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Cates featured on Princeton media guide
Jr. Cats defeat Jackson County 34-22
Bowling Wildcats ready for the lanes
Wildcats take on Fighting Irish
Lady Cats soar past Jets

Cates featured on Princeton media guide
Wilson Cates, the former Livingston Academy football standout, is one of the feature players in this year’s Princeton media guide.

Cates, who set several LA gridiron records during his years as a Wildcat, and led the team to its first and only football championship in 2005, is starting at defensive safety this season after breaking into the lineup last year as a sophomore.

Last season, Cates earned a starting spot in the Princeton defensive backfield and ended the season with 33 tackles and 2 interceptions in the team’s final two games.

“This year Wilson is being asked to do more,” the media guide states. “He understands defenses and is being asked to be the leader in the Tiger’s defensive backfield.”

Cates is listed at 6-0, 185 pounds in the media guide and wears jersey #17. Anyone interested in catching up with the former LA star can go to the Princeton website at goprincetontigers.com and click on to the football section.

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Jr. Cats defeat Jackson County 34-22

Josh Scott photos
Brock McCoin proves too elusive for the Jackson County defense in last week’s Overton County Jr. Wildcats win.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“I am absolutely tickled,” said Coach Steve Mosely of the Overton County Jr Wildcats after the win Thursday night, Sept. 18 in Jackson County. The Jr. Cats gave the coach a very good reason to smile.

After four weeks of not having Coach Terry Melton on the sidelines due to his military duties, the Jr. Cats saw him there Thursday, and seemed to play with a little more emotion because of it. Although the Cats came out slow, the pace quickly picked up after a forced turnover and the offense took the field. Creed Hayes took the ball, and, business as usual, punched it in. For weeks, it has been the run game for the Jr. Cats that has been deadly, but don’t be sold on a one-dimensional team just yet.

The Jr. Cats did everything right – blocked well, played great defense, ran just as good as always, but one other thing was awesome, Brock McCoin, the speedster known for running the option and such, became a dangerous quarterback. The young quarterback finished the night 4 of 6, for 86 yards, and 2 touchdowns, one which went for 50 yards and was the final blow to the Devils.

On the night, the Cats scored two on the ground with Hayes, and two through the air with a McCoin to Mayberry 3-yard score, and a 50-yard McCoin to Thompson score.

The Cats won the game 34-22, but the 22 Jackson County points were scored by a “behemoth” of a back, and on the 2nd and 3rd string Wildcat D.

“We were a little asleep defensively first, then we woke up,” Coach Mosely said. “Offensively, we did everything right, took care of the ball, the receivers blocked better; we just have to continue what we are doing.”

The Jr. Cats will play Sparta on Thursday night, Sept. 25, but the challenge the next Thursday will be a big one as they play York on October 2.

“Sparta does not do anything fancy; we can play with them as long as we
keep doing what we are doing,” Coach Mosely said.

A 5-0 start so far and great fan support has this team firing on all cylinders.

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Bowling Wildcats ready for the lanes

Members of the 2008 Livingston Academy Bowling Wildcats are, front row from left, Megan Smith, Tara Smith, Tasha McDonald, second row, Kelli Ledbetter, Kayla Hall, Courtney Livingston, Rebecca Savage, SarahJane Maynord, third row, Justin Timmons, Tyler Watkins, Zack Ramsey, Brooke Jaynes, Robert Kelly, back row, Josh Espy, Andres Mansell, Travis Ballard, Lee Gatts, and Kevin Beaty. Not pictured are Kasey Beason, Megan Stonecipher, Matt Howard, Michael Henry, Justin Scantland, Jalyssa Jones, and Coach Mick Gray Barnes.
LA is in District 15 in Region 6 along with York Institute, Jackson County, Stone Memorial, Cumberland County, Upperman, Warren County, Oliver Springs, and Pickett County. Bowling World in Cookeville will be the home site for the Bowling Wildcats, who will open their season Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Jamestown against York Instutute. LA will then travel to Crossville to play Stone Memorial on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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Wildcats take on Fighting Irish

Landon Amonett photo
Hayden Hill, #3, tosses a pass late in Friday night’s home game.

Landon Amonett photo
John Cody Brown gains yardage for the Wildcats.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Two weeks ago, the Livingston Academy Wildcats went to always tough Kingston and battled the Yellow Jackets fairly evenly before falling 21-0.
Two of the three Kingston touchdowns came on third and fourth down big plays. It appeared that finally, after two hard years of struggling, there was a light at the end of the tunnel for the Wildcats.

Unfortunately, the “light” was only the headlight of the Knox Catholic freight train that rolled into Livingston Friday night. All the gains of the earlier part of the season, including a week off, went by the wayside as the Irish left LA a strong reminder that Region 2, 3A is the toughest league in the state.

By the time the train rolled out of town, the number 2 ranked team in the state carried with it a 47-7 victory.

“It was unfortunate that we had to play Catholic this week,” LA head coach Bruce Lamb explained after the game. “We were making progress, and I thought we had improved with our showing at Kingston, but in this league, there’re no easy teams and tonight we found out just how far behind we are and how far we still have to go.”

Lamb was right on the money. He could have pointed out that Livingston probably plays the toughest schedule in the state as well. So far, the four Wildcats losses have come at the hands of some of the most successful programs in the state, and looking to the remainder of the schedule it may only get worse.

“We still have so much work ahead of us,” Lamb told his team after the game. “Tonight we had too many individuals out there. This is a team and we will win as a team and we will lose as a team, but the main thing we have to do is play as a team.”

When the Irish rolled into town Friday they were sporting a 4-0, 2-0 record and the state’s number 2 ranking. When they left four hours later, there was little reason to doubt they would continue on toward their final goal of making the state playoffs.

Livingston did win the opening coin toss, but after three downs and only four yards to show for their effort, Jake Huitt nailed a 31-yard punt to give the visitors the ball at their 44. Catholic’s first play was an incomplete pass, but the second was a run inside the right end that turned into a track race of 56 yards and the night’s first score. At that point, it appeared it could be a long, long night for the Wildcats.

But midway through the first period, Jesse Cole intercepted a Catholic pass and appeared as if he might return it for a score. The Irish defense finally tackled him at their 38, but Cole suffered an ankle injury on the play and will probably be out for the remainder of the season.

To add to that problem, the Cats fumbled the ball on their second play, halting an opportunity that could have at worst, slowed down the Irish “train”.

Even though Catholic had 90 yards on the ground and 30 more through the air in the opening period, Livingston trailed by only 7 points entering the second frame.

On the opening play of the period though, the Irish went in from one yard out after a 42-yard drive, and now the Wildcats were on the short end of a 13-0 score.

Then things turned a little sloppy for both squads. Brannon McCoin had a pass to Blake Moon intercepted, then the Wildcats turned around and recovered an Irish fumble two plays later.

A 5-play, 68-yard drive midway though the period led to another Catholic touchdown and a 40-yars drive with 1:37 remaining in the half gave the visitors a 26-0 lead at intermission.

“Their defense was very good,” Coach Lamb continued, “and we never could get our offense moving consistently. You have got to move the ball to
make positive things happen and we had to punt way too many times.”

In the first half alone, Huitt was forced to punt four times, and three of those turned into Irish touchdowns.

If there was a bright spot for the Wildcats it came in the first 11 minutes and 59 second of the third period.

After yielding an 85-yard kick-off return touchdown to start the second half, the Wildcats appeared to buckle down. After stopping the Irish midway through the period, LA took the ball at their own 17 and marched the distance for their only score of the night.

McCoin started the drive finding Stenson Smith open for 8 yards, then hit Moon for 16. An incomplete pass and a a small gain on the ground put the ball at the Catholic 43. McCoin hit Josh Huitt for 3 yards, then on fourth and six, Moon broke over the middle, cut to the left, and was wide open.

McCoin launched one of the best throws of his career and hit the fleeting Moon on a dead run in the endzone for a 40-yard scoring strike.

“That shows we have potential,” Lamb explained. “If we give Brannon time to throw and get our receivers open, we can move the ball. We have got to learn to do that consistently. If we can, then you’ll see a much different team. We know we can do it, now we have to convince ourselves we can do it.

“We will get another chance this week, and like all the other games, it won’t be easy,” the coach added. “York comes here Friday and we think they are better than they were last year, so you know its going to be a tough game.

“We can win, but we have to put it all together. We’ll work hard this week on playing as a team and not as individuals. That’s the one thing we have to do.”

The loss leaves Livingston with an 0-4 record as the season approaches midway.

The Yardstick
1st Downs-LA 7, KC 16
Yds. Rushing- LA 64, KC 264
Yds. Passing- LA 95, KC 154
Pass Att./Com- LA 18/7, KC 13/8
Interceptions- LA 1, KC 0
Fumbles Lost- LA 2, KC 2
Punts/Avg.- LA 7/32, KC 1/39
Yds. Pent.- LA 60, KC68

Score By Quarter

LA 0 0 7 0 – 7
KC 7 19 14 7 – 47


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Lady Cats soar past Jets

courtesy of Liz Nigro
McKenzie McConaha fights for control in LA’s win over the Jets.

The Lady Jets from Cumberland County High School in Crossville traveled to LA with a full tank of fuel on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Lady Jets put pressure on the Wildcats from start to finish, fighting for every ball and trying to get through the defensive wall of Sarah Jane Maynord, Savannah Vaughn, Kelsi Sotis and Kelsi Webb.

The Lady Wildcats made their first goal when the Lady Jets fouled and a kick was awarded. Heather Mashall took the kick and blasted it into the back of the net.

Shortly after, the Lady Jets answered back when they made the game 1-1.
LA’s McKenzie McConaha made a pass to Kat Nigro, who took it to the goal to put the Lady Wildcats up by 1. The Lady Wildcats played hard and did not allow any more celebrating by the Jets.

Kat Nigro scored the last goal of the game when she took the ball from midfield past three defenders and the goalie to score, making it 3-1.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Lady Wildcats played Coffee County. The game was fast and physical, pressuring all the Lady Wildcats players throughout the whole game.

LA goalkeeper Bailey Buck had an awesome game, allowing only one goal. Kat Nigro scored the only goal for LA, making the final score 1-1.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Lady Cats will travel to Athens to participate in the Cherokee Invitational Tournament. LA will play at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.



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