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Jr. Wildcats score 56 points in 2 games
LA Wildcats defeat Jets 35-26
LA Golf wins over nearby counties

LA looks for good week in volleyball
Outlaws teams play White County

Jr. Wildcats score 56 points in 2 games


Lyle Blodgett photo
Running back Jefferey Tillman takes advantage of good blocking, while he powered his way through the middle versus the Owls.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

After a weekend full of frustration of watching the Vols, Overton County football fans can find comfort knowing someone can still score the ball. In two games this week, the Overton County Junior Wildcats football team scored a total of 56 points in two games on the way to two huge wins.

It all started last Thursday against the visiting Smith County Owls. Things did not start off well for the Cats, as the Owls led a 9 minute, 48 second drive before finding the endzone early in the second quarter to go up 6-0. After not touching the ball in the first quarter, the Cats set up the offense for the first time in the second quarter.

Key plays were the big deal on the drive, as quarterback Davis Robinson led the Wildcats down the field with passes to Peter Hollars (8 yards) and to Trent Nivens (33 yards). Robinson would also scamper for 14 more yards, but at the half the Cats were down still 6-0.

In the second half though, Overton County played with a lot more fire as impact player Jefferey Tillman returned to the lineup after sitting out the first half for disciplinary issues. With the star back returning, the passing game opened up more and more, which was evident on pass plays to Wade Eldridge (12 yards) and to the backs out in the flats.

With 7:56 to go in the fourth quarter, Robinson snuck the ball into the endzone for the first Wildcat points of the game. The conversion would fail though, and the Cats were tied 6-6 with the visiting Owls.

Prime time plays for the Wildcats were the story throughout the fourth, as Jordan Savage recovered the ensuing kickoff to give the ball back to the Cats in their own territory. Then, after a couple of plays, Tillman put the ball on the turf, but lineman Seth Ford picked up the ball and carried it for five yards and a first down. Kaleb Qualls then found Hollars for 20 yards and then snuck the ball in for a touchdown to go up 12-6 with 4:33 to go in the game after the failed conversion.

Now it was time for the defense to step up one more time to seal the deal. Tillman and Peyton Boles sacked the Owls quarterback with less than 3 minutes to go.

Tillman once again made a tackle in the backfield for a loss of 10 yards with 40 seconds left in the game, and then again, Boles sealed the deal with another sack at the end of the game, making the final score 12-6 Jr. Wildcats.

The Jr. Cats would keep taking care of business Monday night, Sept. 14 at Burks Middle School in a make-up game from the first of the year. Things got ugly early, as Peyton Boles scored from 20 yards out to go up 8-0 after the conversion.

But that wasn’t all, as Robinson would throw two touchdowns, one to Hollars and one to Eldridge, Daniel Flatt would put one in from 45 yards out, and Josh Blodgett would score from 25 yards out to beat the Panthers by a score of 44-14.

Coach Steve Mosely was more than happy with his team, but he still preaches effort, no matter who the Cats are playing.

“When you get the chance to play, it’s time to shine,” Mosely told his players after the 44-14 rout over Burks Middle.

On the week though, Mosely was very pleased with the way his team had performed.
“We preached all last week that Smith County was a big team, and that the boys had better strap it on and be ready,” Mosely said after the game. “I thought we did a great job containing their back, and it showed.”

When asked about the near 10-minute drive the Owls put together against his defense, Mosely did not sound too worried about the overall effect on his team.

“They had some big plays that kept them the ball, and we did not execute in key situations,” Coach Mosely said. “We had to keep our emotions in check and execute when we got the ball offensively.”

Execution was key in the Smith County game, especially when Tillman came back into the game.

“With Jefferey in there, we played more confident and a lot better,” he said. “Special teams played great as well.”

Midway through the fourth quarter though, Davis Robinson took a hit against the Owls and was replaced by Kaleb Qualls, the young offensive mind at quarterback.
“I have all the confidence in the world in Kaleb,” Mosely continued. “He doesn’t have the arm and athleticism Davis has, but I know that both my quarterbacks bring something to the table, and it makes decisions like that a lot easier.”

Now after two big wins, the Junior Wildcats (3-1, 2-0) will play host to the Blue Devils of Jackson County on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.



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LA Wildcats defeat Jets 35-26


Josh Scott photo
LA’s Dillon Roberts gets great blocking out front on a 75-yard kickoff return Friday night.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy offensive coach Danny McCoin has been around sports long enough to know when and when not to show too much emotion. As a player and a father of three children who have or now play at the school, he’s just about seen it all.
But Friday night, moments after the Wildcats treated their faithful to an exciting 35-26 win over Cumberland County, he couldn’t miss the opportunity to put his arms around senior son Brannon and freshman son Brock and gave them a big hug.

“That was a good job boys,” McCoin said, referring to a night when Brannon passed for 85 yards, 2 of which ended up in his younger brother’s hands and one was a 23-yard touchdown toss.

“It was cool because it came from him,” Brock smiled as the two stood under the very goal post where the event happened. “It was really cool to score a touchdown, and it was much cooler because my brother threw it to me.”

“That was kinda neat,” Brannon added. “Both of us have played ball it seems like forever, but this was the first time in eleven years where we were both on the same field at the same time, and it was the first time I had the chance to throw him a pass. Not in Outlaws, or Junior Wildcats. It will be a special moment for me forever.”

And well it should be, but it was the only special moment for the Wildcats. Coming out from under three years of being non-competitive, Livingston now finds itself with a 2-1 record after the first three games of the season and looking good in the process. Friday’s win, the first home victory for the Wildcats since a victory over Stone Memorial in 2007, doubled the victory record for any of the past three seasons.

“It was huge win for this team,” an elated head coach Bruce Lamb exclaimed after the game. “It didn’t look too good early, but we came back and that shows the mark of a well seasoned team. Our seniors really came through, and when it looked like we were down and out, we came back with an exciting win. I’m, so proud of this team.”

After last week’s heart breaking loss, 10-3, to Smith County, the brightest spot was the defense. After allowing Stone Memorial 31 points in the season opener, the LA defensive boys buckled down under the instructions of defensive coach Shane Qualls and did a fine job against the Owls.

In the opening quarter of Friday’s game, it looked like the defense had forgotten everything Qualls had tried to teach them. In the first quarter alone, Cumberland County scored on its first two possessions first on a 70-yard drive then a 79-yarder, and with 96 total yards and a 14-0 lead at the end of the first period, things didn’t look good for the home team.

During that same first period, Livingston managed only one first down and 28 yards of offense.

But then the Cats decided to start playing.

On their first possession of the second period, LA marched 79 yards, the final 12 coming on a fine touchdown run by Creed Hayes around the left side and after Jake Huitt hit his first of five extra points on the night, the Wildcats were back in the game.

The Jets countered LA’s score on the very next possession after a 63-yard kickoff return, the visitors went the final 30 yards on the ground in one play and moved back ahead, 20-7.

Paul Daniels nullified that drive with a 3-yard explosion on LA’s next possession, and at the half, the Cats trailed by only 6 points, 20-14.

“Coach McCoin and Coach Qualls got us on the right track during the halftime,” lineman Seth Kilgore pointed out after the game. “Those two coaches really know what to do and we (the players) convinced ourselves we had to go out there and do it. That was a really good game for us after we made up our minds to play ball.”

After taking the second half kickoff, the Jets were forced to punt from their own 43. The kick was shanked after traveling only eight yards. LA took over at its own 35.

Daniels ripped off 23 yards up the middle on the first play, then Hayes raced around the left end for 19 more.

With six minutes remaining in the third period, McCoin dropped back and found his brother over the middle. The pass was on the money, but Brock had to battle a defender for the ball. He won, then went 23 yards into the endzone.

Livingston now led by one, 21-20. The comeback was on its way.

Cumberland answered the score with a 6-pointer of its own with 1:24 remaining in
the period to retake the lead, 26-21, but seconds later, Dillon Roberts electrified the crowd with a 75-yard kickoff return. Huitt’s point-after attempt gave LA a 28-26 lead and the Wildcats were on top now to stay.

The night’s final score was about as exciting as any of the previous eight total touchdowns. With LA marching with a little over three minutes remaining on the clock, the Wildcats were faced with a fourth and 15 at the Jets’ 21. McCoin dropped back, threw the ball to the corner of the endzone, and Huitt left the ground to get it. When he came down, the kicker/receiver/ defensive back had LA’s final touchdown of the night. He also kicked the extra point.

“All I can tell you is I looked up and the ball was in my sight,” Huitt recalled. “I I just jumped as high as I could and caught it. Fun, man. Real fun.”

On the night, Daniels led the LA offense with 98 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Hayes had 36 yards on the ground and 19 more through the air that accounted for a touchdown. Receiving, Brock McCoin caught two for 41 yards and a score while Huitt had two for 33 yards and a score.

“We came together tonight and it showed,” explained junior defensive player Christian Dillon. I’ve been here when we were losing, and now we are winning and it’s a lot more fun winning. I just like to play though, win or lose. I think one of the big differences tonight was our senior leadership. They have been through it all and now they are giving the entire team the leadership we need.”

For Roberts, it was his best night as a Wildcat player. Defensively, he made several key tackles, and on the ground he gained 100 yards that included the 75-yard scoring run.

“Man, those guys up front blocking were terrific,” the junior explained. “I think anybody could have run through the hole I did on the touchdown. Those blockers were knocking everybody down. And how about Huitt. Fourth down and he catches that touchdown pass. It was just a really great night for this entire team.”

Livingston now plays host to Upperman this week that will end a three-game home stand. The Bees were defeated Friday night by Stone Memorial. Game time is 7 p.m.
“And we won’t take them (Upperman) lightly,” points out Tracey McDonald. “We kinda took Cumberland a little too lightly early tonight, and it almost cost us. It won’t happen again.”

The Yardstick
LA CC
17 1st downs 19
188 Yds. rushing 272
85 Yds. Passing 123
7/5 Pass Atp/comp 13/9
0 Pass Int. by 0
0 Fumbles Lost 2
3/37 Punts/avg. 2/24
40 Yds. Pent. 92

Score by Quarter:
LA – 0 14 14 7 – 35
CC – 14 6 6 0 – 26

Scoring:
CC – Howard, 5 run. Keys kick.
CC – Lindsay, 19 pass from Bowen. Keys kick.
LA – Hayes, 12 run. Huitt kick.
CC – Howard, 30 run. Kick failed.
LA – Daniels, 3 run. Huitt kick.
LA – Brock McCoin, 23 pass from Brannon McCoin. Huitt kick.
CC – Bowen, 39 run. Pass failed.
LA – Roberts, 75 yard kickoff return. Huitt kick.
LA – Huitt, 21 pass from Mccoin. Huitt kick.



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LA Golf wins over nearby counties
Livingston Academy’s boys golf team won their match against Jackson County, Clay County, and Pickett County on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The Livingston Academy boys team won the match by one stroke with a team score of 161. Jackson County had a team score of 162, Pickett County had a team score of 173, and Clay County had a team score of 186.

LA’s Anthony Woolbright and Jackson County’s Justin Heady were the medalists with a score of 38.

For Livingston Academy, Colby Reeder shot a 40, Justin Watkins shot a 41, Bubba Jolley shot a 42, Robert York shot a 46, Conor Oliver shot a 48, Marshall Cannon shot a 49, Casey Beason shot a 50, Sam Officer shot a 53, and Levi Crowder shot a 56.

The LA boys team now has a record of 14 wins and 2 losses.

For Jackson County, Peyton Broyles shot a 39, Anthony Combs a 39, Justin Heady a 38, and Forrest Driver a 46.

For Pickett County, Ethan Holt shot a 39, Heath Elder a 43, Scott Jolly a 49, Stewart
Rich a 50, Ben Aaron a 42, Trevor Denney a 54, and Trevor Copeland a 59.
For Clay County, Scottie Ballard shot a 41, Jordan Strong a 45, Kyle Page a 52, Taylor White a 48, Brett White a 57, and Jon Leonard a 54.

The Livingston Academy girls team won with a team score of 78. Emily Miller was the low medalist with a score of 38. Megan Stonecipher had a score of 40, Amber Stonecipher shot a 44, and Courtney Livingston shot a 57.

For Pickett County, Lindsey Russell shot a 55, and Montana Tuck shot a 56.
Rachel Burnette shot a 61 for Clay County.

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LA looks for good week in volleyball


Josh Scott photo
Lady Wildcats’ frontline players Kayla Williams and C.J. Boykin go for the block in last week’s matchup versus the Upperman Lady Bees.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy Volleyball may just be on the upswing at the right time. After three weeks of up and down play, last week seemed to produce a better “feel” of what may lie ahead for the Lady Cats down the road.

In last Tuesday’s match against the visiting Lady Bees of Upperman, the Cats came out strong, winning the first set with ease. After that though, things seemed to be going down hill. But, the Lady Cats played through the adversity, and squeezed out a district match win in five games over the Bees.

Thursday though, they would play five more games, only to fall to a very tough, very talented White County team at Livingston Academy.

“Against Upperman, we did not play that well,” Coach Christie Jenkins pointed out. “But Thursday, we looked a lot better. We hustled, and talked, and made plays. I even had parents coming to me from White County bragging on the girls.”

This week though, could really tell what volleyball fans in Hog-Eye have to look forward to, as the Lady Cats will play four games in four days before heading into a tournament in Jackson County. One of those games will be played Thursday, Sept. 17 against visiting Clay County in front of the Livingston Academy student body at 1:30 p.m.

“I think that puts more pressure on the girls,” Jenkins said about playing in front of the school. “It will make them nervous, ya know, because if they make a mistake they will know the whole school saw it.”

With the young team, Coach Jenkins is starting to find leaders for her team that will push the team towards being a force to reckoned with.

“I’ve pulled some of the girls aside and said: listen, we need you to step up,” she said.

When asked about what a great week of volleyball would do for this team, she was very quick to answer, “It would turn our whole season around. It would be awesome. We need the confidence boost without a doubt, and I will not say they are must wins, but we definitely need them. Our confidence would just be so much better if we were to have a great week.

The week started Monday, Sept. 14, at Monterey, versus Monterey and Gordonsville at 5 p.m. The Lady Wildcats were secheduled to play at Cannon County on Tuesday, Sept. 14 before coming home to play in front of the student body Thursday.

The ladies will then travel to Jackson County on Saturday, Sept. 19, although the schedule has not been determined yet.


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Outlaws teams play White County


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Noseman, Jake Craig #41 making one of 6 tackles.


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Donnie Allred #5 bringing down White Co tailback.

Overton County Outlaws won against White County 29-6 on Saturday, Sept. 12. Statistics from the game are as follows:

Outlaws game
Outlaws 29, White County 6
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Atts-Yds.-Avg.)
Dylan Linder 7-81-11.6
Carter Hayes 4-40-10
Tanner Dillon 1-4-4
Logan Clark 1-5-5
Chase Roberts 8-41-5.1
Seth Parker 2-8-4
Blake Walker 1-4-4
Total 24-183-7.6

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Carter Hayes 1-75-75
Tanner Dillon 2-4-5

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-Avg.)
Xander Miller 2-5-2.5

Lead Tacklers

Logan Clark 11; Andrew York 7; Dylan Linder 7; Dalton Hammock 5; Seth Parker 4; Carter Hayes 3; Austin Hall 2; Donnie Allred 2; Justin Rich 2; Mason Jolley 1.

Scoring Drives
Mason Jolley 75-yard TD run. Tanner Dillon 16-yard TD run. Chase Roberts 4-yard TD run. Dylan Linder 16-yard TD run.Xander Miller 2-pt. conversion run.

After a 2-1 start to the season, coming off a hard loss to Smith County, the Junior Outlaws played White County at home and had a much better turn out. In the opening drive, Outlaws came out and marched the ball down the field with a 60 yard dash by #6 Wade Neely making it 6-0 Outlaws.

With an outstanding defensive performance, the Outlaws forced White County to punt. At the start of the second quarter, the Outlaws offense had a 14 play drive to score #44 Chase Looper to take them in at half-time. Coming out at halftime, Outlaws were forced to punt and White County punches it in to make it 6-14 Outlaws.

Then the Outlaws have two more big blows to win the game 28-20 to make the Outlaws 3-1. The Outlaws will have a double header against Pickett County and York Gold on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 28, White Co. 20
Individual Statistics
Passing

(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Blake Qualls 2-5-11

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)
Chase Looper 1-12
Wade Neely 1-1

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs)
Wade Neely 23-251-3
Chase Looper 10-44-1
Cade Hammock 3-2-0
Dylan Cantrell 1-3-0
Jason Savage 2-4-0

Interception
Wade Neely.
Brody Johnson.

Lead Tacklers
Wade Neely 3; Jake Craig 6; Tommy Trevino 3; Cody Cantrell 3; Brody Johnson 2; Travis Hunter 2;

Fumbles Forced
Wade Neely

The Junior B Outlaws came into the White County game 2-1 with a big win last week against Smith County with the only victory for the Outlaws on 9-5-09.

With the opening drive against White County, the Junior B’s marched the ball down the field and punched it in making it 6-0 Outlaws. The Junior B’s were led by #18 Will McDonald and #1 Nate Neely with nearly 110 yards and two touchdowns each.

They handled the Junior B Titans pretty well with leading tackler #1 Nate Neely with 5 tackles and a fumble recovery leading the Junior B’s to a 25-6 victory.

Jr. B Outlaws 25, White Co. 6
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Atts-Yds.-TD-1pt.)
Nate Neely 8-91-2-0
Will McDonald 5-95-2-0
Nathan Carwile 3-15-0-0
Braden Medlin 3-7-0-0
Wesley Smith 5-29-0-1
Matthew Sells 5-29-0-0
Bryer Mosley 1-14-0-0

Fumble Recovery
Nate Neely.
Andrew Beaty

Lead Tacklers
Nate Neely 5; Braden Hogue 3; Wesley Smith 3; Nathan Carwile 2; Andrew Beaty 2; Samuel Coffey 1; Will McDonald 1; Braden Medlin 2.

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