The Neosho Wildcats punched their ticket to the Class 4, District 6 championship game with a 35-7 semifinal victory Friday night over the visiting Marshfield Blue Jays at Bob Anderson Stadium.

Neosho began its season with a 35-0 shutout at home against Ozark and the Wildcats were just 1 minute, 58 seconds away from its second shutout this season.

Like that Ozark contest, Neosho junior quarterback Gage Kelley enjoyed a solid contest against Marshfield with three rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown.

Junior safety Quincey Willis ended Marshfield's promising first drive with an interception in the end zone and junior linebacker Sam Cook proved a nuisance to the Blue Jays with a blocked punt and an interception blowing up their best intentions.

Senior running back Cade Lyerla finished with 119 yards on another night where the Wildcats' ground attack proved too much for the opposition to handle. Neosho gained over 300 yards on the ground and controlled possession for 28 minutes, as the "Lineman Lead the Way" modus operandi worked again.

Neosho, 8-3 overall, earns a rematch with conference rival Webb City at Cardinal Stadium, site of the 41-0 loss to Webb City earlier this season in which things snowballed quickly and early against the Wildcats.

The Wildcats roll into Webb City on a five-game winning streak and playing their best offensively, defensively, and on special teams.

Webb City rocked and rolled 54-7 over Carl Junction, forcing six Bulldog turnovers.

"We did (set the tone)," Neosho head coach Leon Miller said during his postgame interview with Josh King of neoshowildcatsports.com. "That was our goal. Watching them on film, they're a good football team. Hats off to them. They've had one heckuva season. Hats off to their kids, their coaching staff, their community, but on film, they've been explosive and can score in a hurry. So, we wanted to come out and establish the line of scrimmage and see how that played out.

"Quincey was everywhere, he really was, played one heckuva game, but that was a huge play (INT) there. Was able to keep 'em out of the end zone and get the ball back. That was a turning point.

"That's a tribute to our offensive line. They do a great job establishing themselves. Marshfield started blitzing a little bit there in that second quarter and our offensive line did a nice job picking it up. We made some adjustments at halftime, took us a minute or two to figure it out, but we were able to get it done.

"We all know they're a really good football team (Webb City), but our kids, they're excited about the opportunity and we'll go play wherever they tell us to go play right now. We're happy to still be playing and to still be in the hunt."

Marshfield won the opening toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Wildcats' offense to come out first possession and establish a tone early. Neosho did just that, as it has most all this season, and the Wildcats drove 68 yards in nine run plays and nearly 5 minutes off the clock with Kelley's first short TD of the night, a 3-yard run at 6:58.

The Blue Jays started their first possession with Brennan Espy's 13-yard run, the first of two 13-yard runs for the explosive Espy on a night when he was mostly reigned in, and kept advancing the football with a 14-yard pass to Austin Porter and a pass interference penalty against Neosho on a fourth-and-long that put the Blue Jays at the Neosho 21.

Neosho senior defensive back Connor McGehee had an interception fall through his fingers earlier during this Marshfield drive, but Willis, who seems to have a nose for big interceptions in the end zone, came up with a drive derailer on a ball thrown to Espy.

The Wildcats fumbled away their second possession, but just three plays later, Cook blowed up a Marshfield screen pass real good with his interception and Neosho started business at the Blue Jays 21.

Five plays later, Kelley dialed up his own number for a 14-0 lead on a 2-yard run. Like the first Neosho scoring drive, Kelley had a key third down run to keep the chains moving.

Until the fourth quarter and a huge deficit, Marshfield would not keep the chains moving, frustrated by its own mistakes (false starts, holding penalties, ineligible receiver) and Neosho's relentless, tenacious D.

The Wildcats put together a lengthy, 80-yard scoring drive late in the first half and Kelley scored his third TD of the half with a 1-yard keeper only 28 seconds before halftime. Neosho went into intermission ahead 21-0.

Senior running back Donnie Fox found the end zone on a 6-yard run late in the third quarter and the Wildcats entered the game (for most of the fourth) into turbo clock mode on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Kelley to Tre Letts with 20 seconds left in the third.

Marshfield scored its only points on a 20-yard pass from Brock Utecht to Truett Gardner, seniors connecting on a touchdown pass for the final time.

The game moved so quickly that it was over in under 2 hours, and that's including the 23-minute halftime.