Week 2 of the young season couldn’t have gone much better for the Neosho Youth Football League, as the Wildcats went 6-2, including three shutout victories, against Carl Junction. Neosho’s third, fourth and sixth grade teams swept the Bulldogs in grand fashion.

Third grade

At Carl Junction High School

Neosho Black 14, Carl Junction 6, OT

In a game that left fans on the edge of their seats, Neosho Black overcame Carl Junction in dramatic fashion in overtime on the legs of tailback Jared Siler. The Wildcats had little trouble running the football, as four runners turned in solid performances on the ground.

Despite having only three carries on the day, Siler ran for a 28-yard touchdown on his first carry, broke a 33-yard run later in the game and punctuated his performance with a 14-yard scamper in overtime to send the Wildcats to victory. Siler led the team in rushing with 75 yards on the ground, while Jeremiah Cobb added 62 yards on 10 carries, Bryce Willis had 53 on 11 attempts and Hayden Murphy turned in 29 on seven tries.

Kameron Dunaway had a big day on defense with three tackles and two big fumble recoveries. Willis led the team with four tackles, while Cobb, Michael Day and Zachary Goff each had two stops. Murphy finished with one tackle.

At Bob Anderson Stadium

Neosho Gold 14, Carl Junction Red 0

Try as they may, Carl Junction simply could not solve Neosho Gold’s stout defense on Saturday in Neosho. Kindra Crisp pounced on a loose football for a key Neosho turnover, while Carter Baslee led the ‘D’ with six tackles and Brandon Cargile added five stops.

Cal Kivett, meanwhile, turned in four tackles, Brock Franklin and Kael Smith had three, Dakota Kivett had two, and Devin Stirewalt, Cody Rice and Jacob Gravener had a tackle apiece.

Franklin had a big offensive day with 46 yards rushing on six carries with a touchdown and two-point conversion. Carter Baslee had 45 yards on eight carries with a touchdown, while Kael Smith ran for 21 yards on four tries and Dakota Kivett had three yards on two tries.

Fourth grade
At Carl Junction High School

Neosho Black 22, Carl Junction White 0

Neosho’s fourth graders went off on Saturday, giving Carl Junction White more than it could handle on both sides of the ball in a rout.

The Wildcats received huge offensive days from a pair of standouts as Logan Whetzell ran for a whopping 168 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown while teammate Hayden Crane rushed for 134 yards on 13 tries with two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. Whetzell completed one pass to receiver Fisher Stephens for 12 yards.
The defense, meanwhile, was lights out as Marcus Duncan went wild with 11 tackles to lead the team. Talon Mitchell and Elijah Mojica both finished with six tackles, while Whetzell added five, Crane four, Seth Green, Stephens and Zane Boyer two, and Landon McCracken, Terrin McIlvaine and Zach Conduff added one apiece.

At Bob Anderson Stadium

Neosho Gold 22, Carl Junction Red 0

Keeping with the theme, Neosho’s fourth grade Gold team also turned in a dominant performance en route to a 22-0 victory.

Like classmates Whetzell and Crane, Trent Neece also had a standout performance rushing the ball as he carried 10 times for a staggering 161 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions. Tristen Mason followed with 25 yards on six carries, Evan Haskins had one carry for 22 yards, Harrison Slinkard rushed for 17 on four totes and Noah Reed had a carry for one yard.

Mason finished with 8 1/2 tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the defense, while Neece had 6 1/2, Adam Chambers 3 1/2, Kolby Hood three, Kane Ely two, Logan Brady and Reed one, and Haskins and Nate Copeland each had half tackles. Peter Houk also recovered a fumble.

Fifth grade

At Carl Junction High School

Carl Junction White 20, Neosho Black 6

A stout Bulldogs defense stymied Neosho Black’s offense in the fifth grade game.

Though the Wildcats struggled to get going as the Bulldogs held them to nine plays that went for negative yardage, Sam Sullivan still managed to rush for 48 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while Jeremiah Larson ran for five yards and Racey Shandley had four.

Larson hit Shandley on a one-yard pass, while Jacob Ewing added a 12 yard return and Shandley had one for three. Isaac Harris and Drayke Perry each had seven tackles and Perry added a fumble recovery to lead Neosho’s defense. Shandley finished with six tackles, while Sullivan, Will Jennings and Ewing had three stops apiece, Larson and Chandler Pittman had two and Wyatt Keplar, James Weaver and Nathan Storms had a tackle each.

At Bob Anderson Stadium

Carl Junction Red 22, Neosho Gold 0

More stout defense from Carl Junction’s fifth graders kept Neosho Gold off the scoreboard in its home opener.

While they didn’t get on the board, Neosho moved the ball behind 54 rushing yards from Cayden Auch, while Landon Austin ran for 16, Brandt Gonzales six, Domenick Kirkwood five and Landon Kivett three. Kivett connected with Gavin Linny on a six-yard pass, while Cooper Beaver and Auch each had a return for seven yards.

Kirkwood led the defense with seven tackles, while Auch and Camden Lazure added four apiece, Dalton Brodie and Linny had three, Dylan Adams and Austin two and Kaden Decker and Myles Buck added one stop each. Linny also picked off a pass for the Wildcats.

Sixth grade

At Carl Junction High School

Neosho Black 34, Carl Junction White 8

The biggest blowout of the day went to the sixth grade Neosho Black team as it walloped Carl Junction White on the road.

There were no shortage of stars in this one for the Wildcats.

Sam Cook led the offense in rushing with 99 yards on nine attempts with touchdown runs of 17 and 56 yards. He also hauled in a 21 yard touchdown pass.

Quarterback Quincy Willis had the busiest day, however. He purportedly threw the ball so well in the game that officials were asked to inspect the football he was using. Turns out the ball was indeed legal, and Willis proceeded to wow spectators while throwing for 75 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for an additional 44 yards an another score. He also had one kick return for two yards.

Kolton Sanders rushed for 22 yards on four tries. Kaden Dickens hauled in two passes for 26 yards, Mason Gammons had two catches for 22, Weston Durbin had a catch for four yards, Carter Elder had one snag for two yards.

Payton Morris paced the defense with eight tackles, while Willis had 5 1/2, Gage Zrubek Mason Gammons 1 1/2, Kolton Sanderson 1 1/2 and Carter Elder and Bryce Ipock one each. Morris finished with an interception, Zrubek had a blocked punt and both Gammons and Sanders scored on two-point conversions.

At Bob Anderson Stadium

Neosho Gold 20, Carl Junction White 12

Gage Kelley scored three touchdowns to lead the Neosho Gold sixth graders to a 20-12 victory over Carl Junction White.

Kelley scored on touchdown runs of 30, 19 and two yards. He finished with 96 yards rushing on 15 carries and threw for 85 more on six pass attempts. Mason Hunter rushed for 55 yards on 13 tries while Zane Persinger rushed for 12 yards, Brady Franklin had four and Hunter Box and Dylan Collins ran for two yards each.

Collins led the team with 38 yards receiving on two catches, while Nakota Bach had 23, Persinger 13 and Franklin three yards receiving. Collins finished with 11 return yards and Kelley had 10.

Matt Houk and Kelley both led the team with six tackles each, while Mason had three tackles and an interception. Collins had two tackles and an interception, while Bach and Levi Ketchum had two tackles apiece. Lucas Dunaway, Jace Parmley, Persinger, Cameron Kirshner, Chase Capps and Box had a tackle apiece.