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LA Wildcats defeat Highlanders 42-34
LA Volleyball seniors honored
LA soccer team seniors recognized
Junior Wildcats defeat York to capture first

 

LA Wildcats defeat Highlanders 42-34

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy junior Jake Reeder, #29, breaks away on a big run in Friday's win at Scott County High School. Reeder rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the game.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
"I really didn't care if we won 52-51." beamed a happy Livingston Academy Head Coach Matt Eldridge on Friday night, Oct. 7.

"The most important thing right now is we won. We were a 3-3 team going into tonight's game, but our three losses have been by a total of 12 points, and we are a much better team than 3-3. That's why the win was that important."

And just about his entire team and coaching staff agreed with the assessment. At 3-3, the Wildcats were a real good team with a so-so record, a point that can and sometimes does, have negative effects on the entire squad.

But not this year's team.

Senior team leader and quarterback Wilson Cates said, "Right now, we take any win. This team knows it is better than its record, and tonight's win shows that.

"Now we have to keep on playing like we're capable of playing, make the playoffs. We're a very positive team and the close losses only mean we are close to being as good as anybody we play."

On the first "real football night" thus far this season, the Wildcats travelled to Huntsville to take on the Highlanders of Scott County, with a strong breeze fanning a light rain and temperatures getting down to sweater weather. When it was over, Livingston held to a 42-34 victory that wasn't really as close as the final score appeared.

LA Offensive Coach Grant Swallows said, "Actually, even with the score that close, the game wasn't all that close. Early there in the third period, we were up 35-18 and were just about ready to put in some subs.

"Then we made a mistake here and a mistake there and suddenly it got close again, and Scott County just wouldn't go away. It's a credit to our kids that we wouldn't go away either, and each time Scott County would do something, we would counter."

Livingston took the opening kickoff 62 yards in 8 plays to get the scoring underway. Cates, having one of his best nights thus far this season, hit Jake Peterman with a 25-yard pass for the touchdown, and Jonathan McGill was true on the conversion. McGill would hit six straight on the night.

Scott County countered late in the period when Wesley Smith, one of the state's top running backs, ripped off 58 yards up the middle. The point-after try failed, and Livingston was on top 7-6, a position the Wildcats would maintain all night.

Cates capped the Wildcats' first drive of the second period with a perfect 4-yard pass to Tyler Livingston, and after McGill's conversion, LA was up by 8 at 14-6.

But the Highlanders wouldn't go away. Using 15 plays that included 5 first downs, Scott County marched back to score late in the period and close the gap to 2 at 14-12.

Fear not. Cates answered on the very next play from scrimmage, racing 57 yards. Then to add insult to injury, the senior back picked off a Scott County pass four plays later and carried it 77 yards for another LA score.

At intermission, the Wildcats were on top 28-12.

In the first half alone, Cates had 91 yards on the ground, a 77-yard pass interception, and completed 3 of 6 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Offensively, Scott County relied strongly on runningback Smith and quarterback Josh Terry. On the first play of the second half, the two teamed up for a 71-yard scoring play to close the gap to 10 at 28-18.

Defensively, the Highlanders were not as strong and never managed to figure out Cates and his options in the backfield, Jake Reeder and Jamey Vaughn. Before the night was over, Reeder would have his best showing of the season, carrying the ball 5 times for 100 yards, and Vaughn would add another 51.

"They never figured out the option," Swallows continued. "Never. So in the second half, we decided to stay on the ground until they did. We ran the ball the entire second half."

Vaughn set up Livingston's next score, returning the kickoff after the Scott County score all the way to the home team's 35. From there, Cates and Reeder went to work, and Reeder took the ball in on the first play.

It took only 95 seconds for both teams to score .

Coach Eldridge said, "It was kinda like that all night. We scored extremely fast and they used up a lot of clock to score, which was okay with us as long as we scored. Possession time shows we had the ball a little more than 19 minutes and they had it over 28.

After adding 14 points in the third period, Livingston was through putting points on the board. Scott County put up 14 in the third, and a Smith run and conversion added 8 more to close out the night.

Cates added, "Their running back (Smith) is a very good player. He ran hard and was extremely hard to bring down. They were a good team, but tonight, we were determined and we came out on top.

"I thought, with a few exceptions, we played well against a good team. We played well and we won–what else can you ask?"

On the night, Cates had 128 yards rushing and 41 passing, while Levi Holt had 3 pass receptions for 62 yards, and Livingston and Peterman each had a reception, both for touchdowns.

For Scott County, Smith had 167 yards rushing and scored 3 TDs. He also caught 3 passes for 96 yards.

As a team, Livingston Academy had 306 yards on the ground, 90 in the air, and Cates connected on 5 of 9 attempts.

The Wildcats return home this week to take on region foe Anderson County. The following Friday night, LA will host rival Smith County in a non-region contest, then be on the road to Knoxville to take on Fulton in the final regular season contest.

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LA Volleyball seniors honored

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Wildcats volleyball players honored during Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 6 are, from left, Ashley Morgan, Tiffany Livingston, Whitney Hill, and Amanda Gilliam.

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Senior volleyball managers honored during the Senior Night recognition are, from left, Carissa Hargis, Brittany Poston, MaryJane Young, and Courtney Geesling.

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LA soccer team seniors recognized

Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
Lady Wildcats players honored on Senior Night are, from left, Jessica McDonald, Olivia King, and Jessica Carr, congratulated by LA Soccer Coach Ethan King.

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team celebrated Senior Night with a 3-1 victory over DeKalb County on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Allie Baltimore scored all three goals, with two in the first half, and one in the second half.

Seniors recognized were Jessica McDonald, who has played four years, and Jessica Carr and Olivia King, each with three years on the team.

The victory sealed second place for LA in the district.

Two days later, though, the girls fell to York's Dragons, who are ranked number one in the district.

"We were tied at half, but could not keep them out the second half," Coach Ethan King said.

The final score of the Thursday, Sept. 29 game was 2-0.

District tournament play begins this week.

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Junior Wildcats defeat York to capture first

In a driving rain, the Jr. Wildcats defeated York 24-22 on Thursday, Oct. 6 to capture first place in their division.

The Jr. Cats finished the regular season with a 7 win-2 loss record. They will play for the region title against Trousdale on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. at Cannon County.

The Jr. Wildcats didn't take long to strike against York. On the opening kickoff, Ethan McDonald took the ball 79 yards for a touchdown. The conversion was good on a Hayden Hill to Brannon McCoin pass, making the score 8-0.

York then received the ball for their initial possession of the game, and answered the Jr. Cats' touchdown with a long drive down the field to score. The conversion was no good, making the score 8-6.

The rest of the first quarter saw both teams holding the offense to limited yardage.

On the Jr. Wildcats' first possession of the second quarter, McDonald took the ball for a 62-yard touchdown run. The conversion was good on a Hill to Caleb Sells pass, making the score 16-6.

York answered again on their next possession, and with the conversion good, the lead was cut to 2 points at 16-14.

On the kickoff, McDonald had a 25-yard return to the Overton County 45 yard line. Then on a designed halfback play, quarterback Hill recognized that York had the play covered and threw the ball to his secondary receiver, Cody Stafford, who caught it and ran for a 55-yard touchdown. The conversion was good on a McDonald run, making the score 24-14.

After an exchange of possessions, York held the Jr. Wildcats offense from scoring. The Jr. Cats were forced to punt, and York returned it for a touchdown. The conversion was good, making the score 24-22 at halftime.

The second half had no scoring as the field conditions worsened. Each team committed turnovers and failed on scoring opportunities.

On the offensive side, McDonald ended up with 292 total offensive yards. On the defense, Sean Bell led the team with 13 tackles, followed by Stafford with 10. Ridge Harris recovered a fumble.

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

Hayden Hill 2-4-70-1-1
Cody Stafford 0-1-0-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TD)

Cody Stafford 1-55-1
Caleb Sells 1-15-0

Lead Rushers
(Carries-Yds.-TD)

Ethan McDonald 12-138-1
Cody Stafford 7-29-0
Brannon McCoin 2-19-0

Return Yardage
(Returns-Yds.-TD)

Ethan McDonald 3-154-1

Tacklers
Sean Bell 13; Cody Stafford 10; Ethan McDonald 7; Ridge Harris 6; Seth Kilgore 5; Kyle Lee 5; Jacob Parsons 2; Talon Sircy 2; and Brannon McCoin 2.

Fumbles Recovered
Ridge Harris 1.

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