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Archives 09-07-2005

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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 against Kingston

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 score.

"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 us.

"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 at 14-6.

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 field.

"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 victory.

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 region contest.

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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 silver division.

"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 enough.

"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. 13.

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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 position.

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 halftime.

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 third quarter.

A highlight of the game for the Jr. Wildcats was Cody Stafford's outstanding defensive game, making 13 tackles.

Individual Statistics Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)

Hayden Hill 4-10-24
Cody Stafford 0-2-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)

Cody Stafford 2-8
Caleb Sells 1-16
Ethan McDonald 1-2

Rushing
(Carries-Yds)

Ethan McDonald 14-44
Cody Stafford 4-22
Brannon McCoin 6-17
Hayden Hill 1-12

Lead Tacklers
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 Rebecca Emrich.

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 to Carthage

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
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)

Kaleb Qualls 1-4-8

Rushing
(Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Kaleb Qualls 11-51-1
Jordan Savage 12-30-0
Jacob Masters 4-12-0

Tackles
Wade McDonald 5; Daniel Flatt 4; Jacob Masters 3; and Wade Eldridge 2.

Interceptions
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.

Individual Statistics
Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Creed Hayes 2-5-7

Rushing
(Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Brock McCoin 17-102-1
Creed Hayes 4-2-0

Tackles
Brock McCoin 7; Tyler Burnette 7; Morgan Mayberry 6; Anthony Woolbright 5; Lucas Dailey 3; and John Michael Dishman 3.

Fumble Recovery
Ronnie Linder 1.

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