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Jr. B Outlaws win championship
Jr. Outlaws lose close to Smith County
Outlaws win championship over Owls
Early lead not enough for Wildcats against Macon County
Lady Wildcats win District 8-A/AA Championship
LA Volleyball season ends against Notre Dame

Jr. B Outlaws win championship

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Overton County’s Jr. B Outlaws lift the trophy afer winning the championship.

Jr. B Overton County Outlaws won the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference championship on Saturday, Oct. 23 by defeating White County Silver Warriors 13-12.

White County scored late in the fourth quarter, but the Jr. B Outlaws defense stopped the conversion attempt.

The Outlaws ended the season undefeated with 8 wins and the Jr. B conference championship three years in a row.

Jr. B Outlaws 13,
White County Silver 12
Individual Statistics
Lead Rushers
Nathan Carwile 13-168-1-0
Matthew Sells 10-64--1-1
Bryer Mosley 3-5-0-0

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

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Jr. Outlaws lose close to Smith County

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Overton County’s Jr. Outlaws raise the runner-up trophy.

Overton County’s Jr.Outlaws close out their season by falling 1 point short in the championship game to the undefeated Owls of Smith County.

After trailing 7-0 at the half, the Jr. Outlaws found a rhythm late in the game to score, but was unable to get the conversion.

The defense held the Owls to give the offense one more shot. The Jr. Outlaws drove down field, but turned the ball over on downs as time expired.

The Jr. Outlaws finished the season 6-3 and were runner-ups in the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference.

Jr. Outlaws 6,
Smith County Owls 7
Individual Statistics
Brody Johnson 3-3-48
Cade Hammock 0-1-0

Chase Looper 1-26
Will Sims 1-16
Nate Neely 1-6

Lead Rushers
Chase Looper 9-20-1
Cade Hammock 2-16-0
Nate Neely 8-8-0
Brody Johnson 4-2-0

Special Teams
Brody Johnson, 1 return, 1 yards.

Lead Tacklers
Wesley Smith 10; Chase Looper 8; Will Sims 6; Cade Hammock 5; Mitchell Ayers 5; Nate Neely 4; Ethan Carr 4; Jacob Swallows 3; Dylan Cantrell 3; Braden Medlin 3; Brody Johnson 2.

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Outlaws win championship over Owls

Ginger Neely/Action Sports
Overton County’s Senior Outlaws are No. 1 after defeating the Owls for the championship.

Overton County Senior Outlaws defeated the Smith County Owls on Saturday, Oct. 23 to win the senior division championship by a score of 21-20.

In a hard fought contest, the Outlaws never gave up. In the fourth quarter, they went down by 5 points. With great heart, they drove the ball 45 yards and scored with 35 seconds left on the clock. Then, the defense made one last stand to win the game.

A football banquet for players and coaches will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at Livingston Middle School. Players will need to bring all uniforms and equipment to turn in at this time. The Outlaws bus will leave LMS at 12:30 p.m. to go to Tennessee Tech to watch TTU vs. Eeastern, KY. Admission and registration is already paid for. Players will need to bring spending money for concessions, souvenirs and such.

Outlaws 21,
Smith County Owls 20
Individual Statistics
Carter Hayes 3-9-50-1-0
Tanner Dillon 1-4-3-0-1

Xander Miller 2-28-0-1
Blake Qualls 1-25-1-0

Lead Rushers
Carter Hayes 15-132-1-0
Wade Neely 11-35-0-1
Tanner Dillon 4-29-0-0

Special Teams
Carter Hayes 1 returns for 35 yards; Xander Miller 1 return for 2 yards; Coby Trail 1 return for 0 yards.

Jarrid Bell 1.

Lead Tacklers
Jakob Craig 12; Xander Miller 6; Jarrid Bell 6; Carter Hayes 6; Tanner Dillon 5; Cody Cantrell 4; Chase Roberts 3; Dylan McDonald 3; Wade Neely 2.

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Early lead not enough for Wildcats against Macon County

Josh Scott photo
Running back Dillion Roberts, #39, bursts through a hole created by Jim Officer, #10, and Creed Hayes, #2 against the Macon County Tigers last Friday night.

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

And now it all boils down to one game – win and you probably play another, lose and you’re almost assured of packing up and going home for the winter.

That’s the situation the Livingston Academy Wildcats find themselves in as they host DeKalb County this week in the final game of the 2010 regular season. Friday’s hard-fought loss to Macon County, 34-24, puts an extra meaning on this week’s game.

“We will win next week,” senior Jake Huitt flatly stated moments after Friday’s setback. “Its too important to the team and to us seniors. This will be the seniors’ final regular season game, and we just don’t intend to let it stop here.”

For Huitt and his teammates, Friday’s loss was a little more than a defeat, it was a heartbreaker that should not have taken place.

“We should have won that game,” Huitt continued. “We whipped them after we settled down but in the second half, we let them get in our heads and we started playing their game. I don’t know why we did that, but we did. Until we did that, we were beating them just about everywhere. We just lost our focus in the second half.”

Macon County rolled into Livingston with a 3-5 regular season record that included an impressive win over LA’s big rival, Smith County. The Tigers were big and strong, and in order to meet the challenge any opponent would have to stop the powerful running attack headed by 5-10, 185 senior Zack Shockley and 5-9, 205 sophomore Tyler Drown, then put more offense on the board.

For the first half, the Wildcats were a little lax in stopping Shockley and Drown, but they more than made up for that with a very impressive offense that would be a highlight for Huitt, Creed Hayes, and Brock McCoin.

“It’s one of those things where I had a good night running, but we lost and you always think of the team, not yourself,” Hayes explained. “I felt good tonight and am finally over all the injuries that have hung around since late last season. They were a big, strong team, but I think we managed to hold our own, we just had a letdown in the second half that cost us.”

On the night, Hayes put Livingston on the boards with the Wildcats’ first touchdown in the second period when he electrified the crown with a brilliant 54-yard run that appeared from the start to be a loss. Before the night was over, the sophomore back would ramble for 120 yards and account for six tackles on defense.

Huitt had a night that has become expected of the senior end/defensive back/kicker. He caught two McCoin passes that totaled 95 yards, both of which resulted in LA touchdowns, kicked a 36-yard field goal that at one point looked as if the three points could be the difference in the outcome of the game, and had 6 tackles on defense.

“My punting tonight left a little to be desired,” he added. “I caught my foot in the grass on one, had one partially blocked, and on that last one, the snap was a little high, but I had plenty of time and just missed the ball.”

McCoin was brilliant on some of his passes and “dumb” on others. The sophomore quarterback hit Huitt right on the numbers for LA’s first score of the night, a 67 yarder and came back later in the second period to find Huitt again wide open across the middle and threw a strike that turned into points.

“Yea, those were okay, “ the easy-going signal caller recalled, “but that interception late in the game that really hurt was just dumb. Actually I was trying to throw it out of the endzone, but didn’t throw it far enough, and really, I should have just run out of bounds.

In total, the Wildcats would total 162 yards on the ground and 118 through the air.
Along with McCoin’s passing, Huitt’s receiving, and Hayes’ running, Dillion Roberts collected 41 hard fought yards from his running back position.

Macon County scored with only 14 seconds remaining in the first period to take a 7-0 lead, but the Wildcats came roaring back in the second frame with 21 points. Hayes took a pitchout from McCoin at the LA 46, was almost bottled up on the sidelines then reversed his field, got behind a wall of blockers and outraced the opposition for Livingston’s first score of the night.

After Macon scored on its next possession, a methodical 77-yard drive on 12 plays that ate five minutes off the clock, McCoin found Huitt on the first play from scrimmage, racing down the right sidelines, and dropped a perfect 67-yard strike in his hands. With 49 seconds remaining in the half, McCoin and Huitt again hooked up on a 28-yard strike and the Wildcats carried a 21-13 lead into the locker room at intermission. Huitt connected on all three point-after attempts.

The Tigers knotted the score at 21 early in the third period, marching 75 yards in only five plays, with Shockley rambling 19 yards for the score. He also ran the point-after try to even the score.

Ronnie Linder got LA back in business deep in Livingston territory when he recovered a fumble at the 30 yard line following a partially blocked Huitt punt on the previous play. The Wildcats took the ball to the MC 18. The big play was a 14-yard run by Hayes, and with 1:58 showing on the clock, Huitt nailed his 36-yard field goal. Heading into the final 12 minutes, LA led 24-21.

“Then we just ran out of gas,” head coach Bruce Lamb explained. “They were big and strong and they just wore us down. Give them a lot of credit. We played hard and got a few bad breaks. We will get ready for DeKalb this week and with a win we will be 5-5 and I fondly remember another Livingston Academy team that was 5-5 when the playoff started. We’re getting better each week and we just have to keep playing.”

Macon County put 10 points on the boards in the final frame and Livingston came up with a blank.

Christian Dillon and Joey Creekbaum led the Livingston defensive attack with 9 tackles each, followed by Tyler Martin with 7, Huitt and Hayes 6, Linder, Davis, Robinson, and Lucas Reagan with 5 each, Cory Hamilton and Tyler Barns with 4, Jim Officer with 2, and Daniel Robinson, Lucas Dailey, Stormy Chilton, and Roberts with 1.

“We won’t accept anything less than a win next week,” senior defensive lineman Dillon explained. “Our seniors aren’t done yet. Our defense played well tonight, but they (Macon) were a little bigger and stronger. I’ll tell you one thing though, this is a young LA team and if you want to have some fun, come watch them the next couple years. They are really going to be good.”

The Yardstick
10 1st downs 22
162 Yds. rushing 370
118 Yds. Passing 35
280 Total Yards 405
10/4 Pass Att./Comp. 2/2
0 Pass Int. by 2
0 Fumbles Lost 3
3/25 Punts/avg. 1/35

Score by Quarter:
LA – 0 21 3 0 – 24
MC – 7 6 8 13 – 34

MC – Drown, 3 run. Cook kick.
LA – Hayes, 54 run. Huitt kick.
MC – Shockley, 4 run. Kick failed.
LA – Huitt, 67 pass from McCoin. Huitt kick.
LA – Huitt, 28 pass from McCoin. Huitt kick.
MC – Shockley, 19 run. Shockley run.
LA – Huitt, 36 field goal.
MC – Grace, 1 run. Kick failed.
MC – Crook, 18 run. Cook kick.

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Lady Wildcats win District 8-A/AA Championship

courtesy of Liz Nigro
Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats are No. 1 after defeating DeKalb County for the District 8-A/AA Tournament championship on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats opened up defense of their District 8-A/AA Volleyball title on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with a home match against Friendship Christian.

The Livingston fans had barely settled into their seats when Barbara Nigro picked out Kat Nigro streaking through the Commander defensive line and in less then a minute’s time LA had a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Commanders attempted to penetrate the Wildcats defense of Mary Green, Stormy Nigro, Megan Bass, and Bailey Buck, but quickly found themselves under attack again. Combination passing from Stormy Nigro to Savannah Gillentine to Barbara Nigro allowed Kat Nigro to score again in the third minute of the game.

The defensive plays of Audrey Robinson, Kara Vaughn, and Haileigh Gibbons kept the opponents from any goal scoring opportunities. Nakomie Garrett, Kelsey Copeland, Kelsey Webb, Mikayla Thompson, Kaitlin Ditto, Savannah Walker, and Hannah Johnson kept things friendly with just a little ball chasing for the opponents.

Goals were scored by Kat Nigro, 3, Barbara Nigro, 2, Savannah Gillentine, 2, and Kelsey Copeland, 1. Assists were by Kat Nigro, 4, and Barbara Nigro, 4.

The Lady Wildcats allowed only two shots to reach LA goalie Alaura Miranda, who has been offered a scholarship opportunity to play soccer at Waldorf College in Forest City, IA.

Late Tuesday night, LA was informed of their district final opponent, and for the third straight year they would face the DeKalb County Lady Tigers.

DeKalb’s Lady Tigers proved to be highly energized by the rematch with the Livingston Wildcats, taking the play right at the LA defense. Early clearing passes by Stormy Nigro, Bailey Buck, and Megan Bass proved to keep the Lady Tigers at bay.

Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats offense heated up to record setting levels. The passing powers of Savannah Gillentine, Barbara Nigro, Stormy Nigro, and Mikayla Thompson proved lethal to the Tiger defense, combining for 8 assists in the game.

All the players, Savannah Walker, Kelsey Webb, Kaitlin Ditto, Haileigh Gibbons, Kara Vaughn, Audrey Robinson, and Mary Green, made this a “team” game.

Goals were provided by Kat Nigro, 8, Kelsey Copeland, 2, Stormy Nigro, 1, and Barbara Nigro, 1 for a final tally of 12 goals. The assists went to Barbara Nigro, 4, Savannah Gillentine, 3, Kat Nigro, 3, Stormy Nigro, 1, and Mikayla Thompson, 1.
The 12-4 win gave the Lady Wildcats the District 8 championship.

LA Lady Wildcats Soccer will host the Region 4 semifinals against Chattanooga Christian’s Lady Chargers today, Tuesday, Oct. 26, with a projected start time of 6 p.m.

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LA Volleyball season ends against Notre Dame

Josh Scott photo
Freshman Rachel Reeder rejects a Notre Dame player.

By Josh Scott,
OCN Sports

All good things usually do come to an end in sports. For Livingston Academy’s Lady Wildcats volleyball team, that ending came much sooner than they wanted, and in the eyes of some, much sooner than expected.

After playing extremely well in the District 8-AA Tournament two weeks ago, the Lady Wildcats had a lot of things going in their favor when they took the floor against Chattanooga Notre Dame; however, one thing definitely did not go their way.

In the first game, the Lady Cats came out slow and nervous, yet battled the whole way. After some iffy lift calls on both sides, Notre Dame’s athleticism and ability proved to be too much for Livingston Academy as they beat the Lady Wildcats 25-17.

Game two looked to be all Livingston at times. After jumping out to a 7-3 advantage, a few more lift calls, more on the Lady Cats than the Irish, brought the Irish back into the game and into the lead midway through.

Carrying that momentum, the Irish put the Lady Cats at the brink of losing game two with a score of 24-20. But the resiliency of the Lady Wildcats showed through and they battled back to 24-22, with momentum back in their favor.

On the very next play though, another “lift” call was made on the Lady Wildcats and the Irish won game two, 25-22.

Game three was again all Irish, as they used the strength of their hitters and found the holes in the Lady Wildcats defense to take the match in three games, 25-17, 25-22, and 25-20.

“That’s tough,” Lady Wildcats Coach Christie Jenkins said immediately after the game. “We didn’t react well, but that’s the way it is. They played well and we didn’t.”

Although her season was over, Coach Jenkins saw many positive things on the year.
“Oh my, it has definitely been a great year,” she said. “We are finally doing what needs to be done to have success. We have had a great year, but I’m definitely sad to see it end.

“I’m blessed to have a group like this.”

Coach Jenkins knows that some of the “lift” calls didn’t help against Notre Dame, but Notre Dame played well too.

“We had an off night, but they played really good,” she said. “I felt we were afraid to touch the ball with the lifts, but no excuses, we definitely got beat.”

Livingston Academy Volleyball (28-16, 8-0) proved that they may be back for a run.

With only two seniors, only good things are to come in 2011 for the Lady Wildcats.

“I’ll definitely miss Kelli Ledbetter and C.J. Boykin; I just wish we could have done better,” she said. “Maybe next year.”

Next year could be grand for the Lady Wildcats with five of their six starters returning, and future sophomores Rachel Reeder and Taylor Meadows to fill the void of Boykin and Ledbetter.

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