Game 1

#1 Bearcats - 34 | #4 Emporia State - 0


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).


#1 Bearcats - 20 | Washburn - 14


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.

Game 3

#1 Bearcats - 13 | Nebraska Kearney - 0


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.

Game 4

Family Weekend

#1 Bearcats - 63 | Missouri Southern - 0


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.

Game 5

Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium

#1 Bearcats - 24 | #23 Central Missouri - 20


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.

Game 6

Military Appreciation

#1 Bearcats - 17 | Central Oklahoma - 10


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.

Game 7

#1 Bearcats - 42 | Northeast Oklahoma - 14


  • 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

Who's Next?

10/21 - #1 Northwest vs. Lindenwood - Homecoming, 2 PM, Maryville, MO

10/28 - #1 Northwest vs. Pittsburg State - 2 PM, Pittsburg, KS

11/4 - #1 Northwest vs. Fort Hays State - Senior Day, 1:30 PM, Maryville, MO

11/11 - #1 Northwest vs. Missouri Western State - 1 PM, St. Joe, MO

Key Season Stats

Northwest Offense

31 PPG

166 Rush YPG and 11 TD

265 Passing YPG and 14 TD

430 Total YPG.

Northwest Defense

8.3 PPG (#1 in D2)

44 Rushing YPG and 0 TD (#1 in D2)

161 Passing YPG and 7 TD (#1 in MIAA)

205 Total YPG (#1 in D2)


Bria Creeden

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