Neosho Youth Football completed its regular season with games Saturday and Sunday at Bob Anderson Stadium (Saturday only) and Cardinal Stadium (both days).
Neosho Black teams played all three of their games in Neosho, while Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the schedule Saturday in Webb City, pushing start times back, and two Neosho Gold teams played their games Sunday morning.
Neosho Black sixth grade won by forfeit Saturday against the Monett team, a disappointing and frustrating way for the young Wildcats to complete a 7-0 regular season.
The four third and fourth grade teams will be in action this Saturday and Sunday in Super Bowl games at Carl Junction’s Bulldog Stadium, while the four fifth and sixth grade teams play their Super Bowl games the following weekend back at Bulldog Stadium.
Two more Neosho Youth Football teams completed 7-0 regular seasons with victories on Saturday and Sunday, Neosho Black fourth grade and Neosho Gold fifth grade.
Five of the eight Neosho teams put together winning records in the regular season and two of those three not with a winning record were not far away with 3-4 marks.
Neosho Black 18, Monett 0
Cordell Washington and Kaiden Asberry proved double trouble for the visiting young Cubs on Saturday.
Washington and Asberry combined for just over 190 yards rushing and three scores.
Washington rushed for 101 yards and two scores on five carries and Asberry gained 90 yards and scored one TD on eight carries.
Washington and Asberry averaged 15 yards per carry, and none of that would have been possible without the hard work and diligence of their blockers.
Lathan Cote' completed all three pass attempts for 87 yards and Asberry completed another pass for 19 yards.
Meanwhile, Brody Mitchell and Conner Reiboldt each rushed for a pair of yards on their lone carries and Jaiden Fisher rushed for one yard on his single carry.
Defensively, Everson Tomlinson led the swarming young Wildcats with 10 tackles. Nate Winkler added seven stops and one fumble recovery, while the trio of Keisean Hollis, Washington, and Asberry each made five tackles and the duo of Mitchell and Barrett Henson each added four stops.
A horde of Neosho Black players added two stops each: Reiboldt, Tucker Hamilton, Gage Harvel, Pierce Newcomb, Christian Lindsey, Conner Colston, Jace Casady, Shane England, and Isaac Boes.
Neosho Black finished the regular season 4-3 overall and fourth in the fifth grade South Division behind Seneca (7-0), McDonald County (6-1), and Joplin Red (5-2).
As a result, Neosho Black takes on Carthage Blue in the Super Bowl at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, October 21, at Carl Junction's Bulldog Stadium.
Carthage Blue posted a 4-3 mark in North Division play, and outscored its opponents 180-66. Those 180 points were the second most scored by a fifth grade team this season, trailing only McDonald County's 200 points.
Neosho Black 38, Monett 0
Shutouts were naturally a part of a 7-0 regular season for a Neosho Black team that outscored its opponents 238-24.
The young Wildcats forced Monett into four turnovers, as Cale Vandorn and Wyatt Woodward each intercepted a pass and Christopher Lopez and Ryan Counts each recovered fumbles.
Blayne Patterson led the tacklers with five stops and the quartet of Kelton Shaffer, Counts, Nate McAfee, and Huck Spires each made three tackles.
The quintet of Mason Spiva, Drew Weelborg, Vandorn, Aiden McCrory, and Lopez each added two stops to close out the Wildcat tacklers.
Lopez, Cole Rinehart, and Zackary Willet each contributed on the defensive front.
Neosho Black hit Monett with 264 total yards of offense, finding success both on the ground and through the air.
Woodward led the ground attack with 116 yards, three touchdowns, and one conversion run on six carries. Patterson added 49 yards, one TD, and one conversion run on three carries. Spiva tallied 25 yards and one conversion run on three carries, while Vandorn added 10 yards on two carries, Spires five yards on two carries, Andre McCamish four yards on three carries, and McAfee two yards.
Patterson complated a pair of passes for 53 yards, one a 50-yard touchdown to Woodward and the other a conversion to Shaffer.
Neosho Black takes on fellow unbeaten Carthage Blue in the Super Bowl on Saturday. The young Wildcats and young Tigers start at 1 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.
Carthage Blue outscored its opponents 186-32 en route to its 7-0 record.
Neosho Gold 28, Webb City Blue 24
WEBB CITY — Phoenix Rhatigan and Colby McGehee combined for nearly 350 yards rushing and four touchdowns to help the young Wildcats win a shootout.
Rhatigan rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and he also completed a 16-yard pass to Reaghan Mace.
McGehee gained 86 yards and scored two touchdowns on nine carries and he added a conversion run.
Lincoln Howard rushed for 11 yards and one conversion on three carries.
Neosho Gold's conversions made the difference in the contest.
McGehee enjoyed an outstanding game defensively in addition to the work carrying the football. He made 12 tackles and forced one fumble.
Kaysn Harris added seven tackles, Rhatigan six tackles and one quarterback sack, Jaxon Ertyl five tackles and 1/2 sack, Kayden Welsh four tackles and 1/2 sack, Brayden Allison five tackles, Mace four tackles, Brodie Leach and Howard two tackles each, Mick Wilder one tackle and one sack, and Jack Mitchell one tackle.
Neosho Gold finished with a 3-4 record in the regular season and outscored its opponents 166-162.
Neosho Gold plays Seneca in the Super Bowl at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Bulldog Stadium.
Seneca finished its regular season 3-4 and in fifth place just like Neosho Gold, but opponents outscored the young Indians 102-94.
Neosho Black 14, Monett 0
Neosho Black pieced together its fourth shutout of the seven-game regular season and the young Wildcats tallied 150 yards of offense and found the end zone twice.
Defensively, Roper Graham led the stalwarts with nine tackles and the trio of Asher Mutz, Aerian Owens, and Tanner Whaley each added five tackles. Jesse England added two stops and the other young Wildcats each made at least one tackle.
Mutz led the way offensively with 90 yards rushing, one touchdown, and one conversion run, while Easton White added 21 yards rushing and one TD. Blaize Morgan and Owens each rushed for six yards.
Mutz and White connected on a 21-yard pass play.
Neosho Black, 5-2 overall, plays Joplin Blue in the Super Bowl at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.
Joplin Blue also put together a 5-2 record and third place finish in the North Division.
Neosho Black outscored its opponents 136-50 and Joplin Blue its opponents 82-70.
NEOSHO YOUTH FOOTBALL SUPER BOWL SCHEDULE
at Bulldog Stadium, Carl Junction
Neosho Black 4th vs. Carthage Blue, 1 p.m.
Neosho Black 3rd vs. Joplin Blue, 2:30 p.m.
Neosho Gold 4th vs. Seneca, 11:30 a.m.
Neosho Gold 3rd vs. McDonald County, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20
Neosho Gold 5th vs. Seneca, 11:30 a.m.
Neosho Black 6th vs. Lamar, 1 p.m.
Sunday, October 21
Neosho Gold 6th vs. Webb City Red, 10 a.m.
Neosho Black 5th vs. Carthage Blue, 5:30 p.m.