The Neosho Youth Football League saw six of its eight teams conclude the regular season last weekend at home against Webb City White and on the road against Webb City Blue.
Due to a previous postponement Neosho Black fifth and sixth grade teams will play make up games against Seneca Saturday at Bob Anderson Stadium. The fifth grade team plays as 9 a.m., while sixth grade takes on the Indians at 10:30. Both Neosho and Seneca sixth graders enter the game 6-0 overall.
As for the rest of Neosho’s teams, the third and fourth graders will play in the 2013 Superbowl at Jungs Stadium in Joplin this week. Saturday’s games see Neosho Gold fourth grade take on Webb City Red at 10 a.m., Neosho Black fourth grade vs. Lamar at 2:30 p.m. and Neosho Black third versus Joplin Blue third at 4 p.m.
Neosho Gold third will take on Joplin Red at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Last Saturday, the Wildcats dominated Webb City by winning six of the day’s eight games.
Neosho Gold vs. Webb City White
At Bob Anderson Stadium
Neosho Gold 40, Webb City White 12
The third grade Wildcats simply dominated the Cardinals from start to finish in this one.
Neosho’s offensive attack couldn’t be stopped as Carter Baslee and Brock Franklin both surpassed the 100-yard mark in the game. Baslee finished with a staggering 144 yards on only eight carries with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Franklin was just as impressive behind Neosho’s superior offensive line, rushing for 111 yards on six attempts with three TDs.
Kael Smith rushed for 56 yards on five carries with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Collyn Anderson rushed for eight yards on two totes and returned one kick for 17 yards.
Baslee also led the defense with 7 1/2 tackles, while Jacob Gravener finished with 4 1/2, Brandon Cargile three, Franklin, Dakota Kivett and Smith 2 1/2, Devin Stirewalt 1 1/2 and Colton Burr, Andrew Isbell, Cal Kivett and Cody Rice had one each.
Webb City White 20, Neosho Gold 0
The Wildcats managed to move the football, but Webb City’s stingy defense found a way to keep them out of the end zone.
Trent Neece led the Wildcats with 113 yards rushing on 25 carries. Tristen Mason had three carries for nine yards and Evan Haskins ran once for six yards and had a kick return for 16.
Neece set the pace with 5 1/2 tackles on defense, while Haskins had five, Pete Houk 4 1/2, Adam Chambers three, Noah Reed two, Ian Dink and Harrison Slinkard one and Kolby Hood had half a tackle. Mason recovered a fumble for the Wildcats.
Page 2 of 3 - Fifth grade
Neosho Gold 22, Webb City White 14
The fifth grade Wildcats won a shootout with Webb City thanks to a solid team effort on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, the Wildcats pounded the ball on the ground before shocking the Cardinals on a pair of passes, one of which went for a touchdown. Domenick Kirkwood led the team with 63 rushing yards and a touchdown, while throwing for 43 more and another score to Cayden Auch. Auch had 43 yards receiving on three grabs.
Dalton Brodie rushed for 20 yards on four carries, while Auch ran for 18, Landon Austin six and Landon Kivett four. Camden Lazure had one kick return for 12 yards. Auch scored twice and Kirkwood converted a pair of two-point conversions.
Auch led the team with six tackles, while Kirkwood had five, Gavin Linny, Brodie, Kaden Decker and Jacob Fry had three, Lazure and Austin two and Kivett, Dylan Adams, Caleb Elliot and Logan Morgan had one. Linny recovered a fumble for the Wildcats, while Kivett and Auch both had an interception.
Neosho Gold 16, Webb City White 6
Gage Kelley had a big day for the Wildcats as he rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for a two-point conversion in the victory.
Kelley did his damage on 10 carries, ripping off big runs of 57, 15, 21, 19, and 23 yards. Teammate Zane Persinger rushed for 40 yards on eight totes, while Mason Hunter ran for eight, Hunter Box and Brady Franklin six, Dylan Collins four and Vince Peterson two. Kelley also completed a four-yard pass to Collins.
Collins also finished with 21 yards on kick returns, and Kelley completed his two-point conversion pass to Nakota Bach. Bach also tackled a Webb City player in the end zone for a safety while on defense.
Kelley led the Wildcat defense with six tackles, while Hunter Mason had 5 1/2, Chase Capps and Matt Houk 4 1/2, Jace Parmley and Collins four, Jaden Harter 2 1/2, Persinger and Franklin two and Levi Ketchum, Cameron Kirshner, Peterson and Box one each.
Neosho Black vs. Webb City Blue
At Webb City (Cardinals Stadium)
Neosho Black 30, Webb City Blue 0
There’s no way to sugarcoat it — the third grade Wildcats flat-out dominated Webb City in this game.
Whether it was the solid play of the offensive line, the lights-out performance by the defense, or the video game numbers put up by tailbacks Jeremiah Cobb and Bryce Willis, the Wildcats won thanks to a complete team effort.
Willis rushed for an eye-popping 168 yards on just five carries with three touchdowns. His first tote of the game went for a 74-yard touchdown, and he also ripped off scoring runs of 15 and 69 yards. Cobb was just as lethal with his legs as he ran for 146 yards and two TDs on 17 carries. Like Willis, he also scored on his first attempt — a 62-yard scamper. Hayden Murphy carried twice for four yards.
Page 3 of 3 - Kameron Dunaway paced the defense with five tackles, while Murphy and Zachary Goff had four each, Willis, Jason Tice, Bryan Lewis, Michael Day and Cobb had three, Blaine Jeffers two and Mason Trepagnier, Austin Talley and Nico Olivares one each.
Willis also had an interception and Cobb recovered a fumble.
Neosho Black 20, Webb City Blue 12
When the Wildcats needed to milk the clock they were able to get it done as they gashed Webb City’s defense on the ground in the fourth grade game.
Logan Whetzell had a big day for the Wildcats as he rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 17 tries. Hayden Crane followed with 77 yards on the ground on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Elijah Mojica ran three times for five yards.
Crane led Neosho’s defense with six tackles, while Marcus Duncan and Whetzell had five, Fisher Stephens added three, Landon McCracken, Mojica, Talon Mitchell and Zane Boyer had two and Seth Green, Nick Harris, Hunter Winton, Zac Conduff and Brayden Hardage added one.
Webb City Blue 22, Neosho Black 8
Webb City played good defense and got just enough from its offense to edge the Wildcats in fifth grade action.
Austin Manwiller led the Wildcats with 26 yards rushing, while Sam Sullivan followed with 22 yards and a touchdown on four carries. Racey Shandley ran for 17 yards and Jeremiah Larson had seven. Sullivan returned two kicks for 48 yards, while Manwiller had 13, Isaac Harris 11 and Shandley three.
Shandley recorded six tackles to lead the defense, while Drayke Perry added five, Harris and Larson four, Nathan Storms three, Jacob Ewing, Sullivan and James Weaver two and Will Jennings one.
Neosho Black 22, Webb City Blue 18
Neosho ran for a total of 264 yards, including 164 yards on 14 carries from tailback Sam Cook, as they edged Webb City in a nail-biter.
Kolton Sanders ran for 60 yards, while Carter Elder had 20, Mason Gammons 11, Kaden Dickens six and Gage Zrubek three. Cook also had one kick return for 30 yards, while Payton Morris and Gammons both had one for 11.
Sanders led the defense with six tackles, while R.J. Long added five, Gage Zrubek 3 1/2, Morris, and Dickens 2 1/2, Levi Campbell and Cook two, Riley Gent and Bryce Ipok 1 1/2, Elder one and Parker Gent and Nathan Douglas had half a tackle. Reise Davis recovered a fumble for the Wildcats.
Scoring plays for the Wildcats were not noted.