Sept. 18, 2011
Bearcat Football: The Day After
A couple of minor injuries thrust Northwest Missouri State sophomore quarterback Trevor Adams into the starting spot Saturday at Lincoln University.
Adams had to do it without the service of senior, All-American wide receiver Jake Soy.
Soy and senior quarterback Blake Christopher were injured and unable to add to their offensive numbers in Northwest's 73-7 victory. Both players are on week-to-week status.
The untimely injuries, though, gave Adams an opportunity to gain experience and learn.
Despite the fact that Lincoln has given up 139 points over the last two weeks, the Blue Tigers managed to teach Adams a few lessons in the first half.
Adams tossed two interceptions in the first half as the Bearcats went into halftime ahead 24-0.
In most cases, that is a nice lead after two quarters. But just a week ago, Washburn scored 49 points against Lincoln in the first quarter.
Adams rebounded nicely in the third quarter, throwing two touchdowns and igniting a 35-point outburst that pushed Northwest lead to 59-7. Northwest, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II, is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the MIAA.
"The biggest thing for me is he came back," Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. "His confidence was a little shaken after the second quarter. He bounced back in the third quarter. That's a sign of maturity and a sign of leadership and growing as a player.
"The other thing that he did real well was tempo. He did a good job of calling out formations and getting us up to the line."
Although the final score was one-sided in the Bearcats' favor, Dorrel thought Lincoln came out with a good game plan.
"They changed this week," Dorrel said. "They did a lot more two-safety look and tried to keep everything in front of them.
"We had to make some adjustments at halftime. That's good practice for us."
The one thing that bothered Dorrel about the game was the turnovers. Northwest gave the ball away four times.
"The two glaring issue for us was the turnovers and the kickoff return for a touchdown. We were really disappointed for that," Dorrel said.
"We are trying to lead the country in turnover ratio. We came into the game plus seven and then we turnaround and did what we did. It was just bad football. There is no way we should have turned the ball over like we did."
Dorrel, though, was extremely proud of the defense. The Bearcats limited Lincoln to 149 total yards.
"If you can hold an opponent under150 yards of total offense - I don't care who you are playing - that is not easy to do," Dorrel said. "You give up one long 60-yard pass play and that's pretty much done for the day."
Next for Northwest is a home game against Fort Hays State. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. The Tigers are coming off a 30-28 loss to Southwest Baptist. They are 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the MIAA under first-year coach Chris Brown.
"They are young," Dorrel said. "You got a guy out there trying to implement a system. He's trying to make them a tougher, more physical football team. I don't have any doubt he will get them there eventually."
In addition to Saturday's game being the first home MIAA contest for Northwest, it will be a special day for another reason.
"The big thing for us is it is Family Day and more importantly for us, it is Scott Bostwick Day," Dorrel said. "We earmarked this and we are going to honor Scott all week through some different ways."
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