The Neosho Youth Football teams went 5-3 in games Saturday against McDonald County and Joplin at Bob Anderson Stadium and Junge Stadium, respectively.

Neosho finished 3-1 against McDonald County and 2-2 against Joplin Blue.

In Week 6, Neosho Gold hosts Carl Junction and Neosho Black travels to Webb City to take on Webb City Blue.


SIXTH GRADE
Neosho Black 30, McDonald County 0

The young Wildcats steamrolled the young Mustangs with a combination of offense and defense.
Offensively, Neosho tallied just about 300 yards with Denver Washington rumbling for 151 yards and three touchdowns.

Quenton Hughes finished with 4 for 5 passing for 61 yards and one touchdown, as well as one two-point conversion. Hughes completed his passes to Jeris McFayden and Kaleb Daspit. McFayden caught two passes for a touchdown and one of Daspit’s two catches amounted to a conversion.

Drake Swift rushed for 47 yards on five carries and Cade Camerer added 27 yards on three carries with a conversion run.

Defensively, Swift led the way with 9 1/2 tackles, while Zac Goff had 3 1/2 tackles and both Caleb Reynolds and Johnny Crisco had 2 1/2 tackles. Washington recovered a fumble.


Joplin Blue 42, Neosho Gold 0

On the offensive side, Aiden Brodie led the Wildats with 26 yards on seven carries and Ryken Shallenburger rushed for 24 yards on two carries, highlighted by a 22-yard gain. Brodie and Shallenburger gained 42 of their yards on their longest carries, Brodie with a 20-yard run. Otherwise, Joplin Blue stacked up Shallenburger and Brodie for eight yards on seven carries.

Breckin McAffrey added 15 yards on five carries and Will Meyer’s 3-yard gain was negated by three attempts of negative yardage.

Dominic Parsons had a 15-yard return and Meyer tallied eight yards on three returns, highlighted by a long of eight yards.

On the defensive side, Willie Velasco, McAffrey, and Nick Ward each amassed five tackles. Brodie finished with four tackles. Jakeb Young added three stops. Colton Southern, Riley Conway, Edwin Martinez, Caleb Cunningham, and Quinton Montgomery each made two tackles. Tim Riggins, Parsons, Blake Quick, and Shallenburger each had one tackle.


FIFTH GRADE
Neosho Black 36, McDonald County 0

The Wildcats’ defense once again surrendered not a single first down, let alone a single point.
Neosho Black’s defensive line of Bostyn Patterson, Denver Welch, Levi England, Branden Hood, Aiden Engle, Alex Henry, Camp Ramsey, Kaleb Patterson, Lance Kesinger, and Dalton Kesinger dominated the young Mustangs.

Forgive the Mustangs for seeing double, being that Lance and Dalton Kesinger each made eight tackles. Lance Kesinger had a forced fumble.

Bostyn Patterson had five tackles and Kaleb Patterson made two stops with a fumble recovery.

Cade Spiva finished with three tackles, while Williams, Engle, England, and Hood each had two. Ramsey, Finn Versluis, Alex Henry, Welch, and Logan Cass each made one tackle.

Daniel Molina, Cass, Ashton Henry, and Sam Puckett each blanketed receivers.

Offensively, Neosho Black hit McDonald County for 333 yards, 209 rushing and 124 passing.

Spiva rushed for 119 yards and one touchdown and passed for 124 yards and one touchdown. Williams rushed for 65 yards and two scores on eight carries, plus had a pair of conversion runs. Bostyn Patterson had 13 yards and one TD on two carries. Versluis gained 12 yards on four carries with a conversion run and caught three passes for 84 yards and one score.

Welch’s 40-yard TD catch and run was unfortunately negated by a penalty, but a great play nonetheless.
Molina, Chase Stuart, Cyres Ludiker, Peyton Snow, Engle, Robert Long, Hood, England, Bostyn Patterson, Welch, Jess Porter, and Cass were effective blocking in the late September heat.


Joplin Blue 14, Neosho Gold 6

In a hard-fought game on both sides, Joplin Blue broke a tie score with 3.5 seconds remaining on the clock resulting in a tough loss for the young Wildcats.

The Wildcats had a pair of runs called back and a pass called back due to penalties.

Additionally, Neosho fumbled twice and lost one.

Tyrone Harris rushed for 20 yards and one touchdown on six carries. Grant Landers rushed for 31 yards on eight carries, Jaden Nichols 27 yards on seven carries, Kanten Smith 14 yards on four carries, and Noah Durman two yards on two carries.

Alex Rodriguez added six tackles, while Hunter Butler had five stops. Smith tallied four tackles, while Brodie Arthur, Durman, Brice Warren, Zack Prado, and Nathan Rogers each had three. Fisher Butler, Harris, and Colin Carter each made two stops. Andrew Fears, Zane Thornberry, and Mason Bartlett each had one tackle.
Harris intercepted a pass and returned it four yards.


FOURTH GRADE
McDonald County 28, Neosho Black 0

On the defensive side, Nate Winkler led Neosho Black with nine tackles, while the duo of Cordell Washington and Barrett Henson made six tackles each.

Kaiden Asberry, Everson Tomlinson, and Giovanni Yarbrough each made two stops, while Trevor Rosser and Isaac Boes each added one tackle.

Washington rushed for 34 yards on 13 carries, Asberry 10 yards on seven carries, Winkler five yards on two carries, and Lathan Cote was stopped for losses of six yards on two carries.

Asberry completed one pass to Washington for six yards, but threw a pair of interceptions.


Neosho Gold 14, Joplin Blue 12

Neosho Gold remained in the ranks of the unbeaten by edging out Joplin Blue.

On the offensive side, the two-deep lineman rotation of centers Ethan Crandall and Brett Meyer; guards Spencer Janss, Preston Owens, Gabriel Busteed, and River Feagans; tackles Mason Marble, Tommy Delvecchio, Cole Carter, and Romario Cifuents; and tight ends Tyler Sprenger, Jaden Merek, Kade Lawson, and Aubrey Woodrum each blocked well for the Wildcats.

Brody Crane rushed for 73 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, Wade Bowers 47 yards and one conversion on eight carries, Kade Lawson 37 yards on five carries, Micah Reed 28 yards on four carries, Carter Howard 14 yards on three carries, and Chase Kivett 13 yards on four carries.

Kivett passed for 88 yards and one touchdown on a pair of completions, including a 68-yard completion to Bowers. Crane caught a 20-yard pass.

On the defensive side, Crane led the way with eight tackles and an interception. Reed, Howard, and Meyer each had five tackles. Lawson and Bowers each made four stops. Martin and Kivett each had three tackles. Aubrey Woodrum, Dayton Kivett, and River Feagans each had two stops.


THIRD GRADE
Neosho Black 38, McDonald County 0

Blayne Patterson rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, gaining at least eight yards on every carry and tallying three carries in the 13-18 range and three in the 20-28 range.

Huck Spires rushed for 34 yards and one TD on nine carries, while Mason Spiva added 44 yards on seven carries, Andre McMamish 22 yards on four carries, and Aiden Munery four yards on four carries.

Patterson passed for 25 yards with a pair of completions, including a 22-yard pass to Mason Hall. Kelton Shaffer caught a pass for three yards.

On the defensive side, McCamish made four tackles and one fumble recovery. Spires had three tackles. Drew Weelborg and Patterson each had two stops. Carson Booth had a tackle and a fumble recovery, with Cale Vandorn, Shaffer, and Spiva each adding one tackle.


Neosho Gold 14, Joplin Blue 0

Phoenix Rhatigan and Reaghan Mace reached the end zone for Neosho Gold and the Neosho Gold defense kept Joplin Blue out of the end zone.

Rhatigan rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, highlighted by a gain of 52 yards. Colby McGehee added 58 yards on nine carries, Mace 24 yards and one TD on five carries, and Lincoln Howard 21 yards on five carries.

On the defensive side, McGehee led the way with eight tackles, Mick Wilder and Jaxon Ertel each had six, Rhatigan five, Keaton Goswick four, Howard three, Mikey Schellhorn two, and Mace, Brodie Leach, Tucker Feagans, and Kaysen Harris one each.

Ertel made a fumble recovery.