Neosho seventh graders beat Nixa 22-0 Gold, 14-14 draw for Black while eighth graders fall 35-8 Gold and win 14-6 Black.

The Neosho Wildcats’ seventh grade football squad took the field at Bob Anderson Stadium against the Nixa Eagles.

In the first game, the Gold team took the field. Behind tough running from Colton Marion and Coleman Scott as well as some stout defense, the Wildcats beat Nixa, 22-0.

In the first quarter, Scott opened the scoring with a three-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and the score was 6-0.

In the second quarter, Neosho widened the gap. Marion got loose for a 28-yard touchdown run and Scott completed a pass to Siler for the two-point conversion. On this scoring drive, Carter Ezell caught a 17-yard pass on a third-and-four play to keep the drive alive.

In the fourth quarter, Scott put the finishing touches on the win with a one-yard touchdown plunge.

In the Black game, Neosho looked like it had the game won, but Nixa completed an 81-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock to tie the game at 14. The defense held on the two-point conversion and the game finished in a 14-14 draw.

In the first quarter of that game, James Leonard got the scoring started with a three-yard plunge. The two-pointer failed. Just before halftime, Nixa drove down the field and got inside the Neosho 5-yard line. The Eagles punched the ball into the end zone on third down after two big stops by the Wildcat defense. The two-point conversion was good and Nixa took an 8-6 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, Race Vaughn scored from eight yards out and Spencer Beard punched in the two-point conversion.

After Nixa’s big pass play as time expired tied the game, they tried to run for a two-point conversion. Gannon Millard stuffed the runner and the rest of the defense came to help drive the Eagles’ back to the ground to preserve the tie.

The Neosho eighth grade football teams had to hit the road for a matchup with Nixa on Tuesday.

In the Gold game, despite four turnovers forced by the Wildcats’ defense, Neosho fell, 35-8.

The Neosho defense got fumble recoveries from Ryan Greenstreet, John Rodriguez, Tanner Mitchell and Brendan Coyle.

Offensively, the lone score came by way of a 10-yard Kaden Roy touchdown pass to Josh Larson. Rodriguez ran in the two-point conversion for the Wildcats.

In the Black game, Neosho’s tough defense led them to a 14-6 victory over the Eagles.

The Wildcats’ first touchdown came on a five-yard scamper by Lucas Pool. Chris Drum tacked on the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0, Neosho.

The Wildcats’ second score came by way of the big play. Kyler Rea took a handoff and turned on the jets for a 60-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good and the score was 14-0, Neosho.

After a Nixa touchdown made it 14-6, the Neosho defense was called on again to preserve the win.

The Eagles had the ball inside the Neosho 5-yard line and the Wildcats made a huge goal line stop as time expired to hang on for a tight win.

In addition to that last second stop, the Neosho defense played a great game, forcing several three-and-outs by the Nixa Eagles.