Costly turnovers plagued the Neosho Gold seventh grade football team as the Wildcats fell to Webb City, 34-14, on Tuesday at Bob Anderson Stadium.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game after taking advantage of Neosho turnovers. The Wildcats would go on to outscore the Cardinals the remainder of the way, but the game ended with the ball in the Wildcats’ hands at the Cardinals’ three yard line.
“We were proud of our players for not giving up and playing hard all the way to the end,” coach Mark Daugherty said.
Brady Wise broke free on a 40-yard touchdown run and Adrian Hitchcock scored on a five yard burst for the Wildcats. Wise led the Wildcats with 43 yards rushing. Gavin Kelly threw for 86 yards, including a two-point conversion toss to Hank Selig. Wideout Kaleb Moreland had 30 yards in receptions.
Adrian Hitchcock was a defensive force for the Wildcats as he racked up 13 tackles in the contest. Jarvis Funk recovered a pair of onside kicks.
Neosho (3-2) concludes its season at Nevada next Tuesday.
The Neosho Black team also fell to Webb City on Tuesday, 20-12.
Robert Davis returned a kickoff 74 yards to pay dirt and Dalton Flory ran one in from two yards out for Neosho’s scores.
Dalton Flory led the team with 43 yards passing, 30 of which went to receiver Hayden Wood. Jarid Scribner rushed for 23 yards. Hunter Lockwood wrangled six tackles on defense.
Neosho Black (1-4) is at Nevada on Tuesday.