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Lady Cats season ends in A/AA Sweet Sixteen
LA Wildcats end football season against Fulton High School
Lander qualifies for State Cross Country
Outlaws to play for championships
Six Jr. Cats named All-Conference



Lady Cats season ends in A/AA Sweet Sixteen

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy senior Danielle Ray launches the ball in the Lady Wildcats' 2-0 Regional Tournament home win over Friendship Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

 

courtesy of Laurie Marshall
After falling 0-2 to Station Camp on Thursday, Oct. 26, the Lady Wildcats were forced on the road to play Notre Dame of Chattanooga on Saturday, Oct. 28 in the Class A/AA Sub-State. LA's season ended in the Sweet Sixteen with an 0-5 loss to the Fighting Irish
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courtesy of Laurie Marshall
LA goalie Brianna Colson stops a Notre Dame shot.

 

Kassie Hunley/OCN Sports
Heather Marshall, #22, scored both of Livingston Academy's goals in the 2-0 regional win over Friendship.

 

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LA Wildcats end football season against Fulton High School

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Freshman quarterback Brannon McCoin tosses a pass during Friday's muddy game.

 

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
The Wildcats pile on a Falcons runner in Friday's game.

 

Dewain E. Peek/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy's defense stops a Falcon run
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By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
A year ago, the regular season ended for Livingston Academy with a hard fought 18-7 loss to Knoxville Fulton, but everybody was excited because the Wildcats had earned a trip to the playoffs. Twelve months later, the Falcons thrashed the Wildcats 54-0 and everybody was just happy the season was finally over.

"It was a disappointment to say the least," senior lineman Robert Holt said as he analyzed the past 10 games. "We knew from the start that we weren't the team we were last year, but we still figured we could win some games and be respectable. That just never happened this year."

Perhaps only twice in 10 tries did the Wildcats show any signs of life after bringing home the state championship in 2005. LA's season opener - a 20-13 loss to Trousdale County, and a hard fought 13-12 win over rival York will now be viewed as the high water marks of the 2006 team.

Lineman Curtis Beaty said, "That minute and a half over at Station Camp (the third game of the season) killed us, and we never recovered. We gave up three touchdowns during that period, and we found out we simply couldn't come back like we did in past years.

"We wanted better, but this is what we got. Despite the season record and all those one-sided losses, this team will have to be remembered as one that never gave up. We worked hard all year but never got the results. Sometimes it just goes that way."

Sometimes it does. After winning the state title, perhaps too much was expected of the Wildcats, but things unraveled shortly after all the celebrations were over, and like a snowball, they grew as the year went along.

Graduation took 17 of some of the finest football players in the school's history. Then the head coach, Matt Eldridge, resigned along with assistant coaches Bobby Gore and Grant Swallows. A broken collar bone sidelined senior quarterback Levi Holt three weeks before the season started, then some critical injuries in the early going compounded the problems. With an offense that simply couldn't move the ball and a defense that struggled to stop some of the finest offenses in the state, last year's "dream season" turned into this year's "nightmare".

"We knew it was going to be a tough season," Head Coach Danny McCoin explained reflecting on his year returning at the helm. "We play one of the toughest schedules in 3A football here, and with that in mind, you realize you have to be on top of your game every time you take the field.

"Several times this year, we played teams that were simply superior to us; then there was a game or two where we should have won but didn't.

"It won't get any easier either," the coach continued. "We play the same schedule next year, and we all know we have a lot of work ahead of us."

Friday's game was one most felt the Wildcats would lose simply because the Falcons brought an 8-1 mark into the game and were ranked in the top five 3A teams in the state. Compounding the problem for Livingston was a sloppy field that took away most of the offense. A muddy field meant the Wildcats would have trouble running, and a wet ball hampered the throwing game.

And it did for Livingston, but it didn't for Fulton. The Falcons blasted through the LA defense for 8 touchdowns, 330 yards on the ground, and another 56 through the air. Meanwhile, the Wildcats could only post a negative 13 yards on the ground and 14 through the air on only one completed pass in 20 attempts. The results were 386 total yards of offense for the visitors and 1 yard total for the home team.

Fulton got things started early with a 55-yard pass interception touchdown, and the Falcons never slowed down. Dennis Rogan, the highly talented running back for Fulton, ripped off 4 touchdowns in the first half on runs of 49, 41, 34, and 46 yards, and on the night accounted for 220 of Fulton's 330 yards on the ground. Rogan broke the school record of 4,145 rushing yards on his first attempt of the night, a 49-yard scoring play right up the middle, and he didn't play in the entire second half.

After scoring three more times in the first half, the fleet-footed back didn't need to play anymore.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats couldn't get anything going. Levi Holt could connect with only one receiver in 17 passing attempts, a 14-yard completion to Jordan Bailey in the second period. And backup quarterback Brannon McCoin was unsuccessful in three tries. On the ground, Steven Morgan seldom got past the line of scrimmage.

Beaty added, "When I look back at my career here, I have to remember three good years where we went to a bowl, the regional playoffs, and the state championship. Those were the good times.

"This year has been hard on everyone, but you have to learn that you sometimes have to take the bad along with the good. The state champions have come out of this region for the past three seasons, so that tells you a lot about the caliber of ball played at this level. You have to get good and stay good here, and that just wasn't in the cards this year. Hopefully, it will get better as time goes on."

Coach McCoin told his team in the locker room after Friday's game, "Next season starts Monday. We all know where we are and where we have to go if we intend to compete at this level."

The Yardstick
1st Downs: LA-2, KF-13
Total Yards: LA-13, KF-330
Yds. Rushing: LA-14, KF-56
Yds. Passing: LA-48, KF-74
Pass Att./Com.: LA-20/1, KF-7/3
Passes Int. By: LA-0, KF-1
Fumbles Lost: LA-1, KF-1
Punts/Avg.: LA-6/30, KF-0/0
Yds. Pent.: LA-35, KF-45

Score By Quarter
LA 0 0 0 0 - 0
KF 20 20 6 6 - 54
Scoring
KF - Gamble, 55 pass interception. Pass failed.
KF - Rogan, 49 run. Cobb run.
KF - Tyson, 11 pass from Freeney. Run failed.
KF - Rogan, 41 run. Pass failed.
KF - Rogan, 34 run. Freeney run.
KF - Rogan, 46 run. Run failed.
KF - Hamilton, 39 run. Run failed.
KF - Mack, 42 run. Pritle run.

 

 

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Lander qualifies for State Cross Country

Livingston Acadamy Wildcats cross country runners ended their season Thursday, Oct. 26 at the TSSAA Region 4-A/AA Meet held at Moss Wright Park in Hendersonville.

LA's Jordan Thorn placed 11th in the girls 5K run with a time of 23:17.

In the boys run, Kalihib Lander placed 5th with a time of 18:30, Joey Green placed 30th with a time of 20:37, Lucas Moore placed 43rd with a 22:38, David Brady placed 53rd with a 26:05, and Aeric Gunnels came in 54th with a 26:06.

As a team, Livingston Academy's boys finished 5th with a time of 18:30.

Kalihib Lander's time advances him to the TSSAA State Meet on Saturday Nov. 4 at Steeplechase in Nashville.

 

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Outlaws to play for championships

Both Overton County Outlaws teams will play for Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference championships after winning their semifinal games at Jackson County High School on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The Sr. Outlaws defeated Smith County 32-6. They will now face DeKalb County for the championship at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Jackson County High School.

DeKalb County won their way into the championship game with a 19-0 win over Clay County.

The Jr. Outlaws defeated Smith County 34-6 in the semifinals, to move to 8-0 on the year. They will take on Monterey in a 5 p.m. championship game at Gainesboro.

Monterey defeated DeKalb County 6-0 to move into the championship game.

Junior Outlaws game
Outlaws 34, Smith Co. 6

Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers (Carries-Yds.-TDs-1pt.)

Jordan Savage 7-117-4-2
Dylan Linder 4-79-0-0
Logan Clark 2-10-0-0
Jacob Masters 1-8-0-0
Daniel Flatt 1-7-0-0
Ethan England 2-6-0-0
Kaleb Qualls 1-5-0-1
Peter Hollars 1-2-0-0
Ethan Hammock 0-0-0-1
Total 19-234-4-4

Passing (Comp.-Atts.-Yds-TDs)
Kaleb Qualls 2-4-59-1

Receiving (Catches-Yds.-TDs)
Jacob Masters 2-59-1

Interceptions (No.-Yds)
Dylan Linder 1-25 Daniel Flatt 1-10

Lead Tacklers
Peter Hollars 10; Daniel Flatt 9; James Owens 8; Seth Parker 6; Wade Eldridge 5; Logan Clark 5; Dylan Linder 5; Jordan Savage 4; Dalton Gore 3; Elijah Miller 3; Drew Gore 3; Kaleb Qualls 2; Mason Jolley 2; Ethan Hammock 2; Darion Davis 2; Jewayne Robinson 2; Hunter White 2; Austin Hall 2; Jacob Masters 1.

Scoring
OC - Savage 45-yard TD run. Savage 1 pt. conversion.
OC - Savage 5-yard TD run. Savage 1 pt. conversion.
OC -  Savage 40-yard TD run. Qualls 1 pt. conversion.
OC - Savage 9-yard TD run. Conversion failed.
OC - Qualls 45-yard TD pass to Masters. Hammock 1 pt. conversion.
SC - 5-yard TD run. Conversion failed.

 

 

 

Six Jr. Cats named All-Conference

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Six Overton County Jr. Wildcats have been named Middle Tennessee Middle School All-Conference players. The players are voted on by the conference coaches. Receiving the honor are, from left, Paxton Eldridge, Jake Huitt, and Lucas Cole. All-Conference players Kyle Lee, J.W. Lee, and Haydon Hill are not pictured.

 

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