Lions Pick Off Livingston Academy, 22-6
by CASEY HINDMAN
Sparked by two touchdown returns off interceptions in the second half, the Lions roared from behind to secure a key District 8-AA victory at home, 22-6.
Seniors Lee Cooper and Daniel Wooten each had a pick for six in the win, the Lions third straight and fourth of the season.
The Lions are 4-3 overall but more importantly improved to 2-1 in the district.
The road to the playoffs will not be easy, though, and it will also be long.
Following a three-hour road trip to Scott County in East Tennessee for a non-district game next Friday, the Lions are again on the road for a district game at Smith County on Oct. 16.
They then have a week off before closing out the regular and district seasons Oct. 30 at home against Upperman.
Smith County defeated Upperman 42-12 Friday.
The crowning of the Homecoming Queen was the highlight of CCHS’s Homecoming activities. Before the largest crowd of the season, the three nominees, Ashley Campbell, Majesta Morris, and Megan Witty, anxiously awaited the announcement of which the student body had selected for their Queen. Ashley Campbell was named the 2009 CCHS Homecoming Queen. Ashley was crowned by, senior football player, Andrew Woodin. Tyler Jacobs also presented her with a football signed by the team, and Cesar Wilson presented her with flowers.
The end of Cannon County’s Homecoming week was punctuated by a resounding 22-7 victory over the visiting Livingston Academy Wildcats. Despite five turnovers, the Lions were able to rely on the best defensive effort of the season to pull out the win.
Emby Mills said, “Tonight our defense was amazing.” He also added, “the defense helped by scoring two touchdowns.”
The high-scoring Livingston offense was held in check for the entire game. Livingston realized that the Lion defense meant business when Dylan Light unloaded on the Livingston ball carrier causing a fumble, which was picked up by Daniel Woodin who took it 70 yards for a touchdown. But a block-in-the-back penalty brought the ball back to the Cannon County 30 yard line.
The Lions overcame the penalty after a couple of short gains with a 59-yard Lee Cooper to Andy Agee touchdown pass, giving the Lions a 6-0 lead after the failed 2-point conversion.
The defense dominated most of the second quarter for both teams. Livingston finally got a break when they recovered a Lion fumbled punt at the Cannon 37 yard line with 4:15 left in the half. A 5-yard touchdown run and the extra point gave Livingston a 7-6 lead at the half.
The Lions started the third quarter with a Cooper pass that was intercepted at the LA 31 yard line. Cooper made up for his interception by intercepting a pass on the first play by Livingston and returned the ball 31-yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion put the Lions ahead 14-7.
The Lion defense controlled the remainder of the game. The final score came on a Daniel Woodin interception, which ended with a 35-yard sprint into the end zone. The two-point conversion made the final score 22-7.
After their third win in a row, the Lions record stands at 4-3, 2-1 district.