Neosho Youth Football teams won six of eight games Saturday against Webb City Red and Carl Junction at Bob Anderson Stadium and Bulldog Stadium, respectively.
Defense ruled the day at Bob Anderson and two Neosho Black teams and one Neosho Gold team remained unbeaten entering the final week of the regular season.
Closing out the regular season, Neosho Black hosts Monett and Neosho Gold travels to Webb City Blue, with late starts at Cardinal Stadium. Webb City games begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Neosho Black 34, Webb City Red 0
The young Wildcats remained among the ranks of the unbeaten in the Southwest Conference with this dominant performance Saturday morning at Bob Anderson Stadium.
Offensively, Neosho Black rushed for 276 yards and six touchdowns on 26 carries dispersed between eight different players, while on defense the young Wildcats surrendered no first downs on the day.
On the offensive line, Peyton Snow, Daniel Molina, Zane Rinehart, Chase Stuart, Aiden Engle, Jess Porter, Cyres Ludiker, Lance Kesinger, and Dalton Kesinger again paved those running lanes for victory and defensively, Ludiker and Stuart, primarily offensive linemen, stepped up on the defensive front for a pair of series.
Bostyn Patterson rushed for 89 yards and two scores on six carries, Hudson Williams 78 yards and two scores on four carries, and Cade Spiva 52 yards and two scores on four carries, as the trio formed a three-headed Wildcat monster that could barely be contained by Webb City Red.
Finn Versluis added 38 yards and one conversion on five carries, Dalton Kesinger three yards and one conversion on a single carry, and the trio of Molina, Logan Cass, and Kaleb Patterson each tallied four yards on two carries. Dalton Kesinger’s conversion run came with the help of brother Lance’s bruising block.
Defensively, Williams led the way with six tackles and the quintet of Bostyn Patterson, Branden Hood, Engle, Ludiker, and Spiva each came through with three stops apiece. Spiva recovered a fumble. Dalton Kesinger, Molina, and Denver Welch each made two stops and Levi England, Stuart, and Kaleb Patterson each made single tackles.
Ashton Henry and Cass each made contributions to the shutout performance.
Neosho Black improved to 6-0 and the young Wildcats close out their regular season at home against winless Monett. Neosho Black has dominated its South Division foes to the tune of 218-20.
Neosho Gold 44, Carl Junction 26
CARL JUNCTION — The young Wildcats racked up the yards and the points en route to their second victory of the season.
Tyrone Harris proved trying for Carl Junction to stop on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium, as the Neosho Gold back enjoyed a golden performance with 215 yards and three scores on 19 carries. Harris caught a pair of passes for 25 yards, returned a kick 10 yards, made a solo tackle, and came through big on special teams with two onside kick recoveries.
Noah Durman rushed for 43 yards and one TD on nine carries, completed five passes for 37 yards, caught a conversion pass from Grant Landers, returned kicks three yards, and recorded three solo tackles. Durman’s gift of grab on defense included one interception.
Landers rushed for 148 yards and two scores on 16 carries, passed for a conversion to Durman, caught one pass for 10 yards, and made one solo tackle.
Carter Lewis caught a pass for 22 yards and made one solo tackle. Hunter Butler returned one kickoff for 16 yards and made one solo tackle.
The tackles kept on coming with three each for Bryce Warren, Landon Hopper, and Zack Pardo, two for Fisher Butler, and one each for Nathan Rogers, Daniel Victorino, and Michael Gray.
Rilyn Brust recovered an onside kick, one of three on the day for the young Wildcats.
Neosho Gold improved to 2-4 and closes out the regular season at Webb City Blue.
Neosho Black 18, Webb City Red 0
Defensively, the young Wildcats were led by Nate Winkler with seven tackles and the duo of Keisean Hollis and Kaiden Asberry each made six tackles and Hollis came through with two sacks and one fumble recovery.
Everson Tomlinson added five tackles, one fumble recovery, and one sack, on which he tackled both Webb City Red’s quarterback and running back simultaneously. We have all multitasked, but how about multi-tackled?
Cordell Washington recorded three stops, one interception, and one fumble recovery.
A whole buncha young Wildcats joined the tackles club with two each: Brody Mitchell, Tucker Hamilton, Gage Harvel, Tanner Miller, Barrett Henson, Pierce Newcomb, Isaac Boes, and Lathan Cote’.
Offensively, Washington rushed for 70 yards and one TD on six carries, Conner Reiboldt 45 yards and one TD on a single carry, Asberry 20 yards on three carries, and Shane England added four yards, Cote’ and Mitchell three each, and Matthew Workman two yards with the quartet all taking one carry each. Jaiden Fisher lost a net of six yards on two carries.
Cote’ and Henson connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass.
Neosho Black improved to 3-3 overall and the young Wildcats face 3-3 Monett in the finale.
Neosho Gold 26, Carl Junction 20 (5 OT)
CARL JUNCTION — This was the big game filled with anticipation and high expectations because of two unbeaten teams presenting the best offensive team (Carl Junction) and the best defensive team (Neosho Gold).
Neosho Gold and Carl Junction delivered with a youth football classic.
Carl Junction took a 12-0 lead early and Neosho Gold cut its deficit in half by halftime with a 11-yard touchdown pass from Brody Crane to Virgil Rosiere.
At the halftime, the Neosho Gold coaches and players talked about adversity and what defines the players as young men.
Neosho Gold certainly responded to adversity the rest of the game.
Carter Howard’s 4-yard touchdown run tied it up at 12 and that’s the score regulation ended on.
In the second overtime, Carl Junction took a 20-12 lead with a touchdown and a conversion, then Neosho Gold matched the Bulldogs with a 10-yard TD pass from Chase Kivett to Oliver Martin and Brett Meyer’s conversion run forced another overtime.
In the fifth and final overtime, Dayton Kivett recovered a Carl Junction fumble created by Howard and then offensively, on the first play, Chase Kivett carried the ball to the left side, found a hole, and then worked his way through a tackle near the goal for the winning score.
With three players out of the lineup due to injury, the remaining 22 players stepped up to improve to 6-0.
Offensively, Howard rushed for 107 yards and one score, Crane 99 yards, Martin 74 yards, Rosiere 69 yards, Kivett 61 yards and one score, and Meyer 16 yards and one conversion.
Crane and Kivett each completed scoring passes, Crane 11 yards to Rosiere and Kivett 10 to Martin.
Rosiere caught three passes for 29 yards, Crane one for 13, and Martin one for 10.
Defensively, Meyer led the way with nine tackles, Rosiere added eight, Dayton Kivett and Howard seven each, the quartet of Martin, Kade Lawson, Chase Kivett, and Crane four each, the duo of Aubrey Woodrum and John Chew three each, and the trio of Brandon Bartholomew, Romario CiFuents, and Gabriel Busteed.
Neosho Black 42, Webb City Red 0
Every game Saturday at Bob Anderson involved a shutout and Neosho Black was on the winning side three of the four games.
Neosho Black fourth grade has outscored its opponents 200-24 this season.
Blayne Patterson led the defense Saturday with 11 tackles, Kelton Shaffer added seven tackles, and the trio of Huck Spires, Mason Spiva, and Ryan Counts each made six tackles. Additionally, Spires came through with an interception and Counts a fumble recovery.
Christopher Lopez and Nate McAfee each made four tackles, the trio of Aiden McCrory, Wyatt Woodward, and Cale Vandorn three each, and Drew Weelborg one.
Zackary Willet, Cole Rinehart, and Lopez each provided extra energy on defense and special teams.
Offensively, Neosho Black tallied nearly 400 yards rushing.
Patterson rushed for 251 yards and three scores on seven carries, Spires added 80 yards and two scores on three carries, Woodward 56 yards and one TD on nine carries, and Spiva added 10 yards and three conversion runs.
Neosho Gold 38, Carl Junction 14
CARL JUNCTION — Neosho Gold had solid performances both offensively and defensively Saturday.
Phoenix Rhatigan gained 243 yards and scored one touchdown on 17 carries and passed for 25 yards and two scores both to favorite receiver Reaghan Mace.
Colby McGehee rushed for 50 yards, one touchdown, and two conversions on seven carries, while Lincoln Howard tallied 13 yards and one TD on four carries. Mick Wilder added three yards and one conversion run.
Defensively, McGehee and Jaxon Ertyl each made nine tackles, the trio of Kaysn Harris, Mace, and Brayden Allison five each, Rhatigan four tackles, and Kayden Welsh and Wilder three each. Wilder also had a safety and one interception.