Lady Cats move into semi-regional play
Win over Mavericks gives Cats playoff birth
LA Wildcats win District Tourmament
Jr. Wildcats complete 2005 football season
Lady Cats move into
By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Lady Wildcats soccer team entered district
play on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and pulled out a 1-0 win over Smith County.
The win came after regulation play, when the score was tied at
In sudden death overtime, Jessica McDonald scored on a penalty
kick to seal the Hog-Eye victory.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, LA faced the Lady Dragons of York Institute.
The teams played to a 0-0 tie at the half.
In the second half, the referee called a hand ball foul on Livingston
Academy's defense, one of two back-to-back calls deemed by Coach
Ethan King as "questionable". The referee called the foul
in the box, setting up a penalty shot.
York's Brooke Lane made good on the shot, netting the only goal
of the game.
Six Livingston Academy players were named to the District 7-A/AA
All-District Team. Jessica McDonald, Mallie Stephens, and Danielle
Ray were named to the first team, while Heather Camp, Olivia King,
and Megan Harris were named to the second team.
The Lady Cats began semi-regional play at White House on Tuesday,
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Win over Mavericks
gives Cats playoff birth
Leah Thomas/OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy defense stops a run by Anderson County
during Friday night's home win. The victory gave the Wildcats a
berth in the playoffs.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Last season, runningback Jamey Vaughn set a single-season scoring
record at Livingston Academy with 170 points, but late in Friday's
game against Anderson County, he may have scored the 2 most critical
points of his outstanding career.
"Wilson (quarterback Wilson Cates) called one play in the
huddle, but when we got to the line, he saw something and changed
it. We were going power to the outside, but we went right over the
top in the middle," Vaughn explained of his 2-point conversion
with 1:23 left in the game to give the LA Wildcats a 29-28 victory
and assure a spot in the regional playoffs.
Cates pointed out after the game, "Coach (Danny) McCoin has
told me that if I saw something, I could change the play, and I
realized they were stacking the defense to the left side, so I changed
the play. Sure glad it worked out.
"We needed the 2 points to win. Jamey was determined to get
them, and I just felt it was the right thing to do."
With the 2 points, Livingston got the hard-fought win and a place
in the playoffs that will start in three weeks. The losing team
would not advance when the regular season was over. Coming into
the game, both the Wildcats and the Mavericks were knotted with
identical 4-3 overall records and 2-2 marks in Region 2-3A. Knoxville
Fulton upended Knoxville Catholic 38-9 Friday night, which means
that Catholic, Fulton, Austin-East, and Livingston will advance
to the playoffs.
Lineman Curtis Beaty said, "We knew what we had to do before
the game started. If we wanted to make the playoffs, we had to win,
and that was our goal.
"This is a good team with a lot of experience, and it would
have been a shame not to make the playoffs. We played hard, buckled
down when we had to, made a mistake here and there, but when the
chips were down, we did what we had to. It feels great."
From the very outset, the game took on the appearance of what football
is all about. Each team was rock solid on defense and had very explosive
offenses. It finally came down to who could roll over the other
before time ran out.
Wildcats Head Coach Matt Eldridge said, ̉That was a hard-fought
game between two good teams. Each team took the ball and just ran
it over the other team. We won by one point, which was about the
way it should have been; but one is just as good as one hundred
as far as I was concerned.
"I was so proud of this team because they never gave up.
"Late in the game when they went ahead, we could have folded,
but we didn't, and that says a lot about our kids. They just never
gave up and it paid off," Eldridge added.
Anderson County scored first late in the first period on a well
played 89-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead, but Livingston answered
the score early in the second period when Cates hit Jake Reeder
with a 6-yard scoring strike. Jonathan McGill added the point-after
to knot the score at 7.
It took the Mavericks only 4 plays on the ensuing drive to go
back on top 14-7. A 77-yard run by Justin Carden was the key play
in the drive. On the night, Carden, one of the top backs in the
region, would account for 174 of the 230 yards Anderson County would
collect on the ground.
Lineman Ryan Bowman said, "He is a very good back with terrific
balance. Their line opened some good holes for him, and he could
get through them in a hurry.
"Their quarterback (Jimmy Colson) was also real good. He was
hard to stop, but when we had to, we did. That is the mark of this
Vaughn responded to the Mavericks' score with a little over a minute
remaining in the first half on a 6-yard pitchout from Cates, and
the two teams went to the dressing rooms at intermission tied at
Third quarter action was hardly action at all. Each team had the
ball twice, and neither could move it into the other's territory.
Livingston ran 13 plays, including its only punt of the night, and
Anderson County ran off 10 plays including two punts.
It was the fourth quarter that kept everyone at the stadium.
Vaughn scored his second TD of the night on a four yard scamper
on the first play of the frame, capping a 56-yard drive following
an 11-yard punt by the Mavericks. McGill's point-after gave the
Wildcats a 21-14 lead.
Poor pass defense on the ensuing drive allowed the visitors to
march right back down the field, with John Phillips hauling in a
fine 38-yard pass from Colson in the endzone. Once again the score
was tied, this time at 21.
Two plays later, Reeder fumbled a handoff from Cates, and Anderson
County was back in business, this time at the Wildcats' 38. Not
only did the Wildcats lose the ball, but defensive standout Wade
Ford went down with an injury to his right knee.
Reeder later explained, "I just never got the ball. I took
the handoff on my hip, and it came out."
With 4:26 left in the game, Colson bulled in from the 1, and the
Mavericks were out front 28-21. Now they needed to hang on.
On the first play of the ensuing series, Cates carried for 8,
then Reeder for 2. Vaughn added 4, Cates 8 again, then Vaughn went
15. The Wildcats were on the march and mixing plays well.
After feeling like the "goat" with his fumble, Reeder
got his chance and hauled in a 12-yard scoring pass from Cates to
pull the Wildcats to within one at 28-27.
"You better believe that felt good," the runningback
smiled. "I really needed that."
After taking three straight time-outs, the Wildcats lined up for
the 2-point conversion try. With one hurt knee, Ford wanted the
play to come his way.
"It was really hurting," the big lineman explained, "but
I wanted it my way."
Cates looked over the defense, changed the play, and then gave
the ball to Vaughn who sailed right over Ford for the 2 points and
the victory. When the cheering stopped, Ford was down again, this
time with the other knee hurting.
"They will feel better tomorrow," Ford grimaced as he
was driven from the field on a golf cart. "We wanted this one
so bad and we got it. That makes the knees feel better right now."
The victory brought the Wildcats' record to 5-3 overall and 3-2
in the region. Former region foe Smith County will be in town this
week for a rematch of last year's first round playoff game, which
Smith won. Game time is 7 p.m. at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium.
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LA Wildcats win District
By LEAH THOMAS, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team took the District
7-A/AA Tournament championship last week.
The Cats defeated Monterey's Wildcats 25-17, 25-13, and 25-9 in
the quarterfinals. They went on to beat Smith County in the semifinals
25-8, 25-12, and 25-15.
In the tournament finals, the Cats defeated Upperman's Bees 25-9,
25-12, and 25-17.
LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said, "The games against Smith
County and Upperman were the best two games played this season."
Senior Amanda Gilliam was named District Most Valuable Player.
Senior Whitney Hill and junior Jada Ledbetter recieved All-District
honors for the regular season.
Gilliam and Hill were named to the District 7-A/AA All-Tournament
Team, and senior Ashley Morgan was named Tournament MVP.
The Region 4-A/AA Tournament began on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with Livingston
Academy scheduled to play Portland at 5 p.m., with the winner to
play the winner of the Greenbrier-Upperman match at 8 p.m. for the
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Jr. Wildcats complete
2005 football season
The Overton County Jr. Wildcats completed their 2005 football season
with a loss to Trousdale that gave the conference title to the victor.
The Jr. Cats had an excellent season in which they finished first
in their division and second in the conference. Their final record
is 7 wins and 3 losses.
Five Jr. Cats were named to the 2005 All-Conference Team - Ridge
Harris, Seth Kilgore, Brannon McCoin, Ethan McDonald, and Cody Stafford.
The team and fans are going to miss coaches David Peterman and
Nickie Franklin, who have announced they will be retiring from coaching.
Each has put 30 years into coaching the Jr. Wildcats.
The following are the 2005 season-ending statistics for the Jr.
Final Statistics Passing
Hayden Hill 34-68-453-4-6
Cody Stafford 1-11-11-0-2
Brannon McCoin 1-1-2-0-0
Cody Stafford 13-161-1
Ethan McDonald 13-143-1
Brannon McCoin 5-62-1
Caleb Sells 4-67-0
Adam Wilson 1-33-1
Ethan McDonald 131-921-10
Cody Stafford 52-273-5
Brannon McCoin 40-324-6
Returns for Touchdowns
Ethan McDonald 1 kickoff return for 79 yards and a TD.
Cody Stafford 81; Ridge Harris 50; Ethan McDonald 40; Sean Bell
32; Josh Beaty 29; Jacob Parsons 24; Seth Kilgore 19; Talon Sircy
17; and Caleb Sells 15.
Cody Stafford 4; Brannon McCoin 2.
Cody Stafford 3; Ridge Harris 2; Jacob Parsons 2; Josh Beaty 2;
Tyler Wylie 2; Caleb Sells 1; and Seth Kilgore 1.
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