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Archives 10-05-2010


LA Cross Country competes in invitational
Jr. B Outlaws win 6-0 over Tigers
Jr. Lady Cats play in championship game
Jr. Wildcats headed to championship game
Jr. Outlaws defeat DeKalb County 6-0
Cats scratch visiting Lions 40-13
Lady Cats go undefeated in District 8
Outlaws win 36-7 over DeKalb

LA Cross Country competes in invitational

Livingston Academy’s Cross Country athletes competed in the Ryan Burnett Invitational in Cookeville on Saturday, Oct. 2. Fifteen schools were represented and around 150 to 175 athletes competed. In the girls race, Michelle McCurdy, far left, placed 49th with a time of 30:49. Boys, from left, placed as follows: Tanner Buford – 20th at 19:22, Forest Dillon – 57th at 22:39, Reece Berg – 9th at 18:30, Alex Wright – 15th at 18:58. Cody Newman, far right, coached the LA team.

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Jr. B Outlaws win 6-0 over Tigers

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Matthew Sells moves the ball for the Jr. B Outlaws.

Overton County’s Jr. B Outlaws closed out the regular season by beating DeKalb County 6-0 on Saturday, Oct. 2. Their record also improved to 6-0.

Jr. B Outlaws 6,
DeKalb County 0
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
Matthew Sells 8-51-1
Nathan Carwile 13-35-0

Fumble Recovery
Nathan Carwile 1

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

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Jr. Lady Cats play in championship game

courtesy of Laurie Marshall
Overton County Lady Jr. Wildcats soccer team holds the runner-up trophy after the game.

The Lady Jr. Wildcats soccer team played its last regular season game against undefeated Avery Trace on Monday, Sept. 27.

Overton County’s girls came out shooting hot, with Bailey Robinson scoring her first goal of the season followed with a goal each by Jaci Baltimore & Claire Coleman.

Avery Trace stayed in the game with 2 goals, and Overton County led 3-2 at the half.
Jr. Wildcats goalkeeper Courtney Sells had her best game of the season, saving more than 10 shots on goal by the charging and hard shooting Raiders. Sells had plenty of defensive help from Megan Potter, Delany McConaha, Annie McCurdy, and Callie Kesty to help protect the Overton goal and keep Avery Trace from scoring in the second half.

Claire Coleman found the back of the net two more times in the second half and Overton County shocked undefeated Avery Trace 5-2.

In the JV game that followed, Kellsey Ray scored the only goal of the game as the Lady Jr. Wildcats won 1-0.

On Friday night, Oct. 1, the Jr. Wildcats headed into the season tournament facing number two seed Algood, who came out early in the game and scored the first goal.

Claire Coleman scored off a Jaci Baltimore assist to even the game at 1-1 at the half.

With the pressure to win and advance to the championship game, Overton County fought hard and Algood drew a foul in their penalty box.

Coach Phil Marshall called for defender Delaney McConaha to take the penalty shot, and she put the ball in the net, giving Overton County the lead.

As the game heated up, the Algood players got a little too physical and drew three yellow card fouls. To put the game away, Cierra Huitt took a shot from 18 yards out and scored the final goal, with Overton County defeating Algood 3-1.

Overton County was now headed to the championship game and had won 5 games in a row, with a record of 6 - 4.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Jr. Wildcats headed to Avery Trace to play the number 1 seeded team on their home field for the championship. Avery Trace came out fast and hard, wanting revenge for Monday’s game and went ahead 2-1 by the half, with Jaci Baltimore scoring the only Overton County goal.

With less than 3 minutes left in the game, Claire Coleman scored off a Jaci Baltimore assist to kept Overton County alive and head the game into overtime.

Giving everything they had, the Jr. Wildcats couldn’t hold off Avery Trace and lost the championship game 4-2 in overtime.

Coach Phil Marshall stated, “I am very proud of our entire team and how they progressed through the season, winning five games in a row, being the only team to defeat Avery Trace, and knocking off Algood to reach the championship game.”

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Jr. Wildcats headed to championship game
By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Coming into the 2010 football season, Coach Steve Mosley wasn’t really sure what to make of his inexperienced football team. After the past several weeks, the coach is pretty sure on what he has now.

On Tuesday evening, Sept. 28, Mosley’s Junior Wildcats traveled down I-40 to take on the Gordonsville Tigers in both teams’ last game of the regular season. For
Overton County, not much was at stake, but one couldn’t really tell it.

Just minutes into the game, Gordonsville saw what everyone else had seen all year long – domination by the Junior Cats offensive line that led to the first of many Junior Wildcats’ touchdowns.

When all was settled, the Junior Wildcats left Gordonsville with a 52-0 win.

“I didn’t expect that,” Coach Mosley said after the game. “We played and executed everything really well. Not only our starters, but everyone, backups, the backup’s backups, all 41 kids played really hard.”

Now, Overton County looks to do something they haven’t done in a while. Go play in a championship game and bring home the trophy. Although they have been there now three straight times, the Junior Wildcats haven’t left with the gold.

“It’s like a monkey on my back,” Mosley continued, “and personally, I want to shoot that monkey.”

But as stated earlier, Mosley wasn’t even sure that his team was capable to get to where they are, but he is proud of what they have accomplished as the year has gone on.

“I couldn’t be prouder of how this team has executed things all year long, I’ve never had an offensive and defensive line like this,” he said. “Everyone does their job, all eleven kids do their job, and as a coach that is really all you can ask for.”

But Trousdale County won’t be an easy foe to face. Although Overton County has seen glimpses and bits and pieces of the Yellow Jackets on film, nothing compares to the real thing. That real thing when talking about Trousdale is speed and the Wing-T offense.

“They are fast, but if our defensive line does their job, that can ruin them,” Coach Mosley said. “It absolutely worries me to see that Wing-T, but if we can do our job, we can wreak havoc on them.”

Those same offensive and defensive lines that Mosley talked about, are, in his opinion, the key to hoisting that trophy at the end of the night Saturday.

“I believe we can do a lot of things against Trousdale. Our line has to be on their game, and if we do our job, we will be able to do some really good things.”

Those good things lie in the hands of not only the line, but the skill guys at the edge, and in the backfield as well.

Overton County (8-0, 4-0) will face off against Trousdale County (Satterfield Middle School) at 4 p.m. Saturday evening at Celina High School.

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Jr. Outlaws defeat DeKalb County 6-0

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Nate Neely moves the ball for the Outlaws.

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Quarterback Brody Johnson rolls out with the ball.

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Will Sims deflects a DeKalb County pass.

Overton County’s Jr.Outlaws found themselves in another tough game for the fourth time this season on Saturday, Oct. 2.

The game was a defensive battle, and the offense continued to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties and a turnover throughout the game.

Neither team scored during regulation, but the Outlaws played very well in overtime by stopping DeKalb County on the 1 yard line and scoring on the second play on offense to go to 4-2 on the regular season.

The Jr. Outlaws will travel to Tennessee Tech University on Saturday, Oct. 9 to play
Fentress County Purple at 2 p.m.

Jr. Outlaws 6,
DeKalb County 0
Individual Statistics
Brody Johnson 0-3-0

Lead Rushers
Chase Looper 10-50-0
Nate Neely 7-19-0
Brody Johnson 8-13-1
Cade Hammock 3-1-0

Special Teams
Will Sims, 1 return, 7 yards.

Chase Looper, 30 yards.

Lead Tacklers
Chase Looper 11; Mitchell Ayers 9; Brody Johnson 8; Nate Neely 8; Ethan Carr 8; Jacob Swallows 5; Dylan Cantrell 5; Will Sims 4; Wesley Smith 3; Cade Hammock 2; Braden Medlin 1.

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Cats scratch visiting Lions 40-13

Darren Oliver photo
Livingston Academy’s Dillion Roberts looks for room to run. Roberts led the Wildcats with 174 total yards and 3 touchdowns in the home win over Cannon County’s Lions.

Josh Scott photo
Lukas Reagan, J.W. Lee, and Tyler Barnes make a play in the backfield on the Lion’s back.

Darren Oliver photo
Backup quarterback Davis Robinson, #6, looks downfield to starting quarterback Brock McCoin, #8, for a 42-yard gain.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

The game of football starts on the offensive and defensive lines. For Livingston Academy, Friday night, Oct. 1 at Tom Davis Memorial Stadium, the Wildcats proved just that.

Coming off two wins against Upperman and White County, the Wildcats looked to stay alive in District 8-AA with a win over the visiting Cannon County Lions. Those linemen who were mentioned to start with, made things happen for Livingston.

The Wildcats took the ball first after a kick-off that return man Creed Hayes about went the distance on the opening kick, giving the Cats good field position to start the game.

It would only take a matter of seconds as Hayes took the hand-off from Brock McCoin and scampered 32 yards off the right end to take the ball into Lions territory at the 33 yard line. On the very next play, McCoin found Dillion Roberts down the seam for a 33-yard touchdown that put the Wildcats up 7-0 with 11:33 remaining in the first.

A defensive stand gave the Wildcats the ball back with 6 minutes left in the quarter, and this time Roberts made the most of everything he could on the ground. After a pass fell incomplete, the Wildcats running back took the ball from McCoin and went straight up the middle, from 42 yards out, for another score, but the extra-point from Jake Huitt was wide, and the Wildcats led 13-0 with 3:03 to play.

Cannon County found their groove on the Lions’ next drive as they rode their horse, Gabriel Walkup, into the endzone after runs of 14, 22, and 12 yards. The extra-point went through, and Livingston now led by a score of 13-7.

Quarter number two opened up about the same way that the first did, with a heavy dose of Dillion Roberts. With 11:21 to go in the frame, Roberts found the goal line again from 3 yards out, and this time the point-after was good and it gave the Cats a 20-7 lead.

That was it for the Wildcats though in the quarter, as Cannon County executed a long drive following a McCoin interception, and with 1:56 remaining, the Lions kept the ball in the hands of their quarterback from 4 yards out; however, their point-after failed, and Livingston Academy led at the half, 20-13.

For Livingston, the explosion on both sides of the ball they had searched for all year came in the second half. After driving the ball deep into Lions territory, McCoin found Huitt on the outside and Huitt did the rest for an 18-yard catch and score that cushioned the lead, 26-13.

Again, the Livingston Academy defense was stifling, and after Lukas Reagan and Tyler Barnes dropped Walkup in the backfield repeatedly, the Wildcats offense took the field. This time though, McCoin made sure to leave his mark on the game, collecting all but one yard of the Wildcats’ 47 on the drive capped off by a sneak from one yard out to take the lead to 33-13.

The final frame saw little excitement with the game far out of reach; however, McCoin did manage to score again from 15 yards out, but the biggest play of the quarter came when backup quarterback Davis Robinson took a hand-off from McCoin, only to throw back to the starter 20 yards down the field. After the run was over, McCoin had scampered for 42 yards.

When the horn went off, the Wildcats found themselves on top for the third straight week, this time by a count of 40-13.

After the game, Livingston’s players and coaches were all smiles knowing that they
are not only back to .500, but back in the district race.

“That’s the way we should play all the time,” a thrilled Coach Bruce Lamb said to his team. “They really couldn’t stop us at times, we only seemed to stop ourselves.

“Offensively, we were clicking, and we grew up a lot tonight. We really played well.

“Defensively, we just keep fighting. They never quit, and I can’t say enough about the effort they keep giving.”

Livingston was led by Dillion Roberts on offense with 140 yards on the ground on 17 carries. The back also recorded 33 yards receiving, with a total of three scores.

“We came out and played hard,” Roberts said after the contest. “The guys gave me some great blocks, and it was my job to find the holes.

“These district games mean everything, and we just want to get in (to the playoffs) and see what this young group can do. We want to go as far as we can.”

Up front, those big guys took Friday as a challenge.

“It feels really good to play like that,” continued center Morgan Mayberry. “We keep going to practice every day and getting better, and work hard. Tonight just makes us feel more confident and really good.”

Really good is how Livingston Academy (3-3, 2-1) has played over the past three weeks. On the night, the Wildcats rushed for 262 yards on 26 carries with four scores. Through the air, the Wildcats were efficient, completing 8 passes for 92 yards with two scores and an interception. Total, the Cats generated an impressive 354 yards.

Defensively, Lukas Reagan led the Wildcats with seven tackles on the night, two of which were for a loss. In the second half, the Wildcats defense allowed a mere 70 yards total, though 285 on the night.

Livingston Academy will travel to Anderson County to take on the old Region 2-3A foe Friday night, Oct. 8. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EST.

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Lady Cats go undefeated in District 8

courtesy of Liz Nigro
Kaitlin Ditto uses her head to gain control for the Lady Cats.

courtesy of Liz Nigro
Stormy Nigro puts a powerful kick to the ball for LA.

LA Lady Wildcats Soccer completed the District 8 regular season schedule undefeated with the final two wins coming against Friendship Christian Lady Commanders, 9-0, and DeKalb County Lady Tigers, 8-0.

The Lady Cats went on the road to face the Lady Commanders in what turned out to be a very physical battle. The Lady Wildcats sustained several injuries and Coach Ethan King had to go deep onto his bench, finding the talented Savannah Walker, Audrey Robinson, Megan Kemp, and Haliegh Gibbons in order to compete.

Kat Nigro led the LA attack with a record-setting performance, scoring 7 goals in the game. Her performance tied for third all-time in a single game.

The scoring would not be complete without tallies from sophomore Makayla Thompson and freshman Barbara Nigro.

Once again the goal assists were shared by Barbara Nigro with 3, Kara Vaughn 1, Kelsey Webb 1, Katlin Ditto 1, and Savannah Gillentine 1.

The defense of Mary Green, Stormy Nigro, Bailey Buck, Megan Bass, and Alaura Miranda proved impenetrable all night.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, the Lady Wildcats returned home after a grueling 7-game road trip to face their arch rivals, the DeKalb County Tigers.

The Tigers proved to have a well balanced team, turning away the Wildcats attack for much of the first half; however the combination of Makayla Thompson and Kat Nigro providing the passing and the timely shooting of Barbara Nigro lifted LA to a 1-0 lead right before the half.

In the second half, Livingston’s relentless attack wore down the Lady Tigers. The goal scoring was handled by Kat Nigro with 7 and Kaitlin Ditto with 1, and assists were supplied by Barbara Nigro with 3, Savannah Gillentine 1, and Makayla Thompson 1.

Stormy Nigro was superior at defense along with Mary Green, Bailey Buck, Megan Bass, Kara Vaughn, and Audrey Robinson. Goalie Alaura Miranda did not get a chance to show off her skills in this game.

Livingston Academy will host York Institute at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, October 5, for LA Soccer Senior Night at the LA Soccer Complex. Senior players will be honored during halftime festivities.

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Outlaws win 36-7 over DeKalb

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Wade Neely stiff arms a DeKalb County defender.

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Chase Roberts ran for 40 yards on 4 carries.

Overton County Senior Outlaws took their regular season record to 6-0 by defeating the DeKalb Tigers by a score of 36-7. The 6-0 record gives the Outlaws the number 1 seed in the senior division, and a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

The Outlaws offense dominated the Tigers on the ground and through the air. The Tigers could find no answers for the Outlaws’ running attack, and quarterback Tanner Dillon had a 100% completion ratio through the air. And the Outlaw defense held strong all night long, allowing the Tigers very little room to run the ball.

Next for the Senior Outlaws will be the semi-finals on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Outlaws 36,
DeKalb County 7
Individual Statistics
Tanner Dillon 3-3-9-0-3
Blake Qualls 1-1-10-0-0

Xander Miller 3-9-0-3
Trent Gaw 1-10-0-0

Lead Rushers
Carter Hayes 6-143-3-0
Wade Neely 4-100-1-0
Chase Roberts 4-40-0-0
Trent Gaw 2-25-0-0
Tanner Dillon 1-18-0-0

Special Teams
Camdon Nevins, 1 return for 10 yards.

Fumble Recoveries
Dakota McDonald 1; Cody Cantrell 1.

Lead Tacklers
Xander Miller 6; Jarrid Bell 5; Dylan McDonald 4; Jakob Craig 4; Tanner Dillon 2; Carter Hayes 2; Chase Roberts 2; Blake Qualls 1; Jarrett Key 1; Cody Cantrell 1; Wade Neely 1; Justin Rich 1; Zach Conner 1; Caleb Lawson 1; Camdon Nevins 1; Colby Trail 1; Andrew Vaughn 1; Jason Savage 1; Cody Jackson 1.

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