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Livingston duo wins CITGO-Harris Oil tourney
Huitt kick gives Cats season’s first win
Lady Wildcats bow out in soccer sectional
Outlaws, Jr. Outlaws Jr. B stats announed

Livingston duo wins CITGO-Harris Oil tourney

Photo courtesy of Paul Boyce
Tournament champions Billy Gardner and Randy Loftis took home $3,000 after weighing in 27.09 lbs of largemouth and “green fish”.

Photo courtesy of Paul Boyce
Second place and $1,700 went to Gene Beller and Dwight Fox who tallied up 22.99 lbs.

photo courtesy of Paul Boyce
Third place and $1,300 was awarded to Dillous Wilson and Mark Landrum, who brought in 19.70 lbs.

Photo courtesy of Paul Boyce
Darryl Nelson and Dennis Etheridge weighed in 18.09 lbs. for 4th place and $1,000.

By THOMAS P. WEAVER,
Dale Hollow HORIZON
with permission

After the final weigh-in Sunday afternoon at Pleasant Grove, there was no doubt about who would take home the guaranteed $3,000 1st place purse in this year’s Dale Hollow Sportsman CITGO-Harris Oil Fishing Tournament.

Livingston natives Billy Gardner and Randy Loftis combined their efforts to tally a whopping 27.09 pounds with a limit of 10 fish for the 2-day event, making them the undisputed champion of the annual competition. The duo set themselves apart from the field of over 100 fishermen by outweighing the closest finisher by well over 4 pounds.

They used nearly identical bags on Saturday and Sunday, neither of which included a big kicker. Instead of banking on the ‘big bite’, Gardner and Loftis relied on consistency using a 5-fish limit of quality bass each day to win.

On Saturday, they brought a bag of largemouth weighing 13.67 pounds to the scales, and they followed that up Sunday with 13.42 pounds of quality “green fish” to claim the top prize.

Word around the weigh-in Sunday was the winning team caught their fish “deep cranking river channel drops in and around the Wolf River area of the lake.”

Though they had a few tenths less poundage Sunday than they did the first day, they still had by far the best second-day bag, which handed them the victory.

Three other teams were within a pound of them after the first day, but nobody broke the 10-pound mark with their Sunday bag besides Gardner and Loftis. Their second-day catch ‘sealed the deal’ for the veteran fishermen.

Second-place finishers Gene Beller and Dwight Fox were one of the teams sitting just fractions behind the champs in 3rd place Saturday night with a first-day tally of 13.15 pounds.

The catch was made up of a lunker largemouth weighing 4.39 pounds and 4 complimentary fish.

They climbed one spot to finish in the runner-up position Sunday with 4 additional fish weighing 9.84 pounds, but their total fell well shy of the winners.

The Gainesboro natives carried home $1,700 with a 2-day weight of 22.99 pounds.

Dillous Wilson of Livingston and Crossville native Mark Landrum jumped up the board three spots Sunday to win the 3rd place purse worth $1,300.
They sat in the sixth position after their first-day weight of 10.48 pounds, but the team was able to add over 9 pounds to their total weight Sunday to finish with 19.70 pounds for the tournament.

Fourth place went to last year’s runner-up team. Livingston’s Dennis Etheridge and Darryl Nelson climbed out of Saturday’s cellar to win a flat $1,000.

More than 40 teams of the 50-boat field carried fish to the scales last weekend.

Tournament director Steve Headrick deemed the event a success this year as more than 100 fishermen participated in the event and were rewarded with a total payout of over $10,000.

He said participants came from “all around,” including boats “from as far away as Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina.”

Headrick said, “We are already looking forward to next year. With the continued support of CITGO, Harris Oil, and all of the other sponsors, this event will continue to be one of the best held on Dale Hollow Lake.”


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Huitt kick gives Cats season’s first win

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Livingston Academy’s offensive line gives Brannon McCoin time to pass in Friday’s victory.

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

During the warm-up before Friday’s Livingston Academy-Stone Memorial game at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, most of the attention was on the Panthers’ kicker, Evan Sanders. Sanders consistently split the uprights from 50 yards out, and sometimes even further. If the game came down to a field goal, Sanders would certainly be the center of attention.

On the other end of the field, Josh Huitt quietly went about his warm-up without much attention. Field goals have not been a big weapon for the Wildcats this season as they have only tried one and made it against Scott County. Huitt might be a factor in the game, but it would probably be on a point-after attempt.As it turned out, the junior kicker hit a critical point-after try late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21, and then with only 2 seconds remaining in regulation play, nailed a 35-yard field goal to give the Wildcats their first win of what had been to that point a frustrating season, 24-21.

“I wasn’t nervous at all, and really didn’t feel any pressure,” the soft spoken Huitt explained after. “All I told myself was ‘keep your head down’, and when I hit the ball, I felt good about it. I knew if it was long enough, it was good.”

It was long enough and it was good, and somehow one couldn’t keep from wondering if there was a little “help from above”. For three quarters a brisk wind had been blowing from left to right, which would have meant Huitt would have had to make his attempt into the breeze, but late in the final frame, not more than 5 minutes before the attempt, the big American flag flying on the east end of the field went limp.

There was no wind.

Both teams entered the game feeling the effects of a rough season. Stone brought a 1-7 mark into the contest, and Livingston was facing a winless season at 0-7. The Wildcats will face the state’s 8th ranked 3A school this Friday night at Knoxville Fulton.

LA head coach Grant Swallows pointed out, “We felt all week that this was a game we could realistically win. They (Stone) were in the same boat as we were. They were young and a new school and they had lost seven games as we had.

“We watched films and really felt we could move the ball if our front line did a good job of blocking. At first we didn’t get the job done, but that first drive of the second half convinced our kids they could. Before Josh (Huitt) hit the field goal, that opening drive of the second half was our best offensive effort of the season.”

Neither team had much success in the first 12 minutes. Livingston moved the ball only 30 yards on the ground and a 41-yard pass from Brannon McCoin to Blake Moon was the only pass completion of the frame. On the other side of the ball, Stone could manage only 49 yards on the ground and 7 through the air. At the end of the first period, the game was scoreless.

Then early in the second quarter, the Wildcats capped a 65-yard drive with Colton Hummel bulling over from the 3. Huitt’s point-after try was good, and for only the second time this season, Livingston was on top 7-0.

When the defense held the Panthers on the next possession, a 42-yard punt put the Cats back at their own 13, and four plays later, Cody Waddey hit a 26-yard punt to give the visitors the ball at the LA 36. It only took the Panthers six plays to tie the score at 7.

Three minutes later, the Panthers were at it again. Waddey hit a fine 36-yard punt, but the Cats were again deep in their own territory, and once again, the visitors were in good field position at the LA 45. Seven plays later, and with only 7 seconds remaining in the first half, Stone went ahead 14-7.

“I’m not quite sure what we did at the half, but whatever it was, it worked,” Swallows explained. “We felt we could run on them, and that first drive of the second half proved it. Our guys up front, (John ) Willeford, (Seth) Kilgore, (Josh) Beaty, (Josh) Looper, and Justin Hill really did a good job of opening holes, and what can you say about the way Cody (Stafford) ran. He was unstoppable all night, but in the second half, he brought back a lot of memories the way he ran.”

Starting at their own 29 following the second half kickoff, the Wildcats went to Stafford and the running back carried 13 times for 51 yards, the final 2 for the game-tying score. A McCoin to Stenson Smith pass midway through the drive looked like a score, but Smith was caught at the 1 yard line and a 10-yard illegal block penalty brought the ball back to the 34. The drive consumed 69 yards in 17 plays, by far the most impressive drive of the season for the young Wildcats.

Stafford recalled, “They kept calling my play and I just ran. I guess I’m too young to get tired, plus I really got some good blocking up front from Colton (Hummel). Actually, I wanted the ball, and the more I ran, the better it got. You get on a roll and you just don’t want to stop.

“This was a great team effort and a great team win.”

On the night, Stafford carried the ball 30 times for 131 yards, by far the most impressive performance by a Livingston running back since the days of Jamie Vaughn and the state championship of 2005.

After Stafford’s game-tying score at 14, Stone went back to work and capped a short drive early in the fourth period to go on top 21-14 with 11:30 remaining in the game.

But the Wildcats refused to fold. On their second possession of the final period, McCoin marched the home team back down the field with Stafford running seven of the nine plays in the 76-yard drive, five of them in a row.

The big play of the drive was a 37-yard pass on a third and 13 from McCoin to Tracy McDonald. With only 5 minutes remaining in the game, McCoin rolled to his left, found an open field and rambled in from 8 yards out. Livingston trailed by only a point, 21-20.

Now it was Huitt’s turn. Calmly the kicker nailed the point-after to knot the score at 21.

“That was a big point,” Swallows recalled. “We knew Josh could do it, but this one had a lot of pressure on it. Miss and we probably lose, make it and maybe it’s overtime. “

But the moment of truth was still 5 minutes away, and the big play of the game was only moments away.

Stone took the ensuing kickoff at their 38 and proceeded to march to the LA 30 with a little more than 2 minutes remaining. On a fourth and 3, it was almost a sure bet Sanders would come in and win the game for the Panthers with a field goal. After all, he had made them in warm-up from much farther out.

But the Panthers elected to go for the first down, and on a sweep to the right, McCoin broke through from his defensive backfield position to throw the runner for an 8-yard loss.

LA was in business, 62 yards away from victory with 1:59 left in the game.
Working like a pro quarterback, McCoin gave the ball to Stafford for the yardage and spiked the ball twice to stop the clock when he needed it.

With the ball at the 23, and only 2 seconds left in regulation, Huitt got the call.

“Naturally, they (Stone) called time-out, and when Josh came to the sidelines with a big grin on his face, I felt confident,” Swallows recalled.
Huitt went back out after the time-out, lined up his kick, Matt Holt snapped it, and Hayden Hill set it down. Just as soon as he made contact, Huitt looked up and raised his hands. He knew it was good.

“I think we did a lot of growing up tonight,” Swallows added. “I was so proud of the way Brannon worked tonight, both on offense and defense. He saved two touchdowns with tackles and forced and recovered a fumble.

“Our line blocked so good tonight, and our defense was much better.

Stafford was outstanding, and we had to have him on defense as well. Jake Beau did an outstanding job on defense, as did Josh Beaty.

“It was a good team victory, and we sure needed it.

“We’ll enjoy this a day or two then get ready for Fulton. That will be a tough game, but after tonight, maybe we will go over there with much more confidence, and in high school ball, confidence makes a lot of difference.”

The Yardstick
1st Downs - LA 16, SM 14
Yds. Rushing - LA 191, SM 190
Yds. Passing - LA 120, SM 46
Pass Att./Com - LA 14/4, SM 9/5
Interceptions - LA 0, SM 1
Fumbles Lost - LA 0, SM 1
Punts/Avg. - LA 3/35, SM 2/39
Yds. Pent. - LA 40, SM 40
Score By Quarter
LA 0 7 7 10 – 24
SM 0 14 0 7 – 21


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Lady Wildcats bow out in soccer sectional

Lady Wildcats celebrate after defeating Friendship Christian 4-2 in the region semifinals.

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Heather Marshall, #22, moves the ball for LA in the semifinal.

Landon Amonett/OCN Sports
Brianna Colson fires the ball past a Friendship Christian player.

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats soccer team faced Friendship Christian’s Lady Commanders in the Region 4-A/AA semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The game was an elimination contest with the winner receiving a guaranteed spot in the sectionals and the season for the loser would be over.

The stakes were high and both teams knew it, fighting tooth and nail for possession throughout. The action was end-to-end in the first half, with neither team paying much attention to the periodic showers that were falling.

Hard nosed play of Lauren Robinson, SarahJane Maynord, Brianna Colson, Savannah Vaughn, and Kelsi Sotis provided a comfort zone in front of LA goalkeeper Megan Winton. Through the entire first half, the Lady Commanders had few scoring chances.

Meanwhile, Lady Wildcats were trying to penetrate the Commander’s defense with pressure by Hillary Ramsey and Brittany White. The first half ended with a 0-0 tie.

The second half was played equally as fierce, but with more offensive results. The Lady Commanders struck first in the 3rd minute of the second half with a crossing pass that was sent into the LA goal for a 1-0 lead.

The teams would trade possessions until the 20th minute when Kat Nigro intercepted a pass in the Lady Commanders’ defensive end and promptly buried the ball into the back of the net for a 1-1 tie.

The Lady Commanders took full advantage of the weather conditions, using the wind at their backs to launch numerous shots at the LA goal. In the 31st minute of play, during a period of heavy rain, one of those Commander missiles was launched and found the back of the LA goal, giving Friendship Christian a 2-1 lead.

LA’s Lady Wildcats did not give up, pressuring the Lady Commanders defense. With less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation time, LA’s Brianna Colson pulled the Lady Wildcats even when she headed a Heather Marshall crossing pass into the side netting, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, freshman Kat Nigro put LA ahead with her second unassisted goal of the game. Just minutes later, Nigro sealed the victory with her third goal of the game and added to her LA single season scoring record of 32 goals and 20 assists. The final score was 4-2 Lady Cats in OT.

Two days later, the LA Lady Wildcats faced the Station Camp Lady Bisons in a Region 4-A/AA final rematch, which was won by the Lady Bisons in 2006. The Lady Cats were unable to duplicate the intensity displayed in their semi-final match and were behind early. The Lady Bisons scored 4 unanswered goals in the first half.

After receiving some halftime encouragement from Coach Ethan King, the Lady Wildcats’ Kat Nigro passed numerous defenders to give a pass to Heather Marshall, who blasted it from the top of the box in the opening minutes of the second half, cutting the lead to 4-1.

The Lady Bisons responded by scoring their fifth goal, and LA was able to score once more off an unassisted goal by Kat Nigro.

With the 2-5 loss, the Lady Wildcats were force to travel to Chattanooga on Saturday, Oct. 27 to play Notre Dame in the sectional, with a trip to the state tournament at stake. The Fighting Irish proved too strong as they surged to a 6-0 win to end the Lady Cats’ season.




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Outlaws, Jr. Outlaws Jr. B stats announed

Player statistics for the 2007 football season have been announced for Overton County’s Outlaws, Jr. Outlaws, and Jr. B Outlaws. They are as follows:

Outlaws
5-3

Rushing

(Carries-Yds.-Avg.-TDs-1 pt.)
Loren Crowder 82-749-9.1-8-2
Kaleb Qualls 40-258-6.5-7-5
Davis Robinson 15-134-8.9-1-0
Daniel Flatt 12-128-10.7-1-0
Logan Clark 7-90-12.9-0-0
Peter Hollars 8-86-10.8-1-0
Joey Creekbaum 3-55-18.3-0-1
Dylan Young 10-44-4.4-0-1
Jordon Savage 5-31-6.2-0-0
Gage Vaughn 1-7-7-0-0
Matt Burnett 1-5-5-0-0
Seth Parker 5-(-1)-(-0.2)-0
Total 190-1,586-8.3-18-9

Passing
(Comp.-Att.-Yd.-TD-Int.-2 pt.)
Kaleb Qualls 20-35-353-3-2-3
Davis Robinson 1-2-2-0-1-0
Seth Parker 0-2-0-0-1-0
Total 21-39-355-4-3-3

Receiving

(Catches-Yds.-Avg.-TDs-2 pt.)
Logan Clark 9-132-14.7-1-0
Jacob Masters 3-61-20.3-1-0
Davis Robinson 3-58-19.3-1-2
Loren Crowder 4-52-13-0-0
Jordon Savage 1-32-32-0-0
Peter Hollars 1-20-20-0-0
Mason Jolley 0-0-0-0-1
Total 21-355-16.9-3-3-3

Interceptions

(No.-Yds.-TDs)
Gage Vaugn 2-0-0
Kaleb Qualls 1-70-1
Davis Robinson 1-0-0
Ethan Beechboard 1-0-0
Hunter Hutchinson 1-0-0
Total 6-70-1

Kickoff Returns

Davis Robinson 70-yard TD.

Fumble Recovery
Austin Qualls - 1.

Tackles
Joey Creekbaum 31; Logan Clark 28; Davis Robinson 26; Hunter McDonald 25; Wade Eldridge 20; Ethan Beechboard 15; Josh Blodgett 14; Daniel Flatt 14; Dalton Gore 11; Tommy Spurlock 10; James Owens 10; Devin Copeland 10; Peter Hollars 8; Jacob Weilenman 8; Matthew Burnett 8; Hunter Hutchinson 8; Loren Crowder 7; Seth Parker 7; Kaleb Qualls 7; Bobby Allred 7; Jacob Norrod 5; Darion Davis 4; Gage Vaughn 4; Casey Thompson 3; Wade McDonald 3; Mason Jolley 3; Dylan Young 3; Storm Wright 2; Jacob Masters 2; Jordon Savage 2; Austin Qualls 2; Seth Ray 1.

Junior Outlaws
3-4

Rushing

(Carries-Yds.-Avg. TDs-1pt.)
Dylan Linder 48-424-8.8-8-3
Carter Hayes 50-164-3.3-0-2
Elijah Miller 11-112-10.2-2-0
Chase Meadows 2-28-14-1-0
Blake Walker 5-3-0.6-1-0
Tanner Dillon 15-7-0.5-1-0
Chase Roberts 2-3-1.5-0-2
Mike Castle 2-1-0.5-0-0
Ethan England 2-(-7)-(-3.5)-0-0
Total 126-728-5.8-13-8

Passing
(Comp.-Att.-Yd.-TD-Int.-2 pt.)
Tanner Dillon 9-24-177-2-2-0
Dylan Linder 4-8-95-0-0-0
Carter Hayes 2-3-57-1-0-0
Total 15-35-329-3-2-0

Receiving

(Catches-Yds.-Avg.-TDs-2 pt.)
Dylan Linder 3-74-24.6-1.0
Blake Walker 5-130-26-1-0
Elijah Miller 5-109-21.8-1-0
Chase Meadows 1-10-10-0-0
Drew Gore 1-6-6-0-0
Total 15-329-21.9-3-0

Fumble Recoveries
Ethan Reagan 2; Donnie Allred 2; Blake Goolsby 1; Andrew York 1; Dylan Linder 1; Cameron Blankenship 1; Mike Castle 1.

Tackles
Dylan Linder 60; Elijah Miller 36; Ethan Reagan 35; Drew Gore 25; Andrew York 24; Carter Hayes 24; Donnie Allred 13; Cameron Blankenship 10; Blake Goolsby 8; Chase Meadows 6; Cody Jackson 5; Mike Castle 4; Xander Miller 4; Tanner Dillon 3; Zach Smith 2; Austin Miller 2; Josh Beu 1; Blake Walker 1; Justin Rich 1; Ethan England 1.

Junior B Outlaws
6-0

Rushing
(Carries-Yds.-Avg.-TDs-1 pt.)
Wade Neely 37-855-23.1-13-1
Blake Qualls 30-396-13.2-6-6
Chase Looper 11-45-4.1-1-1
Brody Johnson 3-12-4-0-0
Total 81-1,308-16.1-20-9

Passing
(Comp.-Att.-Yd.-TD-Int.-2 pt.)
Blake Qualls 4-6-57-1-0-2

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-Avg.-TDs-2 pt.)
Wade Neely 2-39-19.5-1-0
Joseph Thompson 1-14-14-0-1
Lance Jackson 0-0-0-0-1
Brody Johnson 1-4-4-0-0
Total 4-57-14.3-1-2

Fumble Recoveries
Jacob Ford 3; Lance Jackson 1; Blake Qualls 1.

Tackles
Wade Neely 25; Jarod Bell 24; Cody Cantrell 16; Blake Qualls 13; Thomas Travino 12; Jacob Ford 10; Chris Ferrell 9; Brody Johnson 7; Lance Jackson 6; Joseph Thompson 4; Jarrett Key 3; Ben Maxwell 3; Tyler Fletcher 2; Jacob Swallows 1; Jason Savage 1.


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