Neosho’s fifth and sixth grade youth football teams went 1-3 at the annual SuperBowl at Junge Stadium in Joplin over the weekend, with the fifth grade Black bringing home the lone victory.
Neosho Black 20, East Newton 6
Simply put, Neosho’s defense was too strong for East Newton in this one, as the Wildcats held the Patriots to one touchdown en route to a SuperBowl victory.
In fact, Neosho’s defense even scored a touchdown as Sam Sullivan scooped up a fumble recovery and scored. The Wildcats forced four Patriots turnovers, as Racey Shandley had two fumble recoveries and Isaac Harris intercepted a pass. Shandley led the defense with five tackles, while Harris and Chandler Pittman had three, Wyatt Keplar, James Weaver, Drayke Perry and Jacob Ewing two and Nathan Storms and Sullivan one.
Jeremiah Larson led the team offensively with 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Sullivan ran for 51 yards, while Eric Siler ran for 15, Shandley 10 and Perry nine. Larson completed one pass to Shandley for six yards, and Shandley also had one kick return for six yards.
Webb City Red 36, Neosho Gold 0
The Webb City Cardinals showcased a well-rounded team in all facets of the game, as they blanked Neosho Gold in another fifth grade game.
Domenick Kirkwood led the Wildcats with 27 yards rushing, while Camden Lazure ran for 15, Cayden Auch 11, Landon Austin nine and Landon Kivett two. Kivett completed two passes for 16 yards and Kirkwood completed one for nine. Kirkwood caught one pass for 11 yards, while Dalton Brodie had a grab for nine and Auch caught a pass for five.
Kirkwood also returned three kicks for 50 yards and Auch returned one for 26. Kirkwood led the defense with seven tackles, while Auch had four, Jacob Fry and Kaden Decker three, Brandon Crisp, Brodie and Gavin Linny two and Dylan Adams and Lazure one.
Joplin Blue 28, Neosho Black 8
Joplin held Neosho to 60 yards of total offense, but the Wildcats continued to fight to the end.
Sam Cook led the Wildcats with 58 yards rushing on 13 carries with a touchdown. Kaden Dickens ran for six yards and Carter Elder rushed once for two yards.
Dickens completed two passes for two yards. Kolton Sanders had one catch for eight yards. R.J. Long had one kick return for three yards. Kolton Sanders also caught a two-point conversion pass from Dickens.
Cook paced the defense with eight tackles, while Long had 41/2, Payton Morris and Dickens four, Sanders 31/2, Carter Elder 21/2, Keaton Sanders and Mason Gammons 11/2, Bryce Ipock and Parker Gent one and Dawson Mock had half a tackle. Elder also picked off a pass.
McDonald County 14, Neosho Gold 0
Page 2 of 2 - Neosho had little trouble moving the ball, but the Wildcats couldn’t find a way to punch it in, as the McDonald County defense pitched a shutout in the sixth grade Gold game.
Gage Kelley had a big day for the Wildcats, carrying the ball 18 times for 128 yards. Mason Hunter carried twice for 11 yards, while Vincent Peterson rushed for six yards, Dylan Collins four and Hunter Box two. Kelley completed one pass to Zane Persinger for two yards. Kelley also had three kick returns for 62 yards.
Mason led the defense with six tackles, while Box and Lucas Dunaway had four, Persinger three, Levi Ketchum 21/2, Brady Franklin and Matt Houk two, Jace Parmley 11/2, Nakota Bach one and Peterson and Kelley had a half tackle each.