The Neosho third and fourth grade football teams competed at the Superbowl at Webb City over the weekend with three of the four teams coming up victorious. Meanwhile, the fifth and sixth grade teams, who will compete in their Superbowl games this weekend at Webb City, played a pair of makeup games against McDonald County.
At Webb City
Neosho Black 8, Carthage Blue 6
A decisive two-point conversion by Zane Boyer lifted the third grade team to a Superbowl victory. That score came on the heels of a touchdown run by Logan Whetzell, who finished with 108 yards rushing. Hayden Crane had 41 yards rushing and Elijah Mojica had two. Mojica also had a return for one yard and turned in five tackles.
Everyone pitched in on the great defensive day by the Wildcats. Those with tackles were: Connor Jordon (3), Brayden Hardage (1), Landon McCracken (4), Boyer (2), Seth Green (9), Zac Conduff (2), Fisher Stephens (2), Marcus Duncan (9), Talon Mitchell (3), Lane Osborn (1), Caden Misner (2), Hayden Crane (3) and Whetzell (3).
Neosho Gold 26, Joplin Red 0
Neosho spread the ball around in big fashion on the day, with four different Wildcats scoring touchdowns in the game. Trent Neece led Neosho with 111 yards rushing and a touchdown, Kolby Hood had 26 yards and a score, Noah Reed 20 and a trip to pay dirt and Harrison Slinkard had eight yards and a score.
Nate Copeland also rushed for eight yards and Tristen Mason had one. Reed and Mason led the defense with 3.5 tackles while Hood had two, Walker Stipp one, Neece 1.5, Parker Milby one and Copeland .5. Stipp, Neece and Hood each recovered a fumble and Slinkard picked off three passes, returning one for seven yards.
Neosho Black 22, Carthage Blue 0
The Wildcats cruised to an easy Superbowl victory with a dominating performance in every facet of the game.
Sam Sullivan led the team offensively with 92 yards rushing and a touchdown. Racey Shandley had 15 yards and a touchdown, Logan Renner ran for 13 yards, Jeremiah Larson had a touchdown and a two-point conversion with three yards on the ground and Ryan Cargile ran for a yard and a two-point conversion.
Larson hooked up with Cargile on a nine-yard pass, and Renner added a 23-yard return.
Drake Perry led the team with seven tackles, followed by: Cargile (2), Jacob Ewing (1), Brandt Gonzales (1), Isaac Harris (2), Wyatt Keplar (2), Larson (1), Austin Manwiller (3), Chandler Pittman (1), Renner (1), Shandley (5), Eric Siler (2), Nathan Storms (1).
Webb City Blue 6, Neosho Gold 0
While they turned in a terrific defensive effort, the Wildcats weren’t able to solve Webb City’s defense.
Chase Liedtke led the Wildcats with 40 yards rushing followed by Cayden Auch 28, Domenick Kirkwood nine, Lanson Austin three, and Landon Kivett one. Kirkwood hooked up with Auch on a 21-yard pass and Gavin Linny added a return for two yards.
Page 2 of 2 - Gavin Linny led the Wildcats with six tackles while Dalton Brodie, Auch and Landon Austin had five apiece, Caleb Elliott had three, Dylan Adams, Kivett, Liedtke and Trenton Middleton each had two and Cooper Beaver and Brandon Crisp finished with one. Meanwhile, Austin and Nathan Williams each had a fumble recovery.
At Bob Anderson Stadium
McDonald County 24, Neosho Black 0
The Mustangs were too much for the Wildcats to handle as they made up a game that had previously been postponed due to bad weather.
Sam Cook led the Wildcats with 20 yards rushing while Mason Williams connected with Kaden Dickens on a one-yard pass. R.J. Long had a 25-yard kickoff return.
Those with tackles for the Wildcats’ defense were: Carter Elder (1.5), Quincey Willis (5), Long (3), Cook (8.5), Reise Davis (1), Bryce Ipoc (2), Dickens (3.5), Payton Morris (3.5), Mason Gammons (3.5), Levi Campbell (2), Grant Baslee (1), Nevin Price (1), and Nathan Douglas (.5).
McDonald County 6, Neosho Black 0
The Mustangs completed the sweep on Saturday by edging the Wildcats in a closely contested game that went down to the wire.
In the end, the Mustangs’ defense was too strong as they held Neosho’s leading rusher, Drew Osborn, to 21 yards. Cade Lyerla had 10 yards on the ground. Osborn also hooked up with receiver Mason Ray on a 16-yard strike for the offense’s biggest play of the day.
Trevon Letts led the defense with 10 tackles while Charles Merrell added eight. Others with stops for the Wildcats were: Jordan Bridges (1), Ethan Carnagey (1), Connor Cathers (3), Christian Esparza (4), Brock Logan (1), Lyerla (5), Colin McCracken (4), Osborn (3), and Alec Rothman (4).