Wildcat Football Hangs On Against Upperman

Livingston Academy defeated Upperman 10-7 on Friday night in Baxter, improving their record to 4-0.

The loss for the Bees (3-1) was their first regular season loss since September 29th of 2017.

After a scoreless first quarter, Upperman running back Ty Dutchess took a sweep around the right side of the offensive line 64 yards for a touchdown.

The Wildcats answered with a nine play, 64-yard drive that resulted in a 32-yard field goal attempt by Tee Beaty to draw Livingston within four.

On the ensuing drive, Dutchess fumbled the ball at mid-field with a little over a minute to play in the first half.

Livingston quarterback Will McDonald found Aubrey Hollars open on a wheel route from 11 yards out to give the Wildcats a 10-7 lead going into halftime.

McDonald’s pass to Hollars was his 56th of this career, which broke offensive coordinator Danny McCoin’s career touchdown passing record.

Neither team could figure out the other’s defense through the second half, as Hollars’ touchdown reception would be the final score of the night.

Upperman had a chance to take the lead with 1:22 to play in the fourth. Donoven McCallister heaved a pass to the end zone, on fourth and eight from the 20 yard line, but was intercepted by Wesley Smith.

On the night, Upperman outgained Livingston 347 to 145 in total offense. The Bee’s possessed the ball for over five minutes more than Livingston Academy.

Livingston forced one fumble and two interceptions, while Upperman finished the night with one interception. Livingston only earned three penalties for 26 yards, while Upperman committed 10 penalties for 80 yards.

Upperman and Livingston both play road games next week. The Bees will play their first game outside of Putnam County against Cannon County, while the Wildcats take on region foe Stone Memorial in Crossville.

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