The Neosho junior high football teams traveled to McDonald County last Thursday and came home with wins in two of three games at McDonald County High School.
Neosho A 24, McDonald County 12
Neosho took it to McDonald County’s secondary in the eighth grade game. Wildcat quarterback Gavin Kelley completed four passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns, including a 28-yard hookup to Kaleb Moreland and an 18-yard strike to Hank Selig. Jarvis Funk also completed a 33-yard pass to Moreland, who finished with three grabs for 65 yards and a score. Funk also had a 16-yard reception and led the team in rushing with 26 yards on three carries, including a touchdown scamper of eight yards.
Kelley rushed for 13 yards, while Adrian Hitchcock ran for eight and Brady Wise finished with two. Wise also had two kick returns for 32 yards.
Selig led the defense with seven tackles, followed by Taylor Trejo with six, Hitchcock five, Funk, Moreland, and Kelley with four each, Avery Aragon three, Isaac Johnston, Kaleb Larson, Davon Willis and Wise two, and R.J. Davis, Lucas Kibler and Dalton Martin one.
The eighth graders did not play a B game.
Neosho A 28, McDonald County 6
The Wildcats played superb defense against the Mustangs while the offense was efficient on both the ground and through the air.
The Wildcats forced three turnovers on defense, as Connor McGehee had an interception and Braxton Barnes and Alec Rothman recovered fumbles. Brok Logan led the team with five tackles, while Colton Mouse finished with 41/2, McKay Harris four, Craig Dylan Jordan three, Mason Ray 21/2, Cade Lyerla, Donnie Fox and Trevon Letts two, Braxton Barnes 11/2 and Caden Green, Rothman and Martinez one each.
Offensively, Green hauled in two catches, both for touchdowns. His first grab came from quarterback Drew Osborn on a 38-yard strike, before snagging a 24-yard score from Barnes later in the game. Green finished with 64 yards receiving. Osborn, meanwhile, completed three passes for 77 yards and a TD, while Barnes completed three for 37 and the score. Logan had 40 yards receiving on two grabs, while Jordan had two for 12.
Jordan led the team in rushing with 55 yards on six tries, including a 32-yard touchdown run. Lyerla had 16 yards rushing, while Harris had nine, Osborn seven, Norris four and Martinez three.
Harris had 32 return yards and recovered a fumble. Ray had eight return yards and McGehee added six.
Neosho B lost 36-28. Stats for this game were not available at the coach’s request.
At Nixa, Mo.
Nixa A 22, Neosho 8
On Oct. 3, the Wildcats traveled to Nixa, where the Eagles came away victorious in the A game after scoring on the opening kickoff and never looking back.
Page 2 of 3 - Neosho’s lone score came on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Kelley to Hank Selig. Adrian Hitchcock scored on a two-point conversion run. Kelley led the team with 69 yards through the air on four completions. He also had a strike of 31 yards to Jarvis Funk and an 18-yard pass to Kaleb Moreland. Brady Wise completed a four-yard pass to Funk.
Funk led the team with 11 rushing yards and 35 receiving. Hitchcock rushed for four yards. Kelley had two kick returns for 25 yards, while Wise had one for six.
Selig paced the team defensively with 10 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Hitchcock had eight stops and forced a fumble. Moreland had one tackle and intercepted a pass. Hunter Lockwood recorded seven tackles in the game, while Kelley had two and Taylor Trejo and Funk added one apiece.
Nixa B 2, Neosho 0
Nope, that’s not a baseball score.
This game would go down as one of the best defensive battles of the season as the Eagles prevailed thanks to a safety on a bad snap.
Funk led the Wildcats with 36-yards rushing, while Lockwood followed with 31, Larson 24, Wise 22, Trejo two and Weston Marcoux one. Wise also added 15 return yards and Robert Davis had eight.
Defensive stats were not available for this game.
Nixa A 26, Neosho 8
Nixa’s offense was too much for the Wildcats to overcome in the Central Ozark Conference showdown.
The Eagles scored first to take a 6-0 lead after the Wildcats held them on the two-point conversion attempt. The Wildcats then took an 8-6 lead when Martinez scored on a six-yard run and Osborn connected with Logan on a two-point conversion pass to make it 8-6. The Eagles scored again before the half and led 12-8, before adding 14 unanswered points in the second half.
Jordan led the team with 67 yards rushing, including 51 on his first carry of the game. Martinez finished with two carries for 10 yards, while Osborn ran for seven and Lyerla four. Osborn passed for 14 yards. Ray led the team with 11 yards receiving, while Green had four and Logan three. Martinez had two kick returns for 36 yards, Lyerla had eight and Barnes five.
Mouse led the defense with three tackles and a forced fumble. Sean Moran had one tackle and recovered a fumble. Ray and Rothman also had three tackles apiece, while Letts and Martinez had two and Barnes, Fox, Jordan, Moran and Sullivan finished with one.
Neosho B 6, Nixa 6
The Wildcats simply ran out of time, and the Eagles breathed a sigh of relief as time expired with the Wildcats in Nixa’s red zone.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Wildcats took a shot at the end zone but came up just short as the game ended in a rare tie.
Page 3 of 3 - Norris scored the lone touchdown for the Wildcats on a 13-yard scamper on his ninth carry of the game. He finished with 57 yards on 11 carries. Gavin Colson led the Wildcats with 82-yards rushing on 12 carries. Gage Eiland carried once for five yards.
Barnes passed for 103 yards, including completions of 45, 40 and 12 yards. Craig completed three passes for 36 yards. Colston also led the team in receiving with 75 yards on four catches. Trevon Letts had three grabs for 64 yards.
Colston had one return for 18 yards and Eiland had one for 15.
Letts led the defense with five tackles, while Crawford, and Donnie Fox added three, Green and Ethan White two and Tyler Sullivan, Colston, Wyatt Wisenhunt, Travis Coe, Eiland, Norris, Rothman and Tyller Miller had one each. Letts turned in a sack and blocked a punt. Coe had an interception.