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Overton County Junior Wildcats win championship
Jr. Outlaws eliminate Fentress Purple 23-6
LA Baseball Golf Tournament held recently
Cats roughed up at Anderson County
LA Volleyball seeks district tournament championship

Overton County Junior Wildcats win championship


Josh Scott photo
Overton County Junior Wildcats pose with their championship trophy after coming from behind to defeat Trousdale County 22-20 on Saturday, Oct. 9.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

Championship games should always be close. When two of the best teams at the same level get together for a trophy, one can only expect to watch a fascinating game. Saturday night in Celina, Overton County Junior Wildcats fans experienced a close game.

After a perfect regular season (8-0), the Junior Wildcats traveled to Celina to play Satterfield Middle School of Trousdale County, for the conference championship, something no Junior Wildcats team had ever done before. They had won many bowls, but never a championship in this conference.

With nerves and emotions high, the Junior Wildcats found themselves in a very akward position throughout points in the game – behind.

Trousdale took first blood very quickly, striking in just two plays on a run from 74 yards out. But, the Junior Wildcats defense gathered themselves and the Yellow Jackets’ 2-point conversion failed, but they had the lead, 6-0 with 6:48 to play in the first quarter.

Starting from their own 41, the Junior Cats looked to march downfield with authority; however, Trousdale County wasn’t having any part of that. After a holding call against Overton County, the long snap was too long on the punt, and Trousdale dropped the punter for a loss of 16 yards, to take over again in Wildcats territory.

This time though, the Overton County defense stifled the Jackets. Josh Blodgett came through with a big tackle for a loss on second and 13, forcing the Yellow Jackets to throw an errant pass that flew out of bounds and then to punt.

Again the Wildcats offense couldn’t find rhythm, and might have even got slighted on a pass interference call, but they never hung their heads. Blodgett punted the ball downfield on fourth down, only to see the Jackets’ return man muff the catch, in which James Owens recovered the ball and gave new life back to the boys in blue.

With time winding down in the first frame, Overton County couldn’t do anything, and had to punt again to the potent offense of Trousdale County. Just minutes into the second quarter, that offense struck again from their goal line after a 62-yard gain.

The 2-point try again failed, and the Jackets led the Wildcats 12-0.

This time the Junior Wildcats answered the call. After Peter Hollars returned the kick to mid-field, Kaleb Qualls, his offensive line, and the backfield went to work. On the first play from scrimmage, Owens and Jacob Masters opened up a gaping hole for Jordan Savage to go through for 21 yards.

Qualls then found Hollars over the middle, for 10 more yards, and on the very next play, Savage took the ball in from 10 for the Overton County touchdown. The 2-point try was successful on a Savage run, and the Jr. Cats now trailed 12-8 with 3:15 remaining in the half.

For the first time all season long, the Junior Wildcats faced a halftime deficit, but the team knew they could win the game.

After the opening kick was returned for a touchdown by Hollars, those yellow things called flags came out on an apparent block in the back negating a touchdown for the Cats. But they would get that one back soon enough.

Coach Steve Mosley went to his horses immediately, as fullback Bobby Allred broke loose on a 39-yard gain up the middle. After runs by Savage, Allred capped the drive off from 4 yards out and after Savage ran the conversion in, Overton County was on top for the first time, 16-12.

Trousdale immediately answered with a drive of their own, and with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Yellow Jackets wing back took the ball in off the left side on a sweep to give the Jackets the lead again, 20-16.

The Junior Wildcats were staring down the eyes of defeat the whole fourth quarter. After holding the leaders to fourth down and 12, the Yellow Jackets looked to end the game with a fake punt on their own 36 yard line.

But Logan Clark played it perfectly for the Junior Wildcats, and the fake pass fell harmlessly to the ground, giving the Junior Wildcats the ball back in opponent territory, first and 10 from the 36.

The drive looked smooth with a heavy dose of Savage and Allred. But the Trousdale defense figured it out, and put the Junior Wildcats in a fourth and 7 situation. Qualls rolled out to pass, put the ball up only to see it fall incomplete, but a pass interference call went Overton County’s way, giving them first down on their own 13 yard line.

Again, the Junior Wildcats responded to adversity. Allred took the fullback dive up the middle for 12 yards, and just one play later, Qualls called his own number from a yard out. Savage’s 2-point try was good, and the Junior Wildcats had the lead 22-20, with 1:17 to play.

The one final hope for Trousdale came on a pass play with 1:08 to go, one that was well covered by Hollars and Qualls, and the pass fell right into the arms of Qualls for the interception and the game, 22-20, champions were crowned from Overton County.

After two straight years of 2-point losses, the Junior Wildcats finally won their trophy by a mere 2 points.

“Kind of ironic,” smiled Mosley afterwards. “It feels great. We had an idea what to expect, but nothing does justice like seeing them in person.

“We got punched in the face some tonight,” continued Mosley, “but we stuck with our game plan. We started executing better on both sides of the ball. I knew these boys wouldn’t lay down, it’s just not in them.”

But Mosley was tickled with how things played out in the end.

“Our offensive and defensive line played really well all game,” he said. “My goodness, we were trying to run the clock and score. I just wanted to score. We took a shot on the sneak, and it worked our for us.”

Finally though, the Junior Wildcats brought that golden trophy home.

“It’s huge for our program,” Coach Mosley said. “Our county, fans, everybody. To work as hard as we had and lose that game would have been tragic.”

Overton County (9-0, 4-0) managed to go the whole season without a single loss.

“One goal was to go undefeated, and the other was to win the championship,” Coach Mosley said. “We did both.”

In the win, the Junior Wildcats managed 185 total yards offensively, while allowing 197 yards defensively.

 

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Jr. Outlaws eliminate Fentress Purple 23-6


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Chase Looper scores one of his two touchdowns.


Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Overton County’s defenders stop a Fentress Purple run.

Overton County’s Jr. Outlaws traveled to Tennessee Tech University for the first round of the playoffs, where they defeated their arch rivals Fentress County Purple from Jamestown 23-6.

The Jr. Outlaws started out slowly in the first half, holding a 7-0 lead, but was able to put the pieces together and dominate the second half on both sides of the ball.

The Outlaws moved to 5-2 for the season and will face the Silver Team from White County. in the semi-finals to be played in Carthage this Saturday at 6 p.m.

Overton County’s Senior Outlaws and Junior B Outlaws had a bye week because they are the number 1 seeds in their respective divisions. The second round of the playoffs will be played Saturday, Oct. 16 at Smith County. Jr. B Outlaws will play Smith County at 4:30 p.m. and the seniors will play White County Maroon at 7:30 p.m.

The winners of each game will play in the championship on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Carthage.

Jr. Outlaws 23,
Fentress Co. Purple 6
Individual Statistics
Passing
(Comp.-Atts.-Yds.-Cv.)
Brody Johnson 5-5-40-2
Will McDonald 0-1-0-0

Receiving
(Atts-Yds.-TD-Cv.)
Will Sims 1-21-0
Will McDonald 2-8-1
Chase Looper 1-8-0
Cade Hammock 1-3-1

Lead Rushers
(Atts-Yds.-TD)
Chase Looper 9-82-2
Nate Neely 12-82-1
Cade Hammock 1-9-0
Braden Medlin 2-4-0
Will McDonald 1-2-0
Wesley Smith 1-(-3)-0
Brody Johnson 2-(-4)-0
Tanner Witt 2-(-8)-0

Fumble Recoveries
Ethan Carr 1; Colton Nevins 1.

Lead Tacklers
Nate Neely 6; Brody Johnson 5; Ethan Carr 5; Wesley Smith 3; Braden Medlin 3; Chase Looper 3; Will Sims 2; Mitchell Ayers 2; Jacob Swallows 2; Will McDonald 1.


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LA Baseball Golf Tournament held recently


Two teams tied for first in the 7th Annual LA Baseball Golf Tournament held recently. Winners are, from left, the team of Mike Borden, Jack Crabtree, Ed Shearer, and, not pictured, William Holman, and the team of Jack Dale, Patty Dale, Gerald Maynard, and Earl Dale.


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JCats roughed up at Anderson County


Josh Scott file photo
LA returned a kick for a touchdown late in Friday’s 56-7 loss at Anderson County.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Livingston Academy head football coach Bruce Lamb is one of those rare people who looks the truth in the face and doesn’t blink. He’s a realist and refuses to find excuses for poor performance. What he says can be taken to the bank.

“If anyone’s to blame it has to be me,” the likeable coach pointed out after his Wildcats took a 56-7 one-sided defeat Friday night in Clinton, TN, at the hands of the Mavericks of Anderson County.

“I was the one who put them (Anderson County) on the schedule. We played them when we were in Region 2, 3A and I thought they would be a good team to measure our progress by. Looking at the outcome, we have a ways to go.”

That was exactly the way it was Friday night. The first three times the home team touched the ball it turned into a score, and with less than half the first period gone, Livingston found itself in a 21-0 hole and would never come close to digging itself out.

“We just took a whipping, that’s all there is too it,” Lamb went on. “Bright spots? There weren’t any, and all we can do now is get over it and get on moving forward. I think our younger kids found out what experience will do for a team. They (AC) were a seasoned team with a lot of talented seniors and they showed it. They were a very good team running and throwing, and they played defense well. Don’t be surprised to see them in the run for a state championship.”

Lamb confessed he knew his Wildcats were in for a long night on the first possession of the game. Anderson took the opening kickoff from Jake Huitt and marched 58 yards in only five plays. The scoring play was a fine 31-yard pass from quarterback Tanner Williams to Josh Mayes, one of eight outstanding Maverick receivers.

Three plays later, LA quarterback Brock McCoin heaved a pass right into the waiting arms of David Mabe and he raced 25 yards untouched for the Mavericks’ second touchdown.

Anderson County put the game out of reach with 6:38 remaining in the initial frame when Williams found Mayes with a 12-yard strike. The Mavericks were ahead 21-0 and there would be no looking back.

By intermission, Anderson County had 18 first downs, 304 yards of total offense, and 35 points. On the other side of the field, Livingston had 3 first downs, 71 yards of total offense, and no points.

If there was any good news on the night for the Wildcats it was that by trailing 35-0, TSSAA rules allow the game clock to run continuously, shortening the game and hopefully holding down the score.

It did shorten the game, but it didn’t slow down the Maverick scoring express.

In the third frame, the home team only scored once, but in the final period, with the second string players in for the first time, scored on an 80-yard pass play and the final Maverick score of the night came on a 51-yard pass interception play. With a little over seven minutes remaining, LA trailed 56-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, LA senior running back Dillion Roberts scampered 84 yards for the Wildcats only touchdown of the night. Jake Huitt added the extra-point.
When the final buzzer finally sounded, Anderson County had amassed 466 yards of total offense, 417 through the air, had intercepted two passes and returned both for touchdowns, and posted 22 first downs on the board.

Livingston could account for 105 total yards of offense and Roberts’ touchdown run was by far the biggest highlight of the night. Roberts also had 62 of LA’s 74 yards on the ground. In the receiving department, Huitt had 3 receptions for 8 yards, Davis Robinson had 2 catches for 13 yards, and Jon Ledbetter pulled in one pass for 10 yards.

“Okay, that one is over,” Lamb added. “We didn’t play well and we found out just what it takes to be a good team. We’ll put this behind and get ready for our big game this week with York. It’s a very big game for several reasons, one being it will be vital that we rebound from this with a positive attitude. There’s a lot a stake in Jamestown Friday night.

“The winner will probably move on to the playoffs, that’s one thing. But just as important to us as a very young team is that we have to get up to play and find out just what we’re made of. I know this team and I’m confident it will respond,” the coach added.

The victory left Anderson County with a 5-2 record while the loss dropped LA to 3-4. Prior to the game, the Wildcats had won three straight.

The Yardstick
LA AC
6 1st downs 22
74 Yds. rushing 49
31 Yds. Passing 417
15/6 Pass Att./Comp. 31/20
105 Total Yards 466
0 Pass Int. by 2
0 Fumbles Lost 0
6/39 Punts/avg. 0/0
30 Yds. Pent. 10

Score by Quarter:
LA – 0 0 0 7 – 7
AC – 21 14 7 14 – 56


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LA Volleyball seeks district tournament championship

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

When you do the little things right, good things will happen. For Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats volleyball, those little things are the same things that have given them a golden opportunity this week.

Coming down the stretch strong, the Lady Wildcats looked to lock up their district and remained undefeated in district play with matches against Upperman and Cannon County last week.

Against the Lady Bees, Livingston didn’t play extremely well, but still found a way to win in five games; however against Cannon County, the Lady Cats played their style and left Woodbury with a perfect district mark of 6-0.

Now, the Lady Wildcats look to ride that district momentum right into their district tournament tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Livingston Academy. That momentum, and that they have played really well, give head coach Christie Jenkins confidence that her team can do well.

“We’re extremely excited,” said Jenkins about the team’s task. “We didn’t play well at Upperman, but responded well at Cannon County. Although we’re at the top, we still have to find ways to stay humble in the tournament.

“We’ve beaten each team twice, but we still have to play at our best. We cannot afford to have the big head or we will get beat.”

While excited, Jenkins also has been very patient with a team that has seen its fair share of ups and downs all season long. After a 7-1 hot start, the Lady Wildcats hit a mid-season block participating in some of the most elite tournaments in the state.

“I have been more patient with this team than I ever had with another,” she said.

“But, we have played 41 games, that’s a lot of volleyball. Those games, I feel, have prepared us for the road we want to be on in the post-season, and I hope it has.”

In the first round of the tournament, the Lady Wildcats will take on Cannon County for the third time. Coach Jenkins knows that although they have beaten the Lady Lions twice, the margin for error is still very small.

“There are things we are looking to do against them,” she said. “They have an excellent player in the middle, and we are just looking to block her shots.

“On our side, if we can just pass well from the back, and hustle, we can win the whole thing.”

The “whole thing” will all take place tonight at Livingston Academy starting at 5 p.m. with the Lady Wildcats (26-15, 6-0) match versus Cannon County. Smith County and Upperman will then play at 6:30 p.m. If the Lady Wildcats win, they will play in the championship at 8 p.m. From there, a championship means a region game at home later in the week, day and time yet to be determined.

“I really just hope we play well,” Coach Jenkins said. ‘We’ve had an excellent season, and I’m very proud of my team.”


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