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Jr. Cats crushed by Fentress County
LA Baseball Golf Tournament held recently
Cats defeated by Road Runners
LA girls golf team lose Region heartbreaker
Lady Cats to host District Tourney
LA Special Olympic Soccer Team wins tournament
LA Volleyball endures tough losses on week
Outlaws fall to Smith County in semi-final

Jr. Cats crushed by Fentress County

Overton County’s Jr. Wildcats defense catches the running back in the backfield in the game against Fentress County.

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

Overton County Jr. Wildcats were defeated by a powerful Fentress County team Thursday, Oct. 4 at Jamestown.

Fentress County Crush kicked off to the Jr. Wildcats to start the contest, and the Jr. Cats began with a ground attack, picking up a first down, but then failed to convert on third down, forcing a punting situation.

After the 30-yard punt, the Crush scored on the first play from scrimmage, running 65 yards for the touchdown. The 2-point conversion run was good.
Overton County received the kickoff on their own 14 yard line to begin the second series of play. The Jr. Wildcats moved the ball to their own 32 yard line, and then were forced to punt to Fentress County, who then had a return to the 44 yard line of Overton County.

Three plays later, the Crush ran the football into the endzone for their second TD of the night; however, the 2-point conversion failed, making the end of the first quarter score 14-0.

During the second quarter, the football changed possessions several times with neither team being able to put points on the scoreboard. Overton County was putting together a nice drive combining the run with two passes good for 25 and 15 yards respectively, but failed to score due to a fumble that was recovered by Fentress County just before the halfway point. The score remained 14-0 at the half.

Fentress County received the ball to begin the second half, with the Jr. Wildcats intercepting a pass and returning it to the 35 yard line of the Crush. The Jr. Wildcats offense could only obtain 5 yards and turned the ball over on downs, but the strong defensive stand of Overton County forced the Crush to punt the football.

Overton County took over on their own 45 yard line and attempted three pass plays, all of which were incomplete, forcing another punting situation.
Fentress County took over on their own 37 yard line, and four plays later they scored on a 42-yard run, but the 2-point conversion failed. The score at the end of the third quarter was 20-0.

The fourth quarter proved to be much of the same with the Crush of Fentress County putting together another successful drive, scoring on a 45-yard run. The 2-point conversion pass attempt was incomplete.

The Jr. Wildcats had one long run in their last offensive series as the option pitch around the end went for 60 yards, placing the Wildcats on the 30 yard line of Fentress County; however, the game ended with the Jr. Cats on the 20 yard line of the Crush, making the final score 26-0.

Overton County ran the football 36 times for 139 yards. Passing was 5 of 11 for 46 yards. The Wildcats were penalized four times for a total of 25 yards, therefore the total yardage for the game was 160 yards.

Fentress County ran the football 21 times for 270 yards. They were 2 of 7 passing for 28 yards. The Crush also had four penalties for 25 yards, making their total offensive yardage 273.

Overton County’s final game of regular season play will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 when the Jr. Wildcats travel to Cannon County to take on the Lions.

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LA Baseball Golf Tournament held recently

Hidden Valley Golf Course Manager Jim Thompson, far left, and LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows, far right, congratulate the team of Jack Schmitz, McKenzie Holman, Percy Hill, and Earl Carwile, on their tie for 1st place in the Livingston Academy Baseball Golf Tournament.

Hidden Valley Golf Course Manager Jim Thompson, far left, and LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows, far right, congratulate the team of Dan Rassett, Jim Sherfey, Hayden Hill, and Earl Dale, on their tie for 1st place in the Livingston Academy Baseball Golf Tournament.

Hidden Valley Golf Course Manager Jim Thompson, far left, and LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows, far right, congratulate the team of James Brown, Fred Phillips, Marshall Cannon, and Willie Holman, on their 2nd place finish in the Livingston Academy Baseball Golf Tournament.

Livingston Academy Baseball held its annual golf tournament at Hidden Valley Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, with 56 golfers participating.
At the end of the day, two teams tied for 1st place. Scott Gore won the “Closest to the Pin” prize.

After the tournament, the golfers were treated to barbecue and pizza, supplied by Dairy Queen and Pizza Hut, along with various finger foods and home-made desserts prepared by the players’ parents.

LA Baseball Coach Pat Swallows said, “It was a beautiful day and a great tournament.”

Coach Swallows also expressed appreciation to all of the tournament’s hole sponsors.

“This was a big fundraiser for this year’s team, and the support is greatly appreciated,” Coach Swallows stated.

The next fundraiser for the baseball team is the annual smoked turkey sale.

The turkeys will be cooked on November 21, the day before Thanksgiving.


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Cats defeated by Road Runners




Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Livings ton Academy’s Wildcats take the field for Friday’s Homecoming game against Austin East.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

It didn’t look like a victory and it really wasn’t a victory, but for the second week in a row, the young Livingston Academy Wildcats showed signs that there indeed might just be a light at the end of the tunnel, and it isn’t an oncoming train.

Two weeks ago at Jamestown against rival York Institute, the Wildcats finally got moving on offense and did sustain two fairly impressive drives, although neither produced a score. Regardless, it was a start in the right direction.

Friday night, against a strong and impressively fast Austin East squad, Livingston Academy again showed signs of life offensively, and in the second half, the defense also started to show that if it put forth a good effort, it could start shutting down the opposition.

Unfortunately, by the time the Cats came to life, the outcome was pretty much settled, and for the sixth straight time this season, they were on the short end of a score, this time 42-7.

“Its starting to come together,” sophomore quarterback Brannon McCoin said in the LA dressing room after the game. “Look around here, for the first time this year nobody’s crying. We’re certainly not happy about losing, but we’re starting to believe we can move the ball and we can win. It’s a good feeling.”

It’s what the LA coaching staff has been looking for all season.

Against York, after falling behind 26-0 in the first half, the Wildcats only gave up one score in the second half and had a good drive stopped at the one foot line when the game ended.

Friday night, after giving up 35 points in the opening two quarters, they settled down and battled the talented Road Runners dead even in the second half, 7-7.

“We’re making progress,” LA head coach Grant Swallows pointed out after the game. “Nobody is happy with a loss, and we never want to get that feeling, but slowly, but surely, we’re moving in the right direction. Take away three or four plays in the first half and we’re right there in it.

“I’m pleased with the progress, and now we have got to quit making mistakes that take us out of the game early and start learning how to win.”

As always, the Road Runners (4-2) brought an explosive offense to the game, and it didn’t take long for it to emerge. After taking the opening kickoff from Josh Huitt, the visitors used only three plays to march 72 yards. The killing play was a 53-yard run off the right side with the runner hardly being touched.

Four plays later, the Road Runners took a 33-yard Jacob Collins punt at the 47 yard line, and on the first play from scrimmage connected on a 47-yard pass that put the visitors up by 15 after only 3 minutes and 30 seconds had rolled off the clock.

Austin East picked up its third score of the period, marching 78 yards on 10 plays. In the first frame, the visitors had scored all three times they had the ball.

And for the next 12 minutes, things would not get much better for the Wildcats.

Collins hit his second punt of the night 33 yards, but this time the receiver collected it at the 31 and raced 69 yards, almost untouched, for a 29-0 lead.
And the first half nightmare wasn’t quite over yet.

On his third punt of the night, Collins never got the ball away. The Runners roared in, blocked the kick, picked it up, and rambled 29 yards for a 35-0 lead near the midpoint of the period.

At that point, the game was turning into a rout, but then things started to turn around.

After freshman Hayden Hill fumbled a snap and the Runners recovered, Wildcat Johnathon Sullivan intercepted a pass and Livingston was back on the offensive. Hill mishandled the next snap and Austin East was back in control, but Sullivan was again at the right place at the right time and pulled in his second interception of the night. Two fumbles and two interceptions in less than a minute.

The soft spoken Sullivan pointed out after the game, “We are trying as hard as we can. It was my job to defend the pass, and luckily two came right for me and I caught them. I don’t know much else to say about it other than that.”

Sullivan was being a little modest. His second catch was a thing of beauty as he and the intended receiver went for the pass, and just as it appeared it would clear the Wildcat defender, Sullivan jumped, extended as far as he could, and had the ball hit his finger tips.

It well could have been the play that turned the night around at that point.
Livingston would give up only one touchdown the entire second half, and would score one itself to make the final 24 minutes a dead heat.

Starting at their own 29 in the third period, the Wildcats put their hopes on the powerful legs of Kiefer Smith and the running back bulled his way into the endzone 12 plays later. Huitt hit the extra point attempt. On the night, Smith rolled up 69 yards on 17 carries.

Assistant Coach Matthan Houser told the team after the game, “Except for those big plays early in the game, you played exceptionally well. That second half was our best effort of the year. You played a very good team to a standstill. Friday night (at Scott County) we’re going to win.”

Coach Swallows also had some words of praise for his young, struggling team.

“I like the effort and I like getting better,” the coach pointed out. “In the second half, we were a completely different team. I think we started building confidence, and we got good play out of a lot of players.

“Sullivan’s two interceptions were big, and Cody Waddey made some big tackles in the secondary. As usual, Kiefer (Smith) gave us a great effort, as did a lot of others.

“We played hard, and we competed against a very good team,” the coach added. “That’s what we have to have every week, and our coaches are starting to see that.

“If we can ever start avoiding those big plays that kill us, we can compete, and when we compete, we build confidence.

“Friday at Scott County will be important for us. I believe we can match up with them, and I’m looking for good things over there.”

The Yardstick
LA AE
1st Downs - LA 9, AE15
Yds. Rushing - LA 86, AE 238
Yds. Passing - LA 25, AE 85
Pass Att./Com - LA 8/3, AE 7/5
Interceptions - LA 2, AE 0
Fumbles Lost - LA 3, AE 1
Punts/Avg. - LA 5/20, AE 0/0
Yds. Pent. - LA 0, AE 110
Score By Quarter
LA 0 0 0 7 – 7
AE 22 13 7 0 – 42

 



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LA girls golf team lose Region heartbreaker

Kathy Carr/OCN Sports
Emily Miller and Clint West of Livingston Academy qualified to play in the TSSAA State Tournament in Murfreesboro.

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

Cookeville Golf Club was the site for the TSSAA Region 4-A/AA Tournament on Monday, Oct. 1, with the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats’ golf team and individualist Clint West for the boys participating. It was a perfect day on the golf course with the weather cooperating to ensure a level playing field for all participants.

Portland and DeKalb County were the favorites for the girls event, but LA did not feel the pressure. The Lady Wildcats are a very young team as they are all freshmen. Emily Miller led the scoring for the Overton County team as she shot an 82. Ariel Carr put together an 87 after having a slow start but finishing strong. Megan Stonecipher rounded out the scoring for the Lady Wildcats with a 94.

As the scores were reported, the Cats waited anxiously as it became clear they had a shot at going to the state tournament; however as the final Portland score was reported, disappointment hit as the freshmen realized they were 3 strokes short of the winning score. Portland shot a 166 and Livingston shot a 169 to finish 2nd. DeKalb County finished a close 3rd with a score of 170.

Even though the team was disappointed, it did not take them long to get excited again when they realized that one of their own would get to compete at the State Tournament as an individual. Emily Miller finished with the 3rd highest score at 82, and that was enough to allow her to continue play. Ariel Carr missed going to State by only one stroke as she finished 5th with an 87, and the 4th place participant shot an 86.

Clint West represented Livingston Academy in the Region Tournament as an individual competitor for the boys, shooting a 77 for the 18-holes. He tied for 5th place, which landed him a spot in the TSSAA State Tournament. He has been playing well all season and finishing strong while competing in the tournament play. While the LA boys’ golf team barely missed making the Region Tournament, West represented his team well at the region level.

Miller and West were scheduled to compete in the TSSAA State Tournament at Murfreesboro on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 10 in a 2-day event. Tournament standings will be posted online at www.tssaa.org.


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Lady Cats to host District Tourney



McKenzie McConaha struggles to control the ball.

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats soccer team faced the Lady Owls of Smith County on Thursday night, Oct. 4 with a chance to clinch home field advantage throughout the district playoffs with a win or tie.

The rematch between the LA Lady Wildcats and the Smith County Lady Owls was a feisty affair from the opening kick. The players were fighting hard for possession, which seemed to go in favor of the Owls for the first 20 minutes of the game.

The Lady Cats finally broke through when Kat Nigro intercepted a ball in the Owls’ defensive end of the field and rocketed a shot into the bottom of the net for a 1-0 lead.

LA’s offense of Maynord, Vaughn, Sotis, and Ramsey, continued pressuring the ball, which led to an easy breakaway goal by Heather Marshall and a 2-0 halftime lead.

The Lady Owls came out re-energized in the second half, stringing several long passes down the sideline and a crossing pass that was deposited into the back of the LA goal and cut the lead in half at 2-1.

Kat Nigro took the opening tip after the goal and beat 6 defenders and rolled her second goal of the game past the diving keeper. That goal broke the Owls’ spirit and LA controlled the time of possession the remainder of the game.

Megan Winton, Mckenzie McConaha, and Alyssa Thompson kept the ball moving. Lauren Robinson earned a penalty kick when she was taken down in the box while going to the goal. Penalty kick specialist SarahJane Maynord stepped up and immediately put the Wildcats up 4-1.

LA’s final goal came just minutes later when Kat Nigro got on the end of a Heather Marshall corner kick and headed it into the goal for her third goal of the game, which ended at 5-1.

The Lady Wildcats next scheduled home game was Senior Night on Tuesday, Oct. 9 against district opponent DeKalb County in a 6:30 p.m. game. The District 7-A/AA playoffs will begin Tuesday, Oct. 16 in a 6 p.m. game at Livingston Academy, and the district finals will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18.


LA Special Olympic Soccer Team wins tournament

Livingston Academy’s Special Olympic Soccer team took 1st place in the Area 9 Special Olympic Soccer Tournament at TTU on Friday, Sept. 28. The team defeated White County, Jackson County and Cookeville High School, making them eligible for the State Soccer Tournament in Goodlettsville on October 21-23. Team members include, front row from left, Luke Neeley, Barbara Bowles, Coach Brandon Colson, Chris Corbin, back row, Nathan Miller, Wesley McBride, Steven Ogle, Steven Dulworth, and Jessie Ledbetter.

 

LA Volleyball endures tough losses on week

Kathy Carr/OCN Sports
LA Senior Megan Cantrell, #24, gets in good position for the pass to the setter in the game against Stone Memorial High School.


By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

Tough competition going into the district tournament cannot be all bad as the Lady Wildcats dropped two matches in this week of play. The team can hope these losses will help prepare the team for district tournament play that begins next week in Jackson County.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Livingston Academy traveled to Cumberland County to take on the Lady Panthers of Stone Memorial High School. One of the best teams the Wildcats have faced this season, the Panthers have only gotten stronger as the season has progressed.

The Cats got off to a slow start in game one, with the Panthers dominating the game. Game two was somewhat closer, and in game three the Lady Wildcats came close to defeating Stone, but fell short. The Cats had their bouts of aggressive play with strong hitting and blocking, but just could not put together a complete game to get the win.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Lady Wildcats played the final match of the season at home against a very good Macon County team. On Senior Night, the team honored their two seniors, Kristen Williams and Megan Cantrell,
both have played volleyball for four years at Livingston Academy.

The Wildcats lost the match 3-0, but fought hard throughout the entire match. Macon County has a dominant hitter who is extremely hard to defend. They have two players that serve the ball exceptionally well, and the Wildcats had some difficulty passing the ball.

Both teams blocked with confidence, but the Lady Tigers cover the court well, making it difficult for LA to get the ball down.

The District 7-A/AA Tournament was scheduled to being Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Jackson County High School. The Lady Wildcats were set to play Monterey High School on Monday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The winner will play at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. The championship game was scheduled as the final match of the night at 8 p.m.


Outlaws fall to Smith County in semi-final

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Loren Crowder, #28, takes off on a pass play in the Outlaws semifinal game at LA on Saturday.

Overton County’s Outlaws fell to Smith County 0-35 in the semi-final round of the Upper Cumberland Youth Football League Playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Livingston Academy’s Tom Davis Memorial Stadium.

The Outlaws finished the season with a 5-3 record.

Outlaws 0, Smith County 35
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Carries-Yds.-TDs-1 pt.)
Loren Crowder 12-61-0-0
Kaleb Qualls 6-13-0-0
Daniel Flatt 4-9-0-0
Davis Robinson 2-8-0-0
Joey Creekbaum 1-5-0-0
Peter Hollars 1-4-0-0
Jordan Savage 1-0-0-0
Total 27-100-0-0

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Kaleb Qualls 2-6-16-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-2 pt.)
Loren Crowder 1-13-0-0
Joey Creekbaum 1-3-0-0

Lead Tacklers
Ethan Beechboard 4; Devin Copeland 3; Logan Clark 3; Joey Creekbaum 2; Hunter Hutchinson 2; Hunter McDonald 2; Daniel Flatt 2; Kaleb Qualls 1; Dalton Gore 1; Wade Eldridge 1; Davis Robinson 1; Bobby Allred 1; James Owens 1; Josh Blodgett 1; Darion Davis 1.

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