Wildcats stung 20-13 by Yellow Jackets
Jr. Cats fall to Tompkinsville 22-12
Outlaws teams win at Cannon County
LA Wildcats begin volleyball season
LA Wildcats Golf mixes experience, inexperience
20-13 by Yellow Jackets
Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
LA freshman Brannon McCoin kept led the Cats with poise in his first
game as the team's quarterback.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
His dad, Danny McCoin, was a standout quarterback at Livingston
Academy who made it all the way to the pros. He wore #1.
His hero, Wilson Cates, set just about every offensive record the
school could find and led the Wildcats to their first and only state
championship last year. He wore #8.
So when Livingston Academy took the field Friday night for the
opening game of the season against defending state 1A champions
Trousdale County, flashbacks of past greatness flooded the minds
of everyone in the packed home town stands when #8 took the field.
"That number 8 got a little heavy at times," a calm and
collected Brannon McCoin smiled as he described his first start
on the varsity team. "I was a little nervous and started a
little slow, but with each play I got a little more confidence.
I don't think I played all that well and we lost, but it was a start
and we'll go from here."
Considering the fact that McCoin is a true freshman and at 5-8,
155 pounds, one of the smallest players on the field, his first
outing on the varsity team was a little more than just routine.
"He was outstanding," pointed out former LA Head Coach
Matt Eldridge after the game. "When you consider he's a true
freshman and he took every snap (50) and only made one small mistake
that I can recall, you can't say enough about what he did out there
"Give him time and he'll be just fine. I don't remember much
about Wilson's first game four years ago, other than we got beat
pretty good by Crossville, but I could see a lot of similarities
in Brannon and Wilson."
At the final buzzer, the Yellow Jackets, mainly on two key mistakes
by the Wildcats' defense, were on top 20-13, and saw their record
even out at 1-1. Livingston will carry a 0-1 record to Kingston
this Friday night.
"It's the toughest loss of the season," LA Head Coach
Danny McCoin told his team after the game. "You work so hard
in the heat of August, then you lose the first game. But the season
is not over. It's just started, and we'll work on some mistakes
we made tonight and we'll be ready Friday night.
"Offensively, we played pretty good tonight, especially in
the line, but we didn't cover the punt well at all and we broke
down on the pass for the TD."
Coach McCoin's description of the game was pretty much right on
the money. After being forced to punt on their first possession
of the night, Trousdale County's Marco Wright took Jacob Collins'
punt at his 32 yard line and raced around the right side, almost
untouched, for a 68-yard return score. Jared White added the point-after
and the Yellow Jackets led 7-0.
In the second period, the Wildcats marched 70 yards following
a Trousdale punt, and the scoring play brought back memories of
Cates pitching to Jamey Vaughn. This time, McCoin rolled left, found
Josh Carwile trailing, and hit him with a perfect pitch. Carwile
then bulled his way in from 14 yards out. The point-after try by
Blake Vaughn was wide right, but the Cats were back in the fight,
trailing by a point at 7-6.
Another defensive breakdown with only 7 seconds left in the half
gave Trousdale a 14-6 lead at intermission. The Jackets went to
the air on the final drive of the half, using six passes in seven
plays, and marched 70 yards for the score.
LA's Jake Reeder explained later, "Their quarterback was
pretty good, and you had to be aware of the run or the pass, and
we just didn't adjust on our pass defense."
In the third period, Livingston had the ball on only one offensive
series, and it went nowhere in just three plays. When the quarter
ended, the score was still 14-6, but Trousdale was knocking on the
door. On the first play of the final frame, the Jackets used Wright's
running ability to put 7 more on the board.
But the Cats didn't fold as Brannon McCoin steadily marched his
team 82 yards on 15 plays with Carwile again going the final yards
for the score. This time Vaughn split the uprights, but only 36
seconds remained in the game.
"I thought Brannon did an outstanding job tonight," said
senior Levi Holt, who was replaced by McCoin at quarterback after
breaking a collar bone in the pre-season. "We kept it simple
for him, using mostly running plays inside, and he kept his poise
and executed very well.
"I can't wait to get back out there, but until I do, this
team will be just fine with Brannon running the offense. I was really
proud of him tonight."
McCoin took 50 snaps on the night. Forty-five times he handed the
ball off, but on 5 tries he connected on 3 passes for 26 yards.
Carwile took 30 of McCoin's handoffs, and bulled his way for 132
yards. Reeder and Drew Cannon completed the ground attack.
"You never like to lose, but when you do, hopefully, you learn
something," Carwile explained. "I thought we played well
at times, and the offensive line was really getting the job done
tonight. Up front, we beat them all over the place, but we let down
on that punt return and didn't cover the pass very well.
"We'll work hard this week and we'll be just fine."
Led by Robert Holt, Curtis Beaty, John Willeford, Cody Shokoui,
and Gary Massengille up front, the Wildcats offense appears to be
strong. A few corrections in the defensive backfield could make
this edition of Livingston Academy one to be reckoned with by mid-season.
"Being a freshman and being a quarterback can be a little
intimidating at times," Brannon McCoin said, "but with
that offensive line we have, it starts to get easier. I can't say
enough about them tonight, but I know I only got sacked once, so
that says a lot. Can't wait for Friday night."
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Cats fall to Tompkinsville 22-12
Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Overton County's ballcarrier struggles forward in Thursday's home
game against Tompkinsville, KY.
The Overton County Jr. Wildcats saw their season record fall to
1-1 with a 22-12 loss to Tompkinsville, KY, on Thursday, Aug. 24
at Tom Davis Field.
The Jr. Cats jumped to a 12-0 lead, but T-Ville scored the last
22 points of the game.
The Jr. Cats scored on their opening possession of the game, driving
67 yards in 6 plays. The key play in the drive was a 27-yard pass
play from Hayden Hill to Jake Huitt on third down. Three plays later,
Kyle Lee scored from 18 yards out.
The Jr. Cats' next score came with 5:44 left in the half, this
time on a 1-yard run by Dylan Roberts, giving them a 12-0 lead.
Tompkinsville scored right before halftime, making the score 12-8.
The second half was controlled by Tompkinsville as they scored
one touchdown in each of the last two quarters. The Jr. Cats did
have the ball at the T-Ville 9 yard line, trailing 16-12, but lost
possession on a fumble.
Offensively, Dylan Roberts rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Kyle Lee had 7 tackles and an interception.
Jake Huitt also had 7 tackles. The next action for the Jr. Cats
will be Thursday, Aug. 31 at Macon County.
Hayden Hill 3-8-35
Jake Huitt 1-27
Dylan Roberts 2-8
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs)
Dylan Roberts 17-54-1
Paxton Eldridge 2-24-0
Kyle Lee 1-18-1
Jake Huitt 7; Kyle Lee 7; Lucas Cole 5; Paul Daniels 4; J.W. Lee
3; Zach Green 3; Jacob Thorn 2; Dustin Wylie 2; Justin Perdue 2;
Paxton Eldridge 1.
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win at Cannon County
Rachel Smith/OCN Sports
Overton County's Carter Hayes sprints past the Cannon County defense
in Saturday's Outlaws Jr. B win.
Overton County's Outlaws program travelled to Woodbury to take
on Cannon County's teams Saturday, Aug. 26.
The Sr. Outlaws won 35-7, the Jr. Outlaws won 26-0, and the Jr.
B Outlaws won 25-0.
Junior Outlaws game
Outlaws 26, Cannon Co. 0
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs-Conv.)
Kaleb Qualls 7-79-1-1 Jordan Savage 3-43-1-0 Dylan Linder 3-37-1-1
Mason Jolley 1-40-0-0 Jewayne Robinson 2-21-0-0 Ethan England 1-2-0-0
Chase Meadows 2-(-2)-0-0 Ethan Hammock 6-7-0-0 Total 25-227-3-2
Kaleb Qualls 1-4-17-1
Jacob Masters 1-17-1
Logan Clark; Jacob Masters.
Peter Hollars 5; Jewayne Robinson 3; Wade Eldridge 2; Logan Clark
2; Josh Beu 2; Jordan Savage 1; Seth Parker 1; Daniel Flatt 1; Ethan
Hammock 1; Dalton Gore 1; Jacob Masters 1; Drew Gore 1.
OC - Savage 18 yards. Qualls conversion.
OC - Qualls 30 yards. Conversion failed.
OC - Qualls pass to Masters, 17 yards. Linder conversion.
OC - Linder 14 yards. Conversion failed.
LA Wildcats begin
Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
LA senior Jada Ledbetter blocks a Macon County shot.
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team opened the season
Monday, Aug. 21 at a new venue for sports in the Upper Cumberland
– Stone Memorial High School in Crossville.
"We opened up their gym on Monday night, and had a good match,"
LA Coach Merl Smith said.
"We played 3 out of 5, had a good match. It was a real close
match all the way. Ultimately, the Cats lost 22-25, 19-25, 24-26.
"They are pretty good," Coach Smith said of the new team.
"They had a lot of good sized girls who could really hit it.
"They blocked us and we blocked them. But we still made some
crucial mistakes as far as not passing the ball very well. That
was it. We hit with them and served pretty well with them, but they
had some hard serves. We had some tough opportunities to get the
ball up because they were a hard serving bunch."
Stone Memorial High School is located near what is referred to
as the Vanity Fair mall, and according to Coach Smith has one of
the nicest facilities around for playing volleyball.
The following night, Livingston Academy opened the home season
by hosting Macon County.
The Wildcats jumped out front with 25-19 and 25-22 wins, then dropped
the next 19-25 and the next 17-25 before going to a 15-point tie
"We had a bad break when it got 14-14," Coach Smith said.
"One of the girls thought she was going to set it to her, Brittany
(McCoin) fell down and Jada (Ledbetter) fell on top of her. They
both were going after the ball. It was because they were both hustling.
They just fell down on top of one another.
"I thought we did a lot of good things. We just gave them
some free balls there at the last that we didn't hit when we probably
should have hit the ball. I didn't feel like the setters got the
ball in the right position some of the time. But they're getting
better at it; they're inexperienced.
"We are a little bit slow on defense, but we're getting better
at bringing the ball up," he said. "They're using their
hands a little bit more now, and they're getting better passes.
"The potential is there. If we can just make everything click
at the same time. Of course, we're still young in the season. I'm
not worried about it.”
He didn't have anything to worry about on Thursday, Aug. 24 at
Gordonsville either as the Wildcats defeated the host team 25-21,
25-11, then knocked off Cannon County 25-11, 25-9.
"The first game with Gordonsville, they played us pretty strong,"
Coach Smith said. "They had improved and were playing good
"Then we got to hitting the ball better and did some really
"Brittany and Jada both played well on the net. I don't remember
Brittany making a mistake as far as hitting goes. She hit just about
every ball that was up there, and hit it well. She's jumping a little
higher and attacking the ball."
The Wildcats' record stood at 2-0 in the district and 2-2 overall
before heading to the White County Tournament over the weekend.
After playing at Crossville on Monday, Aug. 28, then hosting Monterey
and Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday, Aug. 29, Livingston Academy
will host Smith County and Jackson County on Thursday, Aug. 31.
LA Wildcats Golf
mixes experience, inexperience
Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Members of the 2006 Livingston Academy Wildcats boys golf team are,
kneeling from left, Tyler Watkins, Justin Watkins, Chris McDonald,
Will Mullins, Clint West, standing, Tyler Collins, Jamie Emerton,
Robert York, Nathan Dale, Michael Ledford, and Daniel Elder.
Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
LA's lone girl golfer, Brandi Keisling, lines up a putt.
By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
If Livingston Academy Golf Coach Elizabeth Maxwell could use two
words to describe this year's team they would be "experience”
With two seniors and three juniors surrounded by six freshmen
and one sophomore, this year's Wildcats squad can match up well
through four or five places then its anyone's question who will
round out the first six members.
"In high school golf," Coach Maxwell explained, "you
take the four lowest scores to make the team score, then you use
the other scores to see who's improving and who's not. We are pretty
strong through four places, and we are fairly deep with our fifth
and six spots."
Junior Michael Ledford is the Wildcats' top player as he has been
for the past two years. Last season, as a sophomore, Ledford went
to the state tournament and finished 27th.
"That's not bad," Coach Maxwell said. "Michael is
a good solid player and has both the physical and mental abilities
to go even further this year. He's been our number one player ever
since he came on the team, and that experience has made him better
"He is dedicated to the game and works hard at it."
Ledford's nine hole scores in the team's first four matches this
season have ranged from the mid to high 30s.
Sophomore Clint West and senior Daniel Elder swap back and forth
for the number two and three spots. West is a good athlete in several
sports and has a good attitude about the game.
Coach Maxwell said, "He can recover well after a bad hole,
and seldom carries a mistake to the next hole. That's very important
"Daniel (Elder) has played on the team for four years and
grew up here on the course so he knows the game. He's a long hitter
and a good team leader."
Senior Nathan Dale has played for four years, and according to
the coach, is the most improved player on the team. When he started
with the team four years ago, his scores would be in the mid 50s.
Now he is shooting in the mid to upper 30s.
"Nathan has worked hard at the game and his progress shows
it," Coach Maxwell said. "He has a great attitude, is
a good leader to be around, and keeps the game lighthearted."
Chris McDonald, Robert York, Will Mullins, Tyler Watkins, Justin
Watkins, Tyler Collins, and Jamie Emerton round out the squad.
"Most of those players are our future," Coach Maxwell
said. "Jamie and Chris will make strong contributions this
year, and the others will get better with practice and maturity.
"After four matches our only loss has been to Jackson County,
and our top four players have played some strong matches.
"Our biggest problem is our players need to play courses other
than just here in Livingston. Playing other courses gives them confidence
so that when we do move on to the district, regional, and state
tournaments they will have a variety of different courses under
their belts so they wouldn't feel out of their league when they
play at places that aren't as familiar as here (Hidden Valley County
Coach Maxwell has only one girl on this year's team in Brandi Keisling.
Keisling was a member of the squad last year and is at a disadvantage
in that most other teams in the district have several female players.
Her one score is all LA can post against other teams.
The team will play 12 district matches between Jackson County,
Celina, Monterey, DeKalb County, Cookeville, Pickett County, and
Clarkrange before the regular season ends in late September.
District tournament action will take place October 2-3 at Ironwood
Country Club in Cookeville. Regional tournament action will be at
The Legacy in Springfield, and the state tournament is slated for
Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro on October 17-18.
The four top players in the district tournament will move on to
the regional event, then the top seven teams advance to the regionals.
In the state tournament, one team for each region and three individuals
will advance. Patty Dale will again assist Maxwell this season.
After playing against DeKalb County, White County, and Pickett
County at Riverwatch on Tuesday, Aug. 28, Livingston Academy will
play Cookeville and Lebanon at Cookeville Golf Club on Thursday,
Aug. 31, then will host Cookeville and Pickett County at Hidden
Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
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