Neosho Youth Football teams are nearly done with their seven-week regular season and they’re positioning for their places in the upcoming Super Bowl games (third and fourth grade Oct. 12 and 13, fifth and sixth grade Oct. 19 and 20, all games played at Joplin’s Junge Stadium).
In Week 6, Neosho Gold teams welcomed Carl Junction to historic Bob Anderson Stadium, while Neosho Black made a trek to Webb City’s Cardinal Stadium for games against Webb City Blue.
In the final week of the regular season, Neosho Gold hosts Webb City Red and Neosho Black hits the road to Monett for games against the young Cubs.
Webb City Blue 22, Neosho Black 20
WEBB CITY — The young Wildcats came up just shy of their second win of the season.
Keisean Rhone led the way with a pair of touchdown runs and finished with 25 yards on eight carries. Cordell Washington had 80 yards, one touchdown, and one conversion on 12 carries. Kaiden Asberry added 20 yards on eight carries, Conner Reiboldt 12 yards on a single carry, and Matthew Workman two yards on a single carry. Washington also passed for 11 yards with a single completion.
Defensively, Brody Mitchell and Everson Tomlinson each led with six tackles, Washington added five, the duo of Tanner Miller and Isaac Boes each had three, and the trio of Reiboldt, Barrett Henson, and Trent Conrad each came through with two stops.
The young Wildcats forced and recovered three fumbles — Tomlinson two forced and one recovered, Mitchell one forced and recovered, and Rhone one recovered.
Neosho Black fell to 1-5 on the season.
Neosho Gold 40, Carl Junction 20
The young Wildcats rumbled for 444 yards of total offense with the majority of that ground, and that means those blockers deserve a raise.
Phoenix Rhatigan rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries, caught a 13-yard pass from Lincoln Howard, and completed 4 of 5 passes for 56 yards and one TD.
Colby McGehee rushed for 101 yards and one TD and one conversion on 20 carries. Reaghan Mace caught four passes for 56 yards and one TD. Howard added 29 yards on three carries. Jaxon Ertyl rushed for four yards and one conversion on three carries.
Cayden Ward led the defense with nine tackles, McGehee added five, Mace three, the quartet of Ertyl, Tucker Feagans, Carter Jobe, and Rhatigan two each, and the trio of Mick Wilder, Brayden Allison, and Landon Morrison one each.
Neosho Gold improved to 3-2 overall.
Webb City Blue 28, Neosho Black 12
WEBB CITY — The young Wildcats generated 201 yards of total offense, but it was not enough against the Cardinals.
Blayne Patterson rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns, Mason Spiva added 69 yards, Wyatt Woodward 39, Huck Spires two, and Nate McAfee one yard.
Defensively, Ryan Counts led the young Wildcats with five tackles, Spires added four, the trio of Cale Vandorn, Patterson, and Woodward three each, Kelton Shaffer and Spiva two each, and Andre McCamish and McAfee one each.
Neosho Black dropped to 3-3 overall.
Neosho Black 12, Webb City Blue 6
WEBB CITY — The young Wildcats persevered through four turnovers and broke a 6-all tie with a dramatic winning defensive touchdown.
With roughly 90 seconds remaining in regulation, Neosho Black’s Easton White ripped and stripped a Webb City Blue running back of the precious pigskin and returned it for a 80-yard touchdown.
Roper Graham led Neosho Black with 10 touchdowns, White added nine tackles in addition to his great defensive play, Asher Mutz five tackles and one fumble recovery, Trenton Robinson four tackles and several players had at least one or two tackles.
In this defensive battle, yards were difficult to come by and White rushed for 48, Blaze Morgan 28, Mutz 26, and Graham 16 yards. Mutz and White connected on a 17-yard pass that helped set up the Wildcats’ first score, a Mutz 4-yard run.
Neosho Black improved to 5-1 on the season and the two Neosho fourth grade teams own a combined 9-2 record this season.
Carl Junction 36, Neosho Gold 22
The young Wildcats fell in a big hole early, but they scored three touchdowns and a pair of conversions.
Layvin Heathman rushed for 60 yards and one TD on 14 carries and returned a kickoff 15 yards. Isaac Abernathy finished with 43 yards and one TD on seven carries. Logan Hurn tallied 34 yards and one TD on seven carries. T.J. Ellis added 20 yards and a pair of conversions on seven carries. Reese French gained six yards on a single carry.
Santana Fields and Connor Oxford each made three tackles, Abernathy two, and Matthew Livingston, Heathman, and Makenzie Rogers rounded it out with one tackle each. Braiden Ruffo recovered a fumble.
Neosho Gold dropped to 1-4.
Webb City Blue 24, Neosho Black 0
WEBB CITY — Grayson Thurlow led the young Wildcats with 15 yards on eight carries and Emmanuel Pickings gained five yards on four carries.
Xander McGonigle returned a kickoff 20 yards.
On the defensive side, Pickings led the way with six tackles, Thurlow and McGonigle each made four, Ryker Drum and Cobie Eichman each had three, and Evan Arroyo, Chole Randall, and Aiden Hicks each added one stop.
Neosho Black dropped to 0-6.