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Jr. Wildcats scratch Macon Tigers 24-8
Algood outfires Jr. Wildcats Soccer
LA Wildcats come up short against Smith County Owls
Scholarship athlete info sought at LA

Jr. Wildcats scratch Macon Tigers 24-8


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Jr. Wildcats Kaleb Qualls and Jordan Savage run the option upfield in Thursday’s contest.


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A whole slew of Junior Wildcats defenders contain the Macon County ballcarrier.


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Receiver Peter Hollars shakes off a Macon County defender in Thursday night’s win over Macon County.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Sometimes in sports, games get out of hand. Teams can learn from the win, or on the other side of the spectrum, the loss, or they can move on. One thing they must learn though, is that you play 4 quarters, 32 minutes, with everything you have in middle school football. Mark it as a lesson learned for the Junior Wildcats.

After taking care of their first three opponents with ease, Overton County looked to defeat a Macon County team that came to show that they could knock off the Wildcats. After all, it was Macon County that beat Overton County in last year’s championship game.

In the first quarter, it was all defense for both teams as Macon County held the Junior Wildcats to 32 total yards in the quarter and only one first down. On the other side however, Overton County held the visitors to -4 yards of total offense and no first downs, a theme for the night.

After a slow start, the Junior Wildcats found their endzone twice in the second frame.

After a long drive, quarterback Kaleb Qualls snuck the ball in from the 3 yard line on second and goal, and after a Jordan Savage two point conversion, the Wildcats led, 8-0.

Later in the quarter, Qualls showed that he wasn’t entirely done just yet. With Macon County trying to drive, Qualls stepped in front of a Tiger receiver to intercept the ball at the 45 yard line, setting up the offense in Tiger territory. A few plays and a penalty later, Qualls found one of his two favorite targets, Peter Hollars, across the middle for a 23-yard hookup, and after Savage’s 2-point run, the Junior Cats had extended their lead to 16-0.

The third quarter managed to be the telling tale of the night, as Overton County managed a 13-play, five and a half minute drive that was capped off by a Dylan Linder touchdown run off the left side, and after Qualls found Hollars for 2, the Junior Wildcats led 24-0.

After a fourth quarter that saw little action, the Wildcats looked destined for their fourth consecutive shutout. But with only a second to go on the clock in regulation, Macon County took advantage of a blown assignment and went 65 yards on a pass play to score the first points on the Overton County defense of the year; however, when all was said and done, the Wildcats had come out on top again, 24-8.

“We still have a lot of stuff we need to work on,” Coach Mosely expressed to his team after their victory over the defending champs. “They came out and hit you right in the mouth, but you stood strong and continued to play football.”

Knowing his team played pretty well, Mosely expressed the importance of every play.

“I told you, it only takes one play, one blown assignment, and they score,” he said. “One small mistake, and there it goes. Mistakes happen in football. But it’s how you react to those mistakes that tell you how good of a football team you are.”

Although the question of how good this team seems to be might already be answered, the numbers don’t lie. In four games, the Junior Wildcats have put up an astonishing 176 points (44 ppg) while allowing a mere 8 (2 ppg). Numbers like that can only be a formula for success.

Now the Junior Wildcats (4-0, 2-0) will look to continue their impressive ways as they will travel to Clay County Thursday night. Kickoff is set for the usual 6:30 p.m.



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Algood outfires Jr. Wildcats Soccer


courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Jr. Wildcats forwards Jaci Baltimore and Bailey Wright fight for the ball as Overton County hosts Algood on Thursday, Sept. 2. Algood came out hard and strong against Overton County in the first half, scoring 4 goals before the break. Overton defenders Callie Kesty, Delaney McConaha, and Cierra Huitt had their hands full defending the Jr. Wildcats’ goal, while goalkeeper Courtney Sells saved 15 of Algood’s 20 shots on goal. Forwards Bailey Wright and Jaci Baltimore each had a shot on goal in the first half that were stopped by Algood’s keeper. Overton County lost 0-5 in the varsity game and came out with a 0-0 tie in the JV game.


courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Overton County defender Megan Potter takes the ball from Algood.

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LA Wildcats come up short against Smith County Owls


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Christian Dillon, #12, stands up the Owls ballcarrier.


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Livingston Academy quarterback Brock McCoin has room to run thanks to his Wildcats teammates.


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Livingston Academy’s linemen make a path for Dillon Roberts to run in Friday’s game at Smith County.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Just standing on the sidelines before Friday’s Smith County-Livingston Academy game in Carthage, one could not help but conclude that, on paper, it should be no contest. Jimmy Maynord’s Owls have beaten the Wildcats so many times over the past 10 or so years not many can or want to remember. And it wasn’t helpful to see 92 players dressed in the black and gold.

But for the second straight week, the Wildcats were not intimidated by the fact that both opponents were undefeated and both were much larger up front on both sides of the ball.

“We are not afraid to mix it up with anybody,” defensive coach Shane Qualls explained after the game. “Our kids play with heart and we have some outstanding athletes out there. We’re still young, and we are going to get better. We are getting very close to being good.”

Qualls had reason to be optimistic. Despite a 16-6 loss to the Owls, defensively, the Wildcats, for the second straight, went toe to toe with a much larger and more experienced opponent and gave a good account of themselves.

“I could not have asked for more,” the defensive coach went on. “I’ve had these players for a year now and they know our system. Offense is a little young right now and they are struggling a little, but on defense, we can line up and go with anybody.

“In the second half tonight (Friday) our kids did an outstanding job. I don’t know how many tackles Zack Green had, but this could well be the best game of his career.
He was everywhere and there were others like (Christian) Dillon, (Hayden) Hill, (J.W) Lee, (Ronnie ) Linder, (Morgan) Mayberry, and on and on who just played outstanding. I’m proud of all of them and things are going to turn around, I’m sure.”

Qualls was not overstating his assessment of the young LA team. In the first quarter Smith got the ball twice and LA once. The Owls moved the ball 47 yards on the ground and the Wildcats responded with 35.

The score was knotted at 0 at the end of the period.

In the second frame, it was much the same except the Wildcats made two critical mistakes that would eventually cost them the game.

Early in the second period, LA quarterback Brock McCoin attempted to pitch to his running back John Roberts. At the point of the pitch, McCoin was forced to throw forward instead of slightly backwards and the ball missed its mark and Smith County recovered at the Livingston 24.

Five plays later the Owls were on the board with the night’s first score when Lucas Wakefield rambled in from four yards out with 4:51 left in the half. The kick was good and Smith County held a 7-0 lead.

On their next possession, the Cats went three and out and Jake Huitt was forced to punt. The Owls took the ball at their 46 and marched down to the 11. With time running out, the Owls went for a field goal, which went wide right, but LA was penalized for hitting the kicker. The second try, with no time left on the clock, was good and the Wildcats trailed by 10 at intermission.

A fumble and a penalty, two mistakes that would haunt the Wildcats the remainder of the night.

In the second half, it was a defensive struggle completely. Livingston had the ball three times in the third quarter and moved it only 39 yards on the ground and through the air. Smith County also had the ball three times, but got only 11 yards out of it.

“In the second half we played outstanding defense,” Qualls added. “I can’t wait to see the film and get the stats on that half. “

The stats will show that in the entire second half, Smith County would gain only 28 yards on the ground and 18 through the air and the stingy LA defense would only yield two first downs.

Heading into the final 12 minutes, the Wildcats trailed by only 10 and were very much in the hunt. Then, late in the game, with only five and a half minutes remaining, the Cats were forced to go for a first down on a fourth and 1 at their own 11. The attempt failed and the Owls needed only two plays to go the 11 yards for their final score of the night.

“We had to go for it,” LA head coach Bruce Lamb explained. “It was late in the game and we needed to keep the ball. It didn’t work out, but I told the kids after the game that Monday we were going to come out to practice, work on our mistakes and Friday night we were going to Crossville and play football. Right now, we are 0-2, but I assure you its not for lack of effort. This team plays with more heart than any time I can remember. We just need to settle our offense and eliminate mistakes.

“We will be just fine.”

Livingston got on the scoreboard some four minutes after the Owls scored their final touchdown using a sustained drive of 79 yards on 13 plays. McCoin mixed the ground game with an effective passing performance that found Huitt on the receiving end of an 11-yard pass to cap the drive with 42 seconds left in the game. A run for two failed.

“We aren’t making excuses,” the young quarterback said after the game. “I felt we were a little low on energy tonight on offense. We never got a rhythm going and that’s practically my fault. Defensively, the team was outstanding, but on offense we were not very good mentally. We look at film this weekend and Monday we’ll be back to get it all worked out and ready to go next week. We’re down a little because we haven’t won in two games we played well in, but we will come back. This is a good team.”

On the night, Green had 13 tackles to lead the defense while Tyler Martin had 6, Linder 5, Dillon, Creed Hayes, Hill, Mayberry, and Lucas Reagan each with 4. Joey Creekbaum, Huitt, Lee, and Lucas Dial were each credited with 3 tackles, and McCoin and Cory Hamilton each had 1.

Livingston will travel to Crossville this week to take on the Cumberland County Jets.

The Yardstick
LA SC

10 1st downs 14
121 Yds. rushing 162
42 Yds. Passing 62
19/9 Pass Atp/comp 10/5
1 Pass Int. by 0
1 Fumbles Lost 0
4/33 Punts/avg. 3/27
25 Yds. Pent. 26

Score by Quarter:
LA – 0 0 0 6 – 6
SC – 0 10 6 0 – 16

Scoring:
SC – Wakefield, 4 run. Johnson kick.
SC – Johnson, 23 field goal.
SC – Manning, 6 run. Kick failed.
LA – Huitt, 11 pass from McCoin. Run failed.


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Scholarship athlete info sought at LA
Livingston Academy Athletic Director Richard Melton is putting together a list of names of LA boys and girls basketball and football players who have had a scholarship to play their respective sport in college.

“It doesn’t matter if they played one week or all four years,” Melton stated. “I need anyone who signed to play in college. We have several names, but we don’t want to leave anyone out.”

Melton is asking for the following information: player name, year graduated from LA, name of college. Send the information to Richard Melton, Boys Basketball Head Coach, Athletic Director, Livingston Academy, 120 Melvin Johnson Drive, Livingston, TN 38570, or call (931) 823-5911.

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