The Neosho Black youth football teams completed a clean sweep of Webb City White on Saturday at Bob Anderson Stadium. There were some thrilling games against Webb City as Neosho won three of the four games by two points, including an overtime shootout in the fourth grade contest.
Neosho Gold, meanwhile, was on the road at Monett, where they suffered a different fate. Against the Cubs, Neosho Gold dropped three of four games with only the fifth graders escaping with a victory. Gold’s three losses were all by two scores or less.
Neosho Black vs. Webb City White
At Bob Anderson Stadium
Neosho 20, Webb City 18
Trailing 18-6 late in the third quarter, Neosho turned up the heat and completed a dazzling comeback. After the Cardinals struck on three long runs to take the lead, the Wildcats came back and scored at the end of the third quarter to pull within 18-12. A fourth down stop on defense gave Neosho the ball back in the fourth quarter and they scored and converted a decisive two-point conversion by Hayden Crane to claim the victory.
Logan Whetzell rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead Neosho’s offense. Elijah Mojica had 23 yards rushing, eight return yards, and a touchdown. Crane chipped in 17 yards rushing and scored a touchdown.
Marcus Duncan led Neosho with five tackles. Zane Boyer, Fisher Stephens, Mojica, Whetzell, Seth Green, Lane Osborn and Landon McCracken had two stops each. Caden Misner, Brayden Hardage, Crane, Zacheria Conduff, Connor Jordan and Talon Mitchell had a tackle apiece. Mitchell and Mojica each recovered a fumble.
Neosho 14, Webb City 12, OT
Racey Shandley scored an overtime touchdown to help Neosho escape Webb City. The decisive score was Shandley’s second touchdown of the contest as he ran for 52 yards on the day, including a 22 yard scamper. Logan Renner rushed for 25 yards, Ewing had two and Jeremiah Larson finished with one rushing and six passing. Ryan Cargile had one reception for six yards.
Isaac Harris and Drayke Perry racked up nine tackles apiece on defense and Renner had seven. Ewing and Cargile had five tackles apiece while Ewing added a fumble recovery. Larson and Eric Siler added four stops, Shandley and Nathan Storms had three, Wyatt Keplar had two, Joseph Dry, Brandt Gonzales, Dalton Gooden, Will Jennings, Austin Manwiller, Sam Sullivan and James Weaver had one each. Gonzales also had a fumble recovery.
Neosho 20, Webb City 18
The fifth grade team escaped Webb City in yet another thriller. Sam Cook led the Wildcats with 48 yards rushing and had a return for three yards. Payton Morris ran for eight yards, Quincey Willis finished with six, Mason Gammons and Nathan Douglas ran for a yard each.
Page 2 of 3 - Willis led Neosho with five tackles on defense. Carter Elder had three stops, Cook added two, R.J. Long, Morris, Douglas, Kaden Dickens and Nevin Price had one each. Touchdowns for Neosho were not reported for this game.
Neosho 20, Webb City 12
Cade Lyerla rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Wildcats over the Cardinals in the sixth grade game. Mason Ray gashed the Cardinals for 102 yards on the ground, including a 73-yard burst, and threw for 11. Drew Osborn ran for six yards and had an 11 yard catch. Christian Esparza rushed for three yards and Brok Logan two.
Tre’Von Letts had an 18 yard return and led the team defensively with six tackles. Ray and Logan had four stops each. Charlie Merrell and Tyller Miller had three takedowns. Lyerla and Alec Rothman had two tackles. Jordan Bridges, Esparza, Tyler Spalding and Whisenhunt had a tackle each.
Neosho Gold vs. Monett
Monett 14, Neosho 12
Walker Stipp stripped the football and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown in Neosho’s loss to Monett. Stipp, who assisted on two tackles, joined defensive teammate Noah Reed in adding a fumble recovery in the game.
Trent Neece rushed for 76 yards, including a 51-yard burst, and a touchdown while also completing a pass to Harrison Slinkard for 12 yards and adding 6 1/2 tackles on defense. Lukas Erickson rushed three times for three yards.
Tristen Mason had one return yard. Reed and Landon Werneke turned in 5 1/2 tackles each. Slinkard had 4 1/2 stops, Tristen Mason 3 1/2, Erickson 1 1/2, Stipp and Ellis Pendergraft one, and Caleb Lathrom assisted in a stop.
Monett 6, Neosho 0
A defensive battle ensued in the fourth grade game, but the Cubs managed the only score. Cooper Beaver set the tone on defense for the Wildcats with six tackles. Others with tackles for the Wildcats were: Cayden Auch (5), Landon Kivett (4), Domenick Kirkwood and Dalton Brodie (3), Gavin Linny (2), Chase Liedtke and Brandon Crisp (1).
Auch was the leading rusher with 41 yards on six carries. Liedtke had 39 yards on three totes. Kirkwood ran for 12 yards.
Neosho 20, Monett 6
Gage Kelley was all over the field in the win for the fifth graders. Kelley had a 37 yard touchdown run, rushed for a two-point conversion, tossed a 21 yard touchdown pass to Zane Persinger, and returned an interception for another score.
Kelley’s standout day saw him run for 38 yards, pass for 24 and, along with teammate Brady Franklin, lead the team with seven tackles.
Persinger hauled in two passes for 24 yards, had six return yards and added three tackles. Connor Burghart had 14 yards rushing. Bret Camerer had five tackles, Jaden Harter four, Hunter Mason three, Nakota Bach, Dylan Collins, Matt Houk and Jace Parmely two each, and Hunter Box one. Mason added a fumble recovery.
Page 3 of 3 - Sixth grade
Monett 14, Neosho 0
Neosho couldn’t solve the solid Monett defense in the sixth grade contest. Still the Wildcats managed to move the ball against the Cubs, but couldn’t punch it in.
Dylan Jordan led Neosho runners with 41 yards on five carries. Braxton Barnes and Connor McGehee had 14 yards each and Colton Mouse had seven. Barnes completed a 13 yard pass to Gavin Colson and had two returns for eight yards.
Mouse led the way with six tackles, Logan Vaughn and Ethan White had five, Colston, Kip Box and McGehee had four, Nathan Springer three, Barnes and Jordan two, Andrew Carterman, Ryan Slade, Taylor Ostrum, Kyle Wood, and Issack Howard had one each.