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Jr. Wildcats dominate Clay Co. Bulldogs 48-16
Jr. B Outlaws win 12-0 over Smith County
Jr. Outlaws fall to Smith County Owls
Livingston Academy comeback falls short, Cats fall to Jets 48-21
LA Soccer wins district opener
Tough times experienced for LA Wildcats Volleyball
Outlaws win 27-12 over Smith County

Jr. Wildcats dominate Clay Co. Bulldogs 48-16
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Sometimes, you just execute well in the game of football. For the past five weeks, this has been the case 99% of the time for the Overton County Junior Wildcats. Last Thursday night, everything proved to be well executed again against the Clay County Bulldogs.

After the initial kickoff, Overton County recovered a fumble due to a Dawg miscue and took the ball inside Clay County’s own 30 yard line, setting up first and 10, and a probable score on the horizon. Four short plays later, running back Jordan Savage scampered in from 5 yards out, but the Junior Cats point after try failed, and they led the Dawgs 6-0.

The next defensive series, linebacker Daniel Flatt made a huge play on second down and Wade Eldridge dropped the Bulldogs ballcarrier in the backfield. The Junior Wildcats took over again on offense, looking to add to their lead early.

One play later, Savage took the option pitch from quarterback Kaleb Qualls and took it to the house for a 50-yard touchdown. Qualls then found Eldridge on the 2-point try to extend the Junior Wildcats lead to 16-0.

Again, the Wildcats defense proved to come through big again, and after stopping the Bulldogs on downs, Overton County took over first and 10 again, deep in Bulldog territory; however, Qualls would be picked inside the 5 yard line and Clay County would take the ball to the 40 yard line with good field position and the ball.

But again, the Jr. Cats defense came through, forcing a fumble and giving the ball
back to the potent Junior Wildcat offense. Qualls immediately found Eldridge for 10 yards, Savage found room to run on the perimeter again, and then fullback Bobby Allred powered up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown to cap off the drive.

After the score, Qualls looked to his other favorite target and found Peter Hollars in the back of the endzone to put the Cats on top 24-0.

The Junior Wildcats offense managed to score all night long, and after the subs were put in and the smoke cleared, Overton County took the game by a final count of 48-16. With the win, Coach Mosley and the Junior Wildcats improved to 5-0 going into rivalry week with York.

“Our offense looked very crisp tonight,” explained Mosley after the contest.

“Everything was click, click, click…smooth. We played great in parts. On special teams not so well, but overall, pretty good.”

Even though his starters didn’t get to see action in the whole contest, Coach Mosley was impressed and proud of his younger players as well.

“Our young guys stepped up and played well,” he said. “They got a couple scores against the second team, but they had their starters in, so that’s OK.”

Although this may be a young and inexperienced team on paper, Coach Mosley also knows that his team has put in the work and commitment to be where they are now.

“This upcoming game is huge,” he said. “Clay County everything was smooth. If we don’t win the battle in the trenches, we will not beat York. Our line has their work cut out for them, but I feel good knowing that we can do the job.”

Overton County (5-0, 3-0) goes into the next game versus rival York knowing any one play can change their season.

“Our key to victory is our line, because we haven’t been tested at some things,” he said. “We haven’t got a lot of game experience against that kind of pressure, so we’ll have to see what we do Thursday night.”

The game against the York Dragons will take place Thursday evening, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. If the Junior Wildcats were to win, their bid into the conference championship will almost be certain.



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Jr. B Outlaws win 12-0 over Smith County


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Tailback Nathan Carwile runs past the Smith County defense on his way to racking up 144 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Jr. B Outlaws improved to 3-0 with a 12-0 win over Smith County.

The defense held Smith County to 67 yards of total offense.

Junior B Outlaws game
Jr. B Outlaws 12, Smith Co. 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs)
Nathan Carwile 12-144-2
Matthew Sells 6-23-0
Nate Thrasher 1-6-0
Bryer Mosley 3-0-0

Lead Tacklers
Nathan Carwile 8; Tyler Boswell 5; Matthew Sells 5; Nate Thrasher 3; Spencer Whitehead 3; Whit Terry 2; Samuel Ayers 2; Shane Highers 2; Bryer Mosley 1; Carl Spurgin 1; Thomas Johnson 1.

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Jr. Outlaws fall to Smith County Owls


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Tailback Chase Looper takes the hand-off and looks for an opening in Saturday’s home loss to Smith County.

After a great 2-0 start, the Jr. Outlaws fell to arch rival Smith County on Saturday, Sept. 11, suffering the first loss of the season.

The defense held strong but the offense was not able to move the ball effectively until late in the game. Smith County was also able to control the clock and hold the Outlaws to under 100 yards of total offense.

The Outlaws hope to rebound as they travel to Jamestown to take on Fentress County Gold on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 6, Smith Co. 13
Individual Statistics
Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Brody Johnson 3-9-5
Chase Looper 0-2-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)
Nate Neely 1-10
Chase Looper 2-(-5)

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs)
Cade Hammock 1-79-1
Chase Looper 7-23-0
Nate Neely 1-1-0
Brody Johnson 2-13-0

Lead Tacklers
Mitchell Ayers 7; Jacob Swallows 6; Nate Neely 6; Will Sims 5; Ethan Carr 5; Chase Looper 5; Brody Johnson 4; Dylan Cantrell 3; Braden Medlin 3; Wesley Smith 3; Cade Hammock 2.

Interceptions
Wesley Smith 1 with a 9-yard return.
On August 28, the Jr. Outlaws dominated Fentress County 18-0.

The offense was plagued with penalties early in the game but was able to still move the ball effectively by picking up over 223 total yards.

The defense was able to hold Fentress County to minimum yards and pitch their first
shut-out of the year.

Junior Outlaws game
Jr. Outlaws 18, Fentress Purple 0
Individual Statistics
Passing

(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Brody Johnson 1-3-6

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)
Chase Looper 1-6

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs)
Chase Looper 12-120-1
Nate Neely 7-48-0
Cade Hammock 1-19-0
Wesley Smith 3-17-0
Brody Johnson 5-9-2
Braden Medlin 2-9-0

Lead Tacklers
Nate Neely 6; Chase Looper 6; Mitchell Ayers 5; Jacob Swallows 4; Wesley Smith 4; Brody Johnson 3; Ethan Carr 2; Chris Ferrell 1; Tanner Witt 1; Cade Hammock 1; Will McDonald 1; Braden Medlin 1; Will Sims 1.
Fumble Recoveries

Mitchell Ayers 1, Nate Neely 1, Brody Johnson 1, Brayden Hogue 1.

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Livingston Academy comeback falls short, Cats fall to Jets 48-21


Josh Scott photo
Return man Creed Hayes finds a seam in Cumberland County’s kickoff coverage and takes adavantage during Friday’s contest.


Josh Scott photo
Running back Dillon Roberts uses his blockers for a gain.


Josh Scott photo
Joey Creekbaum comes up from his linebacker position to make a tackle in his first career start last Friday night.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When Livingston Academy took the field against Cumberland County last Friday evening coming off a tough loss to Smith County, one could have figured that the game could have gone either way, as the Jets were coming off a big win; however, the Wildcats just didn’t have it for a while.

After taking the opening kickoff, Livingston started from their own 29 yard line; however, the drive was very short lived as three plays later and after going backwards, the Wildcats punted to the Jets, giving Cumberland County the ball first and 10 at the 40 yard line.

Cumberland County struck first in the quarter with a heavy run attack as running back Terryl Bowen took the hand-off and came around the left end to score from 6 yards out. After the extra point attempt and make, the Jets had an early lead on the Wildcats, 7-0, with 7 minutes and change remaining in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Jets kicked the ball to the upback, Joey Creekbaum, who returned the ball 9 yards up the field and gave the Wildcats good field position, first and 10 at the 33 yard line.

The drive started off well as quarterback Brock McCoin found Hayden Hill on the outside for a 5-yard gain. Again though, the Wildcats seemed to only hurt themselves after committing penalty after another in the first frame, forcing Jake Huitt to punt again, thus giving the ball back to the confident Jet offense.

After another long Jets drive, Bowen punched the ball in again after connecting through the air the whole drive. A 1-yard run by Bowen put the Jets up 14-0 with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats couldn’t manage a thing, gaining one first down in the quarter and managing only 38 yards of total offense. The only bright spot offensively was that McCoin managed to pass for 22 yards on 7 attempts, but the Jets took advantage of turnovers (2) committed by the Livingston offense.

Cumberland County struck two more times in the second quarter, including a touchdown pass from Bowen to Tyler Howard from 12 yards out and another Howard rush from 6 yards out. At the half, the Wildcats were down 28-0.

Finally in the third quarter, the Wildcats found their stride both offensively and defensively. After a very solid stand on defense, McCoin found receiver Creed Hayes from 34 yards out to put the Wildcats on the board, and seemingly giving LA momentum with the score 28-7.

On their very next offensive possession, Bowen made his first mistake of the night while trying to take a shot downfield as linebacker Jon Ledbetter stepped in front of the receiver to intercept Bowen and gave the Wildcats good position to narrow the margin.

After McCoin found Hayes on an athletic play, the Wildcats turned to their workhorse in Dillon Roberts as the senior running back carried the ball 5 times on the drive. On second and goal, McCoin called his own number and narrowed the lead down to 28-14.

Cumberland County did managed to find a crease with Howard to score again, but going into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats were ahead everywhere but the scoreboard.

But in the end, the Wildcats fell short as, after a Roberts touchdown from 2 yards out, the Jets recovered the onside kick and put the nail in the coffin with another Bowen touchdown run. When all the fog was lifted, the Wildcats fell short 42-21.

“Our first half was horrible,” explained head coach Bruce Lamb after the loss. “No one wanted to step up and lead, or follow. The second half though, we figured out we could play. I told them, ‘you already know you can play, you just did it, but you have to want to play.’

“We could take a win this next week and easily be 7-3 when the year ends. A win for this team would be huge, and we have to work on getting that first win this week against Upperman.”

Jon Ledbetter said, “I felt like we could win, and after I intercepted the pass, everyone else thought so, too. We didn’t play hard enough the whole game though.

But a win next week, man, that could start a streak. We just have to start winning and
come out strong.”

The Wildcats were led defensively by Joey Creekbaum who recorded 2 sacks and a tackle for a loss and Cory Hamilton who had 5 tackles and a blocked field goal.

On the offensive side, Dillon Roberts rushed for 102 yards and a score, and Brock McCoin finished 10 for 18 for 122 yards and a touchdown toss to Hayes while also rushing for a touchdown.

Now Livingston Academy (0-3, 0-1) will travel to Baxter to face off against the Upperman Bees Friday night, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.


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LA Soccer wins district opener


courtesy of Liz Nigro
Barbara Nigro cuts through the Lady Owls defense.


courtesy of Liz Nigro
LA’s Savannah Walker works through for the goal as teammate Julie Ann York is available to assist.

After facing three tough Class AAA teams to start the season, and posting a respectable 1-1-1 record, Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer was ready to begin play against their first district opponent, the Smith County Lady Owls.

The Lady Owls entered the contest with a 1-2 district record, but the Lady Wildcats didn’t give a hoot as they dominated them from the opening kick to final whistle.

The LA Lady Wildcats offense was led by Kat Nigro who notched 5 goals and 1 assist, and Stormy Nigro with a goal and an assist, Kelsey Webb with a goal, Barbara Nigro wtih 2 assists, and Makayla Thompson with an assist.

LA Coach Ethan King was able to put in all of his players. Haleigh Gibbons, Megan Kemp, Aubrey Robinson, Kaitlin Ditto, Savannah Walker, Nakomie Garrett, and Julie Ann York were productive on the field.

The defense led by Mary Green, Megan Bass, Kelsey Webb, Kara Vaughn, and Bailey Buck managed to turn back all threats, rendering goalkeeper Alaura Miranda a mere spectator.

The Lady Wildcats continued district play with a road game at Jackson County on Tuesday, Sept. 14 before coming back home on Thursday, Sept. 16 to host Cannon County at 6 p.m. at the LA Soccer Complex.

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Tough times experienced for LA Wildcats Volleyball
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Roller coasters have their ups and downs, corkscrews, loops, and blinding speed. Livingston Academy Volleyball has been on that roller coaster for the past two weeks. After a hot start, the Lady Wildcats found out that riding that roller coaster isn’t that fun at times.

The Lady Wildcats picked up wins against White County, Smith County, and Stone Memorial, for a second time, before traveling to Chattanooga to participate in the annual Choo Choo Tournament, which many of Tennessee’s premier teams were also playing in.

In the tournament, the Lady Wildcats held their own beating East Ridge, South Doyle, and perennial power Blackman to advance out of pool play. On day two, the Lady Cats fell short to the eventual runner-up and managed to finish fourth in the tournament.

Then last week. Livingston had a lot of momentum on a very talented team, beating Upperman with ease before running into Cookeville. After coming out slow against the Lady Cavaliers, the Lady Cats folded quickly and Cookeville took the match in three games.

Monday night, Livingston traveled to Watertown to look to gain momentum before going into district play; however, they fell short in three games and thus continued their roller coaster season.

Although she knows her team got out to a hot start, coach Christie Jenkins understands the past is the past, but she is concerned with the present.

“I’m very frustrated right now,” Jenkins said after the team’s loss to Watertown. “We haven’t really played well since the tournament, winning one game (Upperman).
Abby Miller sprained her ankle and she is a big part of what we are trying to do. I just hope everyone tries to step up and keep playing well.”

Playing well is something the Lady Cats are going to need going down a tough district run. Livingston (11-7) faced off against Cannon County on Tuesday evening, Sept. 14 at Livingston and will play a day game in front of the student body at Livingston Academy on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. versus Clay County.

The Lady Wildcats will then travel to Cookeville to take on the Lady Cavaliers on Monday, Sept. 20 to seek revenge for their earlier loss at the hands of the Lady Cavs.

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Outlaws win 27-12 over Smith County


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Tailback Carter Hayes carries the ball for the Outlaws.

Overton County Senior Outlaws knew what they had to do in their third game of the season, against the Smith County Owls. On the first kickoff of the game Carter Hayes caught the ball on the 22 yard line and rumbled down the sideline for a 78-yard return for the night’s first touchdown.

On offense, with the offensive line plowing the way, the running back tandem of Carter Hayes and Wade Neely pounded the Owls all game long, putting up two touchdowns.

The Outlaws defense put up stand after stand with Xander Miller coming up with an interception early in the first quarter. Then in the second quarter Cody Cantrell knocked the ball loose, resulting in Jarrid Bell recovering the fumble and returning it 38 yards for a defensive touchdown.

In the second half, the Outlaws missed some critical tackles, but held on for a 27-12 win over the Smith County Owls.

Outlaws 27, Smith Co. 12
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-Cv.)
Carter Hayes 13-132-2-0
Wade Neely 19-99-0-3

Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Tanner Dillon 3-5-15

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs)
Carter Hayes 2-10-0
Xander Miller 1-5-0

Special Teams
Carter Hayes, 1 return for 78 yards and a TD; Wade Neely, 1 return for 19 yards.

Forced Fumbles
Cody Cantrell 1.

Fumble Recoveries
Jarrid Bell, 1 fumble recovery for a 38-yard return and a touchdown; Xander Miller, 1 fumble recovery.

Interceptions
Xander Miller 1.

Lead Tacklers
Jarrid Bell 6; Cody Cantrell 6; Jakob Craig 5; Dylan McDonald 5; Carter Hayes 4; Wade Neely 4; Xander Miller 3; Blake Qualls 3; Coby Trail 3; Chase Roberts 2; Justin Rich 2; Jarrett Key 1; Zach Burnette 1; Addison Thompson 1; Dakota McDonald 1; Trent Gaw 1; Andrew Vaughn 1; Caleb Lawson 1; Camden Nevins 1.

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