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Wildcats lose 47-0 to Station Camp Bisons
Cats slip to 2nd with loss to Upperman
Chase Taylor Softball Tournament held
Lady Cats soccer team leads District 7 A/AA
Co-Ed League underway at city ball park

 



Wildcats lose 47-0 to Station Camp Bisons

 

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
Jake Reeder eludes the Bison defenders on a run in Friday's game at Station Camp.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports On the outside, football coaches can give the appearance of being rough and tough, but deep down inside, most of them have a heart of gold and a certain kind of love for each and every player. And even in the midst of turmoil, they are constantly searching for the right advice to lift the team.

Friday night at Station Camp, the roof was falling all around the Livingston Academy Wildcats, and they were suffering a 47-0 defeat. Assistant coach Bruce Lamb put his arm around big lineman Curtis Beaty and found words of encouragement.

"Curtis," Lamb started out, "Wilson Cates lost his first three games his first year, and then won the next seven. It was leadership, and you and the other seniors have got to lead if we are to get better. It's not over, and it's not going to be easy from here on out, but you can do it if you want to."

Beaty pointed out later, "That didn't take away from the fact we got whipped, but it did make me feel better. You never feel good when you lose, were it by 1 point or 47, but at least you know the coaches haven't given up and they have given us upperclassmen a challenge."

Lamb's little pep talk may turn out to be the spark the Wildcats need after a third straight loss, but it didn't take away the fact that in three games this season, the offense has scored only 13 points, and the defense has given up 87.

Lineman Ryan Bowman said after the game, "Everything that could possibly go wrong in a football game went wrong tonight. It was one of those nights that when things started going wrong, we just couldn't stop them.

"Now we have to put this behind us and get ready for Catholic this Friday night."

Bowman was right on the money in his explanation of what happened on the road at Station Camp.

Still hampered by a young quarterback and mounting injuries at key positions, the Wildcats appeared to be a much better prepared team early in the game. The Bisons took the opening kickoff and marched 50 yards in 9 plays, but the Wildcats came right back and ripped off almost 40 yards in their first 6 plays.

Led by some hard running by Steven Morgan and a fine 15-yard pass from Brannon McCoin to Jake Reeder, suddenly an offense that had been dormant last week was moving the ball on the ground and in the air.

But the drive stalled, and following a 35-yard punt by Jacob Collins, the Bisons went back to work at their 19. Two plays into the drive, Randall Toney broke through the Livingston line, blew away the backfield, and was heading for paydirt. The 58-yard breakaway was stopped short of the goal line by Dustin Looper's saving tackle at the 17. But that only slowed down the march, and three plays later the Bisons were on the board again.

Beaty said, "That play kinda broke our back. We were holding them pretty good, then number 1 (Toney) got through, and after that the entire thing started to come apart."

McCoin had a pass intercepted early in the second period, and SC marched 57 yards in 7 plays to up the margin to 20-0. Then a fumble on the LA 20 following the ensuing kickoff put the Bisons back at work deep in LA territory, and it took only one play to produce another score.

And if that wasn't bad enough, a blocked punt only minutes later gave the home team another 7 points, and a shanked punt by Collins on the next LA possession put the game totally out of reach.

At intermission, Station Camp was on top 40-0.

"They scored three touchdowns on three straight critical mistakes, and they did it in less than 12 minutes," Beaty went on. "With a young quarterback and several key players injured, we just can't overcome that.

"If we could get healthy and get a win, it would do wonders for our confidence," the lineman added. "The biggest problem now is we don't have a game where we can get an easy win. Catholic comes to Livingston Friday, then we play a very good York team, then go on the road to Austin East.

"So it's up to us,Ó Beaty said. "We have to get better as a team. and that's all there is to it. We have got to put the first three games behind us and move on.

"Sure we're frustrated with our start, but that's behind us and we can't do anything about that now. We have to have a good week's practice and be on top of our game by Friday.

"We're not giving up, and we truly believe we can turn things around."

As for the young quarterback, things aren't going the way he would like for them to go, but he refuses to let it get him down. "I'm still a little nervous, but that's going away with each game," Brannon McCoin said.

"We missed Josh (Carwile) tonight, although Steve (Morgan) came in and did a good job. We also opened up the offense some, and that was a good step.

"Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and get better as the season goes along.

Senior quarterback Levi Holt, who has been injured for the past 6 weeks, could possibly be back in action this week. Holt will go to the doctor this week, and has been taking snaps in practice to shake off the rust of inactivity.

Carwile is also expected back this week after a hip injury last week, but Joe Reynolds will miss several more games before his knee is fully healed.

Bowman said, "We'll study film and hopefully have good practice this week. We have not given up by any means. Levi coming back will give us a boost, and we'll just keep after it.

"This was not a good night, and in this class of ball, you can't have anything close to what we had tonight and expect to even get close."

The Yardstick
1st Downs LA 4, SC 15
Yds. Rushing LA 36, SC 359
Yds. Passing LA 29, SC 0
Pass Att./Com LA 13/3, SC1/0
Passes Int. By LA 0, SC1
Fumbles Lost LA 1, SC 0
Punts/Avg. LA 4/15, SC1/35
Yds. Pent. LA 15, SC 60

Score By Quarter
LA 0 0 0 0 - 0
SC 13 27 7 0 - 47

Scoring
SC - Toney, 1 run. Reed kick.
SC - ÊBailey, 5 run. Kick failed.
SC - Schewe, 3 run. Reed kick.
SC - ÊToney, 14 run. Reed kick.
SC - ÊRoberts, block punt recovery. Reed kick.
SC - 14 punt return. Reed kick.
SC - Bynum, 21 run. Reed kick.

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Cats slip to 2nd with loss to Upperman

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Coach Merl Smith instructs his team during a recent match against Smith County.

 

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Jada Ledbetter fires the ball in the win over Carthage.

 

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN Sports The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team went into last Thursday's match against Upperman in a tie with the Bees for 1st place in District 7 A/AA, but came out in 2nd place after three close games.

"We had a good match with Upperman," LA Volleyball Coach Merl Smith said. "Both of us were undefeated in the district going into the game

"The first match went down to the wire, 25-22. We had a 22-20 lead on them and couldn't hold it."

After losing the first game, LA fell again in the second game 15-25.

"The third game, they got a big lead on us and we came back and tied it up at 21-21," Coach Smith said.

Ultimately, the Cats lost to the Bees 22-25.

"They are a good ballclub," Coach Smith said of Upperman. "They don't miss any serves, and they do a real good job of passing.

"We did a lot of good things, a lot of positive things. We hit the ball pretty hard, had a lot of spikes.

"Jada Ledbetter blocked the ball extremely well.

"Alison West hit the ball about the hardest I've seen her hit this year.

"So, we had a lot of good things happen," he said. "We're just not hardly good enough yet to beat the really good teams. Of course, we're going to continue to work on that, and hopefully by the end of the year it will be a different story."

The loss put LA's district record at 6-1 and Upperman's at 7-0.

"We've beaten everyone in our district except Upperman," Coach Smith said.

The Wildcats had defeated Monterey, Red Boiling Springs, Jackson County, and Smith County with relative ease the previous week.

And LA had defeated the Cumberland County Jets in 3 games and played in the White County Tournament before those district games.

"In the White County Tournament, we won our first two matches, against Warren County and Glencliff, and then lost our next three in our pool play," Coach Smith said. "We had a real close game with Macon County, and they finished 2nd in the whole tournament.

"We lost fairly close to Hazel Green, Alabama, who won the tournament. We played them pretty strong.

"In the Silver Division of the tournament, we lost to St. Cecilia in three games, and we had a lead in that one and could not hang onto it.

"That's something we really need to work on and improve," he said.

"It was good experience for us. We've played some tough competition so far. Most of the teams we are getting beat by seem to be just a notch ahead of us. We are not getting killed and are real close to turning it over and beating them.

"We're about halfway through the season, so we ought to be able to turn that around."

The Cats' overall record stood at 9-7 before heading into the Bearden Tournament at Knoxville this past weekend.

After the tournament, LA was scheduled to travel to Sparta on Monday, Sept. 11 to play White County and Stone Memorial High School, then travel to Woodbury on Tuesday, Sept. 12 to take on Cannon County and Gordonsville.

The Wildcats will travel to Red Boiling Springs on Thursday, Sept. 14 to play the host team and Monterey.

"Red Boiling Springs is really improved," Coach Smith said. "They seem to be doing really well. They hustle, and they have a couple of spikers who are really improving, plus they're still young. They've probably improved as much as anybody in our district."

After the matches at RBS, Livingston Academy will host Cumberland County on Monday, Sept. 18, then the Cats will travel to Carthage on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to play Smith County and Cannon County.

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Chase Taylor Softball Tournament held

courtesy of Co-Ed Softball
Overton County Co-Ed Softball League held the first Chase Taylor Memorial Softball Tournament in August to kick off the 2006 season. The tournament was held in honor of Chase Taylor who passed away November 11, 2005, in a car accident. B&B Machinery took 1st place in the tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Stasha Babb, Delilah Blankenship, Michella Choate, and Tamara Bibb, congratulated by Shania and Lexie Taylor, middle row, team members Christie Dillon, Jennifer Curtis, Chris Hunter, Kyle Herald, back row, Greg Bibb, Terry Curtis, and sponsor Ray Blankenship and Jerry Ballard.

courtesy of Co-Ed Softball
Tinch Builders took 2nd place in the tournament. Team members are, front row from left, Ashley Ogletree, Peggy Cantrell, Brittney Cantrell, Trudy Barrett, Amanda Phillips, back row, Mark Ogletree, Brad Hugh, Pat Officer, Daniel Phillips, Audie Holloman, and Noah Phillips, congratulated by Shania and Lexie Taylor.

 

Lady Cats soccer team leads District 7 A/AA

The Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats soccer team leads District 7 A/AA with a perfect 3-0 district record.

Livingston Academy hosted DeKalb County on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and won 3-0.

Heather Marshall scored first off an assist from Becca Savage. Devin Thompson scored a pair of goals from assists from Mallie Stephens and Heather Marshall.

The LA team hit the road to Carthage on Thursday, Sept. 7 and won 4-2 over Smith County.

In the first half, Mallie Stephens started the scoring on a corner kick from Heather Marshall, who ended up with 3 assists. Allie Baltimore scored, and Devin Thompson scored on an assist from Allie Baltimore to give the Lady Cats a 3-0 lead at the half.

Devin Thompson scored again in second half to put LA up 4-0.

The Lady Owls made a late surge, but the Lady Cats held them off for the 4-2 win.

Smith County had played York Institute to a tie earlier in the season, giving LA the top spot in the district.

LA's overall record stood at 3-3 after the week's play.

The Lady Wildcats will travel to Crossville on Thursday, Sept. 14 to take on Stone Memorial High School, then will travel to Smithville on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to take on DeKalb County again.

 

Co-Ed League underway at city ball park

Overton County Co-Ed Softball League is now underway at Livingston City Park.

A League Standings - W/L
Southern Landscape Supply 5 0
B&B Machinery 4 1
SqueakÕs 5 3
Pepsi 4 2
Dale Hollow Power Sports 3 4
Tinch Builders 2 5
Parsons Auto Repair 0 8

MenÕs Batting Avg.
Daniel Hawk, B&B 1.000
Gregg Bibb, B&B .875
Scotty Smith, SqueakÕs .826
Chris Story, Southern .818
Jason Gibson, Pepsi .800
Jerry Ballard, B&B .800
Jessie Boles, DHPS .778
David Jackson, Southern .765
Brian Smith, SqueakÕs .739
Trent Booher, DHPS .722

WomenÕs Batting Avg.
Delilah Blankenship, B&B .750
Tamara Bibb, B&B .667
Stephanie Pennington, SLS .667
Trudy Tinch, Tinch .640
Jennifer Curtis, B&B .600
Angela McDougle, SqueakÕs .550
Vickie Aaron, DHPS .545
Michele Blakley, SLS .545
Whittney Walker, SLS .538
Dedra Booher, DHPS .533
Karrie Smith, SLS .533

B League Standings - W/L
TaylorÕs 6 0
SueÕs Friendly Drive-In 5 2
El Tapatio 5 2
B&R Metals 3 3
Country View Market 2 4
S&S Farms 1 6
El Rey Restaurant 0 5

MenÕs Batting Avg.
Rick Ledbetter, TaylorÕs .810
Jay Coffman, CVM .800
Bruce Dixon, TaylorÕs .785
Brenn McCann, El Tapatio .762
Chris Nelson, B&R .750
Brandon Roberson, B&R .727
Ricky Davidson, SueÕs .706
Daniel Abbott, SueÕs .700
Jay Smith, El Tapatio .667
Tim Smith, S&S .667
Kenny Smith, S&S .667

WomenÕs Batting Avg.
Stacia Ledbetter, TaylorÕs .737
Lisa Reeder, Country View .667
Shania Taylor, TaylorÕs .632
Melanie Staggs, El Rey .615
Trista Nelson, B&R .579
Brandi Ferrell, El Tapatio .571
Rachel Barlow, El Tapatio .571
Sonya Nivens, B&R .571
Sallenna Abbott, SueÕs .556
Trish Tompkins, SueÕs .524

Home Run Leaders
Gregg Bibb, B&B 7
Chris Story, Southern 5
Daniel Hawk, B&B 4
Billy Melton, DHPS 3
Bobby McDougle, SqueakÕs 3
Jason Cox, TaylorÕs 3
Daniel Abbott, SueÕs 3
Brian Roberson, B&R 3
Ricky Davidson, SueÕs 2
Johnny Painter, B&B 2
Chris Hunter, B&B 2
Jason Gibson, Pepsi 2
Matt Jolley, Parsons 2
Keith Miller, Southern 2
Brandon Robinson, B&R 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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