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Jr. B Outlaws defeat Fentress Gold 33-0
Jr. Cats crush Fentress 54-8
Jr. Outlaws defeat Fentress Gold 28-6
Lady Jr. Cats take close win over Algood
Wildcats Golf takes district runner-up spot
Lady Cats win championship
Outlaws win 27-12 over Smith County
Cats squash Bees 32-0 for season’s first win
LA Volleyball leads district

Jr. B Outlaws defeat Fentress Gold 33-0


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Matthew Sells catches a pass for a Jr.B Outlaws touchdown.


Overton County’s Jr. B Outlaws improved to 4-0 on the season by winning 33-0 over Fentress County Gold on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Jr. B Outlaws 33,
Fentress Co. Gold 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Bryer Mosley 1-61-1-1
Nathan Carwile 1-89-1-0
Matthew Sells 1-60-1-0
Nate Thrasher 2-60-1-0
Samuel Ayers 2-26-1-0

Passing
(Comp.-Atts-Cv.)
Nathan Carwile 1-2-1

Receiving
(Comp.-Cv.)
Matthew Sells 1-1

Lead Tacklers
Carl Spurgin 7; Whit Terry 5; Nate Thrasher 3; Nathan Carwile 3; Bryer Mosley 2; Matthew Sells 2; Shane Highers 2; Thomas Johnson 1; Spencer Whitehead 1; Tyler Boswell 1.

 

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Jr. Cats crush Fentress 54-8


Josh Scott photo
Running back Dylan Linder finds room along the right side to put the Junior Wildcats on the board against arch rival York.


Josh Scott photo
Lineman Jacob Masters stops the York ballcarrier in his tracks last Thursday night.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Prior to the start of last Thursday’s big contest between Overton County’s Junior Wildcats and York, Junior Wildcats coach Steve Mosley had no reservation about admitting he was nervous.

“I always get nervous before a game and tonight’s no different,” Mosley stated as his undefeated team went through its regular pre-game warm ups. “I know what these kids can do, but I always wonder what they will do. That makes me nervous.”

It didn’t take long for the question to be answered or to explain the foundation on which the coach had placed his pre-game condition.

On the opening kickoff, Overton County fumbled the kick back at its own 17 yard line and four plays later the undefeated York team was on top 8-0.

So much for knowing what they “can” do and what they “will” do.

But Mosley’s fears were put to rest only moments later when his Junior Wildcats mounted a 46-yard drive to knot the score, completely dominating the visiting Crush after the offensive line opened up a gaping hole behind Casey Thompson for Dylan Linder, and with 4:33 remaining in the first, the score was tied 8-8.

On the ensuing kick, Josh Blodgett nailed the York return man and Bobby Allred picked up the loose ball, taking it all the way down to the 3 yard line and setting up first and goal for Overton County. On the next play, Kaleb Qualls found Wade Eldridge for the 3-yard score and the Junior Cats led 16-8.

After another York fumble, the Junior Cats took over on the visitors 31 yard line. Two plays later, running back Jordan Savage found the endzone for the first time, going in from 17 yards out. The 2-point try failed, and Overton County led 22-8.

Again though, the Wildcat defense, led by Hunter McDonald and Jacob Masters, never faltered as the Crush would have to punt, giving the ball back to the explosive Jr. Wildcats.

After a few plays that saw the offense move backward a bit for one of the first times of the evening, the offensive line gave Qualls plenty of time to throw from the 21 yard line and find Peter Hollars across the middle for a touchdown. After the 2-point conversion, the Junior Cats led 30-8.

Another three and out came and went for the Crush, and after Savage and Allred did the work inside and outside the guards and tackles, Qualls snuck his way into the endzone following center James Owens in from a yard out, giving the Wildcats a 36-8 advantage.

On the next play of the game, Jordan Savage flew downfield to lay a crushing hit on the Crush return man, and Mason Mahaney got a present early for Christmas as the ball fell right into his hands and he ran the ball into the endzone untouched from 12 yards out. Going into the half, the Junior Cats led 42-8.

The second half would be the same as Overton County scored twice more via another Qualls to Eldridge pass from 4 yards out and backup fullback Ethan Hammock took the ball in for the final score of the night from 3 yards out to make the final 54-8 in favor of Overton County over rival York.

With the win, the Junior Wildcats also locked up an appearance in the conference championship, something that has been done often in the past few years.

“We prepared all week, and the boys knew how important it was,” Mosley said, “but I was really proud how they played.

“We were hungry, and ready for this game. We hadn’t seen them in person, but we were very fired up. I don’t know if anything could have stopped them tonight. I think it all goes back to the rivalry with York. You have to play physical with York.”

Overton County (6-0, 4-0) finished up their final home game of the season Tuesday night against visiting Cornerstone Middle School. The Junior Wildcats will play their final game of the season at Gordonsville on Thursday, Sept. 30 in Gordonsville before playing in the championship game October 6 in Celina.


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Jr. Outlaws defeat Fentress Gold 28-6


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Nate Neely carries the ball on his way to 112 yards.


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Tailback Chase Looper runs with the ball for Overton.

Overton County’s Jr. Outlaws rebounded last week with a dominating performance in Jamestown to build momentum for the upcoming schedule.
The Outlaws had no problem as expected against the Gold Team of Fentress to go to 3-1 on the season. The Jr. Outlaws will host the undefeated White County Silver Team this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in one of their biggest games of the season thus far.
Junior Outlaws game

Jr. Outlaws 28,
Fentress Co. Gold 6
Individual Statistics
Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-Cv.)
Brody Johnson 2-3-6-2

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-Cv.)
Chase Looper 1-3-1
Will Sims 1-3-1

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-Cv.)
Nate Neely 7-112-1-1
Chase Looper 4-95-2-1
Wesley Smith 1-8-0-0
Brody Johnson 1-4-1-0
Braden Medlin 1-1-0-0

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

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Lady Jr. Cats take close win over Algood


courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Overton County’s Claire Coleman drives the ball past two Algood Middle School players.


courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Cierra Huitt dribbles the ball down field unopposed.

The Lady Jr. Wildcats soccer team played three games on the road last week, losing two close games and ending the week with a win.

On Monday, Sept. 13, the Overton County girls had a rematch with Algood Middle School, who had blown out the Jr. Wildcats the first time they faced each other.

The Lady Jr. Wildcats drew first blood in the game with Jaci Baltimore finding the back of the net. In the second half, Claire Coleman scored and evened the game at 2 goals apiece.

Annie McCurdy, Callie Kesty, and Courtney Sells had a strong defensive game, but Algood scored the final goal and won 3-2.

Overton County’s girls won the JV game 1-0, with Hailee Walters scoring the only goal in the game.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Lady Jr. Wildcats traveled to White County, where they kept the ball on their opponent’s end of the field during the first half, had 12 corner kicks, but could not find the back of the net.

During the second half, White County dominated the game. Coutney Sells had 7 saves for Overton County, but White County scored the only goal and won 1-0.

The Jr. Lady Wildcats won the JV game 2-0, with Tasha Anderson scoring both goals for Overton County.

The team traveled to Jackson County on Friday, Sept. 17 and dominated the game, keeping Jackson County from even getting a shot on goal the entire game.

Jaci Baltimore, Kelsey Ray, Syndey Looper, and Myla Sells all controlled the ball well offensively, with Jaci Baltimore scoring the hat trick (3 goals) with Cierra Huitt and Claire Coleman each netting a goal. The Lady Jr. Wildcats won 5-0.



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Wildcats Golf takes district runner-up spot


Livingston Academy Wildcats golf team took the runner-up spot in the District 8 Tournament held Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Cookeville Golf Course. Team members are, from left, Coach Patty Dale, Bubba Jolley, Colby Reeder, Marshall Cannon, Sam Officer, Jared Gray, and Anthony Woolbright.The LA boys team place 2nd in the district with a team score of 329. DeKalb County won 1st place with a team score of 322, and Jackson County placed 3rd with a team score of 356. Livingston Academy’s team was led by Anthony Woolbright, who shot an 81. Bubba Jolley shot an 82, Jared Gray shot an 84, Colby Reeder shot an 82, and Sam Officer shot a 90. The boys and girls team will play in the Regional Tournament at Bear Trace Golf Course near Chattanooga on Monday, Sept. 27.

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Lady Cats win championship


Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats won the District 8 Golf Tournament held Thursday, Sept. 16 at Ironwood Golf Course in Cookeville. Members of the tournament champion Lady Wildcats are, from left, Amber Stonecipher, Megan Stonecipher, Emily Miller, and Coach Patty Dale. LA won the district with a team score of 178. Seniors Emily Miller and Megan Stonecipher placed as medalists in the tournament. Emily Miller shot an 85 and placed 3rd in the tournament, while Megan Stonecipher shot a 93 and placed 5th. Amber Stonecipher shot a 98. Monterey High School placed second with a team score of 181, and DeKalb County placed 3rd place with a team score of 186. Livingston Academy’s girls team will play in the regional tournament at Bear Trace Golf Course in Harrison on Monday, Sept. 27.


Medalists in the 2010 District 8 Tournament are, from left, 1st – Mercedes Smith (80), Monterey High School; 2nd – Ariel Carr (83), Smith County High School; 3rd – Emily Miller (85), Livingston Academy, 4th – Mallory Sullivan (86), DeKalb County High School; and 5th – Megan Stonecipher (93), Livingston Academy.

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Lady Cats play in Chattanooga tourney


courtesy of Liz Nigro
Livingston Academy senior Kara Vaughn moves the ball against Anderson County.


courtesy of Liz Nigro
LA goalkeeper Alaura Miranda boots the ball away.

On the heels of a Tuesday night drubbing of Jackson County 10-0, Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats Soccer completed a sweep of the bottom half of the district bracket by taming the Lady Lionettes of Cannon County 9-0.

The sweep to start district play included 10 players notching 1 or more goals: Kat Nigro 11, Barbara Nigro 4, Stormy Nigro 3, Mikayla Thompson 1, Kelsey Webb 1, Savannah Gillentine 1, Savannah Walker 1, Alaura Miranda 1, Mary Green 1, and Katlyn Ditto 1; and 5 different players recorded an assist: Kat Nigro 9, Stormy Nigro 5, Barbara Nigro 5, Mikayla 4, and Savannah Gillentine 2.

LA defensive players Alaura Miranda, Mary Green, Megan Bass, Kara Vaughn, and Aubrey Robinson were not seeing much action, so Coach Ethan King substituted in many and often the players rotated positions on the field. Bailey Buck, Hialeah Gibbons, and Megan Kemp displayed their abilities well.

The Lady Wildcats switched to defensive mode this past weekend at the always competitive Chattanooga Christian Tournament. The Lady Cats went into the tournament without their leading scorer, Kat Nigro, who was at UNC for her official visit. LA faced the East Hamilton Lady Hurricanes, ranked #10 in the state, in the first round and dropped a very tough 3-0 opener.

But the Lady Wildcats bounced back in game two with a fiery effort against the Anderson County Lady Mavericks. After frustrating the Lady Mavericks for some 70 minutes, Livingston Academy was awarded a direct kick from 35 yards out. Stormy Nigro struck a laser shot from the spot, which bounced off the goalkeeper’s chest and was promptly finished by younger sister Barbara Nigro for the lone goal of the game.

Coach King put in Bailey Buck, Kara Vaughn, Haileigh Gibbons, Megan Kemp, Kelsey Webb, who played the entire game injured, and Mikayla Thompson.

Anderson County Lady Mavericks would not go quietly and managed a barrage of shots on the LA keeper Alaura Miranda. But the stout defense of Mary Green, Stormy Nigro, Megan Bass, and Audrey Robinson as well as Bailey Buck, stood as an impenetrable wall in front of Miranda as she turned away shot after shot until the game ending whistle sounding LA’s 1-0 win.

The third and final game of the tournament was against the Page Lady Patriots, ranked #4 in the state, and the LA Lady Wildcats were on their third game in less than 24 hours.

Again the Lady Cats showed off their defensive skills. The seniors, Mary Green and Kara Vaughn, knew the absence of senior Kat Nigro meant they had to take control and push their teammates to their limits. Every player on the team was pushed to give it their all and put their best foot forward. They did not make it easy for the other team, but in the end lost 1-0.

The Lady Wildcats continue district play with a road game at York Institute and back home Thursday, Sept. 30 to host rival of DeKalb County at 6 p.m. at the LA Soccer Complex.


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Cats squash Bees 32-0 for season’s first win


Josh Scott photo
LA’s Dillion Roberts looks to use his combination of speed and strength to break free from the Upperman defenders.


Josh Scott photo
Senior defensive end Christian Dillon goes over the top of an Upperman lineman in pursuit of the quarterback.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Back in late July, Livingston Academy junior Tanner Lacy was making his first attempt at playing high school football. At an evening conditioning workout, Lacy suddenly got confused, turned pale, and collapsed. The next thing he remembers was waking up in the hospital, lucky to be alive.

“It is only by the grace of God that I’m here tonight,” Lacy explained Friday night,
moments after being a part of LA’s first victory of the season, a 32-0 victory over Upperman. “I didn’t remember anything about what happened or anything else for that matter.”

Lacy had suffered a heat stroke that August night, and for three days was clinging to life at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Friday he was a proud member of the Wildcats and could hardly hold back his emotions about being back with his teammates.

“All I wanted to do was get well and come back and be a part of this team,” Lacy continued. “These are my teammates and I just believe I’m supposed to be with them. I thank God for giving me a second chance.”

“It was the scariest moment of my life,” explained head LA coach Bruce Lamb. “I knew quickly what was happening to Tanner and we did all the right things to get him to the hospital as quickly as possible. As a coach, you always have these things in the back of your mind, but hope they never happen. This one happened.

“To have him want to come back and be a part of this team is overwhelming,” Lamb added. “We’ve had some bad things happen to us so far this season, but having Tanner wanting to come back then coming back, is a proud moment for all of us – the coaches, the players, everybody.”

And Lacy’s return was only one of two good things that happened to the Wildcats Friday night in Baxter. After a less than impressive first half, Livingston Academy put things together in the second half to post the victory, their first in four outings this season. It wasn’t pretty, as many of the players pointed out after the game, but it was a “W” and that’s what mattered most.

“We just looked flat in the first half,” running back Dillion Roberts explained, “but actually, they (Upperman) was blitzing and we just weren’t picking up the extra defender. Every time we tried the sweep around the end, there were four black shirts there waiting for us. Once we got that worked out, things got a lot better. It was a win and we needed a win.”

Roberts got caught several times in the first period trying to get around the end, but with 3:49 remaining in the half, the pitch from quarterback Brock McCoin found its mark at just the right time. Roberts made the turn at the corner and outraced his pursuers the next 38 yards for LA’s first touchdown of the night. Jake Huitt’s try for the point-after hit the upright and was no good. Huitt had earlier nailed a 34-yard field goal for the Wildcats’ nine points.

That was about all the highlights in the first half. Rushing, the Cats could only put 50 yards on the books in the first half, completed only one of four passes for four yards, fumbled once, and punted twice. It wasn’t much to write home about.

On defense though, the Cats were as strong as ever. While the LA offense was having its troubles, so were the Bees. In the first half, the Wildcat defense held the home team to a mere 16 yards on the ground, no first downs, five yards through the air, and had forced a fumble.

“Defensively, we had another good night,” pointed out defensive coach Shane Qualls. “I thought Cody Hamilton and Joey Creekbaum had outstanding games as did just about everybody else on defense. We’re getting more experience each week and we’re getting better and better on defense.”

On the first series of the second half, Upperman was forced to punt. The snap was low and the LA defense forced a 13-yard loss. The Wildcats were starting at the Bees’ four yard line. Then, as it was in the first half, things went sour.

A false start caused a five-yard penalty then an offensive breakdown resulted in a two-yard loss. Another breakdown resulted in a three-yard loss, and after starting on the four, Livingston was forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Huitt. LA led 12-0.

And Huitt wasn’t through yet. Three plays later, from his defensive back position, the senior pulled in an Upperman pass then raced 45 yards untouched for the touchdown. His conversion upped the Livingston lead to 19-0.

It wasn’t pretty as the players said, but 19-0 wasn’t all that ugly either.

Things started looking up in the final frame. Midway through the period, on a second and 12, McCoin scampered around the left side, then hit open field and raced 62 yards for the score and five minutes later found Creed Hayes wide open in the endzone and hit him with a perfect strike of 35 yards.

“I know it kinda looked back, but it wasn’t all that bad,” McCoin tried to explain after the game, his first win as a starting quarterback. “We had a few breakdowns in the first half, but we got better in the second half. All in all, I thought we did pretty good tonight. We won, right.”

And despite the early miscues, it was a good night for a number of players including Lacy who got in the game in the fourth period and made several tackles. Hamilton led all tacklers with eight while Creekbaum had seven along with Ronnie Linder.

Lucas Reagan is credited with six tackles, Tyler Barnes, Tyler Martin, and Stormy Chilton with five each, David Robinson, Hayes, Roberts, Lucas Dailey and Hayden Hill, two each, and Matt Cyphers, Robert Bryant, and Jordan McCoy each had one.

McCoin and Huitt were each credited with an interception and Chilton picked up a fumble.

“We needed a win and we got a win,” Lamb added after the game. “Having Tanner back was a big moral boost and playing pretty good in the second half made for a good night overall. We have things we’ll have to work on obviously, but we’re headed in the right direction. The players gave a good effort tonight and we’ll get back at it Monday to get ready for Sparta next week.”

Livingston will return home after three weeks on the road to host White County this Friday night at Tom Davis Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Yardstick
LA UHS
7 1st downs 5
104 Yds. rushing 53
39 Yds. Passing 53
6/2 Pass Atp/comp 18/3
2 Pass Int. by 0
2 Fumbles Lost 1
4/37 Punts/avg. 2/25
60 Yds. Pent. 55

Score by Quarter:
LA – 0 9 10 13 – 32
UHS – 0 0 0 0 – 0

Scoring:
LA – Huitt, 34 field goal.
LA – Roberts, 38 run. Kick fails.
LA – Huitt, 28 field goal.
LA – Huitt, 45 pass interception.
LA – McCoin, 62 run. Huitt kick.
LA – Hayes, 35 pass from McCoin. Kick fails.

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LA Volleyball leads district


Josh Scott photo
Livingston Academy’s Hannah Hoover sets up a pass outside to the waiting Kayla Williams.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

After a rough few weeks of volleyball in Livingston, the Lady Wildcats seem to have found something good going into the second half of their year. Health, which has been a concern will play a role, but for now, Livingston is just fine with what they have.

On Tuesday evening, Sept. 14, the Lady Wildcats hosted Cannon County for a district contest, which put the game as one of the most high priorities of the young season.

It wouldn’t take long as Cannon County couldn’t overcome the smarter and more athletic Lady Wildcat attack as the Lady Lions had no answer for Kayla Williams and Hannah Hoover along the front line.

Senior C.J. Boykin played a huge part in the win as well and after the game Coach Christie Jenkins said, “She easily played her best game of the season so far.”

The Lady Wildcats had found what they were looking for, or at least a glimpse.

In a day game Thursday against Clay County, the big crowd of the student body may have had an effect as to what the Lady Wildcats were able to do.

After a slow start, Livingston battled back to 23-20 against the visiting Lady Bulldogs, but fell in the first game 25-20.

“We’re nervous,” Jenkins explained, “but we’ve worked those things out I believe.

We just have to do the little things better.”

The Lady Bulldogs found momentum in the first game and rode the wave throughout the match, taking the second of three games from Livingston Academy to give the Lady Cats a loss on the season, but not a district loss. The Lady Wildcats also lost against White County later in the evening.

After a decent week, Livingston traveled to Jackson County to play in their tournament, one of the final before district play begins. There, LA found more of the positive results taking wins against Clarkrange, district rival Upperman, and Red Boiling Springs, a traditional regional power.

Halfway through the season, Coach Jenkins knows that her team needs to get healthy, but also needs to win.

“I hope we can just continue winning. Right now, we are first in the district, but we still have to play everyone at least one more time.

“I hope we can just keep playing hard and with our hearts.”

With those hearts can come wins down the stretch, as will the addition of hitter Abby Miller, who has been out with an ankle injury,

Livingston Academy (15-11) traveled to Red Boiling Springs Tuesday night and will play at home Thursday evening at 5 p.m. against Stone Memorial before the Homecoming Parade. The Lady Wildcats will then travel to Station Camp for another weekend of volleyball.


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