Sept. 23, 2011
Bearcats set to honor Bostwick vs. Tigers
The gregarious personality of Northwest Missouri State football coach Scott Bostwick left an indelible print on you.
His untimely heart attack that led to his death on June 5th will never change that fact.
Appropriately, Northwest will celebrate the life of Scott Bostwick on "Family Day."
Bostwick was very passionate about two things: his family and Northwest football.
The Bearcats, 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II, will take on Fort Hays State at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Although the Bearcats wear green and white, black and red will be the colors of the day. It's a "blackout" game and red is a tribute to the red ball cap Bostwick always wore to games.
Senior defensive lineman Josh Lorenson spoke eloquently about what Saturday's game will mean to the players.
"I think it will be special, but nothing completely different from what we've felt before," he said. "This whole season has become so much of a remembrance of him. The emotion and drive that we feel for him and his family are there every game.
"There will be more of a focal point this weekend because it will be at home and we are honoring him. As far as the football team, he has been with us through it all and will be with us through the rest of the football season and on for everybody who got to know him."
Although Bostwick is no longer here, his work can be seen in the current Bearcats. It was very brief, but he was the head coach during the spring drills. He laid the groundwork for the transition from Mel Tjeerdsma, who guided Northwest for 17 wonderful seasons.
Through the years, Bostwick spent many hours watching film and talking football with current head coach Adam Dorrel and defensive coordinator Rich Wright.
The bond that develops for a coaching staff that's in sync is as tight as a family unit.
Family is the one word you hear from Northwest players when you ask why the program been so successful.
Losing a family member is always difficult to deal with.
"We've talked about it all summer leading into it that this was going to be his day," Dorrel said. "The things that are being published and the pictures will bring back memories. It is going to be an emotional day."
This season the Bearcats have been able to keep emotions in check when the game starts. In the season opener, Northwest won 65-3 at Truman. They won their home opener 52-17 over Sioux Falls.
The Bearcats know there are areas they must improve on if they want to maintain their MIAA supremacy and capture another national championship.
"The big thing for us this week is to cut down on our penalties," senior wide receiver Taylor Pierce said. "We can't have any stupid penalties as far as personal fouls and jumping off sides and lining up correctly."
Lorenson added the Bearcats need to execute better.
"We have a lot of young guys in the back-up positions," Lorenson said. "We need to clean up our line play upfront. We are getting there.
"We just need to keep playing fast and physical. That's something we've done a pretty good job the first three weeks and we are proud of."
The Bearcats are doing many things that would make Bostwick proud.
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