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Jr. Wildcats poised to play for championship Saturday
Wildcats fall to Lions
LA golf teams earn runner-up in District Tournament

Lady Cats dominate again
LA Volleyball sits in 2ndas season winds down
Jr. Outlaws defeat Fentress County

Jr. Wildcats poised to play for championship Saturday
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

It was a rewarding, yet long night for the Overton County Junior Wildcats as they took the field last Thursday night in foggy Jamestown. To clinch the eastern division, and make their second straight appearance in the conference championship, the Cats needed to take care of the Crush first things first.

The physicality of the game was on display early and often as the Junior Wildcats racked up over 300 yards on the ground thanks to a big game from the big guys up front. Although it wasn’t pretty, the Wildcats still managed to get the job done.

“It was a win, but it was absolutely ugly,” head coach Steve Mosely said to his team after the game. “I am proud we won, but we have to cut down on our turnovers.”

Turnovers would play a big part in the game, as the Wildcats committed three on the night to keep the Fentress County Crush close until the end.

After a great defensive stand on the Crush’s first drive of the game, the Wildcats took
little time in marching the ball down the field, and with 4:06 remaining in the first quarter, running back Jefferey Tillman found the endzone from two yards out. After Robinson’s 2-point conversion, the Jr. Cats were ahead 8-0.

The Wildcats would set up shop again after giving up a touchdown to tie the game at 8 all. The Junior Wildcats struck again with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but this time Tillman only did half the work, as he took the hand-off from Robinson only to hand the ball off on a reverse play to Peter Hollars from 13 yards out to make the score 14-8.

Knowing that they needed the game to win, the Wildcats found the endzone one more time before the end of the half as with 7:46 remaining in the first half, Tillman took the ball 21 yards to paydirt to put the Cats up 22-8 after Jordan Savage’s 2-point conversion.

The Crush would manage only one score the rest of the game, giving them a total of 14, but the Jr. Wildcats weren’t done as in the fourth quarter Tillman would find the endzone twice more – once from nine yards out and once from six yards out, to put the Jr. Wildcats’ total at 34 for the game.

“We can’t play that way and win Saturday,” Mosely said regarding the turnovers and such. “We’re a lot better than that. We just have to cut down on the mistakes. We’re about to play for a championship, and we just keep getting better every day.”

Before Saturday’s championship game, the Jr. Wildcats were set to face a Cannon County team Tuesday night, Oct. 6 as a tune-up. Then, Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. the Junior Wildcats will take on the Macon County Junior Tigers in a “Battle of the Cats” in Smithville.



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Wildcats fall to Lions


Josh Scott photo
LA quarterback Brannon McCoin,#8, tosses the ball off to running back Creed Hayes, #2.


Josh Scott photo
Jake Huitt returns one of his three interceptions in the game.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Sometimes, it’s the team that makes the fewest mistakes that comes away with victory. Then, other times it’s the team that makes the fewest costly mistakes that emerges victorious. Friday night in Woodbury, it appeared both Livingston Academy and Cannon County tried to outdo the other team in mistakes.

Both teams appeared to be on a roll as they entered the game. Cannon County had reeled off three wins while losing three and Livingston was on a three-game winning streak with only one seven-point setback.

That’s about where things got even more even.

On the night, the Wildcats would throw two interceptions and fumble twice at critical times. On the other hand, the Lions would throw four interceptions and cough up the ball twice. Livingston would put the ball in the air 21 times and only complete five for a mere 46 yards while the home team would top that number with 22 attempts and nine completions for a little over 100 yards.

Fortunately for the Lions, one completion was good for 59 yards and a touchdown and two of Livingston’s misdirected heaves were returned for scores. When it was all said and done, Cannon County was able to take advantage of more LA miscues than were the Wildcats and the result was a 22-7 Lion victory.

“It was a game we lost,” explained lineman Jacob Beu, “not a game they won. We
made mistake after mistake and were never able to take their mistakes and do anything with them.”

Defensive back Dylan Ashlock was in total agreement.

“Don’t remember playing in a game with so many mistakes,” Ashlock said. “But this game is over and hopefully we learned something. Now it’s time to move on and get
ready for Anderson County next week. But this really hurts.”

For both Ashlock and Beu and the rest of the Wildcats team, it will be a night they will hopefully forget soon, but likely to remember for a long, long time.

In the first quarter, Livingston started out like they have finished up in the last three
games – moving the ball. The Wildcats rambled for 70 yards on the ground with Paul Daniels rolling up most of the yardage, but midway through the period, a fumble by quarterback Brannon McCoin gave the ball to the Lions at their own 28.

Four plays later, Cannon County turned the fumble into a screen pass that covered 59 yards and the night’s first score.

“That was my fault,” defensive coach Shane Qualls would later admit. “I changed the defensive play and we just got burned on that play. On the rest of the night, I thought the defense played excellent. It was a very good night for the defense.”

Cannon led at the end of the first period, 6-0 after a two-point conversion try failed.
Livingston came back later in the second period to go ahead, 7-6 at the intermission.

Following an interception by Jon Ledbetter, with about three minutes remaining in the half, theWildcats marched 37 yards on eight plays with McCoin going the final four. Jake Huitt split the uprights and LA took a one-point lead to the dressing room.

Then things got sloppy.

Livingston kicked off to start the second half and on the first play from scrimmage, Huitt made a spectacular interception to give the ball right back to the Wildcats at their own 35.

On the very next play, McCoin’s pass to Creed Hayes was picked off and returned for Cannon County’s go ahead score. Only 28 seconds had run off the clock and after the Lions made the two-point conversion Livingston never threatened again.
Trailing by only seven, 14-7, heading into the final frame, the Wildcats continued to hit the airways, mainly because the ground attack had come to a halt. Livingston had a minus five yards on the ground in the third period despite having the ball four times. Bad pitches and poor blocking up front led to the breakdown.

But things didn’t improve in the final 12 minutes either. With the running game down
to nothing, McCoin continued to throw the ball, but with little success. The senior quarterback put the ball in the air nine times in the fourth period and completed four for 35 yards.

He did, however, manage to throw a second interception and with 6:19 remaining in the game. Cannon County took the pass and raced 40 yards for the night’s final TD.

The two-point conversion was good and the home team had its 22-7 margin.

“We’ve got to do a lot of soul searching over the weekend,” Livingston head coach Bruce Lamb told his team after the game. “We played terrible tonight, and I hope it bothers you tonight, tomorrow, and all weekend.”

Lamb later went on to say that the Wildcats have been lucky the past several weeks
and it finally caught up with them Friday.

“Although we have won, we haven’t played all that well the past couple weeks,” the coach pointed out. “Tonight we were short several key players due to injury, suspension, and sickness, but that’s no excuse.

“We had numerous opportunities to win this game and we just didn’t take advantage of them. We intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles and we still lost by two touchdowns. There’s something wrong there. We go back and try our best to get things headed in the right direction this week. Anderson County will be just as tough as Cannon was, and maybe we found out tonight that mistakes will simply kill you.”

There were a few bright spots in the game. Huitt , for the second week in a row intercepted three passes, a feat that for the second straight game ties the school record in that department. Defensively, Qualls had nothing but praise for his chargers and pointed out Ashlock and Christian Dillon .

“We even had to use some green people tonight because of injuries and sickness and they came on and did a great job,” Qualls added.

With a 4-2 record, Livingston will return home for the next two weeks to host Anderson County and York Institute.

The Yardstick

LA CC
16 1st Downs 9
131 Yds Rushing 92
46 Yds Passing 101
21/5 Pass Att/Comp 22/9
4 Passes Int. By 2
2 Fumbles Lost 2
6/29 Punts/Avg. 5/30
15 Yds Pent. 50

Score by quarters:
LA – 0 7 0 0 – 7
CC – 6 0 8 8 – 22

Scoring:
CC – Agee, 59 pass from Cooper. Pass fails.
LA – McCoin, 4 run. Huitt kick.
CC – James, 35 yard pass interception return. Wooden, pass from Cooper.
CC – Wooden, 40 pass interception. Cooper run.


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LA golf teams earn runner-up in District Tournament


Members of the District Runner-Up Livingston Academy Wildcats golf team are, from left, Coach Patty Dale, Robert York, Justin Watkins, Chris McDonald, Dalton Jolley, and Anthony Woolbright.


Members of the District Runner-Up Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats golf team are, from left, Megan Stonecipher, Emily Miller, Amber Stonecipher, and Coach Patty Dale

Livingston Academy’s boys and girls golf teams played in the District Tournament last week and both took the runner-up spot.

In the boys tournament at Cookeville Golf Club on Monday, Sept. 28, DeKalb County High School came in first place with a team score of 298. Payne Denman from DeKalb County was the low medalist with a score of 67.

Livingston Academy tied for second with Jackson County with a team score of 344. The LA Wildcats won second place after beating Jackson County ‘s Blue Devils by 5 strokes in a playoff on hole 10.

Livingston senior Justin Watkins shot an 84, sophomore Anthony Woolbright shot an 83, senior Robert York shot an 87, senior Chris McDonald shot a 90, and freshman Dalton Jolley shot a 94.

The LA boys team has a record of 31 wins and 3 losses, and were set to play in the Region Tournament at Cookeville Golf Club on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

In the girls tournament at Ironwood Golf Course in Cookeville on Tuesday, Sept. 29, Monterey High School came in first place with a team score of 169.

Livingston Academy placed second with a team score of 173. Livingston junior Emily Miller was the low medalist with a score of 81. Junior Megan Stonecipher
placed fourth with a score of 92, and freshman Amber Stonecipher shot a 105.

The girl’s team has a record of 17 wins and 3 losses, and will play in the Region Tournament at Cookeville Golf Club on Monday, Oct. 5.

LA Golf Coach Patty Dale expressed appreciation to the members of the team and their parents for all their support this season.

“I am extremely proud of the players and all their hard work this season,” she stated.

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Lady Cats dominate again


Justin Perdue photo
Shelby Taylor shoots on goal against Jackson County.


Justin Perdue photo
Stormy Nigro looks to cross the ball to an LA teammate.

By Justin Perdue,
OCN Sports

The Lady Wildcats soccer team visited DeKalb County on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and, in convincing fashion, defeated the Lady Tigers 9-3.

The Lady Wildcats also played host to the Jackson County Blue Devils on Thursday, Oct. 1. Again the Lady Wildcats dominated the pitch, scoring 4 goals in the first 5 minutes of play.

As the game went on, they managed another 4 goals for a final score of 8-0.

The Lady ‘Cats have only two regular season games left before the district tournament starts October 19. After playing Stone Memorial in Crossville on
Tuesday, Oct. 6, they will play their final game at home on Senior Night against Friendship Christian on Thursday Oct. 8.



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LA Volleyball sits in 2nd as season winds down
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Sometimes in sports, the best team is not always there at the end, but yet the team that gets hot at the right time brings home the crown. For Livingston Academy’s volleyball team, getting hot could play a big part in the rest of the season.

After weeks of inconsistency, Coach Christie Jenkins kept telling of how a good week would help her young team going into the district tournaments next week. The girls were listening.

The week started well as the Lady Cats took on the Lady Jets of Cumberland County on Monday, Sept. 29, and came out with a win over a quality opponent. After the win though, the ladies would show that youth by losing to White County, a team they had already beaten just a few weeks back.

But then, the weekend came and the Lady Wildcats found a spark picking up three wins in four games, with the biggest being against Red Boiling Springs. On the week, Livingston went 4-2, something not done this season yet, and what could be a building block for the next few weeks.

After watching her team play nervously over the past few weeks, Coach Christie Jenkins has enjoyed watching her team play this past week.

“It (winning) makes me feel better, especially since the district tournament starts next week,” she said.

When asked if this could be a continous trend, Jenkins stated, “I hope so. We are playing more as a team and we need to do that to continue and go far into the tournament.”

Far is the goal though, as the Lady Wildcats sit at #2 in the district standings, they have felt that #1 is well within their grasp. With consistency and confidence, this version of Livingston Academy Volleyball has shown that when all is clicking, they are as good as they want to be.

Now the end of the regular season is near, and the Lady Wildcats will look to finish
strong with three non-district games with Cookeville, Cumberland County, Jackson County, and a lone district game at Upperman High on Thursday night, Oct. 8.

Jr. Outlaws defeat Fentress County


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Wade Neely, #6, hurls a defender to score for the Jr. Outlaws.


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Jr. B defensive end Nate Neely sacks the quarterback.


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Chase Looper, #44, makes an outstanding run with many broken tackles.


Overton County’s Junior Outlaws closed out their regular season at Fentress County on Saturday, Oct. 3 with a 35-0 victory to go to 6-1 on the season. The Junior Outlaws head into the playoffs as the number two seed.

With over 245 total yards, the Junior Outlaws seem to be peaking at the right time, but only time will tell.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 35, Fentress (G) 0
Individual Statistics
Passing

(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Blake Qualls 3-4-8-1-1
Cade Hammock 2-2-0-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-Cv.)
Brody Johnson 1-2-1-0
Will Sims 1-6-0-1
Tyler Fletcher 1-3-0-0
Jason Savage 1-3-0-0

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-1pt.)
Wade Neely 5-79-1-1
Chase Looper 6-68-2-0
Blake Qualls 5-58-0-2
Cade Hammock 2-20-0-1
Andrew Vaughn 2-4-0-0
Chris Ferrell 1-3-0-0
Brody Johnson 1-2-0-0
Will Sims 1-2-0-0
Jason Savage 3-1-0-0
Austin Hawley 2-0-0-0

Kick Reception

Blake Qualls 65-yard return for TD.
Fumble Recovery
Cade Hammock.

Lead Tacklers

Wade Neely 5; Brody Johnson 4; Cade Hammock 3; Jake Craig 2; Andrew Vaughn 2; Joseph Thompson 2; Jarrett Key 2; Travis Hunter 1; Tyler Fletcher 1; Cole Smith 1; Jacob Swallows 1; Dylan Phillips 1; Chance Spears 1; Ethan Carr 1; Chase Looper 1; Will Sims 1.
After a two week layoff, the Junior B Outlaws capitalized on a 20-7 victory to go to 5-1 on the season and will head into the playoffs as the number two seed behind number one seed DeKalb County.

Jr. B Outlaws 20, Fentress 7
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers

(Atts-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Nate Neely 6-169-2-1
Will McDonald 4-62-0-0
Wesley Smith 1-17-0-0
Matthew Sells 3-3-0-0
Braden Medlin 2-5-0-0
Matt Castle 1-0-0-0
Nathan Carwile 1-(-1)-0-0

Lead Tacklers

Wesley Smith 7; Matthew Sells 4; Nate Neely 3; Brayden Hogue 3; Andrew Beaty 3; Elijah Sircy 2; Nathan Carwile 1; Braden Medlin 1; Carl Spurgin 1; Tee Beaty 1.

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