In games pushed back a day to Sunday, Neosho Youth Football teams came away with a 3-1 record against Webb City White at Bob Anderson Stadium.
Neosho plays East Newton and Lamar in Week 4, with Neosho Black at home against East Newton and Neosho Gold on the road against Lamar.
Neosho Black’s games against Seneca appeared in Tuesday’s edition of the Daily News.
Neosho Gold 14, Webb City White 12
Neosho Gold earned its first win of the season in thrilling fashion against the young Cardinals — a game involving excitement until the very last play.
Webb City White had the ball deep into Neosho territory, but Neosho Gold’s Daniel Victorino came up with a sack on the final play to preserve the victory.
Victorino had a pair of quarterback sacks and one tackle on the day, with none bigger than his effort on the final play.
Noah Durman led the way with six tackles, Landon Hopper added five, the trio of Rilyn Brust, Zack Prado, and Tyrone Harris each made four, Carter Lewis had three, Hunter Butler had two, and Grant Landers, Colin Carter, Jake McKenzie, Nathan Rodgers, and Bryce Warren each picked up one. Landers and Butler each added one sack for the Neosho Gold “Sack Attack.”
Offensively, Harris gained 41 yards on kick returns and rushed for 26 yards. Durman added 29 yards and one touchdown, and Landers picked up 16 yards and one TD.
Neosho Gold improved to 1-2.
Neosho Gold 16, Webb City White 0
Brody Crane and Carter Howard touchdown runs — Crane 9-yard and Howard 6-yard — and a pair of conversions provided all the points while the dominating fifth grade defense completed its second shutout in three games this season.
Continuing with the defense, Crane led the way with eight tackles and he was one of 13 different Neosho Black players to reach the stats column for tackles.
Howard added seven stops, Virgil Rosiere five, Dayton Kivett four, Micah Reed and Brett Meyer three each, the quartet of Oliver Martin, Kade Lawson, Chase Kivett, and Gabriel Busteed two each, and Preston Rash-Hood, Tyler Sprenger, and Parker Wilson each made one tackle.
Offensively, Rosiere rushed for 68 yards on eight carries and caught three passes for 67 yards, averaging over 22 yards per reception.
Crane added 57 yards and one touchdown and one conversion on 10 carries, Meyer tallied 21 yards on two carries, Howard rushed for 12 yards and the one score on three totes, Chase Kivett added 11 yards on three carries, and Lawson picked up three yards on a single carry.
Martin made a pair of returns totaling 11 yards.
Neosho Gold improved to 3-0.
Webb City White 30, Neosho Gold 28
In another game that came down to the wire at Bob Anderson, the visiting Cardinals came away with a victory in this one with a score in the final minute.
Neosho Gold’s Phoenix Rhatigan had an epic game.
Offensively, Rhatigan rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries, averaging just over 10 yards per carry, and passed for 69 yards on three completions all to Reaghan Mace.
On defense, Rhatigan recorded three tackles.
Colby McGehee rushed for 47 yards and one conversion on seven carries, while he recorded a team-high 10 tackles on defense.
Lincoln Howard rushed for three yards and one conversion on eight carries.
Jaxon Ertel tallied two yards on a single carry and made five tackles.
Seven more young Wildcats entered the stat column with tackles: Mick Wilder eight, Michael Benson five, Adam Needham and Brayden Allison four each, Kasyn Harris two, and Kayden Welsh and Kaiden Lawson one each.
Neosho Gold dropped to 1-2.
Neosho Gold 30, Webb City White 0
Behind the offensive line of Keagan Franklin, Melody Whittle, Rodney White, Toby Duncan, Kaleb Godberson, Paxtyn Ray, and Kade Burkhardt, Neosho Gold generated over 300 yards of total offense and four touchdowns while holding Webb City White to less than 50 yards of total offense.
In other words, a golden performance for the young Wildcats.