Sept. 17, 2012
Bearcats prep for UNK for first time since 1990
By David Boyce
The best thing that Northwest Missouri State football coach Adam Dorrel saw from his team Saturday afternoon was the enthusiasm from the players.
Of course, an improved running game and a reduction in turnovers contributed to Northwest’s 48-10 victory over Fort Hays State at Bearcat Stadium.
Dorrel looked beyond the numbers.
“We had a lot of fun yesterday,” Dorrel said Sunday in his weekly chat about the most recent game. “We seemed a little tight the first two games. We were flying around yesterday.”
Dorrel said he does not know why his team played tight in the first two games, which resulted in a 1-1 start.
“It is something I thought a lot about,” he said. “Our coaching staff really preached to the kids to get back to some of the things that made us good in the past and that is playing with a lot of enthusiasm. We did yesterday. It was fun to see.”
Dorrel, though, has been around football long enough to know what people will be talking about leading up to this week’s game at Nebraska-Kearney.
Who will play quarterback for the Bearcats?
An injury in practice early last week to starting quarterback Trevor Adams forced Dorrel to go with junior Tyler Seals and redshirt freshman Brady Bolles.
“We had Bolles and Seals compete against each other all week,” Dorrel said. “I’m so proud of them and the way they conducted themselves throughout the week and the way they handled the situation.
“They were competing in a positive way. They were very encouraging to each other. To do something like that, you have to be unselfish. We went every two series with them. They both did a really good job.”
Both quarterbacks produced. Seals had more success in the air, completing 12 of 19 passes for 146 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Bolles did more damage on the ground, leading the Bearcats in rushing with 111 yards and one touchdown.
“I haven’t given up on Trevor Adams by any means,” Dorrel said. “He has to get healthy first.
“I know it is going to be a common question all week. The thing I am going to do, which I told (Northwest Director of Athletics) Wren Baker when I took the job, is I am going to do what is best for the football program. If that means playing one quarterback, we will play one. If it means playing two quarterbacks, we will play two. I was just really pleased with those two quarterbacks yesterday.”
It also means Dorrel will make adjustments. Northwest coaching staff altered the blocking schemes against Fort Hays in an attempt to create more holes for James Franklin and Jordan Simmons.
Franklin rushed for 77 yards in 9 carries for an impressive 8.6 yards per carry. Simmons carried the ball three times for 32 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards.
“I thought James was hitting it hard,” Dorrel said. “Until Jordan left the game, he was hitting it hard.”
The other thing that pleased Dorrel was the way the offense spread around the ball. Ten receivers caught at least one pass.
“Those guys work hard all week,” Dorrel said. “We did a couple of things different with our receivers. We were rotating more than we had. Kids were playing more than they usually played. It was great to see. They all did a great job when the ball was thrown to them.”
Dorrel was glad to see the offense do many positive things, but he understands Fort Hays defense is not as good as Central Missouri. It is hard for him to say that because he is good friends with the Fort Hays head coach.
The Bearcats need another good week of practice to get ready for Nebraska-Kearney. Kickoff from Cope Stadium in Kearney is slated for 4 p.m.
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