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Jr. Wildcats play for championship
LA defense holds Scott Co. to 3 points in first half
LA Soccer honors seniors
Outlaws open playoff series this Saturday
Wildcats volleyball seniors honored

Jr. Wildcats play for championship

Josh Scott photo
A good block frees Bubba Jolley, #23, for a touchdown.


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Jr. Wildcats quarterback Brock McCoin fires a pass.


Josh Scott photo
Creed Hayes races for extra yardage in Saturday’s game.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“You find out life’s this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game – life or football – the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don’t quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don’t quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us.”

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Overton County Junior Wildcats found out that inches matter.

After taking care of business against Cannon County on Tuesday, Oct. 7 with a 52-12 win, the Cats looked on to the championship game with the Gordonsville Tigers. The Tigers, who were also 9-0, would prove to be the toughest opponent yet.

After recieving the ball first, the Jr. Cats moved the ball decently, but were forced to punt. On the punt, which was a great one by Jesse Carr, the returner muffed the ball, and the Jr. Cats recovered to take over 1st and 10 on the 25 yard line. Then, after moving the ball 2 yards, Brock McCoin found Bubba Jolley on a 23-yard touchdown pass, and after the 2PAT from McCoin to Morgan Mayberry, the score was 8-0 Jr. Cats.

Defensive play from Jordan Thrasher, Josh South, Cory Hamilton, Lukas Reagan, and McCoin also helped. Great play from these young men forced a bad throw, which was intercepted with 5:46 remaining in the second quarter. But the Jr. Cats could not find points on the drive, and were forced to punt.

On the ensuing drive, Tigers’ #8 Dusty Wilhurt scampered 60 yards, and after the 2PAT knotted the game at 8-8.

After both teams could find nothing, the Tigers drove the ball down the field near the end of the half, but #23 Bubba Jolley ended the drive, and the half with an interception, keeping the score 8-8 at halftime.

“We have to play as a team,” Coach Terry Melton told his team over and over at halftime. “They’re tired, and we are right there with them, keep fighting.”

Coach Dale Flatt also stepped in saying, “This is ours for the taking; it is either ours or theirs, and it needs to be ours.”

It did not take the Jr. Cats long to respond to the half time motivation, because after Gordonsville took over, the Jr. Cats forced a fumble, which Bubba Jolley recovered and returned 43 yards for the score. After an unsuccessful 2PAT try, the Jr. Cats had a 14-8 lead.

The score stayed at 14-8 until late into the 4th quarter, when Gordonsville just played power football with the Jr. Cats and drove the ball 60-plus yards down and scored, and after the 2PAT, made the score 16-14, Tigers.

A turning point seemed to happen with 3 minutes to go in the game, with the Jr. Cats facing a long 3rd down, they turned to Bubba Jolley once again, who took a Brock McCoin pass 17 yards to set up a much needed 1st and 10. Later, on a 4th and 6, McCoin handed the ball off to Creed Hayes who got the 1st down by inches on a breathtaking run.

Then after a Hayes run, and two Lucas Reagan runs, the Jr. Cats took the ball to the 1, but were not aware that it was 4th down and spiked the ball to kill the clock, only to kill the game and give the ball to the Tigers – though all signs pointed to 3rd down, including the scoreboard, and chains. Tigers won, and gave the Jr. Cats a defeat for the first time all year, 16-14.

The Junior Wildcats finished the season at 9-1.

Coach Melton told his team after the game, “Nothing can change the way you are feeling. You just cannot win everything in life. Not a word can be thought of or said. Do not drop your head, and always stay together.”

Then, through all the adversity and tears, Coach Melton pulled his team together, and led them in their signature Hog-Eye cheer.


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LA defense holds Scott Co. to 3 points in first half


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Blake Moon takes an angle on a defender as he carries the ball.


Landon Amonett photo
A Scott County ballcarrier is tackled by the LA defense.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Homecoming is a time of celebration and happiness. But last Friday night at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, the Livingston Academy Wildcats were not celebrating, nor were they happy after playing the Highlanders of Scott County.

The defense for the Wildcats once again played very solid. After the Cats received the ball, and were forced to punt, the Cats D had to defend the short field of 50 yards, and they defended quite well. After a long drive, the Highlanders went for the score from the 7 yard line on 3rd and goal, but a sack forced them back to the 15 yard line. Scott County elected to kick a 32-yard field goal, to make the score 3-0 Highlanders.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Cats took the ball to the Scott County 29 yard line, but a holding call brought the ball back to the Cats 30, erasing the big play, but setting up 1st and 10 for the Cats. After a few plays, the Cats’ Stenson Smith ran the ball deep into Scott territory, only to fumble, giving the ball back to the visitors.

After a three-and-out the Cats took the ball back, and another long run, this time by Brannon McCoin, was called back due to a hold on the perimeter by Blake Moon, thus killing momentum, and the Cats punted.

One very huge play was a punt by Livingston Academy’s Jake Huitt, who boomed a punt 50-plus yards and had the ball downed on the 1 yard line. Although the Cats had their chances, they went into the locker room at halftime down 3-0.

At halftime, LA Coach Bruce Lambs said, “I’m sick of moral victories. We are so close, we just have to play together.

“Can you look into each others eyes, and know that you have left everything out there? I know you can’t, because we still have 24 minutes
left. Let’s win this football game.”

The Cats seemed to respond well, but just could not get anything going offensively. Although the defense played extremely well through the third quarter, they became tired in the fourth, giving up 13 points in the final frame on passes of 14 and 60 yards.

The visitors took a commanding 16-0 lead with a little over one minute remaining, then squib kicked the ball and recovered, followed by kneeing the ball, sealing the game, with a 16-0 win for the Highlanders.

Livingston Academy fell to 0-7, 0-4 in Region 2-3A. The Cats had 146 yards of offense, 41 yards through the air with McCoin to Moon, and 105 on the ground with Smith having 49 of those yards on 5 carries.

The Cats will travel to Anderson County on Friday, Oct. 17, Stone Memorial on October 24, and will come back home for Senior Night on Halloween, October 31.



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JLA Soccer honors seniors


courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Livingston Academy held Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 9. LA Soccer Coach Ethan King expresses appreciation to seniors, from left, #5 SarahJane Maynord, #16 Devin Thompson, #28 Brianna Colson, #13 McKenzie McConaha, and #18 Kelly Thompson.


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Outlaws open playoff series this Saturday
Overton County’s Outlaws football teams will take the field in playoffs Saturday, Oct. 18 at Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown.

The playoff scheduled for the AA Division is as follows:

Overton County will play Fentress County in the Pee Wee Divsion at noon.

Overton County will play Clay County in the Junior Division at 1:30 p.m.

Overton County will face Cannon County in the Senior Division at 3 p.m.

Smith County will play Fentress County in the Junior Division at 4:30 p.m.
DeKalb County will play Cannon County in the Pee Wee Division at 6 p.m.

DeKalb County will play Clay County in the Senior Division at 7:30 p.m.
The championships will be held in Jamestown on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The A Division schedule is as follows:

Smith County will play Clay County in the Pee Wee Division at noon.
Cannon County will play DeKalb County in the Junior Division at 1:30 p.m.

Fentress County will play Smith County in the Senior Division at 3 p.m.
The AA Division schedule is 4:30 p.m. for the Pee Wee Division, 6 p.m. for the Junior Division, and 7:30 p.m. for the Senior Division.



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Wildcats volleyball seniors honored


Betty Aronson photo
Senior Night for Livingston Academy Volleyball Wildcats was held Thursday, Oct. 9. Honored on Senior Night are, from left, #10 Kassie Sullivan, daughter of Donnie and Alexandria Sullivan, #3 Allison West, daughter of John and Amanda West, #22 Alissa Sells, daughter of Terry and Karen Sells, and #54 Kendria Kilgore, daughter of Matt and Phyllis Kilgore.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

The Livingston Academy Wildcats volleyball team closed out the season this past week, and did so by going 1-1 heading into this weeks’ District Tournament. The Cats fell to a very good Stone Memorial team, but bounced back Thursday, Oct. 9 to beat Clarkrange on Senior Night.

After having ups and downs all season, the Cats closed with a win. Now all attention turned to this week, as the Cats opened up with District Tournament action as a number 3 seed, and were set to play the number 6 seed Upperman Bees. Although the girls have beaten UHS, LA Volleyball Coach Christie Jenkins knows cannot overlook anybody.

“We have to play our best volleyball, as will every other team,” she said.

“Upperman took one game from us last time, and we will have to play hard and play smart to beat them.”

This team can do it, and she knows it.

“I have no doubt in our team to win,” Coach Jenkins said. “I have all the confidence in the world in these girls. They are so talented and can do anything they set their minds to do. We cannot get down if we make a mistake and will have to play hard.”

The girls were set to open up the District 7A/AA Tournament against Upperman, who can be dangerous.

“We can win this tournament,” Coach Jenkins said. “We have beaten everyone in it at least once this year. If we play together and play our best, we will win.”

The District Tournament is being held this week, through October 15, at Jackson County High School. The outcome of the Monday game would determine the next game for the Lady Cats.

 





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