After rain pushed Saturday’s scheduled games back a day to Sunday, the Neosho Youth Football League managed to get in two games against Seneca at Bob Anderson Stadium and four at East Newton High School. The Wildcats went 3-3 while playing six of the eight scheduled games, with Neosho Black fifth and sixth grade teams having rescheduled their games against Seneca to Sat. Oct. 19 at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Neosho Black vs. Seneca
At Bob Anderson Stadium
Seneca 36, Neosho Black 14
Seneca’s offense was extremely tough on the Wildcats, while their defense held the Wildcats to 143 yards of offense.
Despite the Indians’ resistance, Neosho’s Jeremiah Cobb still managed to have a big day as he rushed 10 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. A pair of long touchdown runs punctuated Cobb’s day, as he scored on runs of 49 and 80 yards.
Jared Siler ran for 17 yards on five tries for the Wildcats, while Bryce Willis had one run for five yards and Hayden Murphy rushed for two yards and scored on a two-point conversion.
Kameron Dunaway led Neosho’s defensive plight with 11 tackles, while Michael Day had eight, Willis and Murphy seven, Cobb five, Mason Trepagnier four, Zachary Goff three, Jason Tice and Siler two, and Blaine Jeffers, Bryan Lewis and Gabe Mabrey one each.
Neosho Black 24, Seneca 6
There were plenty of contributions on both sides of the ball for the Neosho Black fourth graders on Sunday, as the Wildcats handled Seneca in the only other game for Neosho Black on the day.
Logan Whetzell ripped the Indians for 155 yards rushing on 19 carries with a touchdown and two two-point conversions. Hayden Crane followed with 70 rushing yards on 12 tries with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Elijah Mojica only had three carries in the game, but he scored a touchdown and contributed five yards rushing. Talon Mitchell had one carry for one yard.
Whetzell also factored into Neosho’s only completion of the game as he hit Fisher Stephens on an eight-yard pass.
Defensively, Stephens led the team with seven tackles, including two sacks. Marcus Duncan had six tackles and blocked a punt. Whetzell had three tackles and also recorded an interception. Meanwhile, Crane had four tackles, while Mojica, Seth Green and Landon McCracken had three, Brayden Hardage and Zane Boyer two and Nick Harris, Mitchell and Zac Conduff one. Mitchell also recovered a Seneca fumble following his own kickoff.
Neosho Gold at East Newton
East Newton 16, Neosho Gold 12
Page 2 of 3 - Perhaps the East Newton Patriots received just the edge they needed playing at home on Sunday as the third graders won a close battle against Neosho Gold.
Despite the loss, Neosho turned in a solid effort across the board as Carter Baslee rushed for 110 yards on nine carries. Teammate Brock Franklin ran for 90 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns. Kael Smith rushed for 13 yards on four attempts.
Baslee also led the team defensively as he turned in 81/2 tackles and recovered a fumble. Meanwhile, Colton Burr, Brandon Cargile and Cody Rice had 51/2 tackles each, while Smith had four, Collyn Anderson and Jacob Gravener had 21/2 and Devon Stirewalt finished with one.
East Newton 14, Neosho Gold 6, OT
The Patriots again used home field to its advantage and won a nail-biter in overtime in the fourth grade game at East Newton High School.
A touchdown and two-point conversion in overtime sealed the victory for the Patriots. Neosho’s loss came in spite of a big day by running back Tristen Mason, who rushed 14 times for 157 yards and a touchdown. Mason averaged 11.2 yards per carry, and broke off runs of 63 and 55 yards in the game. Teammate Trent Neece rushed for 29 yards on 10 carries. Mason had one kick return for 17 yards, while Neece returned one kick for six.
Neece led the team defensively with six tackles, while Evan Haskins had 51/2, Harrison Slinkard 21/2, Noah Reed and Mason had two, Nate Copeland and Kolby Hood added 11/2 each, Kane Ely had one and Caleb Lathrom had half a tackle.
Neosho Gold 42, East Newton 0
Credit Neosho’s defense for pitching an impressive shutout, but the offense was just as good on Sunday as the Wildcats demolished the Patriots in fifth grade action.
It seemed as if everyone got in on the action for Neosho, as 13 players recorded at least one tackle on defense. Jacob Fry led the way with eight stops, while Dylan Adams had seven, Dalton Brodie five, Camden Lazure four, Landon Kivett and Domenick Kirkwood three, Landon Austin and Caleb Elliot two and Cooper Beaver, Logan Morgan, Brandon Crisp, Gavin Linny and Myles Buck one each.
Cayden Auch was a force the Patriots couldn’t solve thanks to some superior work by Neosho’s offensive line. Despite carrying the ball only five times, Auch rushed for a whopping 183 yards and three touchdowns. He ripped off runs of 79, 20, 63, 10 and 11 yards. Kirkwood finished with 62 yards and two touchdowns on five attempts, and also added two two-point conversions.
Kivett completed four passes for 96 yards and Brodie completed one pass to Linny for 18 yards and a score. Kirkwood also had a 32-yard catch.
Page 3 of 3 - Neosho Gold 20, East Newton 8
Gage Kelley rushed for 121 yards on 16 attempts, and added two touchdowns and a two-point conversion to lead Neosho’s sixth graders to victory over East Newton.
The win improved Neosho’s record to 3-3 overall.
While Kelley did most of the damage, the Wildcats received contributions from a number of players on offense, as Zane Persinger rushed for 31 yards on six tries, Mason Hunter had 18 on six, Dylan Collins finished with 13 on two, Hunter Box added 11 on three and Brady Franklin had one attempt for two yards.
Kelley completed one pass to Jace Parmley for 19 yards, while Persinger hit Parmley on a 41-yard touchdown strike. Vince Peterson hauled in a reception to complete a two-point conversion.