NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho took the lead with an opening score before Republic ripped off 49 unanswered points on the way to a 56-21 win over the Wildcats on Friday.
The Tigers outscored the Wildcats 28-0 in the second quarter to build the insurmountable lead.
Neosho took the opening possession and marched 60 yards to get in the end zone when QB Quenton Hughes hit RB Denver Welch out of the backfield and upfield for a 13-yard touchdown with 9:47 to play in the first quarter.
Republic tied the game up with 1:44 on the clock in the first quarter on a 6-yard keeper on a third-and-goal keeper from QB Caide White to tie the game at 7-7.
White added an 8-yard rushing touchdown just after the quarter change to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead over the Wildcats.
Republic went up 21-7 when White crossed the goal line from 3 yards out with 10:33 left in the second quarter.
FB Kanon Krol took a carry 6 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing Republic drive for a 28-7 lead before the Tigers went up 35-7 after QB Wyatt Woods ripped off a 69-yard touchdown run with three minutes left in the first half.
Neosho turned it over on the following series with a fumble and Republic took advantage after QB Wyatt Woods found WR James Rexrote for a 29-yard touchdown with 1:43 before the half for a 42-7 lead in favor of Republic.
Republic pushed the lead to 49-7 early in the second half when David Hayes scored on a 18-yard run.
Welch scored from 3 yards out with 3:13 left in the third quarter to cut the Neosho deficit to 49-13.
Republic got back into the end zone when Jackson Taylor from 10 yards out scored with 9:41 left to make the score 56-13.
Hughes found Welch again on a deep ball for a 74-yard touchdown pass with less than seven minutes to play in the game to make the score 56-21.
Republic (3-1) hosts Willard in Week 4.
Neosho (0-4) hosts Carthage in Week 4.