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LA Wildcats take road loss to Kingston Yellow Jackets
Jr. Wildcats defeat Macon County 12-0
Outlaws teams win at Burkesville
Jr. Cats soccer team remains undefeated



LA Wildcats take road loss to Kingston Yellow Jackets

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
The Livingston Academy defense stops a run by Kingston's Zack Zeigler in Friday's road loss.

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
LA's Jamie Cravens, #4, takes down a Kingston ballcarrier.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
"We're in one of the toughest regions in the state and we're very limited as to what we can do offensively, so that sometimes makes for a long night. Tonight was one of those nights," Livingston Academy head football coach Danny McCoin explained after Friday night's game against Kingston.

"It's not that the effort isn't there, it's just sometimes there's not a lot you can do to change a game."

McCoin was explaining his Wildcats' performance in a 20-0 loss to the Yellow Jackets, and even though it was only a few minutes after the game, he pretty much had a good assessment of the game.

With four Region 2-3A teams in the top 15 in state rankings, and two listed as 1 and 2, there's little doubt that this year's young Wildcats team has its work cut out over the next eight weeks. Add youth, inexperience and injuries to the mix and it's pretty easy to forecast that without a little good luck -and soon -this could be a long season for the defending state champs.

"We can do only so much right now offensively with Brannon (freshman quarterback Brannon McCoin) in there, and they (the opposition) know that. So if we are going to put points on the board, we have to have everything else working perfectly, and tonight that didn't happen. And you have to give Kingston a lot of credit for that," McCoin added.

With the knowledge from last week's opening game, the Yellow Jackets knew that the Wildcats would try to power Josh Carwile and Jake Reeder through the inside of the line, and they simply plugged the holes. They plugged them so tight Livingston would suffer through its worst offensive game in over five years.

On the night, the Wildcats managed only one first down, and that came late in the fourth quarter. And Carwile and Reeder would gain only 34 yards on the ground combined. McCoin would throw six times and complete two, one for 5 yards and one for 37. The 37-yard pass play in the fourth frame to Jeramie Reeder would be the longest offensive play of the game for Livingston.

Couple that with Kingston's 271 yards on the ground and none through the air and it was, to say the least, a long night and a short game. The Jackets, when they had the ball, stayed on the ground, turning out 14 first downs on a ball control offense while the Wildcats simply didn't get the ball much at all.

"They controlled the ball and they controlled the game," lineman Robert Holt pointed out. "Kingston was much better than they were last year, and they were much more physical than Trousdale was last week.

"This is the first year I've had to play offense and defense, and like several others out there, we're having to adjust to being on the field that much time. It's tough, I'll admit, but all we can do is keep working at it as hard as we can."

Kingston won the opening coin toss and elected to kick off. Three plays later, after moving the ball only one yard, the Wildcats were forced to punt, and a 23-yard kick left the ball still on the Wildcats' side of midfield. Grinding out the yardage, 3, 4, and 5 yards at a time, the Jackets marched 44 yards in 11 plays for the night's opening score with Josh King going over from 4 yards out. Cameron Herwehe was true with the conversion, and the jackets had a 7-0 lead.

And that's the way it would go almost all night.

Four plays after the Kingston score, the Jackets had the ball again following a 34-yard Jacob Collins' punt, this time at midfield. With a little less than 9 minutes remaining in the half, Kingston again put points on the board with a 25-yard run by King off the right side. Herwehe was perfect on the point-after try, and at the half, the Jackets had a 14-0 lead.

So complete was Kingston's domination of the first half that the Wildcats ran only 17 offensive plays, which included 3 punts, 27 yards total offense, and a fumble.

And it didn't get any better the second half. In the third period, Livingston had the ball for only 4 offensive plays, which included a punt, two rushing plays for a total of 2 yards, and one pass completion for 5 yards.

In the fourth period, McCoin's pass completion of 37 yards was by far the biggest play of the game.

And to make things even worse, defensive back Joe Reynolds sustained a knee injury early in the game and Carwile suffered a hip injury early in the fourth period.

"We'll have to suck this one up and move on," Jake Reeder pointed out. "They (Kingston) kinda knew what we could do, plus they had a pretty good offense and their defense was good as well.

"We'll keep working at it and hope it comes together. We got beat up physically tonight with Joe and Josh getting hurt, and that doesn't help matters, but we'll work hard this week and be ready for Station Camp Friday night."

Assistant Coach Bruce Lamb pointed out, "You go through these kinds of things in high school football. We're young at some key positions, and we have some big injuries that we have to work around. Those are things you can't help, but we can play better as a team and that's what we have got to do.

"We have no stars out there like we have had in the past, so it's more important than ever that we play solidly as a team. It's going to take an effort by the players and especially by the coaches that we pull this team together. And we believe it can be done."

The next two weeks will be critical for the Wildcats this season. Friday night LA travels to Station Camp, which has a powerful ground attack and is currently listed in the top 15 teams in 3A ball. The following Friday, the Cats return home to host the state's top ranked 3A team, Knoxville Catholic and its highly prized running back, Harrison Smith.

Holt concluded, "It doesn't get any easier. We need a win and we could use it quickly to turn things around. A win could do wonders for us right now, and we'll just get down this week and work for it. We know how important it is."

The Yardstick
1st Downs: LA 1; KHS1.
Yds. Rushing: LA 34; KHS 271.
Yds. Passing: LA 42; KHS 0.
Pass Att./Com: LA 6/2; KHS 2/0.
Passes Int. By: LA 0; KHS 1.
Fumbles Los: LA 1; KHS 1.
Punts/Avg.: LA 5/31; KHS 1/37.
Yds. Pent.: LA 10; KHS 4.0


Score By Quarter
LA 0 0 0 0 -0
KHS 7 7 6 0 -20

Scoring
KHS╩- King, 4 run. Herwehe kick.

KHS -╩King, 25 run. Herwehe kick.

KHS -╩Givens, 1 run. Kick failed.

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Coach Danny McCoin tries to rally the Wildcats
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Jr. Wildcats defeat Macon County 12-0

Overton County Jr. Wildcats upped their season record to 2-1 with a 12-0 win over Macon County on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Lafayette.

The tone of the game was set by the Jr. Wildcats' defense.

The first half was uneventful as the Jr. Cats were unable to muster any offense, and the defense was in the "bend but not break" mode. Macon County made a few first downs, but the Jr. Cat defense was able to make the stops when they had to.

The Jr. Cats finally broke the ice with 4:36 left in the 3rd quarter on a 67-yard run by Paxton Eldridge on a reverse.

With the defense standing firm, the Jr. Cats completely controlled the second half. The offense picked up with an intermediate passing game.

Early in the 4th quarter, the Cats drove the proverbial nail on a 1-yard run by quarterback Hayden Hill. The touchdown drive was set up by passes to Jake Huitt and Dustin Wylie. The Jr. Cat's defense preserved the shutout, and the game ended with the Cats on the Macon County 5 yard line.

Offensively, the Jr. Cats were led by Paxton Eldridge with 76 rushing yards and a touchdown. Hayden Hill passed for 71 yards and had a rushing TD.

Defensively, the Jr. Cats were led by Lucas Cole with 8 tackles, and Christian Dillon had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery. Carl Sanders also recovered a fumble.

The Jr. Wildcats' next game will be Thursday, Sept. 7 at home against Baxter.

Individual Statistics
Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Hayden Hill 5-9-71

Receiving (Catches-Yds.)
Jake Huitt 3-42 Dustin Wylie 2-29

Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs)
Paxton Eldridge 3-76-1 Kyle Lee 6-29-0 Dylan Roberts 12-24-0 Paul Daniels 2-5-0 Hayden Hill 2-1-1

Lead Tacklers
Lucas Cole 8; Christian Dillon 6; Carl Sanders 5; J.W. Lee 3; Jake Huitt 3; Kyle Lee 3; Daniel Robinson 2; Dustin Wylie 2; and Jacob Thorn 1.

Interceptions
Jake Huitt.

Fumble Recoveries
Carl Sanders 1; Christian Dillon 1.

 

 

 

 

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Outlaws teams win at Burkesville

Rachel Smith/OCN Sports
Ethan Hammock, #14, runs for the goal line in the Junior Outlaws' 25-6 win.

 

Rachel Smith/OCN Sports
The Outlaws Jr. B team won 29-0 in Burkesville, KY.

Overton County's Outlaws program travelled to Burkesville, KY, to take on the various Cumberland County (KY) Panthers teams Saturday, Sept. 2.

The Sr. Outlaws won 48-6, the Jr. Outlaws won 25-6, and the Jr. B Outlaws won 29-0.

Junior Outlaws game
Outlaws 29, Panthers 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs-Conv.)

Jordan Savage 4-58-1-0
Logan Clark 1-4-0-0 Kaleb
Qualls 4-52-0-0
Dylan Linder 2-42-1-1pt
Ethan Hammock 7-24-0-0
Chase Meadows 5-13-0-0
Seth Parker 1-20-0-2pt
Jewayne Robinson 1-2-0-0
Total 25-215-2-2

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Kaleb Qualls 3-4-59-2
Receiving (Catches-Yds.-TDs)
Jacob Masters 2-55-2
Logan Clark 1-4-0
Fumble Recoveries
Kaleb Qualls.
Lead Tacklers
Peter Hollars 2; James Owens 3; Jacob Masters 3; Dalton Gore 3; Wade Eldridge 2; Mason Jolley 1; Elijah Miller 1; Logan Clark 1; Kaleb Qualls 1; Jewayne Robinson 1; Darion Davis 1; Drew Gore 1; Chase Meadows 1; Austin Hall 1; John Michael Ferrell 1.
Safety
Drew Gore.
Scoring
OC╩- Savage 30-yard run. Linder 1 pt. conversion.
OC -╩Qualls 20-yard pass to Masters. Qualls 2 pt. conversion pass to Parker.
OC -╩Linder 27-yard run. Conversion failed.
OC -╩Qualls 37-yard pass to Masters. Conversion failed.
OC -╩Safety tackle by Gore.

Jr. Cats soccer team remains undefeated

The Overton County Jr. Lady Wildcats faced their toughest opponent this season, the perennial soccer power Avery Trace. The two teams have met six times in the previous two seasons with the Jr. Lady Wildcats winning all six.

The last time the two teams met was in the 2005 championship game, in which the Jr. Lady Wildcats posted a 3-2 victory.

The action was end-to-end in the opening minutes until Avery Trace was called on a handball at the top of the penalty box.

Kathryn Nigro stepped up to take the direct kick and immediately bent a 24-yard strike over the wall just under the crossbar for a 1-0 lead.

The Avery Trace forwards came back with immediate pressure, and were taken down in the box. They were awarded a penalty kick, which they deposited into the back of the net.

Once again the Jr. Lady Wildcats were on the offensive with tremendous pressure from outside midfielders Mercer Coleman and Kelsey Webb supported by stout defense from Katie White and Lisa Cook. Their efforts were finally rewarded when Stormy Nigro played a pass to Kathryn Nigro for her second goal of the game and a 2-1 lead.

The lead was short lived as Avery Trace managed to force an on-goal minutes before the half

In the second half neither team could generate early offensive pressure.

Avery Trace broke through the Wildcats' defense late in the game and forced a second on-goal, taking a 3-2 lead.

The Jr. Lady Wildcats were physically drained when the coach called on two fifth graders,╩Barbara Nigro and Savannah Gillentine, to provide some energy. Barbara provided much needed pressure on the Avery Trace defense, winning numerous challenges against larger eighth graders. And with less than 3 minutes left, Savannah took a well-placed 45-yard pass in on goal and scored to tie the game at 3-3.

The Jr. Lady Wildcats remained unbeaten, and will host Avery Trace in a rematch on September 21 at the Livingston Academy soccer complex.

Against Jackson County, the Jr. Lady Wildcats got off to another great start, getting 5 goals from 5 different players - Kathryn Nigro (1), Jennifer Ross (1), Kelsey Copeland (1), Stormy Nigro (1) and Barbara Nigro (1).

The defense allowed only one scoring chance, which was easily turned away by senior goalkeeper Allura Miranda as she notched her second shutout in four games.

The girls will host White County on Saturday, Sept. 9 in a 5:30 p.m. game on the Livingston Academy soccer field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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