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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Keeping up with the Joneses

  • The Diamond Wildcats held Sarcoxie to only seven points in the second half, but by that time the damage had already been done as the Bears cruised to a 35-7 victory to end the Wildcats’ season in the Class 2, District 4 playoffs on Thursday.
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  • The Diamond Wildcats held Sarcoxie to only seven points in the second half, but by that time the damage had already been done as the Bears cruised to a 35-7 victory to end the Wildcats’ season in the Class 2, District 4 playoffs on Thursday.
    The Wildcats flexed their muscle early on when tailback Zack Renfro broke loose on a 39-yard touchdown run to give his team a 7-6 lead in the first quarter. But the Bears would go on to score 23 unanswered points the remainder of the way.
    Logan Jones gave the Bears the lead for good with his second touchdown on a seven-yard scamper to make it 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. Conor Jones added a six-yard run in the second quarter and Logan Jones ran in the two-point conversion to make it 20-7.
    Jade Bloss then hauled in a 33-yard strike from Conor Jones and later added a four-yard run to help push the Bears to 8-2 overall.
    “Sarcoxie’s better than people give them credit for,” Wildcats coach Jimmy DuShane said. “The offense that they run, they do it really well, and it’s something that’s tough to defend.”
    Renfro led the Wildcats with 120 yards rushing on 28 carries and a score. Tanner Paradies had 24 yards on the ground while quarterback Brodie Bien threw for 41 and rushed for 17. Renfro also had a catch for 16 yards while Clay Rolf had one for 15 and Jordan Divine 10.
    The Wildcats closed the season at 4-6 overall, but with a couple of breaks or bounces of the ball, easily could have finished a game or two better. They’ll lose three seniors to graduation, so with most of the team intact next season it’s not hard to envision a steady improvement in the win-loss column in 2013.
    “I think that we grew as a group, as a unit, leaps and bounds this year,” DuShane said. “From week one to the last week we grew so much it wasn’t even funny. Just in how we tackle and how we are able to read defenses now, and how we’re able to throw the football and catch the football. Just in all aspects we’ve been able to grow and I can’t be more proud of the way these kids worked.
    “Sometimes it goes beyond wins and losses. We honestly had a chance to be 5-5, possibly 6-4, but with that said I think, and as a coach I’m already preparing for next year, we can be really good next year and be a team that is feared. I think we can be a team that opponents have to really be prepared for. We’ve just got to continue to improve in ways that I feel they have already.”

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