JOPLIN — Both Neosho third grade youth football teams brought home SuperBowl hardware over the weekend as the third and fourth grade teams split at the annual SuperBowl at Junge Stadium in Joplin.
Meanwhile, Neosho Black's fifth and sixth grade squads concluded the regular season with a pair of makeup games against Seneca at Bob Anderson Stadium with Neosho's sixth grade team winning in dramatic fashion to finish the regular season perfect at 7-0 to claim the Southwest Conference Southern Division Championship.
At Junge Stadium (Joplin)
Neosho Black 14, Joplin Blue 12
In a thriller worthy of NFL SuperBowl lore, Neosho Black's third grade defense thwarted two Joplin two-point conversions, and that was the difference as the Wildcats edged Joplin Blue for the title.
Jeremiah Cobb and Jared Siler both ran for touchdowns for the Wildcats, and Michael Day added what turned out to be the decisive two-point conversion run to lead the way to victory. Cobb turned in 71 yards rushing on 18 attempts in the season finale, while Siler added 69 on seven. Hayden Murphy had one carry for six yards, and Day had a carry for three.
Murphy led the defense with six tackles, while Kameron Dunaway had five, Bryce Willis four, Jason Tice, Nico Olivares, Bryan Lewis, Day and Cobb two apiece and Blaine Jeffers one. The Wildcats also forced two crucial turnovers as Mason Trepagnier recovered a fumble and Cobb added an interception.
Neosho Gold 16, Joplin Red 12
The third grade sweep didn't come easy as Neosho Gold also found itself in a fierce shootout with Joplin Red.
Carter Baslee closed his season with a bang as he rushed for 122 yards and two two-point conversions. Brock Franklin also had a big day with 86 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Kael Smith ran for 15 yards and Collyn Anderson added a kick return of five yards.
Baslee led the defense with four tackles, while Franklin had three and a sack. Smith and Cody Rice had two tackles each and Dakota Kivett, Cal Kivett, Andrew Isbell, Colton Burr and Brandon Cargile had a tackle each.
Lamar 16, Neosho Black 6
Despite a solid effort on both sides of the ball, Neosho Black fourth grade couldn't solve Lamar's stout defense, as the Tigers scored three touchdowns and escaped with a hard-fought victory.
Neosho running back Logan Whetzell scored the lone touchdown for the Wildcats and finished the day with 100 rushing yards on 21 carries. Hayden Crane ran for 41 yards on 14 carries.
Marcus Duncan's stout defensive effort helped keep the Wildcats in the game as he led the team with six tackles and recovered a fumble. Whetzell and Talon Mitchell had three stops each, while Nick Harris and Crane had two stops and Zane Boyer, Fisher Stephens, Elijah Mojica, Seth Green and Landon McCracken had one each.
Page 2 of 3 - Webb City Red 20, Neosho Gold 6
Webb City held Neosho Gold to 99 total yards of offense en route to the victory at Junge Stadium.
Trent Neece ran for 81 of Neosho's yards, including a 43-yard scamper. Tristen Mason rushed for 23 yards.
Neosho's lone touchdown came on a 67-yard kick return by Evan Haskins. He finished with three returns for 89 yards. Neece had one return for a yard.
Neece paced Neosho's defenders with 101/2 tackles and recovered a fumble, while Adam Chambers finished with three tackles, Colby Hood 21/2, Noah Reed and Haskins two, Pete Houk and Nate Copeland one and Mason and Harrison Slinkard had half a tackle each.
At Bob Anderson Stadium
Seneca 26, Neosho Black 0
After bad weather forced the postponement of Neosho Black's fifth and sixth grade games against Seneca last week, the Wildcats got the games in on Saturday.
The Indians were just too strong in the fifth grade game though, as they held the Wildcats to negative-33 yards of total offense in the game.
Drayke Perry led the defensive effort for the Wildcats with nine tackles, while Racey Shandley and Jeremiah Larson added three, Sam Sullivan two and Jacob Ewing, Austin Manwiller and Dalton Gooden one each.
Neosho Black 20, Seneca 14
The sixth grade Wildcats capped a perfect season as they snuck by the Indians to run the table on a perfect 7-0 regular season and capture the Southwest Conference Southern Division championship. Even more exciting is their matchup next week, as the Wildcats take on undefeated Joplin Blue (7-0) in the SuperBowl at 7 p.m. Saturday at Junge Stadium.
Sam Cook led the Wildcats with 59 yards rushing on 15 carries, but added an electrifying 70 yard kick return for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Kolton Sanders rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown and Kaden Dickens had 10 yards and a TD. Carter Elder ran the ball twice for 14 yards.
Dickens completed two passes for 15 yards, as Mason Gammons had a catch for 11 and Sanders had one for four.
Both Sanders and Payton Morris had four tackles each, while Dawson Mock had three, Cook two, R.J. Long and Nevin Price 11/2 and Parker Gent, Riley Gent, Dickens, Mason Gammons and Elder had one each. Elder also had a big interception in the game.
The Indians drew first blood on a 23-yard pass play to take a 6-0 lead. Dickens later scored on a 1-yard run to tie it 6-6, before a 6-yard sprint by Sanders gave the Wildcats a 12-6 advantage.
The Indians would come back to take a 14-12 lead on a 16-yard touchdown run and successful two-point conversion with 1:54 to go in the game. But just when it seemed the Wildcats were out of it, Cook took the ensuing kickoff all the way to the house from 70-yards out and Sanders added a two-point conversion to send pandemonium throughout the Wildcats sideline.
Page 3 of 3 - Look for results from the fifth and sixth grade Neosho Youth Football League SuperBowl games in next week's Neosho Daily News.