Neosho Youth Football teams hosted East Newton and traveled to Lamar in Week 4.
Defensive performances contributed to the main story at Neosho’s Bob Anderson Stadium, in all four games against East Newton.
Three Neosho teams remain unbeaten this season.
Neosho Gold hosts Joplin Blue and Neosho Black travels to McDonald County in Week 5.
Neosho Black 32, East Newton 0
The young Wildcats again relied on a suffocating defense to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Neosho Black allowed the guests from Granby only two first downs on the day.
Defensive linemen Denver Welch, Lance and Dalton Kesinger, Alex Henry, Kaleb Patterson, Bostyn Patterson, Camp Ramsey, and Branden Hood played outstanding; Kaleb Patterson and Hudson Williams recovered fumbles and Lance Kesinger recovered an onside kick; Finn Versluis intercepted a pass and corners Logan Cass, Ashton Henry, and Sam Puckett did solid work on the corners.
Lance Kesinger led the young Wildcats with six tackles, while Cade Spiva added five, Welch four, Williams and Hood three each, Bostyn Patterson and Logan Decker two each, and Kaleb Patterson, Cass, Versluis, Molina, Ramsey, and Dalton Kesinger one each.
On the offensive side, Molina, Chase Stuart, Peyton Snow, Cyres Ludiker, Zane Rinehart, Jess Porter, Lance and Dalton Kesinger, Welch, Bostyn Patterson, and Levi England did their work for the skill players.
Decker rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown and one conversion on 11 carries, Spiva added 45 yards on eight carries, Williams 15 yards and one TD and one conversion on five carries, Bostyn Patterson 17 yards on three carries, and Welch five yards on a single carry.
Spiva completed 4 of 7 passes for 75 yards and two scores and one conversion.
Bostyn Patterson caught two passes for 65 yards, one TD, and one conversion, while Versluis had two grabs for 10 yards and one TD plus one conversion.
Lamar 30, Neosho Gold 0
LAMAR — A week after earning its first win of the season in thrilling fashion against Webb City White, Neosho Gold came back down in Week 4 against Lamar.
Tyrone Harris finished with 29 yards rushing, six yards on kick returns, and three tackles defensively.
Grant Landers tallied 28 yards rushing and Noah Durman added 21 yards rushing offensively and six solo tackles defensively.
Rounding out the tackles were Hunter Butler and Carter Lewis with two each and Collin Carter, Landon Hopper, Fisher Butler, and Daniel Victorino with one each.
Neosho Gold dropped to 1-3 overall.
Neosho Black 34, East Newton 0
The young Wildcats made a series of big plays both offensively and defensively against the Patriots at Bob Anderson Stadium.
Running back Cordell Washington broke a 90-yard touchdown run and returned an interception 60 yards for another score, while Kaiden Asberry caught a 38-yard TD pass from Lathan Cote’ on a little trickeration by the young Wildcats and threw a 31-yard TD pass to Cote’.
Washington rushed for 150 yards and two scores on two carries, while Asberry added 65 yards and one TD and one conversion on five carries, Keisean Hollis 22 yards on two carries, Conner Reiboldt five yards on a single carry, Brody Mitchell three yards on one carry, Jaiden Fisher two yards on one carry, and Matthew Workman one yard on a single carry.
Mitchell caught a pair of passes for 10 yards and one conversion.
On the defensive side, the main swarming young Wildcats were the trio of Hollis, Everson Tomlinson, and Nate Winkler, who combined for 28 tackles.
Hollis and Tomlinson each made 10 stops and Winkler finished with eight, while Hollis recovered a fumble, one of three turnovers forced by Neosho Black.
Asberry finished with five tackles and Washington had a pair of stops as did a host of other young Wildcats, Christian Lindsey, Barrett Henson, Colton Harvel, Isaac Boes, Conner Colston, Shane England, Pierce Newcomb, Tanner Miller, Mitchell, Reiboldt, and Fisher.
Lindsey recorded a sack, Henson made a fumble recovery, and Harvel batted down a pass.
Neosho Black stands at 2-2 overall.
Neosho Gold 26, Lamar 0
Stats were not provided for this game by time of deadline.
However, it should be mentioned that Neosho Gold has outscored its four opponents 60-6 en route to an unbeaten start.
Neosho Gold and Carl Junction are the unbeaten teams left in the North Division.
Neosho Black 14, East Newton 0
The young Wildcats began their four games against East Newton with three consecutive shutouts.
Neosho Black, like the sixth and fifth grade teams, had contributions from everybody.
Huck Spires intercepted a pass, Wyatt Woodword recovered a fumble created by Nate McAfee, and a host of defenders made tackles.
Cale Vandorn led the way with seven tackles, Blayne Patterson finished with six, Ryan Counts added four, the trio of McAfee, Spires, and Mason Spiva had three each, the trio of Drew Weelborg, Kelton Shaffer, and Woodward had two each, and Aiden McCrory rounded it out with one tackle.
On the offensive side, behind the blocking of the big boys Connor Pace, Andre McCamish, and Christopher Lopez, Neosho Black produced 282 yards of total offense and more than enough points for the win and 4-0 record.
Patterson rushed for 180 yards on 10 carries, Woodward added 68 yards on 15 carries, Spires tallied 16 yards on three carries, and Spiva caught a 18-yard pass from Patterson.
Cole Rinehart, Christian Lopez, and Zackery Willet each made contributions both defensively and on special teams in the shutout victory.
Lamar 34, Neosho Gold 18
LAMAR — Phoenix Rhatigan and Colby McGehee each had solid games offensively for the young Wildcats.
Rhatigan rushed for 134 yards and two scores on 20 carries and completed one 13-yard pass. Rhatigan added two tackles on defense.
McGehee rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and finished with six tackles defensively.
Lincoln Howard added 11 yards on four carries and Reaghan Mace caught one pass for 13 yards.
Defensively, Kasyn Harris led the way with eight tackles and Mace and Kayden Welsh added three each, Brayden Allison two, and Jaxon Ertel and Jack Mitchell one each.
East Newton 14, Neosho Black 8
Neosho Black took its first loss of the season.
Offensively, Asher Mutz and Easton White connected on a touchdown play and Mutz’s quarterback keeper proved successful for two points and Neosho Black’s final points.
Defensively, however, Neosho Black had a better day with Aerian Owens’ 11 tackles proving a standout performance.
Mutz added eight tackles, Roper Graham and Tanner Whaley five each, Jesse England and White four each, and Blaze Morgan, Tomas Cass, Hayden Carter, Workman (unspecified by Neosho Black’s coach), and Rhys Counts each added tackles.