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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Despite scoring drives, Eagles tame Wildcats

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  • Despite three scoring drives courtesy of three separate quarterbacks, the Diamond Wildcats fell to the Jasper Eagles 47-19 in Spring River Valley Conference Action Friday night.
    Senior quarterback Evan Moreland had a good game, completing 26 of 45 passes thrown for 306 yards, but the Eagles countered with some big plays.
    The Eagles came out fighting, putting points on the board early in the first stanza. Diamond took the ball midfield in its first possession, but the Eagles corralled  Moreland on a third down and forced a punt.
    This put Jasper on the path to an 80 yard scoring drive that ended in a 5-yard touchdown run by Jordan Rice with 6:19 left in the first stanza. The point after attempt failed, making it 6-0 Eagles.
    Diamond's next possession ended when a long pass by Moreland slipped out of the reach of receiver Kyle Williams, allowing the Eagles to take over on downs.
    Jasper then had a six-play scoring drive that concluded with a one-yard push through the Diamond defensive line by Rice for the touchdown. A two-point pass conversion was stopped by the Wildcats.
    The Wildcats found themselves on the 45 yard line during their next possession, on fourth down and two to go. Taking the snap, Moreland faded back for a pass, only to have it picked off by the Eagles.
    This led to another scoring drive for Jasper, capped by a 7-yard touchdown carry by Matt Stump.
    Diamond answered with a scoring drive that ended with Tanner Paradies catching a short pass from Moreland for the TD. Kyle Williams had the successful point after attempt.
    The scoring continued, but not for the local squad, as Jasper added three more TDs. The first came on a one-yard carry by Rice, and the PAT failed.
    The second was a two yard carry by Rice, also with an unsuccessful point after attempt.
    The third was a long bomb, a 60-yard pass from Rice to Adkins. Rice had a successful run conversion to put a couple more points on the scoreboard.
    Diamond answered with some points of their own. Taking the snap, Moreland faded back and connected with Carter Prewitt for a 10-yard touchdown throw. But the Wildcats point after kick was blocked by the stingy Eagles defense.
    Jasper countered with Stump carrying the pigskin 15-yards for yet another Eagles touchdown. Blake Jeffries had the successful PAT boot.
    But Diamond got in the last word, so to speak with Prewit throwing a 9-yard toss to Ethan King for the final score of the evening.
    Now 1-1, the Wildcats will be closer to home next week, as they go to Granby to face the East Newton Patriots. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday.
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