In the national game of the week, these two top 5 ranked opponents battled it out in the season opener with a stellar performance on both sides of the ball for the Bearcats.
- In his first career start, Senior QB Zach Martin led the offense by tossing for 314 yards and 1 touchdown.
- The ground game was led by the duo of Cameron Wilcox and Emmanuel Jones who rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown and 65 yards, respectively.
- Defensively, the Cats were unstoppable. Adding their first shutout to their 2017 resume and holding one of the nations most potent offenses to 246 total yards.
- The unit was led by Junior DE Austen Eskew (7 tackles, 2 TFL, and 1 sack) and LB Ben Althoff (team high 8 tackles).
On their first road trip of the year, Northwest overcame multiple injuries to hold off the Ichabods 20-14.
- With the help of a tremendous defensive performance, Northwest held the Ichabods to 217 yards of total offense and 2-10 on third down conversions.
- Defensively the squad was led by Junior safety Jack Richards (9 tackles, 0.5 TFL) and LB Ben Althoff (7 tackles, 1 TFL).
- Offensively the Bearcats were led by Zach Martin, Cameron Wilcox, Jordan Grove and Shawn Bane.
- The Bearcats were able to make key plays in all three phases of the game in the second half to seal their second victory of the year.
Defense has been the dominant feature of the Northwest teams and this game proved no different.
- The Bearcats posted their second shutout of the year, holding the Lopers to an amazing 58 total yards and 0-12 on third down conversions.
- Defensively, the Cats were led by linebackers Nick Hess - 5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, and 2 sacks and Jake Brinkman - 6 tackles and 1 TFL.
- Offensively, Senior QB Zach Martin threw for 222 yards and a score, while WR Shane Williams brought in 7 catches for 75 yards and 1 touchdown.
- The Cats improved to 3-0 with their second straight road win.
Family Weekend is a special tradition at Northwest and is a tradition and honor to wear the black jerseys with the red paw in honor of former Head Coach Scott Bostwick.
- The Cats continued their impressive play with an offensive outbreak of 63 points.
- MIAA Offensive POW, Zach Martin tied a school record with 6 touchdown passes and 326 yards.
- WR's Shawn Bane had 101 yards, 3 TD and Jordan Bishop had 100 yards, 1 TD.
- On the ground, the true freshman Jordan Thompson led the Bearcats with 128 yards and 2 touchdowns in his NW debut.
- With its third shutout in four games the defense was led by cornerback, Marcus Jones (5 tackles) and LB Nick Hess (4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack).
- The defensive unit held the Lions to -43 rushing yards and 69 total yards.
In what proved to be a thriller at Arrowhead Stadium the Northwest team scored a touchdown with seven seconds left in the 2017 Fall Classic to defeat Central Missouri, 24-20.
- The Mules scored a touchdown with 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter to take a brief 20-17 lead.
- Northwest marched down the field and scored with seven seconds left on a seven yard catch from Jordan Bishop to give the Bearcats a 24-20 lead.
- QB Zach Martin threw for 219 yards and 2 TDS
- Shawn Bane caught 7 passes for 139 yards and Jordan Bishop caught 4 passes for 40 yards and 1 TD
- LB Ben Althoff led the team with 12 tackles, while Safety Eddie Richie contributed 8 tackles of his own.
- Corner Anthony Lane had 8 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 Sack and a FF.
- The Bearcats have now won 11 out of the 14 games at Arrowhead Stadium.
Northwest prevailed with a 17-10 victory in a grind out battle with the Bronchos. With numerous injuries adding up, the "next man up" motto was in full effect.
- Once again, defense was the key for the Cats led by the defensive play of Caleb Mather (2 sacks), Ben Althoff (10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL), and Bobby Gruenloh (1 sack).
- UCO was held to 248 yards of total offense.
- Offensively, Zach Martin completed 22 passes for 292 yards and Brody McMahon and Jordan Thompson combined for 148 yards and 3 scores.
- RB Jordan Grove led all Bearcats with 6 passes for 104 yards.
- The rushing attack, led by true freshman Jordan Thompson (110 yards and 2 touchdowns) and Brody McMahon (60 yards, 1 touchdown) proved to be too much for the Riverhawk defense.
- QB Zach Martin threw for 153 yards and 3 touchdowns.
- Northwest racked up 429 yards of total offense and held Northeastern State to -22 yards rushing, marking the second time this year a Bearcat opponent has been held to negative yards on the ground.
- LB Jarrod Bishop led the defense with 5 tackles and safety Najeem Hosein contributed 4 tackles and 2 TFL.
- The Bearcats turned five RiverHawk turnovers into 21 points and have now won 14 consecutive road games