The Neosho Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage Friday night and just about every other square inch of the football field against Logan-Rogersville.

Neosho generated nearly 500 yards of total offense — including 446 yards on the ground and 17 first downs overall — and the Wildcats surrendered only a kickoff return for touchdown by the visiting Wildcats during a 41-6 win at Bob Anderson Stadium.

Neosho improved to 1-6 overall entering its home game in Week 8 against unbeaten Webb City.

The Wildcats’ story Friday night begins with the play of offensive linemen Issac Johnston, Sean Morgan, Hunter Box, Kipp Box, and Ryan Slade, as well as tight ends Drew Osborn and Tre Letts, as well as fullback Adrian Hitchcock and the other Wildcat blockers. They paved yards and yards of real estate for the Wildcats to run wild through all night.

Neosho gashed Logan-Rogersville for those 446 yards on the ground and two different ball carriers gained over 100 yards — senior Jarvis Funk for 206 yards on 19 carries and senior Gavin Kelley 112 yards on 11 carries. Donnie Fox and Hitchcock combined for 95 yards on 14 carries, Fox 48 on eight and Hitchcock 47 on seven.

The Wildcats pride themselves on their physicality and they made Logan-Rogersville pay time and time again Friday night.

“I thought our defensive line played well,” Neosho head coach Leon Miller said. “Offensively, we were getting them knocked off the ball. The backs were hitting the hole hard and we were running hard. That’s key. I was proud of the way our offensive linemen came together tonight and we feel like we’ve got an unit together up there that’s finally meshing. It showed tonight.”

After a pair of one-point losses in consecutive weeks against Nixa (21-20) and Republic (20-19), Neosho definitely needed a win.

“We needed it,” Miller said. “These kids have been so close and they’ve played hard. They’ve been in every game to some point. Carl Junction, we played tough for a half and they got away from us. They’re a good, good football team. Ozark, early in the year before they got so beat up, they’re another good, good football team. We were there for a half and then things fell apart.

“It’s helped our kids to see that we’re capable. We can play with these guys and if we make a few plays here or there, it may be the difference.”

Logan-Rogersville’s only points on Neosho were on a 77-yard kickoff return by explosive receiver Ryker Strong.

“(The defense) pitched a shutout,” Miller said. “Logan-Rogersville, they showed they could be very explosive. They’ve got some skill kids that are very capable. No. 2 (Strong), you saw what he could do when we kicked the ball to him. After we made some adjustments and I felt like we had some better matchups, we were able to take that part (passing) away from them a little bit. We were able to focus more on the run game and take an important away from what they wanted to do. It threw them off their game.”

On the first play from scrimmage, Kelley broke free for a 53-yard run, but Logan-Rogersville defensive back Brock Carter chased down Kelley and stripped Neosho’s No. 15 of the ball, with the recovery at the Logan-Rogersville 13.

On their first offensive possession, the visiting Wildcats generated three first downs … but that would be the most effective drive all night for Logan-Rogersville. Miller talked about the adjustments Neosho made defensively and the defense limited Strong to five catches for 61 yards. Senior quarterback Bronson Tavenner passed for 96 yards and led the way with nine carries for 41 yards.

Funk put the Wildcats on the board first with a 52-yard touchdown run with 3 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the first.

Within a 14-second span of the second period, the teams scored a pair of touchdowns — Kelley on a 2-yard run at 8:52 and Strong’s 77-yard return at 8:38.

Kelley and Fox each punched in 1-yard touchdown runs with 4:50 and 39 seconds remaining, respectively, to give Neosho a 28-6 halftime advantage.

Logan-Rogersville only ran four offensive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter, between the long kickoff return and the fact that Funk’s interception ended the visiting Wildcats’ first possession of the second in just a single play.

Funk scored on 44- and 41-yard runs in the third quarter at 8:42 and 3:23, respectively, and Hunter Lockwood’s interception return for a touchdown was, unfortunately for Neosho, called back on a personal foul penalty.

The game, however, entered turbo clock mode after Funk’s third score of the night.

Neosho kicker Bret Camerer made five of his six extra points all night.

Coming to Bob Anderson in Week 8 will be the unbeaten Webb City Cardinals, who rolled to 7-0 with a 41-10 win Friday night over Ozark.

“It will be a tremendous challenge,” Miller said. “A tremendous program. Everybody knows what they’ve done over the years. I’ve got the utmost respect for Coach (John) Roderique, his program, and Coach (Mike) Smith, their defensive coordinator. Known them for years. A great program. Good football players that play hard. It will be a tremendous challenge, but our kids, they’ll come to work this week and work hard to improve.”

Around the COC
— Webb City 41, Ozark 10
Three teams handed Webb City losses in the regular season last season and the Cardinals have turned around this season and defeated all three — Carl Junction, Carthage, and Ozark. Durand Henderson rushed for 164 yards on 16 carries, Will Larson scored on a pair of short touchdown runs, Kole Deadmond recovered a fumble in the end zone for another six points for Webb City, and Webb City’s stout defense limited Ozark to a mere 130 yards of total offense.

— Carthage 46, Nixa 14
Carthage took over the top spot in Class 5, District 5 with this resounding victory over Nixa. The Tigers stampeded through Nixa for 486 yards of total offense and Clay Newman alone hit the Eagles for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Nixa once led 7-0.

— Republic 56, Branson 35
Make it two wins in a row for the Tigers, who climbed above Willard to No. 3 in the Class 5, District standings. Riley Watkins passed for 215 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 97 yards and two more scores. Republic added 315 rushing yards on a night when Branson had no answer for the Tigers. Republic battles Carthage in Week 8, another key district game.

— Carl Junction 42, Willard 7
Ahead 7-0 at halftime and then 14-7 early in the third quarter, Carl Junction pulled away from Willard as Joe Kennedy passed for three touchdowns and started the string of 28 unanswered points with a 66-yard touchdown run.