Neosho Youth Football teams came out of Week 2 games against Nevada (Neosho Gold) and Joplin Red (Neosho Black) with a 5-3 overall record.

Neosho’s third grade teams came away with a sweep and that gave the Wildcats their edge over Nevada and Joplin Red.

Games were played at Neosho’s Bob Anderson Stadium and Joplin’s Junge Stadium.

Neosho teams will take on Webb City White and Seneca in Week 3, with Neosho Gold at home against Webb City White and Neosho Black on the road against Seneca.

Games start at 10 a.m. Saturday.



Nevada 32, Neosho Gold 20

Tyrone Harris and Noah Durman sparked the young Wildcats offensively. Harris rushed for 136 yards and one touchdown, while Durman finished with 41 yards and two scores.

Grant Landers added 22 yards rushing and three yards on a kickoff return and Fisher Butler picked up 10 more yards on the ground.

Additionally, in special teams, Rilyn Brust recovered an onside kick.

Defensively, Harris recovered five solo tackles, Landon Hopper and Daniel Victorino each had three, Carter Lewis and Hunter Butler two each, and Durman, Landers, and Zack Prado one each.

Neosho Gold dropped to 0-2.


Neosho Black 44, Joplin Red 6

JOPLIN — Joplin Red struck first with a 70-yard touchdown pass on just the second play from scrimmage.

The young Wildcats and they responded in a big way with the final 44 points.

Their response began with Bostyn Patterson's 50-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff and then Neosho Black took a 8-6 lead and never looked back on a conversion pass to Finn Versluis.

Logan Decker rushed for 138 yards and three scores and on defense, he picked off two passes and returned one 50 yards to the house.

Cade Spiva completed a pair of passes for 20 yards and one conversion and rushed for 24 yards and one TD on three carries.

Hudson Williams rushed for 25 yards and a pair of conversions, while Patterson added 27 yards on five carries and Daniel Molina rounded out the rushing attack with three yards on a single carry and a conversion.

Denver Welch caught a pass for 15 yards.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the line play of Aiden Engle, Molina, Peyton Snow, Chase Stuart, Jess Porter, Cyres Ludiker, Levi England, and Zane Rinehart.

On the defensive side, Engle led the way with six tackles, Decker added four, the trio of Welch, Branden Hood, and Lance Kesinger had three, Logan Cass had two, and Spiva, Williams, England, Dalton Kesinger, and Patterson each finished with one.

Defensively, it was the pressure of Engle, both Kesingers, England, Camp Ramsey, Kaleb Patterson and Bostyn Patterson, Welch, Hood, and Rinehart combined with the coverage of Molina, Cass, Williams, Decker, Spiva, Versluis, Sam Puckett, and Ashton Henry to produce bad news for Joplin Red.

Neosho Black improved to 2-0.



Neosho Gold 12, Nevada 6

Two weeks in and two wins decided by six points each for Neosho Gold.

Carter Howard scored on a 15-yard touchdown run and Brody Crane returned an interception for the other touchdown.

Crane rushed for 94 yards on nine carries and had the longest run of the day at 20 yards, while Virgil Rosiere added 42 yards on seven carries, Howard 36 yards on five carries, Chase Kivett 10 yards on two carries, and Aubrey Woodrum two yards on a single carry.

Kivett completed a pair of passes to Rosiere for 40 yards.

Defensively, the young Wildcats have only surrendered six points after two games.

Defense wins championships.

Crane, Howard, Brett Meyer, and Rosiere each finished with six tackles, the trio of Kade Lawson, Chase Kivett, and Dayton Kivett each had four stops, Woodrum and Micah Reed each made three, John Chew and Brandon Bartholomew each had two, and Gabriel Busteed, Lucas Plew, Romario CiFuents, Steven Knapp, and Preston Rash-Hood each had one.

Neosho Gold improved to 2-0.


Joplin Red 28, Neosho Black 12

JOPLIN — The young Wildcats' day was highlighted by Cordell Washington's rushing touchdown and a touchdown pass by quarterback Kaiden Asberry.

Meanwhile, defensively, Nate Winkler led Neosho Black with nine tackles.

Washington led the offense with 50 yards on six carries.

Asberry rushed for six yards on six carries, while Connor Reiboldt added four yards on four carries, Lathan Cote' one yard on two, and Keisean Hollis one yard on four.

Asberry threw a pair of interceptions and Cote' threw one.

On the defensive side, in addition to Winkler's work, Hollis added six stops and the trio of Tanner Miller, Everson Tomlinson, and Asberry each made four tackles. Asberry added one fumble recovery.

Brody Mitchell, Reiboldt, Washington, Juan Lopez, and Pierce Newcomb each had three stops and Cote', Gage Colton, Shane England, and Barrett Henson each had one.

Neosho Black fell to 1-1.



Nevada 32, Neosho Gold 12

A pair of Wildcats' big days offensively were not enough against the young Tigers at Bob Anderson.

Colby McGehee rushed for 74 yards and both Neosho touchdowns on 16 carries, while Phoenix Rhatigan added 143 yards on 22 carries.

Rhatigan completed a 19-yard pass to Reaghan Mace.

On the defensive side, McGehee recorded seven tackles, one quarterback, and he forced a fumble recovered by Brayden Allison. Lincoln Howard forced another fumble.

Mick Wilder added for tackles, Mace three, Mikey Schellhorn two, and Allison, Kasyn Harris, Adam Needham, and Jack Mitchell each added one tackle.

Neosho Gold dropped to 0-2.


Neosho Black 36, Joplin Red 12

JOPLIN — Wyatt Woodward led the young Wildcats in tackles with five, the trio of Blayne Patterson, Huck Spires, and Ryan Counts each had four, Kelton Shaffer three, the trio of Andre McCamish, Nate McAfee, and Cale Vandorn two apiece, and Aiden McCrory, Mason Spiva, Cole Rinehart, and Drew Weelborg rounded out the tackles with one each.

Zackary Willet made a big contribution defensively with first a strip and then a recovery.

Offensively, behind the blocking work of Connor Pace, Christopher Lopez, and Counts, Woodward had a career day running the football with 84 yards and two scores on nine carries.

Meanwhile, Patterson added 148 yards and one TD on 11 carries and he found paydirt on a 65-yard kickoff return.

Spiva rushed for 36 yards and one TD on nine carries, plus a conversion, Spires added three yards, McAfee rushed for a conversion, and McCrory took in a conversion pass for his first score of the season.

Neosho Black improved to 2-0.



Neosho Gold 20, Nevada 12

Offensively, Cohen Depoe and Winston French tallied over 170 yards and three scores and Dane Arthur's 10 tackles led the defense, and helped Neosho Gold come away with an eight-point victory.

Depoe rushed for more than 110 yards with a pair of TDs, while French added 60-plus yards and one score on just two carries.

Arthur added 46 yards on five carries, Kort Lawson 28 yards on three carries, and Kade Burkhart 15 yards on five carries.

Defensively, Lawson and Paxtyn Ray each made six tackles, while Kaleb Godberson, Depoe, and Burkhart each recorded either three or four tackles.


Neosho Black 36, Joplin Red 0

JOPLIN — The young Wildcats put up nearly 300 yards of total offense (289, to be exact) against Joplin Red behind the offensive line of Jesse England, Roper Graham, Rhys Counts, Makaila Gregg, Thomas Cass, Max Kissel, and Hayden Carter.

Neosho Black quarterback Asher Mutz rushed for 167 yards and four scores and hit Easton White on a 14-yard scoring apss.

White rushed for 47 yards, Blaze Morgan 53 more, and Aerian Owens added five yards gained on the ground.

Luke and Mark Workman again proved strong in the middle defensively.

Neosho Black, just a day after the high school varsity forced Branson into six turnovers during a 20-7 victory, forced five Joplin Red turnovers with Kissel recovering two fumbles and the trio of Mutz, Owens, and England responsible for one each.

England led the way with five tackles, White had four, Graham and Mutz three each, Owens two, and Morgan one.

Neosho Black improved to 2-0.