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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 semi-regional play

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 0.

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, Oct. 18.

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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 team."

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 14.

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.

They couldn't.

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 Tourmament

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 region title.

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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. Wildcats:

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

Hayden Hill 34-68-453-4-6
Cody Stafford 1-11-11-0-2
Brannon McCoin 1-1-2-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TD)

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

Leading Rushers
(Carries-Yds.-TD)

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.

Leading Tacklers
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.

Interceptions
Cody Stafford 4; Brannon McCoin 2.

Fumbles Recovered
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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