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ABA Couples Championship held on Dale Hollow Lake
Jr. Wildcats defeat Sparta 16-0
LA regains offense against York
LA plays in Lady Cherokee Invitational
LA Volleyball goes 4-0 on week’s play
Outlaws Homecoming activities held Saturday
Outlaws roll past DeKalb County

ABA Couples Championship held on Dale Hollow Lake


Donald and Donna Poteat of Morganton, NC, with 25.77 pounds of fish, won the top honor in the American Bass Anglers 2008 National Couples Championship held at Dale Hollow Lake on September 21-27. The couple had taken this trip as a 15th wedding anniversary present to one another.
Additional information on the other winners can be found on the ABA website at www.americanbassanglers.com.


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Greg and Deborah Fuller brought in 5.52 pounds, with Deborah having the Big Bass of 2.35 pounds.

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Jr. Wildcats defeat Sparta 16-0


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The Jr. Wildcats offensive line gives quarterback Brock McCoin time to throw a pass in the win over Sparta last week.


By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Defense wins championships, and if that is the case the Jr. Wildcats are in good shape. But, you also have to get some things going offensively, and on Thursday Sept. 25, the Cats could not get in rhythm offensively.

Defense was the highlight of the night. Not only did the Jr. Cats hold the Sparta Warriors to zero points, but four interceptions and the pressure they put on the quarterback and tailbacks gave the offense just enough of a spark to get the job done.

Bubba Jolley and Heath Thompson both stood out on the night with two interceptions a piece.

“We played well, defensively, we played really well,” Coach Terry Melton said. “I do hope that the turnovers that we had are not a problem this week. We will be working extremely hard to correct that problem.”

Turnovers were a problem for the Jr. Cats’ offense, who fumbled the ball three times. Although they did put up 16 points on Sparta, on touchdown runs from Creed Hayes and Lucas Reagan, the Jr. Cats never could get in rhythm.

The Jr. Cats will play York on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p..m. at Livingston Academy. Not only is this a rivalry game, but if the Jr. Cats do not win, everything they worked for will be lost. The winner will play Gordonsville in the championship.

“This game is as big as it can get,” Coach Melton explained. “If we lose, we are in second place. This is a must win. It’s York, we will treat is as a rivalry, but it is also a game that we have to come through on.”

On Thursday night, everything will be laid on the line and the dreams of 12 to 14 year-olds will be either coming true or truly crushed.

Students from any grade school wearing blue and white will get in for $2.


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LA regains offense against York


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Coach Bruce Lamb talks to his team after Friday’s tough loss at home against York Institute.


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Jake Huitt kicks for Livingston Academy in Friday’s game.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“That is a tough one,” said Livingston Academy Football Coach Bruce Lamb after Friday’s 28-21 loss against Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute. He was right, it was a very tough loss, but mentally, the Cats looked more prepared and more focused than they had all season.

The loss may have put the Cats at 0-5, but the team certainly did not play like a team that was 0-4 entering Friday, Sept. 26.

After not getting anything on their first two drives, and allowing YAI to score on their first two drives, the Cats looked down again after falling behind 14-0. But looks can be deceiving, and the Cats “clawed” their way back into the game with a long drive that was capped off by a 12-yard touchdown run from Stenson Smith that put the Cats on the board, 14-7.
Unfortunately for the Cats, the D could not find their idenity in the first half, and gave up another score before the half, making the score at halftime 21-7.

“You are going to have to wrap up, not just hit, but bring your arms and your body and wrap up,” coaches told their defensive units at halftime.

Apparently, a motivated and seemingly confident team listened. After kicking the ball off to the Dragons, the Livingston Academy D shut down the Dragons O with a quick three and out. Livingston Academy took over the ball, but was forced to punt again, putting the defense back on the field in a tough spot. The defense responded well and forced a Dragons fumble giving the ball back to the Cats, 1st and 10.

After taking the ball back, the Cats offense looked fluent, taking the ball down the field and again, after busting open holes one after another, the Cats called on Stenson Smith, who got great blocking from the offensive line and ripped up another long 35-yard touchdown run, and after the extra point made it 28-14 Dragons.

But, the Dragons answered right back, after busted plays worked and a lot of sheer luck, the Dragons scored, making the game 28-14 with a little over 9 minutes left in the game.

After the kickoff return, the Cats relied on the big play, as Brannon McCoin threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Blake Moon to make the game a thriller, 28-21 Dragons.

The Cats would get one more shot at the game, taking over from their own 1 yard line with a little over 2 minutes left in the game. After quick passes to Josh Huitt and Justin Poston, the Cats took the ball to the 43 yard line, but three unsuccessful plays and a fourth down stop for York sealed the game, with a final of 28-21.

“That is the best I have seen you guys play since 2005,” Lamb told his team. “You fought hard, and I am very proud of that. We have to keep working, because it is not going to get easier from here.”

The Cats will travel to region foe Austin East this week. Kickoff for Friday night’s game is at 6:30 p.m. central time.


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LA plays in Lady Cherokee Invitational


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Kat Nigro scored 4 goals for LA in the weekend tournament.


The Lady Wildcats soccer team traveled to Athens on Saturday, Sept. 27 to play in the Lady Cherokee Invitational Tournament. LA’s first game was against The Lady Cherokees of McMinn County High School.

The Lady Wildcats started slow, with the defense challenged constantly.

The Lady Cherokees broke through and scored early, and had the Lady Wildcats chasing for possession of the ball.

LA Soccer Coach Ethan King moved a few players around, and with his direction, the Lady Wildcats scored their first goal.

The game went end-to-end. By the second half, the Lady Cherokees had scored 3 more goals.

The Lady Wildcats then found their feet and tied the game with a score of 4-4.

Kat Nigro scored 2 goals, Heather Marshall scored a goal, and Devin Thompson scored a goal. LA goalkeeper Bailey Buck had a great game.

The following game for the Lady Cats was against regional players Ooltewah. The game was physical and fast. The Lady Wildcats were on the defense again and had trouble clearing the ball. The game ended with a score of 0-1, a win for Ooltewah.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Lady Wildcats played Signal Mountain. After a much-needed good night’s rest, the Lady Wildcats came out strong. Kat Nigro scored the first goal.

The players were able to make better choices in this game. They were verbal with each other and had better possession of the ball. The game ended with a 3-1 LA win. Kat Nigro scored 2 goals and Heather Marshall scored 1.

Coach King started his lineup in all three games with Kelsi Sotis, Savannah Vaughn, SarahJane Maynord, Kelsey Webb, Brianna Colson, McKenzie MaConaha, Kat Nigro, Heather Marshall, Kesey Copeland, Devin Thompson, and goalie Bailey Buck. His substitutes were Jenna Smith, Allyssa Thompson, Nakomie Garrett, Hillary Ramsey, Haley Norris, and Brittany White.

After playing at Franklin Road Academy on Tuesday, Sept. 30, Livingston Academy will host Jackson County at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. The Lady Cats will then travel to Jamestown on Tuesday, Oct. 7 to play York.

 

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LA Volleyball goes 4-0 on week’s play
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When the season started, the words “potentially great” were used to tell how good this year’s Livingston Academy volleyball team was. This past week they proved just how much potential this team has.

The Wildcats needed a great week to gain confidence heading into the last two weeks of the regular season. They definitely got confidence going undefeated on the week, 4-0. The Cats successfully defeated Cumberland County, who beat them earlier this month, Gordonsville, who also beat the Cats this month, Cannon County, and wrapped the week up Thursday, Sept. 25 with a win at Clarkrange.

“We have just played together this week, we talked, and hustled really well,” Coach Christie Jenkins said. “The girls pulled together with Kendria (Kilgore) out. I am so proud that we did not just lay down and let other teams beat us.”

Going into the district tournament, the Cats need to stay extremely hot, and take a lot of momentum with them. With streaks like this, that feat is very possible.

“I hope this continues,” Coach Jenkins said.

The good thing is, the girls have a pretty good week on the horizon, playing teams of Sparta, Smith County, and Clay County. They have already defeated Smith and Clay at least once this year.

The Wildcats will look to keep winning ways alive this week. After traveling to Sparta on Monday, Sept 29, and to Smith County on Tuesday, Sept 30 for a game against Smith and Clay counties, they will come back home Friday, Oct. 3 to play Sparta due to rescheduling. Livingston
Academy will then host Stone Memorial at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

 

Outlaws Homecoming activities held Saturday


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Outlaws Homecoming activities were held at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27. Honored at the homecoming were, from left, #25 Dillon Young, escorted by Olivia Looper, #8 Gage Vaughn, escorted by Taylor Hall, #23 Jordan Savage, escorted by Kailey Winningham, #62 Hunter Poston, escorted by Hailee Gibbons, #60 Hunter McDonald, escorted by Kaitlyn Fletcher, #74 Payton Long, escorted by Kayleigh Davenport, #15 Drew Gore, escorted by Hannah Jolley, #51 Wade Eldridge, escorted by Rachel Ferrell, #41 Zack Craig, escorted by Marlee Gibbons, and #19 Bobby Allred, escorted by Shayna Gore.


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Outlaws Homecoming activities were held at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 27. Honored at the homecoming were, from left, #30 Logan Clark, escorted by Bailey Carter, #28 Loren Crowder, escorted by Tatum Dillon, #22 Daniel Flatt, escorted by Katie Harrell, #80 Peter Hollars, escorted by Jace Ramsey, #53 Jacob Masters, escorted by Sydney Looper, #81 Jacob Norrod, escorted by Kelly Dillon, #70 James Owens, escorted by Cassidy Lancaster, #4 Kaleb Qualls, escorted by Taylor Witt, and #72 Dillon Stacy, escorted by Bailey Kingery.


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Honored at the Outlaws Homecoming were, from left, #58 Jacob Craig, escorted by Ryann Dillon, #10 Eli Estes, escorted by Madison Owens, #21 Carter Hayes, escorted by Bailey Walker, #23 Xander Miller, escorted by Myla Sells, #43 Kobe Trail, escorted by Jasmine Boswell, #45 Cody Jackson, escorted by Erica Miller, #36 Jacob Ford, escorted by Cammie Sells, #12 Tanner Dillon, escorted by Kendall Smith, and #5 Donnie Allred, escorted by Jordan Presley.

Outlaws roll past DeKalb County
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

The Outlaws played stiff competition Saturday, Sept. 27 as they faced off with the DeKalb County. Tigers. The teams had a lot to prove, and none more than the Junior B team, who had not won on their home field this year.

Everyone wants to win, but there is not one person that does not want to protect their home field. The Junior B team came into Saturday 0-2 at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, but looked to make that 1-2. Stiff defense, and an effective offense gave them the opportunity to do so, as #6 Cade Hammock scored two very long touchdowns, which gave the team a 12-0 lead.

DeKalb never threatened, and the defense proved to be too much, as #9 Will Sims recovered a fumble and returned it 30 yards for a score, and the point after was good, making the score 19-0, which would never change, as the Junior B picked up the win.

Junior B Outlaws game
Jr. B 18, DeKalb County 0

Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-1 Pt)
Brody Johnson 4-13-0-0
Cade Hammock 10-103-2-0
Chase Looper 4-13-0-0
Desmond Luke 3-(-5)0-0
Total 21-124-2-0

Fumble Recovery
Will Sims 20 yd fumble return for TD; Chase Looper

Lead Tacklers

Chase Looper 3; Mitchell Ayers 2; Chris Ferrell 1; Nate Neely 7; Braiden Medlin 1; Will Sims 5; Cade Hammock 3; Grayson Randolph 1; Brody Johnson 6; Austin Hastings 1; Wesley Smith 1; Desmond Luke 1.

Scoring
3rd Quarter - TD Hammock 33 yd run - conversion failed; TD Hammock 33 yd run -conversion failed.
4th Quarter - TD Sims 20 yd fumble return for TD; conversion failed.


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Carter Hayes runs through a hole created by the Jr. Outlaws’ offensive line in Saturday’s win against DeKalb County.

The Junior Outlaws team just looked to win, and it was business as usual, with the Outlaws looking dominant all game long. Starting with a Carter Hayes touchdown, followed by a Wade Neely touchdown, and Tanner Dillon to Xander Miller 2-point after conversion, DeKalb started to lose faith and the great run game and defense of the Outlaws proved to be way too much for the Tigers to handle.

Wade Neely busted loose again, and again, for two more scores, and two more Dillon to Miller 2-point conversions made the score 36-14. Like the Junior B, the Outlaws were never threatened on the day, rushing for well over a 100 yards and converting 3 for 3 on 2-point tries.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 36, DeKalb Co. 14

Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs)
Wade Neely 9-248-4-0
Carter Hayes 17-160-1-0
Blake Qualls 1-(-7)-0-0
Total 27-408-5-0

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2Pts.)
Tanner Dillon 1-3-21-0-3-1

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-2 Pts.)
Xander Miller 0-0-0-3
Eli Estes 1-21-0-0

Fumble Recovery
Carter Hayes
Xander Miller
Jacob Ford

Lead Tacklers
Jakob Craig 8; Cody Cantrell 6; Carter Hayes 6; Bobby Allred 5; Tanner Dillon 1; Wade Neely 3; Tyler Fletcher 1; Xander Miller 7; Thomas Trevino 2; Jarrid Bell 1; Jason Savage 1; Cody Jackson 3; Jacob Ford 1; Travis Hunter 2.

Scoring
1st Quarter - TD Hayes 15 yd run; conversion failed. 65 yd kick-off return, 1 pt run.
2nd Quarter - TD Neely 45 yd run, Dillon 2 pt pass to Miller.
3rd Quarter - TD Neely 55 yd run - Dillon 2 pt pass to Miller; TD Neely 47 yd run - Dillon 2 pt pass to Miller; TD Neely 50 yd run - conversion failed.
4th Quarter - TD run - 1 pt run.



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Loren Crowder, #28, rushes through a gaping hole created by the Outlaws’ offensive line in Saturday’s win over DeKalb County.

The Senior Outlaws had been putting up points with ease, and nothing changed Saturday.

Loren Crowder opened up the day quickly with two long touchdowns, and Peter Hollars scored a touchdown.

Great defensive play all day made it hard for the Tigers to get anything going, with a first quarter interception by Daniel Flatt.

Flatt would also get another interception in the second quarter, and the Outlaws would execute with another Crowder touchdown, a Jordan Savage touchdown, and another Hollars touchdown, followed by 2-point conversions on the final two.

The score at the half was 41-0, and the Outlaws called the dogs off in the second half, allowing 14 points, but also putting up another touchdown
from Jordan Savage.

When the final horn sounded, the Outlaws escaped easily with a 47-14 win.
The Outlaws will close the regular season Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at Fentress County. Playoff seedings are on the line.

Outlaws game
Outlaws 47, DeKalb County 14

Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-1pt.)
Loren Crowder 9-182-3-0
Jordan Savage 2-50-2-0
Dillon Linder 2-2-0-1
Kaleb Qualls 2-(-7)-0-0
Seth Parker 1-0-0-0
Total 16-228-5-1

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TDs-2Pts.)Kaleb Qualls 2-3-110-2-2
Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-2Pts.)
Peter Hollars 2-110-2-0
Logan Clark 0-0-0-1
Gage Vaughn 0-0-0-1

Fumble Recovery
Dillon Linder

Interceptions
Daniel Flatt 2/25

Lead Tacklers
Jacob Masters 4; Daniel Flatt 5; Jordan Savage 4; Hunter McDonald 3; Casey Thompson 1; Wade Eldridge 4; Peter Hollars 4; Seth Parker 3; Zeb Randolph 2; Peyton Long 2; Dillon Linder 1; Jacob Norrod 2; Blake Walker 3; Zach Craig 8; Dylan Stacy 1; Bobby Allred 4; Drew Gore 2; Dylan Young 1; Caleb Lawson 1; Hunter Poston 1.

Scoring
1st Quarter - TD Crowder 56 yd run; Conversion failed; TD Crowder 15 yd run; Qualls 2 pt. pass to Vaughn; TD Qualls 54 yd run; pass to Hollars, conversion failed.
2nd Quarter - TD Crowder 20 yd run; conversion failed; TD Savage 2 yd run - Qualls 2 pt pass to Clark.
3rd Quarter - TD run; 1 pt run.
4th Quarter - TD run - 1 pt run; TD Savage 48 yd run-conversion failed.


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