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LA Baseball to hold golf scramble
Jack Scott United Karate students compete in Championship
Jr. Cats defeat Jackson Co. 28-0

LA defeats Upperman 28-6, moves to 3-1 on season
LA Volleyball defeats Monterey twice

LA Baseball to hold golf scramble


The Annual Livingston Academy Baseball 4-Man Scramble will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at Hidden Valley Golf Club. Proceeds are to go to Wildcats Baseball. For more information call Jack Crabtree at (931) 823-1313.


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Jack Scott United Karate students compete in Championship


Jack Scott United Karate students hosted and competed in the 35th Annual Tennesse State Karate Championships, held in August at the Upperman High School gym. Competitors are, front row from left, Craig Wiley, John Bownds, Carter Cherry, Carter Hallums, Matt Austin, Colton Jarvis, Bryce Boles, Erica Farmer, Seth Milton, Dominic Workman, second row, Samuel Sullivan, Grant Gammon, Jackson Van Hooser, Liam Neary, Katlyn Phipps, Katie Heady, Charlie Coffman, Zach Butler, Alex Groundland, Cameron Harris, Joshua Wilberscheid, third row, Rachel Phillips, Nicholas Jarvis, Cole Gray, Hunter Harcum, Jacob Libbey, Scarlett Bratcher, Moriah Stump, Alex Butler, Yocelin Ortiz, Moaman Elkelany, Devonte Carr, fourth row, Danel Phipps, Jason Lee, Jacob Roberts,Tyler Eskander, Osama Elkelany, Scott Chaffin, Sarah Alouani, Alex Cronk, Nabil Alouani, Kayla Langford, Johnathan Haney, fifth row, Mike Richardson, Paul Tilton, Mark Groundland, Cyril Focht, Matt Tilton, Jessica Copeland, Tiffany Pruett, Corinne Darvennes, Matt Anderson, Tara Eubanks-Haney.
Not pictured were John Lewis Austin, Dennis Bell, Austin Cagle, Ryan Copeland, Ethan Cross, Becca Cypcar, Logan Denson, Holly Espinosa, Ian Gilliam, Carl Haney, Jacob Howard, Brad Jarvis, Ben Jones, Ranga Kilidindi, Sid Mahajan, Raheem Mahmoud, Yasmeen Mahmoud, Daniel Perlongo, Pedro Sierra, David Weaver, Alex Wegerbauer, Alex Schinkai, Steven Zellner.


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Jr. Cats defeat Jackson Co. 28-0


Josh Scott photo
Running back Jefferey Tillman takes advantage of blocking for his 53-yard touchdown run.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When it rains it pours, which was evident Monday night at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium when the Overton County Junior Wildcats took on the Jackson County Blue Devils. Not only was the actual rain coming down, but the “pouring” of touchdowns also fell for the Jr. Cats.

With the rain, the Cats knew that holding on to the ball would be key, and that the ground game must respond to the call of battle. On their first offensive possession, the Wildcats marched the ball down the field to the 1 yard line, but would be stopped on downs and turn the ball over to the Devils.

After two offensive plays for the Devils, the Wildcats got their first “raindrop” on the evening as Wade Eldridge recovered the bad pitch in the endzone for an Overton County touchdown with 2 minutes and change to go in the first quarter. The point-after try failed, and the Cats pulled out front 6-0.

After a back and forth second quarter, the Junior Wildcats entered the locker room at the half up 6-0 over the Jackson County squad.

In the second half, the Cats found their groove, when on their first possession of the third quarter tailback Jefferey Tillman took advantage of a great offensive line and perimeter blocking and took the ball to the endzone on a 1-play, 52-yard drive with 4 minutes and 37 seconds to go in the third quarter. The point-after try was good on a run by Peyton Boles, and the Cats led 14-0.

The story remained the same in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats opened the flood gates on the Devils, first with a 32-yard scamper by Davis Robinson for a touchdown with 5 minutes and 25 seconds remaining in the game to go ahead 20-0.

The final score for the Wildcats came on another fumble recovery by Eldridge. But this time, he was able to show his athletic ability while returning the ball 53 yards for the score with a little over 3 minutes to go in the contest. Boles’ point-after was good, and the Cats took the lead, and the game, 28-0.

“Our first half was ugly, but our defense made big plays and played great,” Coach Steve Mosely said while he addressed his team after the game. “We adjusted at the half and said we would come out and run the ball, and we did.”
With the win, the Junior Wildcats now control their own destiny as they sit atop the Eastern Conference at 4-1.

“Toughness is proven in games like these. All the finesse of the game is taken away, and it becomes physical,” Mosely said after the game. “We came away injury free and were able to step up and perform when needed. It feels great.”
Now the Junior Wildcats (4-1, 3-0) will host White County Thursday night at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium. The game will also be on 8th Grade Night, as the 8th grade players and cheerleaders will be recognized with festivities starting at 5:30 p.m. Kickoff for the contest will be at 6:30 p.m.

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LA defeats Upperman 28-6, moves to 3-1 on season


Josh Scott photo
Dillon Roberts follows massive lead blocking in Friday’s win over the Upperman Bees.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Of all the things that happened Friday night when Livingston Academy hosted Upperman at Tom Davis Stadium, two stand out as making a difference in the outcome of the game.

“We don’t throw a lot, even when it’s dry,” pointed out LA quarterback Brannon McCoin.

“We didn’t see them throw hardly at all in the films,” explained Wildcat defensive coach Shane Qualls.

Those two points showed up early and had a definite effect on Livingston’s 28-6 victory over the Bees. It was Livingston’s second straight win and third overall in the first four games of the season.

“I think that kinda caught them (Upperman) off guard,” McCoin added. “Our first play of the game was a completion (11 yards to Jake Huitt) and we threw four or five more times in the half. In the second half, we more or less stayed on the ground, but the threat of a pass was always there.”

On the other hand, Upperman had shown mostly a running attack on game films, which more or less indicated the visitors would try and pound out yardage and maintain control of the ball. As it turned out, the Bees threw the ball 37 times and completed 19 for 156 yards through the air.

And the startling point was in the first half they did it with ease, keeping the LA defense in question most of the initial 24 minutes.

In the first half, Upperman passed 22 times and completed 14 for 112 yards and a touchdown. In the second half, those numbers tumbled.

“Coach Qualls made some changes at halftime and that worked,” explained lineman Talon Sircy. “They surprised us with the passing game at the start of the game, but at halftime, coach said we would keep fresh players on the field and put pressure on the quarterback.”

Indeed, the new plan really worked. In the second half, the Bees continued to throw the ball (15 times) but only connected on five for a mere 44 yards.

“Our kids did a great job of adjusting,” Qualls beamed after the game. “We just kept sending in fresh players and they poured in on the quarterback, giving him very little time to find receivers or throw accurately. We played a lot of people and on that sloppy field, it paid off.”

Livingston won the toss and went to work early. Following the opening pass from McCoin to Huitt, the ground attack cranked up. Paul Daniels plowed through the middle for four of 60 yards in the first half. McCoin teamed up with Jon Ledbetter for 11 to get the ball in Upperman territory, then John Roberts scampered for 20. Daniels put the ball at the visitor’s 15 with a six-yard run, then McCoin called his own number and raced around the right side and with a second effort, put the first points of the night on the board. The Wildcats marched 66 yards on eight plays for the score and Huitt added the point-after.

“The line opened some super holes,” Daniels smiled sitting in a mud covered uniform in the LA locker room after the game. “I can’t say enough about them. When you get line play like that, it’s kinda easy to run the ball.”

On the night, Daniels would carry 17 times for 95 yards to lead the LA ground attack while McCoin would add 87 more on 10 carries. Daniels would score once and McCoin twice.

In the second period, after Daniels had bulled in from the 4 early in the frame, Upperman marched 62 yards mainly via the pass to get its only score of the night. The touchdown came on a 17-yard pass.

At intermission, LA led, 14-6, but Upperman had already gained some 90 yards through the air.

“After coach (Qualls) made the changes, it got a little easier,” pointed out lineman Tracy McDonald. “We simply overran the offensive line and got to the quarterback. He either had to throw on the run or take a sack. That was the difference in the game right there. Once we changed our defensive attack, they were kinda out of luck.”

McDonald had five tackles on the night along with McCoin and Zack Green. Seth Kilgore, Huitt, Christian Dillon each added three. Huitt, Green, and Brock McCoin each picked off an Upperman pass, and Green is credited with two sacks.

“Our defense really came to play tonight,” LA head coach Bruce Lamb said after the game. “Its fun to watch them play when they go after it like they did tonight. Hey, we’ve won three games already this year and that’s more than we won in the past three years. We’re all having fun right now.”

In the second half, while Upperman’s air attack was faltering to the revived LA defense, the Wildcats continued to pour it on on the ground. After his 60 yards and one TD in the first half, Daniels carried nine more times for 35 yards.
Creed Hayes opened the LA scoring in the second half with a 6-yard run in the third period and McCoin completed the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 6-yard run. Huitt made both point-after tries.

“I don’t know why they picked on me,” a tired Huitt ( he plays defensive back on defense) smiled after the game. “I don’t think I played well and that could be part of it. I got called with a interference penalty once and their receiver seemed to always come to my portion of the field. It was a very tiring night for me, but hey, it was fun and we won.”

Livingston will leave the confines of Tom Davis Stadium this week after a three week home stand, to travel to Sparta and take on White County. The last time the two schools met was some six or seven years back and White County won by scoring two touchdowns with less than one minute remaining in the game.

“We’ll be ready,” McCoin concludes. “This team is having fun now and the senior leadership is really coming forward. We know what it’s like the other way and we like it much better now. Practice is fun, the game is fun, and right now, I’m having the most fun of my life. Hate to think about graduating.”

The Yardstick
LA/ UHS
20 1st downs 12
205 Yds Rushing 16
103 Yds Passing 156
10/5 Pass Att/Com 37/19
3 Pass Int. By 0
0 Fumbles Lost 0
2/30 Punts/Avg. 3/28
70 Yds. Penalized 23

Score by periods:
LA – 7 – 7 – 7 – 7 – 28
UHS – 0 – 6 – 0 – 0 – 6

Scoring:
LA – McCoin, 15 run. Huitt kick.
LA – Daniels, 4 run. Huitt kick.
UHS – Young, 17 pass from Walker. Kick failed.
LA – Hayes, 6 run. Huitt kick.
LA – McCoin, 6 run. Huitt kick.



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LA Volleyball defeats Monterey twice


Lyle Blodgett photo
Abby Miller serves the ball in a rare day match at LA.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

“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,” Livingston Academy volleyball coach Christie Jenkins said a week ago on what a good week would mean to Livingston volleyball.

On Monday night, Sept. 14, the Lady Cats picked up two wins versus Monterey and Gordonsville to get the ball rolling, and looked to make a good week a great week. The following day the Wildcats played in Cannon County, and also took the match there as well.

Thursday though was the key game, as the Lady Wildcats played in front of the student body at Livingston Academy versus a well-rounded Clay County team. Although they fell in five games, the Lady Cats would not tuck their tails and hide. The same evening, Livingston beat Monterey yet again.

When the weekend came, LA entered the Jackson County Tournament with a 4-1 record on the week so far. They also picked up another win versus Smith County in a game that Coach Jenkins described the play of her team as “horrible”. The Lady Cats lost three other games in the same day as well.

While 5-4 is not a “great” mark, it may be just what the girls needed to realize that they can compete and be a factor into the post season. Although they played much of last week without Alison Dailey, the Lady Wildcats feel as if they held their own in a sense.

“We have been playing without a starter and we have struggled a bit,” said sophomore Abby Miller, “but we are putting up good efforts.”

When asked about what it will take to make a good, solid run in the post season, the humble sophomore said, “Consistency and being able to stay up even when we are down, and play through our errors.”

“It is hard to play around that,” said coach Christie Jenkins on the loss of Alison Dailey, the key starter for the Lady Cats. “She brings a lot of experience that we do not have when we go to the bench.”

Now as the regular season starts to wind down, the Lady Cats are setting their sights on the biggest goal they had coming into the year, a district crown.

“If we beat Smith County on Tuesday, we will be number one in the district,” continued Jenkins. “From there, we will play Upperman and control our own fate.

“It feels good knowing that we have come this far in the time that I have been here. The girls work hard and want to be number one. I would say they are pretty fired up about the chance.”

The Lady Wildcats will play the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 in Gainesboro.

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