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Jr. B Outlaws win 12-6 over Warriors
Jr. Cats overpower Cornerstone 48-0
Jr. Outlaws suffer second loss of season
Jr. Lady Wildcats win 6-0 over Jackson County
Wildcats pull out wild Homecoming game against Warriors
Lady Cats dominate York 7-3
LA Volleyball stays atop district standings
Outlaws defeat White Co. 8-0

Jr. B Outlaws win 12-6 over Warriors


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Matthew Sells makes a flying tackle for the Jr. B Outlaws.


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Tailback Nathan Carwile heads for the endzone.

Overton County’s Jr. B Outlaws improved to 5-0 by defeating the White County Silver Warriors 12-6.

White County held the lead at halftime, 6-0, but the Outlaws shut out the Warriors in the second half while scoring twice.
Jr. B Outlaws 12,
White County Silver 6
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TD)
Nathan Carwile 13-134-2
Matthew Sells 5-19-0
Bryer Mosley 2-0-0

Passing
(Comp.-Atts-Yds.)
Nathan Carwile 1-1-7

Receiving
(Comp.-Yds.)
Matthew Sells 1-7

Fumble Recovery
Nathan Carwile 1

Lead Tacklers
Matthew Sells 8; Nathan Carwile 7; Tyler Boswell 6; Nate Thrasher 6; Shane Highers 4; Bryer Mosley 3; Spencer Whitehead 2; Carl Spurgin 1; Whit Terry 1; Thomas Johnson 1; Samuel Ayers 1.

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Jr. Cats overpower Cornerstone 48-0


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Jordan Savage, Wade Eldridge, and Hunter McDonald bring down the Cornerstone ballcarrier.


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Defensive tackle Jacob Masters breaks through to hurry the Cornerstone quarterback.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Coming into their final home game of the 2010 season, the Overton County Junior Wildcats had a special reason to chalk up another W in the win column on Tuesday night, Sept. 21 – their eighth grade students.

The Junior Cats played host to conventional rival Cornerstone Middle School at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium looking to finish the year undefeated at home, while also looking to keep their undefeated chances for the whole season in order.

As in most home games this season, the Junior Cats took control early, and stayed in control for the whole game.

Things started off extremely well in the first quarter as with 4:06 remaining in the frame, receiver Peter Hollars took advantage of great blocking downfield to take a reverse 40 yards to paydirt. After a 2-point pass from Kaleb Qualls to Wade Eldridge, the Junior Cats found themselves in a familiar position, up 8-0 on Cornerstone.

Less than two minutes later, fullback Bobby Allred found a huge hole off left end from 20 yards out on the first play of the next drive. After Allred’s long run, Justin Savage ran in for the 2 points, and Overton County led 16-0.

On the ensuing kick, Dylan Linder punched the ball deep into Yellow Jacket territory and Cornerstone made yet another mistake, fumbling at their own 24 yard line. The Junior Cats took the ball back again, and one play later Qualls found Hollars over the middle for a 32-yard pass play. Allred ran in the 2 points, and the Junior Cats led 24-0 with 2:05 remaining in quarter number one.

The second and third quarters were much the same. Defensively, Overton County could not falter, as defensive end Wade Eldridge and the rest of the defensive line were in the Yellow Jacket backfield all night long. In the first half alone, Overton County had three sacks, two from Eldridge, and one from James Owens.

Offensively, much was the same as Jordan Savage found light off right end for 23 yards early in the second frame, and after a key interception from Qualls to keep Cornerstone off the board, Bobby Allred cashed in on another opportunity from 6 yards out to give the Wildcats a 40-0 lead at the half.

The final points of the night came in the fourth with a running clock, as backup quarterback Logan Clark kept the ball and ran right up the middle on fourth and 4 at the 4 yard line. After Clark’s score, the quarterback found receiver Jacob Norrod in the endzone for the final 2 points of the game, completing the shutout by a score of 48-0.

“We rescheduled things due to high school homecoming, and it shortened us on time,” said Junior Wildcats Coach Steve Mosely, “but we were prepared for it. It sounds like a broken record, but our offensive and defensive line dominated. And I can say, I’m very happy to have to say that every week.”

For the eighth graders, it was their last home game as a Junior Wildcat, and Coach Mosely knew that.

“As a coach, things like eighth grade night makes you nervous,” he said. “When the festivities were over, I told them to strap it on and play, and they definitely did.”

Overton County (7-0, 4-0) travel to Gordonsville on Tuesday evening trying to avenge a loss taken two years ago in Fentress County that negated the Junior Wildcats a championship game. Overton County’s next game is their last one, the championship game on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Celina.



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Jr. Outlaws suffer second loss of season


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Outlaws Cheerleaders bring out the Homecoming banner.


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Tailback Chase Looper watches a teammate block up front.

Overton County’s Jr. Outlaws suffered their second loss of the season to the undefeated Silver team from White County on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The Jr. Outlaws came within one yard of pulling a possible upset late in the fourth quarter but was unable to punch it in to fall to 3-2 on the season.

Overton County was able to hold the Silver team under 100 yards of offense and move the ball effictively with a total of 126 yards.

Jr. Outlaws 0,
White County Silver 6
Individual Statistics
Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.)
Brody Johnson 2-3-24

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.)
Will Sims 1-25
Nate Neely 1-(-1)

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.)
Nate Neely 10-53
Chase Looper 13-34
Brody Johnson 5-17
Cade Hammock 1-(-2)

Special Teams
Will Sims, 2 returns, 19 yards.

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

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Jr. Lady Wildcats win 6-0 over Jackson County


courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Livingston Academy’s Syndey Looper takes a shot with a Jackson County player in pursuit.


courtesy of Laurie Marshall
LA’s Annie McCurdy charges the ball to keep it out of Overton County’s end of the field.

Overton County’s Jr. Lady Wildcats played their last home soccer game of the season against Jackson County on Monday, Sept. 20.

Six different Overton County players scored goals in the first half of play. Scoring in the first were Hailee Walters, Jaci Baltimore, Syndey Looper, Myla Sells, Claire Coleman, and Caroline Huntley. Overton County led at the half by 6-0.

The Jr. Wildcats continued to dominate in the second half with Courtney Sells scoring her first goal of the season, followed by another goal from Jaci Baltimore and then one from Syndey Looper.

Overton County defeated Jackson County 9-0.

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Jr. Lady Wildcats played Burke Middle School and scored first with Jaci Baltimore finding the net from 25 yards away, followed by Annie McCurdy scoring her first goal of the season on a penalty kick.

Burke Middle had a player break through the Overton County defense to get a breakaway run and score.

Overton County led 2-1 at the half.

In the second half of play, Jaci Baltimore scored her second goal of the game and Caroline Huntley hustled through the defensive line of Burke Middle and scored the final goal for the Jr. Lady Wildcats.

Overton County finished off the week with a 4-1 victory and had won their last three games.




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Wildcats pull out wild Homecoming game against Warriors


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Tyler Martin scampers to the endzone off a reverse play Friday night against White County. Martin accounted for three Wildcats touchdowns on three touches.


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Outside linebacker Davis Robinson comes upfield to make a key stop in the backfield for Livingston Academy.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy’s Tyler Martin wasn’t all that knowledgeable about the rivalry between the Wildcats and the White County Warriors before Friday night’s homecoming game at Tom Davis Stadium. As a matter of fact, Martin himself has only been a Wildcat about a month so certain things about the school and the program have yet to sink in.

On the other hand, White County will remember the California transplant for a long time.

With a packed house of old players, alumni, and diehard fans as his audience, Martin almost single handed put the game out of reach before many had made their way back to their seats from the concession stand. In the first 11 minutes of the game, Martin intercepted a pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown, returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score, and topped off the first quarter with a 40-yards reverse around left end.

“I don’t know what to say,” the shy junior back said after the game. “All I know is, there was the ball and there was the goal line and it was my job to get the ball and take it to the goal line. It was a lot of fun too.”

Martin’s three scores in the first quarter posted the Wildcats to 21 points that would eventually lead to an exciting 37-30 win over the Warriors. The victory would bring Livingston Academy’s season record to 2-3. White County returned to Sparta with an identical mark.

“It was as exciting as it gets,” added LA head coach Bruce Lamb. “I told the team this week that for every eight tries, you might make seven mistakes, but that eighth try would be the charm and tonight, that was the way we went. We made mistake after mistake, but we also had good plays and those were the ones that won the game.

“This is a great group of youngsters,” the coach continued. “They just never quit fighting and tonight they did it again. We got ahead early, but we were killing ourselves offensively. The defense made the big plays and when we needed offense, especially late in the game, it came through. I’m just so proud of this team.”

After jumping out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter, the Wildcats yielded a Warrior field goal at the buzzer in the second frame to take a 21-17 lead to the locker room at intermission. Following Martin’s three scores, the offense never seemed to get untracked, giving up a fumble, an interception, and gaining only 49 yards on the ground, 40 of which were credited to Martin’s 40-yard run.

“We don’t have any excuses for the way we played in the first half,” sophomore quarterback Brock McCoin pointed out. “Martin kept us in it for the first half, then in the second half things got better. Once we got in a rhythm, we started making progress. Late in the game, the line gave me plenty of time to pass and that finally paid off in that last touchdown.”

Livingston took the second half kickoff and promptly marched 65 yards in 10 plays capped by Dillion Roberts’ 19-yard scamper for six more points. That put LA ahead by 10, 27-17. McCoin’s dive over the goal line in the right corner added two points that would later prove vital.

At the end of the third period, the Wildcats were on top 29-17.

Then the Warriors found their stride. Fumbles and interceptions had killed their chances in the opening half, but in the final 12 minutes, they seemed to take control.

After yielding their fourth and final fumble to McCoin to start the final frame, White County came back on the very next play and intercepted a McCoin pass.

Going to work at the LA 32, it only took seven plays to punch the score in and after the kick, trailed by only five, 29-24.

On their very next series, the visitors mixed up five ground plays with two passes and when Zack Hampshire pulled in a 41-yard strike from Connor Sparkman, the Warriors found themselves on top for the first time of the night, 30-29. The clock showed there were only three minutes and 19 seconds left in the game.

Knowing it was the moment of truth, the Wildcats faced “do of die” squarely in the face.

Starting near midfield, Livingston went to work. Roberts clicked off seven yards on the first play and McCoin added two more on second down. Roberts was stopped cold on third and one, then McCoin, having to have a yard, got it on fourth down.With first and 10 at the 38, Jake Huitt knew he was within his field goal range, but just as soon catch a pass.

The clock showed 1:51.

Huitt got the call and hauled in a 10-yard pass from McCoin, then battled 11 more yards with almost the entire Warrior squad on his back for a 21-yard gain to the 17.

Roberts was stopped on the next play for no gain, then McCoin spotted Huitt in the right corner of the endzone and hit him with what would be the game-winning pass.

“That one was kinda easy,” McCoin laughed. “The line did a great job of blocking and Jake just drifted right where he was supposed to be and I had all kinds of time to lob the pass. That was really fun.”

Livingston now led 35-30. White County had one solid minute to score and only trailing by five, a touchdown would certainly win the game.

“We couldn’t take that chance,” Roberts later pointed out, “so they called my play and I knew I had to come through. I went for the corner and made it. Man, was I happy.”

Robert’s run for two put LA up by seven and White County could only get back to its 44 before time ran out.

“This team really played hard tonight and I’m proud to be a part of it,” beamed a happy Tyler Barnes. “It was a very tough game, and we came out on top. That says a lot about this group and I’m just pleased to be a member of it. We never let ourselves get down and I think that was really a big part of this win. We made mistakes, but we came right back. Man, that was a super game.”

In addition to his outstanding first quarter play, Martin also led the Wildcats with 11 tackles on the night. Cory Hamilton had a strong outing, making nine tackles along with seven for Barnes and Joey Creekbaum. McCoin and Lukas Reagan each added six, Huitt, Ronnie Linder, and Hayden Hill were credited with four, Stormy Chilton, Seth Ford and Devin Robinson each had three, Hayes got two, and Dillon Christian, Daniel Robinson, and Lucas Dailey had one each.

McCoin had three fumble recoveries while Creekbaum had one and Huitt and McCoin each got credit for knocking down an almost sure pass completion.

“Naturally, I haven’t seen the film yet and I have the worst seat in the house,” Lamb added, “but from what I do know, this was a total team effort with every member of this team making a contribution. That goes for the players on the field and every player along the sideline. The coaching staff asked that they give us 100 percent and they gave us 120 percent. It was a great win for a super group of young people.

Everybody that saw this one can be proud of this team.”

Livingston will be at home again this week, hosting Cannon County.

The Yardstick
LA WC
9 1st downs 24
95 Yds. rushing 231
51 Yds. Passing 132
14/2 Pass Atp/comp 20/9
1 Pass Int. by 1
1 Fumbles Lost 4
5/37 Punts/avg. 3/30
42 Yds. Pent. 35

Score by Quarter:
LA – 21 0 8 8 – 37
WC – 7 10 13 13 – 30

Scoring:
LA – Martin, 40 pass interception. Huitt kick.
WC – Sparkman, 1 run. Armstrong kick.
LA – Martin, 89 kickoff return. Huitt kick.
LA – Martin, 40 run. Huitt kick.
WC – Armstrong, 1 run. Armstrong kick.
WC – Armstrong, 27 field goal.
LA – Roberts, 19 run. McCoin run.
WC – Sparkman, 1 run. Armstrong kick.
LA – Huitt, 17 pass from McCoin. Roberts run.

 

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Lady Cats dominate York 7-3


courtesy of Liz Nigro
Julie York scored her first high school goal against York.


courtesy of Liz Nigro
Mary Green moves the ball on defense for the Lady Cats.

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats traveled to Jamestown on Thursday, Sept. 23 to face the York Institute Lady Dragons, undefeated in district play, with a chance to clinch the regular season title and home field advantage throughout the district tournament.

The Lady Cats were less than hospitable guests. They spoiled the Dragons’ Senior Night and first place aspirations by opening the scoring in the 8th minute of play when Kat Nigro took a Kelsey Copeland pass and drove a shot into the side netting.

The Lady Dragons would not give up, and found an equalizer less than 3 minutes later.

This forced the Lady Wildcats to step up their defense, and that they did. Coach Ethan King pulled Stormy Nigro to defense alongside Mary Green, Megan Bass, Kara Vaughn, and Audrey Robinson and they held the defense together. Savannah Gillentine, Kaitlin Ditto, and Mikayla Thompson all contributed in the game, and Savannah Walker, Megan Kemp, Haleigh Gibbons, and Julie Ann York worked well together.

The LA passing game and time of possession proved to be too much for the Dragons defense. The LA attack managed to keep the Lady Dragons on their heels, and it was only a matter of time before the LA shots started to penetrate the stout defense.

Kat Nigro managed 3 more goals in the game. The remaining goals were scored by Kelsey Webb, Julie York, and Kelsey Copeland. Assists came from Kat Nigro with 3, Barbara Nigro with 2, and Megan Kemp and Kelsey Copeland with 1 each.

LA won with a final score of 7-3.

With the win, the LA Lady Wildcats remained the only undefeated and untied team in District 7 and gained control of their destiny. A couple of wins this week would lock up home field for LA throughout the District Tournament.

The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to travel to Friendship Christian on Tuesday, Sept. 28, then to host DeKalb County on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Livingston Academy will host York Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 5 for the Lady Wildcats’ Senior Night. The game will begin at 6 p.m. at the LA Soccer Complex with halftime festivities scheduled for the senior players.

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LA Volleyball stays atop district standings


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Livingston Academy’s Allison Dailey makes an athletic play against Stone Memorial High School.


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Abby Miller makes her presence known, killing a ball against the Lady Panthers.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

In sports it is not so important in how a team starts, but rather how they finish. For the Livingston Academy volleyball team, truer words could not be said as they enter their final stretch run of the regular season.

After over a week of somewhat inconsistent play, the Lady Wildcats entered last week looking to get healthy and get going again in the right direction. After their performance on the week, some could say that those goals were definitely accomplished.

To start things off, Livingston traveled to Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday evening, Sept. 21 to defeat the Lady Bulldogs, before coming back home on Thursday to play another game with visiting Stone Memorial.

After two good games against Stone, the Lady Wildcats offense could not find a weakness in Stone, while the Lady Panthers took advantage of some Livingston miscues. Stone Memorial battled back in the next two games to draw even, but Livingston put on a strong showing in the final game to take the match.

The Lady Wildcats rode that momentum into Station Camp over the weekend, defeating Sycamore High, West Creek, Beech, and White County all in pool play.

From there, the Lady Wildcats took down West Creek again in the first round, before falling to Sycamore in the second round of the tournament.

Although the Lady Wildcats were not satisfied with their finish in the tournament, coach Christie Jenkins is relieved knowing how impressive her squad played over the week.

“We did pretty good,” Jenkins said, “but there are still a lot of things we need to work on.”

Going into this week, Jenkins’ team is healthy, with the addition of hitter Abby Miller back into the lineup from an ankle injury.

“Having her back helps a lot,” Coach Jenkins said, “and we’re glad to have her back. We have two weeks until tournament time, and we needed her to come back for our team to get back to where we were. It had been kind of rough.”

The Lady Wildcats enter the second round of district play with a bulls-eye on their backs as the number one team, something coach Jenkins is comfortable with.

“We have to start playing better,” she said, “and with everyone back and healthy, I believe we’ll be just fine.”

Now, Livingston Academy (22-12) looks to stay atop the district standings. Smith County visited Livingston on Tuesday evening, Sept. 28, and Jackson County will come to LA to play on Thursday evening, the Lady Wildcats’ last scheduled home game of the season, before the Lady Cats travel to Upperman on Tuesday, Oct. 5 and Cannon County on Thursday, Oct. 7.



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Outlaws defeat White Co. 8-0


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Blake Qualls holds onto a Warrior until help arrives.


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Carter Hayes stiffarms a Warrior in Saturday’s 8-0 victory.

Overton County Senior Outlaws Homecoming was held Saturday, Sept. 25, and in a hard fought battle they defeated the White County Silver Team by a score of 8-0.

On offense, the Outlaws had to abandon their normal outside running game for an inside running attack, and they also went to the air for several successful plays to pull out the win.

The low scoring contest was left on the shoulders of the Outlaw defense, who did not give up a first down to the Silver team until late in the first half.

The Senior Outlaws improved to 5-0 and will travel to DeKalb County on Saturday, Oct. 2 to take on the Tigers for their final regular season matchup.

Outlaws 8,
White County Silver 0
Individual Statistics
Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Tanner Dillon 2-4-15-0-1
Carter Hayes 1-2-8-1-0
Blake Qualls 0-1-0-0-0

Receiving
(Catches-Yds.-TDs-Cv.)
Xander Miller 2-15-0-1
Blake Qualls 1-8-1-0

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TDs-Cv.)
Carter Hayes 14-66-0-0
Wade Neely 7-40-0-1

Special Teams
Chase Roberts, 1 return for 0 yards.

Fumble Recoveries
Carter Hayes 1; Jakob Craig 1; Cody Cantrell 1.

Lead Tacklers
Carter Hayes 6; Dylan McDonald 5; Xander Miller 5; Jarrid Bell 5; Wade Neely 4; Blake Qualls 4; Cody Cantrell 4; Chase Roberts 3; Justin Rich 3; Jakob Craig 2; Tanner Dillon 1; Addison Thompson 1.

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