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Jr. Wildcats pound Smith County 54-0
Jr. Outlaws fall to Owls in championship
LA coach assesses teams chances
Looper leads 5 place team in 3-pointers

Jr. Wildcats pound Smith County 54-0

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Quarterback Kaleb Qualls launches down field for a touchdown pass during Overton County’s romp over rival Smith County.

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Junior Wildcat running back Jordan Savage stays low on one of many rushing attempts against Smith County last Tuesday night.

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Peter Hollars pulls in one of his touchdown grabs on the night. Hollars led the Junior Wildcats wit over 100 receiving yards.


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Linebacker Daniel Flatt stops the Smith County ball carrier at the line of scrimmage.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When playing football in Overton County, there are two distinct teams that players grow up disliking. One of which is York, the more intense rivalry, while the other is Smith County, a team known for their winning ways against Livingston in the past few years; however, Tuesday evening, Aug. 17 in Smith County, the Overton County Junior Wildcats changed things with an absolute romp over the host Owls.

A romp in this rivalry could easily be 21-0 or so, but how about 54-0? That’s a romp.

Things started off pretty easily for the Junior Wildcats after a defensive stand, running back Jordan Savage ran it in from 10 yards out, and after the 2-point conversion, the Junior Wildcats led 8-0 with 5:00 to play in the first quarter.

On the very next series after a fumble recovery, quarterback Kaleb Qualls found a very favorable target in Peter Hollars for one of their four connections on the night for a 32-yard touchdown, and after another 2-point conversion, the score was now 16-0 in favor of the Wildcats with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter.

Although they didn’t put up the tremendous points, the defense held the Owls all night long, and after another stop, Qualls and Hollars connected again for another touchdown, this time from 40 yards out. After a Jordan Savage 2-point conversion, Overton County led Smith County 22-0 with 33.3 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

As the second quarter came and went, so did the spirits of the Owls’ players as the Jr. Wildcats clawed away at the competition throughout the period. In that quarter alone, the Wildcats put up 24 more points. The first of which came on a 3-yard pass from Qualls to Hollars, to put the score at 30-0.

On the very next defensive series, Qualls intercepted the ball, and then returned it 40 yards to the endzone for yet another touchdown, to put the score at 38-0.

Before the half ended and the starters were pulled, Qualls found his other big guy in Wade Eldridge on the perimeter on a 41-yard touchdown pass to put the score at 46-0 in favor of the Wildcats.

Although held scoreless in the third frame, Overton County scored their final points on a Dylan Linder touchdown from 5 yards out in the 4th quarter to put the score at 54-0.

The Wildcats (2-0) were led by Kaleb Qualls through the air as the young quarterback put up an impressive 6 for 6 in passing for 156 yards and 4 touchdowns.

On the ground, Jordan Savage totaled 27 yards and a touchdown, while Dylan Linder carried for 19 yards and a touchdown. The Jr. Wildcats rushed for 54 yards in the contest. In the air, Peter Hollars (95 yards) and Wade Eldridge (54 yards) led the attack.

On the defensive side, the Wildcats allowed two first downs on the night. In the turnover slot, the Jr. Wildcats forced three, two fumbles and an interception while having seven tackles that went for a loss.

“I can say that I am really proud of those guys,” Coach Steve Mosely said after the game. “Not only my starters, but the whole team. We played really well, and executed everything that we needed to. It’s Smith County and it’s a win, and I am very very proud of these boys.”

Overton County Junior Wildcats will travel to Jackson County Thursday, Aug. 26 to face the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

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Jr. Outlaws fall to Owls in championship

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Chase Looper eludes a tackler on his way to running for 118 yards on 17 carries in Saturday’s win over White County.

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Jr. Outlaws quarterback Brody Johnson is given time to look for a receiver in Saturday’s win over White County.

The Jr. Outlaws started their season off with a close game Saturday, Aug. 21.
The offense was able to move the ball effectively by getting in the red-zone four times, but just didnt capitalize on it.White County drew first blood by scoring before halftime to take a 6-0 lead.

The defense held strong in the second half by not allowing another point. The offense was able to punch it in on a 5-yard run with a successful conversion late in the game to take the win and go to 1-0 on the season.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 7, White Co. 6
Individual Statistics

Brody Johnson 2-3-22
Chase Looper 0-2-0

Lead Rushers
Chase Looper 17-118-1-1
Nate Neely 9-46-0-0
Brody Johnson 6-8-0-0

Lead Tacklers
Chase Looper 8; Mitchell Ayers 5; Dylan Cantrell 4; Will Sims 3; Braden Medlin 3; Cade Hammock 3; Will McDonald 3; Nate Neely 2; Wesley Smith 2; Jacob Swallows 2; Brody Johnson 2; Ethan Carr 1.

Fumble Recoveries
Mitchell Ayers 1.

Special Teams
Chase Looper 1 return for 14 yards; Cade Hammock 1 return for 14 yards.

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LA coach assesses teams chances

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Although he’s done it 17 times before and twice as head coach at Livingston Academy, the start of a new football season is still one of life’s exciting moments for Bruce Lamb.

“It’s like the drop of the green flag at a car race,” Lamb pointed out as he readied his Wildcats for Friday night’s opening game with Stone Memorial. “You know what ‘s supposed to happen and you know what you want to happen, but in reality, you really just don’t know. It could be a clean start or a massive wreck.”

“We’re are very athletic,” the coach continued, “but we are so young and on top of that, we don’t have those big linemen we’ve had over the past few years. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen Friday night, especially on that first play. All the hard work these kids have gone through these past few weeks will be for real Friday.

There’re tired of hitting each other and they want to get started. Hopefully, it will be a good start or at least one we can look at and see where we need to go from here.”

With so many young players, Lamb and his staff changed the offense around to make things easier to learn. This year it will be a spread offense or as Lamb describes it “sandlot ball with uniforms”.

Sophomore quarterback Brock McCoin will be the kingpin in the operation surrounded in the backfield with Dillon Roberts, Raymond Fields, and Joey Creekbaum. Creekbaum is a sophomore, Fields a junior, and Roberts a senior.

At the slot receiver slot will be Sophomore Creed Hayes, Tyler Martin, T.J. Hammock, and Hayden Hill. Hill is the most experienced player at that spot. He has played three seasons with the Wildcats, and at 6-0, 185, will be another key in the offense.

Outside receivers will include Jon Ledbetter, senior Jake Ledbetter, and freshmen Davis Robinson and Trent Nevins. Jim Officer is also in this group.

Up front, the Wildcats will be young with four sophomores. Ronnie Linder, Jordan Thrasher, Morgan Mayberry are all in the tenth grade while only Daniel Robinson, a senior, has experience. Size-wise, all tip the scales around the 200 pound mark with the exception of Mayberry who is about 180.

Defensively, the Wildcats will put senior Christian Dillon, along with Linder, sophomore Cory Hamilton, Mayberry, sophomores Lukas Reagan and Tyler Barnes up front. Dillon and Linder each top 200 while the others will rely mainly on speed.

Senior Zack Green leads the linebacker corps. Green, 6-2, 190, is a seasoned veteran and will be relied on to shoulder a leadership role as well as a defensive leader
Joining Green at linebacker will be Ledbetter, Roberts, Creekbaum, and Hill. This may well be the most experienced position on the entire team.

The secondary will be manned by Hayes, McCoin, Huitt, and Martin.

“Looking at the positive” defensive coach Shane Qualls explained, “we are pretty deep.” We can exchange personnel for various reasons and not lose a lot. We will play a lot of people both ways, and by having some depth here, we can give players a rest when they need it. Like coach Lamb says, we are young but we have some good athletes here.”

When his chargers take the field Friday night, Lamb is hoping for good things, but knows full well that (1) Stone Memorial is a much better team this year than the one the Wildcats defeated twice last year and (2) a lot of things can happen and some of them can be bad.

“They (Stone) are a different team than the one we played last year,” Lamb explained, “and so are we. I know they are well coached and return 16 of 22 starters.

On the other hand, we lost a lot of experience and size from last year’s team. This time around we are looking for positive things and things we can build on.

“Naturally, our goal is to win,” the coach continued, “but our long range goal is to improve every game so that by the end of the season, we are a much better team than we are at the beginning. We are going through a rebuilding season as you can see with all the sophomores we’re playing. That’s not complaining, that’s just pointing out that we will make our share of mistakes along the way, but hopefully, we will learn. I will tell you this, when this group becomes seniors in two years, it will be one outstanding team.”

In summing up this year’s Wildcat team, Lamb puts it quite simply:” If we are playing good, we will be hard to stop. If we start playing poorly, keep the punt team close by.”

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Looper leads 5 place team in 3-pointers

Murfreesboro-based Tennessee Team Pride 11-under girls AAU basketball team finished 5th at the AAU Division 1 National Championship in Franklin. Fifty-nine teams from 29 states competed for the national title. Team Pride finished the tournament with a 6-2 record to earn their fifth-place spot. Local player Skyla Looper, who attends Rickman Elementary School, led the team in 3-pointers made and in 3-pointer percentage this season.

Tennesssee Team Pride are, kneeling from left, Vashnie Perry, Skyla Looper, Crystal Dangerfield, Jaida Roper, Devyn Lowe, Ansley Eubank, standing, Coach Dan Wilkerson, Coach Albert Bond, Raleigh Potts, Reagyn Branch, Jazz Bond, Shelby Gibson, Nicole Ungaro, and Coach Chris Brown

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