but an end-around play lost 7 yards,
and another costly penalty pushed the Jr. Wildcats out of scoring
Macon County took over and had a long drive down the field, with
Bobby Gregory scoring from 14 yards out, making the score 12-0 at
The first half was played evenly between the two teams, with both
using the running game to grind the ball down the field. The big
difference was costly penalties to the Jr. Wildcats.
The second half was more of the same, each team pounding the ball
on the ground. The Jr. Wildcats began to go to the air more in the
second half, but Macon County had the receivers double-covered.
Macon County's Crabtree scored their final touchdown late in the
A highlight of the game for the Jr. Wildcats was Cody Stafford's
outstanding defensive game, making 13 tackles.
Individual Statistics Passing
Hayden Hill 4-10-24
Cody Stafford 0-2-0
Cody Stafford 2-8
Caleb Sells 1-16
Ethan McDonald 1-2
Ethan McDonald 14-44
Cody Stafford 4-22
Brannon McCoin 6-17
Hayden Hill 1-12
Cody Stafford 13; Ridge Harris 6; Dylan Ashlock 5; Jacob Parsons
4; and Josh Beaty 4.
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Jr. Lady Cats roll
past Jackson County
courtesy of Jr. Wildcats Soccer
Junior Wildcats Soccer defender Lisa Cook clears the ball.
The Overton County Jr. Lady Wildcats soccer team continued their
winning ways last week by rolling past Jackson County with a comfortable
7-3 score, improving their record to 4-0.
Coach Phil Marshall had his job cut out for him on Thursday, Sept.
1. He had to re-energize the team and get them to focus on the task
at hand. Coach Marshall tinkered with the lineup, allowing several
younger players to play alongside the seasoned starters, as well
as allowing defensive players to experience some offensive time.
The results were immediate as forward Ashley Bledsoe (6th grader)
opened the scoring with her first career goal in the early minutes
of the game.
Coach Marshall's decision was further rewarded when hard working
forward/midfielder Kelsey Sotis and stopper Lisa Cook each notched
their first goals of the season.
The scoring was completed with single goals by Shelby Taylor,
Heather Marshall, Kathryn Nigro, and a well struck direct kick by
When asked about his numerous lineup changes, Coach Marshall explained,
"Sometimes it helps the team chemistry to swap offensive and
defensive positions so the players can get an appreciation for each
other's jobs. This team is about having fun and developing players'
talents, and it's just plain fun to have a chance to score once
in a while."
The club has a week off before entering the toughest week of the
season, three games in four days, including matches with Algood,
White County, and Avery Trace. The Avery Trace game is the only
home game of the three, and is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15
at 5:30 p.m. at Livingston Academy.
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Outlaws lose at home
MaryJane Young/OCN Sports
The Outlaws offensive line opens a big hole for Brock McCoin
to run through in Saturday's home game. McCoin rushed for 102 yards
in the game.
The Overton County Outlaws Jr. B team tied with Carthage 6-6 on
Saturday, Sept. 3.
The Jr. Outlaws' season record fell to 1-2 with a 6-25 loss to
Carthage. The Jr. Outlaws were unable to stop the running game of
Carthage, spearheaded by Jalen Manning, who rushed for 169 yards
and 2 touchdowns. The Jr. Outlaws' only touchdown came on a 1-yard
run by Kaleb Qualls.
Individual Statistics Passing
Kaleb Qualls 1-4-8
Kaleb Qualls 11-51-1
Jordan Savage 12-30-0
Jacob Masters 4-12-0
Wade McDonald 5; Daniel Flatt 4; Jacob Masters 3; and Wade Eldridge
Matthew Burnette 1.
The Senior Outlaws dropped an 8-13 decision to Carthage, making
their season record 1-2.
Carthage spurted to a 13-0 halftime lead, and was able to hold
off a late Outlaws rally. The Outlaws lone touchdown came on a 58-yard
run by Brock McCoin late in the fourth quarter.
Creed Hayes 2-5-7
Brock McCoin 17-102-1
Creed Hayes 4-2-0
Brock McCoin 7; Tyler Burnette 7; Morgan Mayberry 6; Anthony Woolbright
5; Lucas Dailey 3; and John Michael Dishman 3.
Ronnie Linder 1.
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