Oct. 19, 2012
Hinchey and ‘Cats look to keep flying
Kickoff: 2:00 p.m.
Stadium: Fred G. Hughes Stadium
Radio: Bearcat Radio Network
John Coffey (play-by-play), Matt Gaarder (color), Matt Brown (sideline);
Heard on on seven stations that covers four states in the Midwest, and on the Internet from the flagship station KXCV.
Missouri Southern: NR/NR
Series: Northwest leads the all-time series 18-4. The Bearcats have also won the last 17 meetings, the longest current streak for Northwest.
Northwest: Adam Dorrel (Northwest '97) 17-4 (2nd season)
Missouri Southern: Daryl Daye (LSU '86) 5-2 (1st season)
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By David Boyce
The “Fall Classic at Arrowhead XI” last week turned out perfect for Northwest Missouri State senior John Hinchey.
Hinchey, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound wide receiver from Kearney, Mo., caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown, a 29-yard reception from Trevor Adams, gave the Bearcats a 17-14 lead with 10:18 left in the fourth quarter.
Northwest went on to win 31-21 and improve to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the MIAA.
“It felt good to perform well in front of family and friends,” Hinchey said. “It was just a great win for the Bearcats.”
After losing twice to its rival last year, Northwest’s victory a week ago was a feel-good moment for everybody in Bearcat nation, particularly since they gave the defending national champions their first loss of the season.
In order for the Bearcats to accomplish their goals, they cannot bask in the glow of their rainy-day win over the Gorillas.
Northwest’s focus must be on Saturday’s game at Missouri Southern. The Lions are 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the MIAA.
“That’s key because our conference is so competitive that you can’t overlook anybody,” Hinchey said. “You cannot keep thinking about last week. Missouri Southern has a lot of great athletes.
“It is going to take everything we have from here on out to accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves.”
Three reasons exist why Northwest coach Adam Dorrel thinks the Bearcats will be ready for the 2 p.m. kickoff at Hughes Stadium in Joplin, Mo.
One is last week’s result. Missouri Southern went to Missouri Western and came away with a 31-30 victory.
“That really got our kids focused on Sunday,” Dorrel said.
The second reason is Missouri Southern runs the option on offense. In the current football climate of spread offenses and throwing the ball all over the place, defenses don’t see many run-oriented teams.
“Our defensive staff prepped them a little bit on Sunday about what they are going to see with the option,” Dorrel said. “We have some football smart kids and they are going, ‘I haven’t seen the option since I was a junior in high school.’ I think that really helps.”
The third and most important reason why Dorrel believes the Bearcats will be ready the senior class.
After Northwest lost 31-21 in week two against Central Missouri, Dorrel saw a senior class take ownership of the team and make everybody, including themselves, accountable.
“UCM was a wake-up call,” Hinchey said. “In the past, we’ve lost the first game. We’ve had that wake-up call early in the season.
“After that loss, the seniors really put it on their shoulders to take control of the team and lead us to where we need to go.”
Dorrel really enjoyed what he saw from the seniors last week. Only time will tell how much it lifts the team for the rest of the season.
“I’ve said it all year. I believe in our seniors,” Dorrel said. “Our coaches believe in our seniors. The Pittsburg State game gave us that much more for our senior class to stand on. It was utopia for a coach to see a bunch of seniors act the way our seniors acted on the sidelines last week. I was very proud of them.”
Hinchey is one of those seniors that Dorrel says approaches the game the right way.
“He has been versatile. He has played different positions. I think he has been very unselfish,” he said.
“You get a kid who had a very successful high school career like him and he came in here and played a lot early and then kind of tapered a little bit,” Dorrel said. “He has really come on strong this year.
“He is a good team guy.”
Hinchey doesn’t have to catch a pass in a game to feel part of the team.
“I emphasize working on my blocking,” Hinchey said. “I make sure I’m taking care of that. I try to take care of the small things like lining up right, minimize penalties and help out anyway I can.”
Over the last month, Northwest offense has been operating at high rate.
“We have really put it together. Getting Trevor back was big. Our game plans have been right on it. That is a credit to AD,” Hinchey said.
“We are going to try to keep the ball rolling.”
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