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Cats lose early lead against Highlanders
Miller and West compete in State Golf Tournament
Lady Cats win on Lauren Robinson Night
Jr. Cats fall to Cannon Co. in season’s final game
LA Volleyball finishes 4th in District 7-A/AA Tournament
Livingston Middle School announces kickball winners
Special Olympic athletes attend bowling tournament

Cats lose early lead against Highlanders

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Both teams scramble for the ball after a fumble Friday night.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

For the first time in seven weeks, Livingston Academy’s Wildcats finally faced an opponent they could physically match up with, and for the longest time appeared to be poised to take their first victory of a season Friday night, Oct. 12 at Scott County.

For three quarters the two teams slugged in evenly with only 4 points separating them going into the final 12 minutes.

Then, as has been the case for almost two years, a mistake here, a missed tackle there, and a couple fumbles in between turned what had been a close 14-10 game into a 28-10 win for the host team.

And no one knew better than LA head coach Grant Swallows where the blame should be placed. Standing in front of his disappointed squad after the contest, Swallows searched carefully for the correct words then simply said, “Men, I apologize to you for not doing a better job of coaching. This one is my fault.”

A lot of coaches will do that, especially in high school football just to make the team feel better, but in this case, Swallows really felt he had done a poor job of coaching on a cool fall night that had seen his team come back from humiliating defeats all season to almost grab their first win of the year.

“I did not do a good job of coaching tonight,” Swallows later continued. “We expect our players to do a good job on the field and tonight I felt like they did. I just didn’t do a good job on the sidelines. If I could change some things, I would, but that’s over so we’ll just have to work hard next week and get after Anderson County.”

Things did start off right for the Cats for the first time this year, and they continued through three quarters. It was only in the final 12 minutes of the game that things got out of hand and the Highlanders made some big plays to turn what was a close game into an 18-point win.

For starters, when Colton Hummel bulled right up the middle with 2 minutes remaining in the initial period for 19 yards and a touchdown, it marked the first time this season that Livingston had led in a game. Josh Huitt’s point after gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead, and they held on to it for the remainder of the frame.

Hummel’s TD was set up when Huitt punted on fourth down at the LA 42. The ball hit a Scott County defender and was recovered by Cody Stafford. It only took the Wildcats three plays to go the final 21 yards.

Scott County answered the score early in the second frame, and a 2-point conversion gave the Highlanders an 8-7 advantage.

Then when Kiefer Smith fumbled at the LA 39, the home team put on an impressive march that mixed passes with hard running, and with 4:18 left in the half, Scott County upped the lead to 14-7.

But the Wildcats were determined, and after marching from their own 40 to the Scott 8 with Smith grinding out the ground yardage and freshman quarterback Hayden Hill connecting on a 15-yard pass to Blake Moon and an 18-yarder to Smith, Huitt kicked a 25-yard field goal that hit the right upright and fell through.

At the half, the Wildcats trailed by only 4 at 14-10.

Lineman John Willeford pointed out, “We were very much in the game going into the second half. And we played well in the third period. We recovered several fumbles and held them scoreless in the period. We just didn’t get the job done in the final period.”

Willeford was right on the money with his assessment. In the third period, the LA defense held the home team to minus 5 yards on the ground and only gave up 9 yards in the air, and Jamie Cravens, Terrence Melton, and Kiefer Smith all recovered Scott County fumbles.

The Wildcat offense couldn’t take advantage of the situation. During the same period of time, Livingston got only 18 yards on the ground and 3 passes, 2 of which fell incomplete and another was intercepted.

It was the final period that spoiled the Wildcats’ night. The Highlanders marched 87 yards on nine plays for a score late in the game, and following a fumble on LA’s next possession, went 51 yards on just two plays to seal the outcome.

In the second period, when Livingston marched to the Scott County 8 and had to settle for a field goal, it appeared the Wildcats missed a golden opportunity to put a touchdown on the board. Hill spiked the ball on first down then ran off almost 40 seconds on the clock before spiking it again.

Coach Swallows later admitted, “I know I will get some heat on that call, and I might second guess myself now, but at the time we were on the 8 with first and goal but we had a young quarterback in there and he didn’t have a play from the sidelines. That’s why we spiked it to stop the clock and get settled down.

“Looking back, we might should have done something different.
“Last week during practice, Hayden had a very good week, and I told the two quarterbacks (Brannon Mccoin and Hill) that after the first series, Hill would go in. We stayed with that all night, and Hayden did a good job all things considered.

“Brannon saved a touchdown on a fine defensive play when he was the only player between the runner and the goal line, and Hayden got some good playing time.

“Things may change next week. Brannon is still our starting quarterback, but we just felt we needed a change to see if we could spark the offense,” the coach concluded.

Offensively, Hummel led the Wildcats in ground yardage with 42 yards, while Smith had 35. Stafford had 30 yards on the ground and caught two passes for 33 yards.

LA will return home this week to host region foe Anderson County at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, starting at 7 p.m.

The Yardstick
1st Downs - LA 15, SC 18
Yds. Rushing - LA 147, SC 161
Yds. Passing - LA 69, SC 109
Pass Att./Com - LA 12/5, SC 17/14
Interceptions - LA 0, SC 2
Fumbles Lost - LA 2, SC 3
Punts/Avg. - LA 3/27, SC 2/35
Yds. Pent. - LA 35, SC 25

Score By Quarter

LA 7 3 0 0 – 10
SC 0 14 0 14 – 28

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Miller and West compete in State Golf Tournament

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

LA golfers faced tough competition in the 2007 Class A/AA State Tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 9 and 10 at Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro.

Tournament play consisted of two 18-hole rounds of play over a 2-day span of time.

On day one, the morning began a little wet as rain played a part in the conditions of the course. Emily Miller, freshman female individual golfer representing Livingston Academy, finished the day shooting a 92. LA junior Clint West shot an 87 on the men’s side for day one.

Day two proved to be a beautiful day for golf as Miller shot a 100 and West shot an 89. Miller finished the tournament with a combined score of 192 while West totaled for a 176.

David Lipscomb shot a team score of 599 for 1st place honors, with University School of Jackson shooting a 609 to finish 2nd, and Dekalb County finished 3rd with a 631 score for the boys results.

Team scores for the girls gave the 1st place victory to Donelson Christian Academy, who shot 313. Anderson County shot a 322 for 2nd place honors, and Notre Dame finished 3rd shooting a 329. Portland finished 5th with a team score of 352.

Joe David, a senior from Goodpasture, finished in 1st place in individual scoring, shooting a 135 for the tournament, and Shelby Gilbert, a junior from Notre Dame, shot a 146 for the 2-day event, finishing in 1st place for the girls.

This year marked the first appearance in the state competition for either of the two LA golfers, and it may not be the last. Both golfers said this was a great experience and hope to return to bring home some trophies in the years to come.

The Wildcats golf team had a great season this year and will miss the senior leadership and play of Michael Ledford in the 2008 season. They have strong players returning who work hard and could repeat the successful season again next year.

The Lady Wildcats golf team missed going to the state tournament as a team competitor by 3 strokes. These young ladies, all freshmen, will continue to work in the off season getting ready to push forward to advance to the State Tournament in 2008.


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Lady Cats win on Lauren Robinson Night



Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Lauren Robinson is presented items of appreciation by Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Ethan King during the Senior Night ceremony held Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Lady Wildcat’s Soccer finished district play with a convincing 7-1 victory over the Lady Tigers of DeKalb County on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

On any other night the storyline may have been the 8-0 District 7-A/AA record, or the 11-1-1 overall season record, or the season average of 4.5 goals per game, but this night, this game was different. This was Senior Night, or should we say Lauren Robinson Night, the senior transfer student from Texas and only senior on the team.

Lauren Robinson, the daughter of Frank and Jennifer Robinson of Hilham, was honored at halftime with the presentation of a photo, flowers, and other gifts to acknowledge her outstanding effort to the team and a successful season. She has been the most versatile player on the team, having played all 11 positions at one time or another with no concern for her personal statistics.

Her teammates have said she’s a winner and a leader on and off the field.
Teammate Kat Nigro said, “She’s my MVP and should be the team MVP, and my focus this game was to give her the ball as many times as I could, to show her respect and appreciation.”

Robinson performed on her night in grand fashion, scoring 2 goals and notching an assist before being redeployed to defense to stop the DeKalb County attack. In all, she played four different positions in the game, once again displaying her versatility.

The District 7-A/AA playoffs were scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 16 in a 6:30 p.m. game, and the district finals are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, with all the games to be played at the Livingston Academy soccer field.



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Jr. Cats fall to Cannon Co. in season’s final game

Kathy Carr/OCN Sports
Overton County’s offensive line is ready at the line of scrimmage to push forward with the ground attack, which put together 244 yards of total offense in the final game against Cannon County.

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

Eighth grade Jr. Wildcats played their final game in the 2007 season as they traveled to Cannon County to take on the Lions in a game Thursday, Oct. 11 that seemed much closer than the score indicated.

The offense of the Jr. Wildcats put together several impressive drives, but struggled to get the football into the endzone for the touchdown.

Cannon County kicked off to the Jr. Wildcats and the football went to the 50 yard line. With the Lions fumbling and the Jr. Wildcats taking over on the Cannon County 46 yard line, the offensive ground attack put together 11 plays for 38 yards, but the drive stopped short of the endzone as Cannon County took over on downs on their own 8 yard line.

Cannon County scored on 64-yard run, and the 2-point conversion was
successful to end the first quarter leading the Jr. Wildcats 8-0.

The Jr. Wildcats took over after the kickoff on their own 22 yard line and march down the field 64 yards on 7 plays, but failed to punch it in for the touchdown.

Cannon County took over on downs at their own 9 yard line, but the defensive stand of the Jr. Wildcats forced a punting situation for the Lions, and the Wildcats took over on their own 31 yard line.

Overton County once again continued down the field, but fumbled on Cannon County’s 37 yard line and the Lions taking over; however, the defense of the Jr. Wildcats stood strong, forcing the Lions to turn over the ball on downs at their own 42 yard line. The half ended with a long completed pass as time ran out, with the score being 8-0.

Cannon County received the football after the half and ran back a 75-yard TD, but the 2-point conversion failed.

Jr. Wildcats took over on their own 48 yard line after a 32-yard kickoff return. Seven running plays later, Overton County scored on a 12-yard TD run. The 2-point conversion was no good, leaving the score at 14-6 at the end of third quarter.

Cannon County put together a long sustained drive to score their final touchdown of the night, and the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.
The Jr. Wildcats received the football for a final time in the game, putting together 10 plays only to end the series with a pass interception by Cannon County.

With no more scoring during the fourth quarter, the final was Livingston 6, Cannon County 20.

Total offensive yardage for the Jr. Wildcats include 33 run plays for 222 total yards, and completed 2 of 5 passes for 50 yards. They were penalized 4 times for 25 yards, making the total offensive yardage 247.

Cannon County ran the ball 24 times for 161 yards and completed 1 of 3 passes for 13 yards. They were penalized once for 5 yards and had a 75-yard kickoff return. Total offense of the Lions was 244.

Overton County’s Jr. Wildcats concluded the 2007 season with a 2-6 record. The team was generally young and inexperienced, being the first year several players had played football. Team leadership and performance of the eighth grade class will be missed in the 2008 season, as the underclassmen will have to step up and improve to be competitive. The playing experience this year should prove beneficial in the seasons to come.


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LA Volleyball finishes 4th in District 7-A/AA Tournament

Kathy Carr/OCN Sports
District 7-A/AA All-Tournament Team players named at the conclusion of the District Tournament are, from left, Kristen Murphy, #14 for Gordonsville, Chelsea Carr, #40 for Livingston Academy, Amy Anderson, #10 for Jackson County, Emily Mahaney, #2 for Jackson County, Megan Patch, #03 for Red Boiling Springs, Ciara Green, #15 for Red Boiling Springs, and Ellie Boles, #40 for Red Boiling Springs, who was also named 2007 District Tournament MVP. Livingston Academy’s Kendria Kilgore and Chelsea Carr were also named to the District 7-A/AA 2007 All-District Team.

By KATHY CARR,
OCN Sports

Jackson County was the site for the District 7-A/AA Volleyball Tournament held Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8 and 9.

Livingston Academy went into the tournament seeded 4th, which placed them in the bracket with 1st seed Red Boiling Springs, 5th seed Monterey, and 8th and 9th seeds Upperman and Clay County.

Livingston Academy opened the tournament by facing the Lady Wildcats of Monterey. LA came out strong in the first game with a close to flawless performance; however Monterey fought hard to come back and get one win against LA. The conclusion of the match proved victorious for Livingston Academy as they won 3-1 to advance to the semi-final round against Red Boiling Springs.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the Lady Wildcats once again faced Red Boiling Springs who had on two different occasions in regular season play beat them 3-0. Red Boiling Springs consists of a very quick team with the ability to cover the court extremely well. Ellie Boles, the strong side hitter, was named the Most Valuable Player for District 7-A/AA this season and played very well in the match as expected.

The Lady Cats came out hitting and blocking and refusing to let any ball fall in the first game of the match, as they fell just short of the win 26-24. LA never gave up, but passing the ball seemed to be the downfall of the next two games as the Cats fell to RBS 25-17 and 25-16, finishing 4th in tournament play.

Jackson County with the #3 seed played Gordonsville, the #2 seed, down to the wire in a nailbiter, with Jackson County coming out on top and advancing to the finals to play #1 seed Red Boiling Springs.

As always, it is extremely difficult to defeat the Blue Devils at any sport on their home court, but Red Boiling Springs found a way to do it in the fifth game of the match by a score of 15-12 to clinch the District 7-A/AA title.

Jackson County fought hard, refusing to go down in defeat, but fell just short as they finished in 2nd place and advanced to region tournament play.

Livingston Academy completed their season with a 4th place finish in the regular season and 4th place in the District Tournament. As this could be considered somewhat of a rebuilding year under first year head coach Christie Jenkins, the Lady Wildcats improved throughout the season and will miss the play of their two seniors, Kristen Williams and Megan Cantrell, in the 2008 season to come.




Livingston Middle School announces kickball winners



Mr. McCormick’s Shooting Stars took first place honors as fifth grade kickball winners for the first 9 weeks. Pictured with their trophy are, front row from left, Bailey Carter, Tatum Dillon, James Owen, Jacob Masters, Hunter McDonald, back row, Bobby Allred, Jonathon Sells, Cheyenne Coyer, and Caleb Johnson. Torry Smith is not pictured.

Mrs. O’Brien’s Flies were the winners of the sixth grade kickball contest. On hand for the trophy presentation are, front row from left, Wade McDonald, John Lisi, Dusty Cantrell, Heath Cooper, Macey Matthews, back row, Samantha Norrod, Lindsey Smith, Amber Packmayer, Courtney Lee, Tosha Daniels, and Megan Sells.Dakota Burchett is not pictured.

Seventh grade winners in the first 9 weeks kickball contest at Livingston Middle School are Mrs. Winningham’s Champs, front row from left, Zachary Buell, Ronnie Linder, Nathaniel Smith, Josh Scantland, Josh Crabtree, back row, Ivy Lee, Ashley Poindexter, Jessica Copeland, Savannah Walker, Richard Ford, Conor Oliver, and Micalya Holton.

Taking home first place honors in the eighth grade kickball contest are Mr. Mosley’s Marines, front row from left, Lucas Dial, Jonathon Ledbetter, Ricky Lisi, Jacob Kirkpatrick, Matt Cyphers, Jordan Adams, back row, Ashlei Blodgett, Nakomie Garrett, Shyla Brown, Tracy Hensley, McKenzie Huckeby, Michael Johnson, and Ashley Quan. Daniel Petry is not pictured.

 

Special Olympic athletes attend bowling tournament

Livingston Academy’s Special Olympic athletes competed in the Area 9 Bowling Tournament at Bowling World in Cookeville. Athletes winning ribbons are, front row from left, Courtney Vaughn – red, Elizabeth Harvey – yellow, Jessica Harris – blue, back row, receiving blue ribbons, Kyle Chaffins, Steven Dulworth, Jessie Ledbetter, Nathan Miller. Not pictured is Ron Holbert – red.


 

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