The Neosho Youth Football teams went a combined 3-8 against Joplin on Saturday. Neosho Gold played at home and finished 1-4 with the fourth graders being victorious. Neosho Black was on the road at Junge Stadium in Joplin where they went 2-2 against Joplin Red.
Neosho Black vs. Joplin Red
At Joplin (Junge Stadium)
Neosho 24, Joplin 0
Neosho controlled all phases of the game as its defense shut down Joplin while the offense moved the ball, seemingly, with ease. Logan Whetzell racked up 114 yards rushing on seven carries to lead Neosho’s offense. He scored two touchdowns and added a two-point conversion.
Hayden Crane had 49 yards on eight carries, including a touchdown and two-point conversion. Talon Mitchell rushed for six yards and scored on a conversion. Elijah Motica rushed for 19 yards.
Lane Osborn and Marcus Duncan had five tackles apiece. Fisher Stephens and Connor Jordan had four tackles each. Mitchell and Caden Misner had three tackles. Seth Green and Whetzell had two stops. Crane, Zacheria Conduff, Zane Boyer and Landon McCracken had one tackle apiece.
Neosho 22, Joplin 16
The offensive attack for Neosho was just enough on Saturday. Leading by a touchdown late, the Wildcats’ defense stiffened late and held the Eagles out of the end zone. Drayke Perry captained the Wildcats’ defense with five tackles. Racey Shandley had four tackles, Eric Siler had three, Ryan Cargile, Ewing, Isaac Harris and Will Jennings had two each. Jeremiah Larson, Austin Manwiller, Logan Renner, Nathan Storms and Sam Sullivan had a tackle each.
Sullivan was the offensive leader with 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 15 carries. He also had 17 return yards. Renner ran for 78 yards on six carries, Larson had 29 and a touchdown on eight runs, and Cargile and Shandley each ran for three yards.
Joplin 8, Neosho 6
Joplin scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to edge Neosho in the fifth grade game. There were no stats available for this game.
Joplin 16, Neosho 0
The sixth grade team couldn’t find its stride against Joplin’s defense. Isiah Richardson ran three times for 12 yards. Cade Lyerla ran five times for four yards. Drew Osborn passed for 32 yards and Mason Ray threw for 54. That same duo connected with each other on those throws as Osborn had 54 yards receiving and Lyerla 32.
Ray had 13 return yards.
Tre’Von Letts had five tackles for Neosho. Connor Cathers, Lyerla, Osborn and Tyler Sullivan had two stops. Charlie Merrell and Tyller Miller had a tackle each.
Page 2 of 2 - Neosho Gold vs. Joplin Blue
At Bob Anderson Stadium
Joplin 20, Neosho 6
Trent Neece rushed for 81 yards on 13 carries and scored Neosho’s only touchdown of the game against Joplin Blue. Neece provided the bulk of the offense as Joplin held the Wildcats to 74 yards rushing. Neece added six yards on a return and Nate Copeland had one for 14. Tristen Mason had seven tackles for Neosho. Neece chipped in 61/2. Noah Reed had two tackles, Landon Werneke had 11/2, Ellis Pendergraft and Lukas Erickson had one and Caleb Lathrom had a half tackle.
Neosho 24, Joplin 12
The Neosho fourth grade team remains undefeated this season after defeating Joplin Blue thanks to a solid day on both sides of the football. Cooper Beaver led the team on defense with 12 tackles. Dalton Brodie had seven stops and Domenick Kirkwood added five. Gavin Linny, Landon Kivett and Cayden Auch had four tackles each. Trenton Middleton, Chase Liedtke and Dylan Adams finished with three tackles apiece. Landon Austin had two tackles and Brandon Crisp finished with one.
Auch had a big day with the football in his hands, too. He carried 11 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns, adding three two-point conversions as well. Kirkwood had five rushes for 34 yards and a touchdown while returning a kick for 15 yards. Liedtke had a carry for 13 yards and Kivett carried once for three yards.
Joplin 42, Neosho 14
Joplin’s offense was stuck on full throttle as the Eagles cruised to victory. Neosho continued to fight to the end, and got two touchdowns from Gage Kelley — one on a 60-yard interception return and another on a 53 yard run. Kelley’s touchdown run came on his first carry of the game, and he finished with 92 yards on the ground and scored on a two-point conversion.
Kelley also passed for 53 yards and Jace Parmley threw for three. Dylan Collins ran two times for 25 yards and Bret Camerer had five rushing yards.
Dylan Collins had 20 yards receiving and Kelley had three. Zane Persinger had 33 receiving yards. Nakota Bach had 18 return yards.
Matt Houk, Camerer and Brady Franklin had five defensive tackles. Zane Persinger and Kelley had four stops. Hunter Box, Chase Capps, Collins and Jaden Harter had three tackles. Bach, Ryan DePaul and Connor Burghart had a tackle apiece.
Joplin 42, Neosho 0
Joplin finished the day strong with a shutout in sixth grade action. Dylan Jordan led the Wildcats with nine carries for 79 yards. Braxton Barnes carried four times for 35 yards. Colton Mouse had four rushes for 27. Connor McGehee ran once for seven yards. Blake Norris had a 12-yard kick return.
Jordan led the team with six tackles, Mouse had five, Barnes and Ryan Slade had two and Issack Howard, Andrew Carterman, Andrew Burris and Kip Box had a stop apiece.