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Roadrunners run up 369 yards in 69-0 win over LA Wildcats
Jr. Cats undefeated in season play
Cats defeat Upperman, secure No. 2 seed
Jr. Outlaws take 2 wins on week

 



Roadrunners run up 369 yards in 69-0 win over LA Wildcats

Mac McLeod/OCN Sports
LA receiver Drew Cannon, #19, signals to quarterback Levi Holt that he is open for a pass in Friday's game.

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports Shortly before the start of Friday's Region 2-3A game between Livingston Academy and Austin East in Knoxville, the stadium lights on the visiting side went out, creating a semi-lighted playing field. Despite the handicap, the game officials decided to go ahead and start the contest hoping electricians could fix the problem.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the problem was corrected shortly before the start of the second period, and when the field was fully lighted the Roadrunners suddenly started finding the goal line. Before all the lights came on, the two teams battled on fairly even terms, with the home team holding a 7-0 advantage. In the next 10 minutes, under full lighting, the Runners found the endzone five more times and handed Livingston Academy its worst beating thus far this season, 69-0.

Assistant coach Brian Johnson said after the game, "With 10 minutes to go, we were down by only 7 points, then we get penalized for a facemask that led to a score, and the next play we fumble the kickoff and they pick it up and run it in for another score, and we were totally out of the game."

Johnson was right on the money in his explanation of what had just happened in a growing season of frustration for the defending state 3A champions. At just past the mid-point of the season, the Wildcats have scored only 26 points while allowing the opposition 217.

Head Coach Danny McCoin pointed out after the contest, "I thought we were playing pretty good there early in the game. Then we made two critical mistakes that gave them two quick touchdowns, and we were totally out of it after that.

"Austin East, like Catholic, Station Camp, and all the other teams in this league, are very athletic, and you have to be perfect every time to compete against them.

"We knew coming into the season we were young and weak at a lot of positions, and right now we just can't make mistakes and expect to compete in this league."

In the first period, the two teams played fairly even with Livingston picking up 40 yards on the ground and three first downs while AE piled up 32 on the ground and an additional 38 through the air. The Roadrunners also had three first downs, but 36 of the yards through the air came on a second down play with 7:44 remaining in the quarter to give the home team the upper hand.

A little less than 4 minutes into the second frame, the lights really went out for the Wildcats. After the facemask infraction that put the ball on the Roadrunners 45, a 55-yard ramble right up the middle by Ashford Johnson expanded the margin to 14, with John Woods making both point-after attempts. Before the night was over Woods would be true on nine attempts.

Livingston fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Deandre Brinson picked up the bouncing ball and raced 21 yards for yet another score, and with 8:16 remaining in the period, Austin East was up 21-0 and never looked back. A 60-yard drive, a pass interception, and another 60-yard march during the next 8 minutes turned a beating into a thrashing as the Wildcats found themselves behind 42-0 when the clock finally stopped the massacre.

By mutual agreement of both teams, the two remaining periods would be only 10 minutes long instead of the regular 12, and for the most part, the clock never stopped running except when a player went out of bounds or a team called a time out.

And even that didn't stop the slaughter, it only slowed it down somewhat.

In the second half the Roadrunners scored every time they had the ball, while Livingston could not manage a first down during the two frames and had negative 23 yards on the ground and went 0-7 in the air.

"We're working with young teenagers," Coach McCoin continued, "and they get down on themselves. We had good practice last week after the win over York, and the players and the coaches all felt good about tonight. But you simply can't make mistakes against athletes like they have here and even expect to have a chance.

"We're still trying, and the kids are still trying, and we'll bounce back and get ready for Scott County Friday night. That's all you can do. You try, and you lose, but you get up and try again."

For the night, Livingston Academy managed only 25 yards of total offense, and all of that came on the ground. On the other side of the ball though, the Roadrunners blasted the LA defense for a total of 532 yards, 369 on the ground and 163 through the air.

Before the start of the second half, LA runningback Jake Reeder said, "We get down and we just can't seem to get back up. They (Austin East) are no better than they were last year when we came over here and beat them in the playoffs. We have got to start scoring some points and quit making dumb mistakes."

The Wildcats have a chance to turn things around somewhat this week as they host Scott County, a team, like Livingston, in a rebuilding year. The bad news is that after Scott County, the Wildcats have to face a tough Anderson County team, always tough Smith County, and in the final game of the season, the state's number one team, Fulton of Knoxville.

The Yardstick
1st Downs: LA-3, AE-18
Yds. Rushing: LA-25, AE-369
Yds. Passing: LA-0, AE163
Pass Att./Com.: LA-10/0, AE8/6
Passes Int. By: LA-0, AE-1
Fumbles Lost: LA-1, AE-0
Punts/Avg.: LA-7/25, AE-1/25
Yds. Pent.: LA-26, AE-50

Score By Quarter
LA 0 0 0 0 - 0
AE 7 35 13 14 - 69

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Jr. Cats undefeated in season play

courtesy of Jr. Wildcats Soccer
Barbara Jean Nigro, left, fights for control of the ball.

courtesy of Jr. Wildcats Soccer
Lynnze Reagan boots the ball for the Jr. Wildcats.

Overton County Jr. Lady Wildcats finished the regular season with a 10-0-1 record and No. 1 ranking in the upcoming Upper Cumberland Soccer Tournament.

By virtue of their 1st place finish, the Jr. Lady Wildcats will begin the tournament by hosting the first two games of the tournament at the Livingston Academy soccer complex on Thursday, Oct. 5. The first game will match No. 6 Jackson County against No. 4 White County, with the kickoff projected at about 5:30 p.m.

The second game will match the #1 seed Jr. Lady Wildcats versus the #6 seed, with kickoff projected at 7 p.m.

The semifinals and finals will be played Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Cookeville soccer complex, with game times to be announced later.

Against White County, the Jr. Lady Wildcats dominated the time of possession throughout, getting goals from Kathryn Nigro, 3, and Stormy Nigro, 1. The game was never in doubt, and the defense anchored by Mary Green and Lisa Cook turned away all scoring chances.

Next up was a rematch with Avery Trace Middle School

The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by scoring leader Kat Nigro. But Avery Trace fought back hard with 2 goals late in the first half. The Overton County coach challenged his girls at the half to step up and be more aggressive, "challenge every pass and every loose ball". The words were answered by outstanding second half play by Kelsey Copeland, Kelsey Webb, and Kara Vaughn, as well as tough marking defense by Tara White.

The intense pressure put Avery Trace on their heels and allowed the Wildcats to dominate the offensive third of the field, retaking the lead. Then the defense stepped up and did not allow a second half goal.

The Jr. Lady Wildcats finished the regular season by winning back-to-back games against Monterey. The games were never in doubt; however the Jr. Lady Wildcat coach was pleasantly surprised to see goals from newcomers Mercer Coleman, Ashley Ross, Savannah Gillentine, Barbara Nigro. and Megan Kemp.

Coach Tony Nigro said, "It was especially satisfying to see Mercer dribble down the sideline and get her shot. For those that don't understand the game, that takes skill and determination."

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Cats defeat Upperman, secure No. 2 seed

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's Chelsea Carr sets the ball for teammate Jada Ledbetter in the Thursday, Sept. 28 win over Uppperman High School. The Wildcats won in three straight games and secured the No. 2 seed in the District 7-A/AA Tournament to be held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 9 and 10 at Upperman High School, who won the right to host by virtue of a 14-1 district record, the only loss being to LA. The Cats finished regular season district play at 13-2.

 

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
LA's Kristen Williams returns a volley in Thursday's win.

 

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
LA's Alison West hammers the ball against Upperman.

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Jr. Outlaws take 2 wins on week

Rachel Smith/OCN Sports
Peter Hollars runs for a touchdown for the Jr. Outlaws.

Overton County's Outlaws defeated Fentress County, and the Jr. Outlaws defeated Fentress County and DeKalb County last week. The Sr. Outlaws won 27-0 against Fentress County on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and the Jr. Outlaws won 47-6 later that evening. Then the Jr. Outlaws won 34-6 over DeKalb County on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Outlaws game
Outlaws 27, Fentress Co. 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs)

Brock McCoin 8-91-2
Lukas Reagan 4-61-1
Dylan Matthews 3-32-0
Jesse Carr 1-22-0
Creed Hayes 3-(-6)-0

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs)
Creed Hayes 2-3-48-1

Receiving (Catches-Yds.-TDs)
Dustin Matthews 1-50-1
Hunter White 1-(-2)-0

Fumble Recoveries
Wade McDonald 1.

Lead Tacklers
Dustin Matthews 5; Lukas Reagan 4; Morgan Mayberry 4; Conor Oliver 3; Bubba Jolley 3; Brock McCoin 3; Ronnie Linder 2; Cole Presley 2; J.M. Dishman 1; Creed Hayes 1; Jordan Thrasher 1; Zack Buell 1; Jared Hogue 1; Anthony Woolbright 1; Wade McDonald 1.

Junior Outlaws game
Outlaws 47, Fentress Co. 6
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs-Conv.)

Jordan Savage 3-83-1-0
Peter Hollars 1-71-1-0
Dylan Linder 4-48-0-0
Kaleb Qualls 4-40-2-1
Chase Meadows 1-1-0-0
Ethan Hammock 5-0-0-0
Jewayne Robinson 1-0-0-0
Ethan England 1-0-0-0
Logan Clark 0-0-0-1
Jacob Masters 0-0-0-1|
Total 20-243-4-3

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2pt.)
Kaleb Qualls 5-6-94-3-1

Receiving (Catches-Yds.-TDs-2pt.)
Mason Jolley 4-61-2-0
Logan Clark 1-33-1-0
Jacob Masters 0-0-0-1

Fumble Recoveries
Logan Clark 1; Peter Hollars 1; Drew Gore 1; Ethan Hammock 1; Wade Eldridge 1.

Lead Tacklers
Wade Eldridge 8; Logan Clark 5; Peter Hollars 4; Jacob Masters 4; Mason Jolley 3; Hunter McDonald 3; Drew Gore 3; Kaleb Qualls 3; Dalton Gore 2; Dylan Linder 1; Daniel Flatt 1; Seth Parker 1; Dylan Young 1.

Scoring
OC - Hollars 71-yard run. Qualls 1-pt. conversion run.
OC - Qualls 7-yard run. Clark 1-pt. conversion run.
OC - Qualls 1-yard run. Conversion failed.
OC - Qualls 40-yard pass to Jolley. Conversion failed.
FC - 40-yard run. Conversion failed.
OC - Savage 64-yard run. Masters 1-pt. conversion run.
OC - Qualls 2-yard pass to Jolley. Qualls pass to Masters 2-pt. conversion.
OC - Qualls 33-yard pass to Clark. Conversion failed.

Junior Outlaws game
Outlaws 34, DeKalb Co. 6
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs-Conv.)

Peter Hollars 2-49-2-0
Jacob Masters 1-38-0-0
Seth Parker 1-27-0-0
Jordan Savage 3-26-1-2
Dylan Linder 3-17-0-0
Kaleb Qualls 1-11-0-0
Jewayne Robinson 1-2-0-0
Ethan Hammock 6-0-0-0|
Total 18-170-3-2

Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-TD-Int-2pt)
Kaleb Qualls 2-3-55-2-0-1

Receiving (Catches-Yds.-TDs)
Mason Jolley 1-30-1
Jacob Masters 1-25-1

Fumble Recoveries
Wade Eldridge 1.

Interceptions
John Ferrell 1; Logan Clark 1.

Lead Tacklers
Peter Hollars 12; Logan Clark 9; Wade Eldridge 8; James Owens 7; Dylan Young 6; Dalton Gore 6; Daniel Flatt 5; Jacob Masters 5; Seth Parker 4; Jordan Savage 3; Drew Gore 3; Mason Jolley 2; Kaleb Qualls 2; Andrew York 2; Darion Davis 1; Hunter White 1; Jewayne Robinson 1; Elijah Miller 1; John Ferrell 1; Ethan Hammock 1.

Scoring
OC - Hollars 19-yard run. Savage 1-pt. conversion run.
OC - Savage 20-yard run. Conversion failed.
OC - Qualls 25-yard pass to Masters. Savage 1-pt. conversion run.
OC - Qualls 30-yard pass to Jolley. Qualls pass to Masters 2-pt. conversion run.
OC - Hollars 30-yard run. Conversion failed.
DC - 15-yard run. Conversion failed.

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