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Cats take Homecoming loss to speedy Roadrunners
Cats lead district into volleyball tournament
Junior Wildcats suffer second loss of season
Jr. Cats close soccer season undefeated
Outlaws defeated by DeKalb County

 

Cats take Homecoming loss to speedy Roadrunners


Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
For two quarters last Friday night, before a packed homecoming crowd at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, Livingston Academy and Austin-East went toe to toe in what appeared to be two very evenly matched teams playing for an important region victory.

But during the intermission, the Roadrunners from Knoxville uncovered a flaw in the Wildcats defense, then applied their most important weapon, speed.

In the third quarter, the Roadrunners lived up to their nickname, running through the Wildcats defense at will, posting 21 points on the board, and cruising to a hard-fought 28-21 victory.

After the game, Livingston lineman Beau Massengille explained, "They were by far the quickest team we have ever faced. Not only were they quick on offense, they were quick on defense as well. They are a good team and they should go far."

Massengille was right on the money. After a deadlocked 0-0 first period and a 7-7 tie at the half, Austin-East came alive in the third period, running over the left side of the Wildcats defense for 142 yards on the ground and adding 66 more through the air.

And while they were putting 21 points on the board in the frame, the Roadrunners defense limited the Livingston attack to a total of 91 yards and a single score during the same 12 minutes.

Wildcats Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, "You just can't give up that many points against a good team and expect the results to be any different.

"Offensively, they would open a hole and blast right through it. And on defense, even when we did get good blocking, they reacted extremely well and filled the hole in a hurry.

"Once they found their speed, it was almost impossible to stop them."

During the early going, the visitors took a while to get going, and it appeared the Wildcats would be able to do what they do well, mix the run with the pass. On their first possession, Livingston marched down to the Roadrunners' 29, but a penalty forced a 4th and 4. The Wildcats came up a yard short.

But the Wildcats defense rose to the challenge and allowed Austin-East only three plays on their first possession before forcing a punt.

In the first quarter, Austin-East ran only six offensive plays for a total of 7 yards, and punted twice. Even though neither team scored in the first quarter, Livingston Academy ran off 16 offensive plays, and, when the second quarter started, had the ball at the visitors' 20.

Five plays later, Jamey Vaughn raced around left end for the night's first score. Jonathan McGill's conversion gave the home team a 7-0 advantage.

Massingille said, "At that point, it looked good for us. We hadn't seen anything out of the ordinary from them, and when Wilson (Cates) recovered the fumble, we were in good position to make another score."

But the Wildcats couldn't move the ball, and, following a 41 yard Cates' punt, Austin East ran the first play for 38 yards, then came back with a 34-yard pass on the next play, and two plays later were in for the tying score.

If things appeared even during the first half, they were. Both teams played well on defense and both had 7 points on the scoreboard. Offensively, the Wildcats had the ball more, but the Roadrunners were slowly coming alive late in the half.

Then East's lightning speed took over. On their first possession of the third frame, the Roadrunners used only four plays to go 73 yards for the go-ahead score.

Responding to the score, the Wildcats came right back using big plays of their own to retake the lead. Cates ripped off 32 yards on one play, and Jake Reeder did likewise on the very next play. Cates went the final yard to put Livingston back on top, 14-13 following McGill's conversion.

Now it was time for a foot race, and East brought the fastest feet. The visitors used only four plays to go 68 yards for a score. The big play came on a 47-yard run by Deion Siler. Only a fine tackle by Cates saved a score, but on the very next play, Josh Hinch pulled in a 7-yard pass. East was on top 21-14 and never looked back.

Cates would save another touchdown run on the next series when Jo ron Tory ripped off 55 yards around the right side. But again, the Roadrunners would take only four more plays for the score.

Vaughn capped Livingston's last scoring drive early in the fourth period with a 1-yard run that was set up when Cates intercepted an East pass. That would be all the Wildcats could come up with for the remainder of the game.

Late in the contest, Livingston regained possession, but a Cates to Vaughn pass was intercepted, and East then ran out the clock.

Cates pointed out, "They were so fast that even when they made a mistake they could react and make the play.

"I haven't had time to think much about it, but we might have been able to pass a few more times. I don't really know. When we did pass, we moved the ball, but they also put a lot of pressure on us once they figured we were going to throw.

"I don't think we made a lot of mistakes," the senior quarterback added. "I just think we couldn't overcome their speed. We had a hard time getting outside, and they closed the holes inside in a hurry.

"Hindsight is 20-20, so we'll look at the film tomorrow and see what we need to do. This team won't fold for sure, so don't give up on us. We won't give up on ourselves."

Jake Reeder said, "You hate to lose, especially a region game. We played a very athletic team tonight, and it didn't turn out our way. But we'll come together this week and be ready for Scott County next week.

"We are playing in a tough league this season, and, in order to win, you have to be on top of your game every week. Our losses have been close, so a break here or there and we would be 6-0, not 3-3. "We'll be back, you can believe that."

The Wildcats will be on the road this week at Oneida to take on another region foe, Scott County's Highlanders.

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Cats lead district into volleyball tournament

By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
This past week Livingston Academy's Wildcats won four volleyball matches, giving them the number one rank in District 7-A/AA.

Their first win was against Red Boiling Springs, with the Cats winning 25-8 and 25-14.

LA's next win of the week was over Jackson County. The Cats won 25-11 and 25-21.

Then the Wildcats next played Cannon County, defeating them 25-13 and 25-23.

Livingston Academy's last contest of the week was against Monterey. Livingston's Wildcats defeated Monterey's Wildcats 25-19 and 25-8.

The wins brought the Livingston Academy volleyball team's district record to 13-1, and the overall record to 28-9.

Livingston Academy will be the top seed in the district tournament to be held at Upperman High School on October 10-13. LA will be pitted against Monterey at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

Before the district tournament, the Wildcats will close out the home season on Thursday, Oct. 6 against Cumberland County. LA's senior players and managers will be recognized before the match.

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Junior Wildcats suffer second loss of season

The Jr. Wildcats suffered their second loss of the season on Thursday, Sept. 29, falling to DeKalb County 12-22.

The Jr. Cats held DeKalb to 3 and out on their opening drive.

On the Jr. Wildcats' first offensive play of the game, DeKalb County intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown. The conversion was good and Overton County was down 0-8.

DeKalb held the Jr. Cats on their next possession, and took over on their own 47 yard line. The Overton County defense could not hold down the diversified DeKalb County offense. With a combination of running and passing, they drove down the field and scored their second touchdown of the quarter. The conversion was good, making the score 16-0.

The Jr. Wildcats took over on their own 45 yard line, and drove the ball down to the 1, but could not score.

DeKalb County took the ball on their own 1, but the Jr. Wildcats defense forced a punt.

With 41 seconds left in the first half, quarterback Hayden Hill hit Ethan McDonald on a 10-yard scoring pass. The conversion was no good, making the score 6-16 at halftime.

The Jr. Wildcats received the kickoff to open the second half. Hill and McDonald again hooked up on two passes, taking the ball to the 1 yard line. Brannon McCoin took it in for the touchdown. The conversion was no good, making the score 12-16.

DeKalb County then received the ball for their initial possession of the third quarter. On a third and long play, DeKalb dumped a hot pass over the middle and turned it into a 49-yard touchdown. The conversion was not good, and the score was now 22-12.

The Jr. Wildcats controlled the ball most of the fourth quarter, but were unable to score.

Overall, Overton County had more possession time, but DeKalb was able to make big offensive plays with its well executed offense, and were able to stop the Jr. Wildcats in the red zone.

The Jr. Wildcats' record for the season is now 6-2. The final game of the season is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6 at Jamestown. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

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

Hayden Hill 5-8-61-1-1
Cody Stafford 1-3-11-0-1

Receiving (Catches-Yds.-TD)
Ethan McDonald 3-48-1
Cody Stafford 2-13-0
Brannon McCoin 1-11-0

Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TD)
Ethan McDonald 14-65-0
Cody Stafford 8-23-0
Brannon McCoin 6-28-1

Tacklers
Sean Bell 7; Cody Stafford 5; Ridge Harris 5; Ethan McDonald 4; Jacob Parsons 3; Brannon McCoin 3; Caleb Sells 3; Talon Sircy 2; Josh Beaty 1; Seth Kilgore 1; Paul Daniels 1; and Jake Huitt 1.

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Jr. Cats close soccer season undefeated

courtesy of Jr. Wildcats Soccer
Members of the undefeated 2005 Overton County Jr. Wildcats soccer team are, kneeling from left, Larissa Huffman, Kayla Garrett, Mary Kathryn Green, Kadie White, Bailey Buck, Nakomie Garrett, Kara Vaughn, Ashley Bledsoe, Kelsey Webb, back row, Coach Phil Marshall, Lisa Cook, Alaura Miranda, Rebecca Emrich, Kelsey Copeland, Kathryn Nigro, Kelsey Sotis, Savannah Vaughn, Hillary Ramsey, Heather Marshall, Allyssa Thompson, and Shelby Taylor.

The Overton County Jr. Wildcat girls soccer team finished their season this past weekend by winning the Upper Cumberland Soccer Conference Tournament.

The Jr. Cats faced Burke Middle School in their first game on Friday night, Sept. 30, and won 3-0.

Kathryn Nigro led the team with 2 goals, followed by Heather Marshall with a goal.

Goalkeepers Alaura Miranda and Bailey Buck shared in the responsibility of shutting out Burke Middle.

Coach Phil Marshall used his entire bench in an attempt to keep his girls well rested for a double-header on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Jr. Cats faced Algood Middle School Saturday afternoon for the second qualifying game, where three Jr. Wildcats found the back of the net. Kathryn Nigro led the team again with 2 goals, Heather Marshall had 1 goal and 1 assist, and Shelby Taylor also scored a goal.

Kelsey Sotis and Allyssa Thompson anchored the defense to keep Algood to only 1 goal. Overton County defeated Algood 4-1.

Then came the final game on Saturday night, under the lights, against Avery Trace Middle School, who had a season record of 10- 2 going into the title game.

Both teams came out running hard, and the game was very physical.

The Jr. Wildcats drew first blood, when Kathryn Nigro crossed the ball from the right side of the field to a waiting Shelby Taylor, who was positioned perfectly to score the goal. Nigro was being covered by four defensive players from Avery Trace when she made the pass.

Minutes later, Heather Marshall launched the ball from 30 yards out to put the Jr. Wildcats up 2-0.

Avery Trace fought back hard, and by halftime the score was tied 2-2.

The score remained tied for the next 31 minutes, then Avery Trace committed a foul inside the 18-yard box, giving the Cats a penalty shot. Heather Marshall stepped up to take the high pressure penalty shot and connected to find her second goal of the game.

Lisa Cook and Kathryn Nigro played hard defensively to keep Avery Trace pinned back to the Overton County side of the field.

Overton County defeated Avery Trace 3-2 and finished their season undefeated with a record of 12-0.

Five Overton County players were named to the All-Conference Team Kathryn Nigro, who led the team in scoring with 19 goals and 4 assists, Heather Marshall with 18 goals and 11 assists, Shelby Taylor with 12 goals and 1 assist, and defensive players Allyssa Thompson and Lisa Cook.

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Outlaws defeated by DeKalb County

The Overton County Jr. Outlaws dropped their home finale to DeKalb County in a 0-30 loss. The Jr. Outlaws were down 12-0 before they knew what hit them, courtesy of two touchdown runs by DeKalb County's Kaleb Ferrell.

After leading 18-0 at the half, DeKalb scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter. The Jr. Outlaws held the visiting team scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Ferrell rushed for 219 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Jordan Savage was the Jr. Outlaws leading rusher, with 33 yards.

Defensivley, James Owens paced the way for the Jr. Outlaws, with 7 tackles.

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

Kaleb Qualls 3-5-46-2

Receiving (Carries-Yds.)
Jacob Masters 3-46

Rushing (Carries-Yds.)
Jordan Savage 7-33
Kaleb Qualls 10-(-12)

Tackles
James Owens 7; Jacob Masters 3; Wade Eldridge 3; Matthew Burnette 3; Logan Clark 3; Ethan Beechboard 2; and Peter Hollars 1.

The Senior Outlaws fell victim to a potent DeKalb County running attack and swarming defense, losing to the Tigers 0-33.

The Outlaws were held to a minus 34 yards of total offense by the overpowering DeKalb County defense.

DeKalb was led by tailback Cody Puckett, who rushed for 149 yards.

Ronnie Linder paced the way for the Sr. Outlaws' defense, with 8 tackles.

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

Creed Hayes 1-3-(-3)

Receiving (Carries-Yds.)
Brock McCoin 1-(-3)

Rushing (Carries-Yds.)
Lukas Reagan 4-12
Lucas Dailey 2-0
David Resto 5-(-5)
Brock McCoin 7-(-19)
Creed Hayes 3-(-20)

Tackles
Ronnie Linder 8; Tyler Burnette 6; Lukas Reagan 5; Lucas Dailey 4; Morgan Mayberry 4; David Resto 2; Anthony Woolbright 2; John Michael Dishman 2; Jared Hogue 1; Zack Barnes 1; and Cole Presley 1.

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