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Wildcats defeat Station Camp Bisons 35-14
Cats take home volleyball wins
Lady Wildcats Soccer shuts out Dekalb County
Junior Wildcats defeat Baxter 30-6
Outlaws take Homecoming wins

 

Wildcats defeat Station Camp Bisons 35-14

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy Wildcats junior defensive lineman Cody Shokoui faces off against the Station Camp center before a snap in Friday's home win over the Bisons.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
If there's any distinct difference between last year's Livingston Academy football team and this year's, it has to be in the offensive backfield. While going 11-2 last season, Jamey Vaughn set a school record in the touchdown department with 28. Through three games this season, the runningback has only three, and they all came in the second game of the season.

"Last year Brian (Colson) would drive the ball down the field and I would score," Vaughn pointed out Friday night after the Wildcats posted an impressive 35-14 whipping of visiting Station Camp. "This year we have three or four runners who can score, and my role has changed in that it's my turn to get the ball downfield and somebody else scores.

"Do I mind? No, not at all. I'm still having fun, and we're winning. And I'm just happy to be a part of it."

One of the big questions to be answered this season was, who would fill Colson's shoes? Along with Vaughn, Mike Jones, and Vincent Woodruff, that unknown has pretty well been solved.

Led by senior quarterback Wilson Cates, the Livingston backfield ripped the Bisons defense for a convincing 390 yards on the ground Friday, Sept. 9, then added 46 more through the air in a balanced attack that kept Station Camp guessing all night.

After the game that saw LA advance its record to 2-1, Head Coach Matt Eldridge assessed, "Man, it's nice to have such hard runners. Jones and Woodruff have stepped up, and along with Jamey have really been impressive. I guess we miss Brian more on defense than offense.

"And then, we have Wilson. There's so much you can say about Wilson, and when you get through, you've still left out something. He's one of those players that a coach has the privilege of coaching only once or twice in a career. I'm glad he's on our side."

Abandoning their punishing ground attack for a moment in the first quarter of Friday's game, Cates put the Wildcats on top with a deadly accurate pass to Jake Peterman from 15 yards out. Jonathan McGill, who had made only one point-after kick through three games this season, then split the uprights on what would be the first of five straight conversions, and Livingston was ahead 7-0.

The LA defense then dug in and returned the ball to the offense after stopping the Bisons deep in Wildcat territory. A 45-yard scamper by Cates on a fake pass put the ball at the Station Camp 17, and two plays later the talented signal caller ripped off left side for the night's second score.

Jones got the call for the third LA score, a blast up the middle from 34 yards out, and with a little more than one minute left in the first half, the game was almost out of reach for the visitors.

In the first half, the Livingston defense held Station Camp scoreless, and allowed the Bisons only 40 yards on the ground (all in the first quarter) and 28 in the air.

Defensive lineman Ryan Bowman smiled, saying, "I didn't realize we played that well defensively, but I thought we were doing pretty good.

"We have to be that consistent if we are to make a run at the playoffs in this region. We have got to be that good or better this week when we go to Knoxville Catholic. They are good, but I think we are, too."

On the night, the LA defense allowed Station Camp a meager 153 yards both on the ground and through the air. And it was only late in the game when Eldridge pulled his starters that the Bisons were able to move the ball at all.

Cates commented after the win, "I thought we had a good game. Having so many ways to move the ball takes a lot of pressure off any one player.

"Tonight we passed more than we have all season (12 times, completing 5), and that opened up the running game a lot more.

"It was also good to get the younger players in for experience. Josh (Carwile) and Levi (Holt) got to play the fourth quarter, and both did well.

"This week we go to Catholic and that's going to be a big game for both teams," the quarterback said. ŅIt's a region game and we're both undefeated in region play. From what we understand, they may be the best team in the region, and the game is at their place.

"We haven't looked ahead to them, but now we can start looking. This game is over (Station Camp), but tonight, it was the most important on our schedule."

For his part, Cates ran for 100 yards on 6 rushes making it three straight games a Wildcats carrier has passed the century mark. He also had two touchdowns, and had one called back, and recovered two fumbles.

Lineman Jacob Coffee pointed out, ŅIn the three games we've played so far, I don't think we've played poorly in any of them. There's always room for improvement, and next week we have got to bring our "A" game and make no mistakes if we expect to win.

"Tonight our special teams played much better, and that's one area we needed to work on. Our special team coverage has been poor the first two games, but tonight they (Station Camp) didn't run back a kickoff very far. And since we didn't have to punt, they didn't get a chance to run back a punt."

Coach Eldridge said, "I wasn't totally happy with our performance, but I did see a lot of things I liked.

"First of all, a win, regardless, is a win. Up front we did okay, and defensively we looked pretty good. Special teams were much better tonight, and we were able to run and throw on offense.

"I thought our backs did a good job, and I was pleased with the play of our younger kids late in the game.

"Now we have to get ready for Catholic," he said. "They are a good team, and the game is at their place, so we will have to be totally prepared. We can't afford mistakes, big or small, and we will have to be almost perfect if we expect to win.

"We've got a good group here, and I think we'll be ready."

Eldridge added that fans going to Knoxville should plan for a two-hour ride and keep in mind that the game will start at 6:30 p.m. Livingston time.

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Cats take home volleyball wins

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
LA's Alison West drives the ball in a home game last week.

By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team played Franklin and Portland at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Although LA played hard, they still came up short against Franklin. Scores were 19-25, 23-25, and 19-25.

They came back to redeem themselves later that night when they played Portland, winning 25-17, 25-23, and 25-11.

LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "We played fairly well."

Then the Cats were back at home on Thursday, Sept. 8 to play Gordonsville and Cannon County.

The first game of the night was against Gordonsville. LA came out on top, beating them 25-13 and 25-23.

The next game was against Cannon County, and LA once again came out on top, winning 25-22 and 25-23.

"We played some pretty tough teams this week, and there's some stuff that still needs to be worked on," Coach Smith said.

The week's games moved the Wildcats' record to 13-7.

The Cats will play away at Gordonsville on Thursday, Sept. 15, then will be back at home on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to play Smith County and Upperman.

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Lady Wildcats Soccer shuts out Dekalb County

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN Sports
After a road trip to Smithville to play Dekalb County on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Livingston Academy's girls soccer team added another win to their record, while holding their opponents scoreless.

Devin Thompson scored LA's first goal - the only goal scored in the first half.

The second half saw Jessica McDonald redeem an earlier miss when the ball found net for the first goal of the half. It was the first of two second-half goals off penalty kicks.

Mallie Stephens upped the score on a pick later in the game.

Both sides played hard in what Coach Ethan King termed "a physical game", but he was the only person to receive a card.

"The ref did not like my constructive criticism, so I received a warning," King said.

The 3-0 win also reflected the type of play the coach has been looking for.

"We looked like a team tonight rather than a group of individuals," Coach King said. "I hope we can continue to play together as a team."

At this point, the girls have played all their district opponents, and will have the opportunity to play each opponent one more time before the tournament rolls around.

Currently ranked 2nd in the district, the Lady Hogeyes faced Friendship Christian on Monday, Sept. 12. The team will travel to play in the Franklin County Tournament in Winchester this weekend.

"All of these are non-district games," King said, "but (they're) good teams."

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Junior Wildcats defeat Baxter 30-6

The Overton County Jr. Wildcats improved their season record to 3-1 with an impressive 30-6 win against Baxter on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Jr. Cats received the opening kickoff, and return man Ethan McDonald ran the ball 35 yards to the Jr. Wildcats' 48 yard line.

On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Hayden Hill came out throwing and hit Brannon McCoin for a 20-yard gain. The second play saw Hill hit halfback McDonald on a screen pass for 18 more yards.

With the Jr. Cats at the 5 yard line, McDonald ran it in for their first score of the game. On the conversion, Hill hit tight end Dylan Ashlock, making the score 8-0.

On Baxter's first play from scrimmage, linebacker Cody Stafford recovered a fumble. The Jr. Cats were set to move again.

McCoin took the ball 31 yards on a reverse to put the Jr. Wildcats at first and goal from the 4 yard line. McDonald ran it in for the touchdown, but the play was called back because of a penalty. The Jr. Cats then had another penalty, and Baxter's defense held.

In the second quarter, the Jr. Wildcats forced Baxter to punt. McCoin returned the punt 17 yards, putting the Jr. Cats in excellent scoring position.

Quarterback Hill hooked up with McCoin on a 16-yard touchdown pass. Hill again hit Ashlock for the 2-point conversion, making the score 16-0.

Baxter's next possession saw the tough Jr. Wildcats defense hold Baxter to three and out, and forced them to punt. McDonald fielded the punt and ran 31 yards to the Baxter 25 yard line.

The Jr. Wildcats moved the ball down to the 5 yard line, where McDonald ran it in for the Jr. Cats' third touchdown in the half. On the conversion, Hill connected with tight end Caleb Sells, making the score 24-0.

The Jr. Wildcats held Baxter again on their next drive, and the half ended.

The third quarter began with Baxter receiving the ball. Again the defense held, forcing Baxter to punt. Stafford fielded the punt and ran 42 yards to the Baxter 33 yard line.

McDonald then took the ball from the 33 and scampered in for the touchdown. The conversion was not good, making the score 30-0.

Baxter finally broke through the Jr. Wildcats defense and scored their only touchdown midway through the quarter, making the score 30-6.

On Baxter's ensuing kickoff, McDonald took the ball 65 yards to the Baxter 15. Two penalties by the Jr. Cats pushed them back out of scoring position, and Baxter's defense held.

The fourth quarter saw both teams playing their second teams in a well-played quarter. The game ended with the Jr. Cats winning 30-6.

The Jr. Wildcats offensive line played outstanding, limiting Baxter to a single first down. Stafford led the team with 9 tackles.

The Jr. Wildcats passing attack worked to perfection. Quarterback Hill was 7 for 7 for 105 yards, and was 3 of 4 on 2-point conversions.

Another bright spot was special teams. On kickoff and punt returns, the Jr. Wildcats netted 190 yards. McDonald had 131 yards on returns, followed by Stafford with 41 and McCoin with 17.

The Jr. Wildcats next game will be at home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 against Smith County.

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

Hayden Hill 7-7-104-1

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs)

Brannon McCoin 2-36-1
Ethan McDonald 2-27-0
Cody Stafford 2-20-0
Caleb Sells 1-22-0

Rushing
(Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Ethan McDonald 7-78-3
Brannon McCoin 4-48-0
Cody Stafford 2-8-0
Carson Bailey 5-7-0
Jason Bohannon 2-9-0
Paul Daniels 2-7-0

Lead Tacklers
Cody Stafford 9; Josh Beaty 4; Ridge Harris 3; Talon Sircy 3; and Paul Daniels 3.

Fumble Recoveries
Cody Stafford 1.

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Outlaws take Homecoming wins

MaryJane Young/OCN Sports
Jacob Masters takes off after a reception in the Jr. Outlaws Homecoming win over Albany, KY.

The Overton County Jr. Outlaws celebrated Homecoming 2005 with a 15-6 win over Albany, KY.

The Jr. Outlaws scored two early touchdowns and coasted the rest of the way home.

Both Jr. Outlaws touchdowns came in the first quarter, the first on an 18-yard run by Logan Clark and the second on a 7-yard scamper by Mason Jolley. Both Outlaws conversions were good, the first on a run by Kaleb Qualls and the second on a pass from Qualls to Jacob Masters.

Albany scored a late touchdown after the game was already decided.

Pacing the Jr. Outlaws on offense was Jordan Savage, who rushed for 156 yards on 16 carries.

With the win, the Jr. Outlaws' season record moved to 2-2.

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

Kaleb Qualls 3-5-39

Receiving
(Carries-Yds.)

Jacob Masters 1-22
Josh Blodgett 2-17

Rushing
(Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Jordan Savage 16-156-0
Logan Clark 2-32-1
Mason Jolley 3-29-1
Kaleb Qualls 5-15-0

Tackles
Jacob Masters 3; Peter Hollars 2; Wade Eldridge 2; Skylas Smith 2; and Daniel Flatt 4.

Fumble Recoveries
Logan Clark 1, and Jacob Masters 1.

The Senior Outlaws won on Homecoming 2005 with a convincing 22-0 win over Albany, KY.

The Outlaws defense was dominant throughout, recording 3 interceptions, all by Brock McCoin.

The Outlaws raced to a 14-0 halftime lead on a couple of touchdown passes from Creed Hayes to McCoin. A 2-point conversion catch was made by Bubba Jolley.

The final score came in the fourth quarter on a 57-yard run by McCoin.

Offensively, Hayes had 93 passing yards, and McCoin rushed for 78.

The win evened the Sr. Outlaws' record at 2-2.

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

Creed Hayes 6-12-93-2-1
Lucas Dailey 1-2-25-0-0

Receiving
(Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Brock McCoin 4-96-2
John Michael Dishman 2-17-0
Anthony Woolbright 1-5-0

Rushing
(Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Brock McCoin 6-78-1
Creed Hayes 5-28-0
David Resto 2-19-0
Lukas Reagan 3-16-0
John Michael Dishman 1-8-0

Tackles
David Resto 3; Lukas Reagan 3; John Michael Dishman 2; Jared Hogue 2; Ross Good 2; Ronnie Linder 2; Lucas Dailey 2; Tyler Burnette 1; Austin Gentry 1; and Brock McCoin 1.

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