The Neosho Youth Football teams won six of eight games Saturday against Joplin Red and Nevada, improving by one win overall from their Week 1 performance against Carthage.

The Neosho Youth Football teams won six of eight games Saturday against Joplin Red and Nevada, improving by one win overall from their Week 1 performance against Carthage.
In Week 3, Neosho Black teams will take on Seneca and Neosho Gold teams will play Webb City White. Neosho Black will play at Bob Anderson Stadium and Neosho Gold will travel to Cardinal Stadium. Neosho Gold returns home on September 16.

SIXTH GRADE
Neosho Black 20, Joplin Red 14
The balanced attack of Neosho Black produced three touchdowns Saturday, one each from Quenton Hughes, Drake Swift, and Denver Washington. Cade Camerer scored on a two-point conversion.
Washington rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries, while Hughes added 24 yards on six carries and Swift 21 yards on three carries.
Hughes completed one pass on the day, a 31-yarder to Jeris Mcfadden.
On the defensive side, Washington made eight tackles, while the trio of Jonathan Chrisco, Caleb Reynolds, and Hughes combined for 12 stops, four each. Kaleb Daspit, Wyatt Friend, and Swift each made two stops.

Nevada 20, Neosho Gold 8
Ryken Shallenburger’s big day on the ground was not enough Saturday against Nevada. Shallenburger rushed for 104 yards and Neosho’s only touchdown on 104 carries. His longest tote of the day was 38 yards and he finished with five carries of at least eight yards.
Aiden Brodie added 19 yards on 14 carries and Will Meyer tallied four yards on three carries. Meyer scored on a two-point conversion.
On the defensive side, Shallenburger made seven tackles, while Brodie and Meyer also enjoyed solid games for the Wildcats. Brodie finished with six stops and Meyer had five tackles and an interception.
Breckin McAffrey and Willie Velasco each made three tackles, while Edwin Martinez, Tim Riggins, and Jakeb Young each had two and Colton Southern had one.

FIFTH GRADE
Neosho Black 48, Joplin Red 8
Neosho Black’s defense and offense dominated Saturday at Bob Anderson Stadium.
For the second week in a row, an opponent gained no first downs against the Wildcats.
Finn Versluis wreaked havoc on the Eagles when they attempted to fly, intercepting a pair of passes, one of which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown.
Dalton and Lance Kesinger, twin brothers, combined for nine tackles, an onside kick recovery, and a fumble recovery.
Aiden Engle tallied three solo tackles and one forced fumble.
Bostyn Patterson and Cade Spiva each made four stops.
Hudson Williams and Logan Decker each made two stops, while Camp Ramsey, Levi England, Logan Cass, and Branden Hood each made a tackle.
Daniel Molina, Ashton Henry, Zane Rinehart, Alex Henry, and Kaleb Patterson contributed to the defense.
Offensively, Neosho Black generated over 330 yards behind the line rotation of Engle, Chase Stuart, Peyton Snow, Cyres Ludiker, Molina, Jess Porter, Robert Long, England, Denver Welch, and Bostyn Patterson.
Spiva rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while Logan Decker gained 118 yards and scored one TD on seven carries. Williams added 36 yards and three scores on seven carries, while Versluis rushed for 18 yards on two carries, Bostyn Patterson six yards on two carries, and Welch five yards on two carries.
Spiva completed 3 of 4 passes for 33 yards, hitting Decker twice for 23 yards and Williams once for the other 10 yards.

Neosho Gold 6, Nevada 0
Three might be the magic number, but six has worked twice for Neosho Gold in a pair of 6-0 wins over Carthage and Nevada.
Noah Durman scored the game’s only points on a 1-yard TD run and the defense finished its second consecutive shutout with some big plays.
Coach Larry Landers said that Brice Warren and Isaac Scaletta blocked very well on offense, that Kanten Smith made his first start at quarterback and did a great job, that Tyrone Harris and Alex Rodriguez made a TD-saving tackle, that the boys played hard in a physical game even by our blocking wide receivers, and the assistant coaches did a great job with coaching and substitutions.
Durman rushed for 30 yards on seven carries, while Grant Landers had 13 yards and five carries and Smith 12 yards on five carries.
Defensively, Fisher Butler and Brodie Arthur each finished with eight tackles. Rodriguez had seven and intercepted a pass which he returned three yards. Harris, Zack Prado, and Warren each added four tackles. Hunter Butler, Colin Carter, and Smith each made three stops. Rilyn Brust, Jeremiah Etheridge, Grant Landers, and Nathan Rogers each had two. Zane Thornberry, Mason Bartlett, and Draven Morgan each made one.
Brust deflected two passes.

FOURTH GRADE
Neosho Black 6, Joplin Red 0
Stats were not provided by press time. If received after that, a write-up will be in Friday’s edition of the Daily News.

Neosho Gold 36, Nevada 12
Down 12-8 at halftime, Neosho Gold proved golden and turned on the jets in the second half, beginning when Brody Crane took the opening kick back 52 yards for a touchdown and the lead that Neosho would not relinquish.
The offense found success behind the line of Ethan Crandall and Brett Meyer (centers); Spencer Janss, Preston Owens, Gabriel Busteed, and Luke Smith (guards); Mason Marble, Tommy Delvecchio, Cole Carter, Romario CiFuents (tackles); and Tyler Sprenger, Jaden Merek, Kade Lawson, and Aubrey Woodrum (tight ends).
Crane rushed for 106 yards, Wade Bowers 85, Oliver Martin 65, Carter Howard 35, Micah Reed 22, Chase Kivett three, and Lawson two yards.
Crane scored a pair of rushing TDs — 14 and 32 yards — while Bowers scored on a 58-yard run and Howard on a 27-yard run.
Defensively, Crane was a pain in Nevada’s neck with 10 tackles. Bowers and Reed each made five stops, Meyer four, Chase Kivett and Dayton Kivett three each, Martin two, and Howard, Busteed, Smith, CiFuents, Marek, and Woodrum one each.
Reed intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards to improve Neosho Gold’s field position.

THIRD GRADE
Neosho Black, Joplin Red
Neosho Black came out on top in this one — Facebook said the Wildcats finished 6-2 on the day but the Neosho Youth Football website listed the score in this game as 28-28. A score was not listed in the stats package either.
Neosho Black generated 258 yards on the ground behind Aiden McCrory, Connor Pace, Andrea McCamish, Carson Booth, and Zach Forsythe.
Blayne Patterson rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Mason Spiva tallied 52 yards on 10 carries, while Huck Spires rushed for 43 yards and one TD on five carries.
Patterson led the defense with eight tackles, Kelton Shaffer and Spiva each made six, Nathaniel McAfee five, Drew Weelborg three, McCamish and Spires two each, and Booth and Cole Rinehart one tackle each.

Nevada 34, Neosho Gold 8
Phoenix Rhatigan rushed for 72 yards and Neosho Gold’s only touchdown. Mick Wilder added 11 yards, Colby McGehee eight yards, Reagan Mace four yards, and Lincoln Howard two yards.
Mace, Noah Young, and McGehee each finished with four tackles. Jaxon Ertel added three, Wilder and Rhatigan two apiece, and Keaston Goswick and Tucker Feagans one each.