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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Turnovers plague Wildcats in shootout with Lockwood

  • Friday night the Diamond Wildcats and the Lockwood Tigers ran onto a soggy field with 4-3 records hoping to ensure a winning regular season. When the clock struck zero, Lockwood trotted off the field with the win, defeating Diamond 14-10.
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  • Friday night the Diamond Wildcats and the Lockwood Tigers ran onto a soggy field with 4-3 records hoping to ensure a winning regular season. When the clock struck zero, Lockwood trotted off the field with the win, defeating Diamond 14-10.
    The difference between winning and losing was the mistakes the teams made. Wildcats coach Jimmy Dushane summed it up after the game with one word: "Mistakes."
    Diamond nearly doubled Lockwood’s totals as the Wildcats racked up 318 total yards, 122 in the air and 196 on the ground, while the Tigers totaled 178, which included an 82-yard run by freshman Ethan Bates in the first quarter for the Tigers’ first score. The backbreaker for the Wildcats were four fumbles, two of which they lost, and three interceptions. Lockwood finished the night with one fumble, which they recovered.
    The Wildcats received the opening kickoff and started play from their own 38-yard line. Diamond quickly moved down field to the Tiger's 12. Diamond quarterback Brodie Bien completed four passes to three different receivers on the drive, picking up 46 yards. But on fourth-and- two, the Wildcats coughed up the ball with 8:46 on the clock and Lockwood recovered it.
    Starting from the 12-yard line, the Tigers picked up six yards on the first two plays. On the third play, Bates broke through the middle and outran the defense on an 82-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and the Tigers led 6-0.
    During the second quarter Lockwood had three possessions but couldn't move the ball, only getting one first down. Diamond could move the ball, but was intercepted twice and had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Kyle Williams the one time they got in the Tiger's redzone. The teams went into halftime with the Tigers leading 6-3.
    Lockwood received the second half kickoff, chewed a little over two minutes off the clock, and punted. Diamond got the ball on the Tiger's 42-yard line and Zach Renfro picked up all 42 yards on six carries for a Diamond touchdown. Williams, split the uprights and the Wildcats took the lead, 10-6, with 6:42 on the clock.
    With 24 seconds left in quarter, Lockwood received a punt and started a series on its own 37-yard line and clawed 63 yards for a second touchdown when Kyle Bouldin caught a Ben Schnelle pass for an eight-yard score. Schnelle found Bouldin in the end zone for the two-point conversion, and the Tigers took the lead 14-10.
    With over seven minutes left Diamond drove to the Lockwood 20-yard line and sputtered, turning the ball over on downs. Lockwood went nowhere on their series and punted. The Wildcats got the ball on their own 28-yard line with over two minutes left in the game. They made it to the Lockwood 40 with 1:12 on the clock, but were stopped when Bien was intercepted.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We shot ourselves in the foot,” Dushane said. “Each time we needed to make a crucial play penalties or turnovers would get us.”
    Bien finished with 123 yards passing while tailback Zach Renfro ran for 130 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.
    The Wildcats (4-4) will attempt to get to five wins next week in a tough home game against the Jasper Eagles at 7 p.m. at Diamond High School.

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