Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Banged Up Wildcats Fall at Smith County, 14-28

Friday, September 9, 2016

7:00 PM

Livingston Academy
Smith County High School

Game Recap

Will McDonald led the Wildcats with 125 yards passing. Briley Rich led the gorund attack with 107 yards. Livingston’s leading receiver was Mitchell Ayers with 44 yards. The defense was led by Jake Oliver with 9 tackles,including 3 tackles for loss. The Wildcats will try to get on track next week at Stone Memorial in Crossville.

Box Scores

Livingston Academy
Smith County

Game Summary


The Wildcats won the toss and deferred to the second half. With freshman kicker Tee Beaty’s kick going out of bounds, the Smith County Owls received the ball at their own 35 yard line. Quarterback Carson Hackett and the offense then set to work, leading the Owls on a 65 yard, 5+ minute TD drive, capped off by a QB sneak for the score, giving the Owls an early 7-0 lead. The Wildcats offense then got the ball for the first time. Livingston proceeded to march down the field behind the power of RB Briley Rich. The offense managed to get four first downs and got as close as the 15 yard line before stalling out and turning the ball over on downs on the last play of the quarter.


With the ball on their own 15 yard line, the Owls had their work cut out for them. Using big gains from Shemar King and Jaylon Shepperson, they quickly moved into Livingston territory. Then, on 2nd & 8, QB Hackett threw an 18 yard TD pass to Shepperson. The pass was in front of Shepperson, but through an impressive athletic play, he was able to tip the pass to himself and secure the score. After a penalty on the faked PAT, Smith County decided to kick the extra point; however, DB Will Sims managed to get a hand on the ball and blocked it, making the score 13-0. With their backs against the wall, QB Will McDonald and Co. needed a score before the half. That is when Rich carried the offense down the field and set up a 17 yard TD strike to Cole Smith from McDonald, trimming Livingston’s deficit to 13-7. However, with 4 minutes left on the clock, Smith County QB Carson Hackett drove down the field and threw a 30 yard catch and run TD to Jaylon Shepperson. The Owls went for 2 and succeeded when Shemar King ran the ball in, making the halftime score 21-7 Smith County.


Already down 21-7, Livingston received the kickoff with work to do. After a first down run by Briley Rich and an offensive holding call, QB Will McDonald threw an interception to Smith County’s John Ross Hord, giving the ball to the Owls at Livingston’s 40 yard line. However, after forcing 4th down, Smith County’s Carson Hackett threw an interception to Mitchell Ayers, giving Livingston life at their own 43. After runs of 12 and 14 yards, RB Briley Rich was injured along the Livingston sideline and was transported to a local hospital for further testing. That didn’t stop the Wildcats, however, as they scored on a 1 yard QB sneak by McDonald, making the score 14-21 at the end of the quarter.


The quarter began with Livingston punting from their own 17. The Owls did not waste the good field position, scoring on a 29 yard TD run by Bryant Goolsby on the fourth play of the drive, increasing their lead to 28-14. Livingston’s next drive was a good one, ending on an overthrown pass on fourth down in the red zone intended for Cole Smith. The Owls then pounded the ground game, running the clock out and delivering them their second win of the season.