October 18, 2003
Bearcats Rip Lions, 47-14, on Homecoming
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University took a 47-14 Homecoming victory over Missouri Southern State University Saturday afternoon at Rickenbrode Stadium.
Linebacker Chad Bostwick (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) won the Don Black Award as the Northwest Most Valuable Player in the Homecoming Game. Bostwick scored the first TD of the game for Northwest on a 45-yard interception return. He also contributed six tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
Northwest got on the scoreboard with 4:31 remaining in the first quarter as Corey Paetznick (Fr., Des Moines, Iowa) booted a 24-yard field goal. On the ensuing possession, Missouri Southern faced a fourth-and-two at its own 46-yard line. The Lions faked the punt and kicker Eric Jones' pass was picked off by Bostwick. The linebacker got a devastating block from cornerback Darryl Ridley (Sr., Omaha, Neb.) and raced down the sideline for the 45-yard score.
The Bearcats took advantage of the Lions' special teams again to set up their next score. Morris White (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) blocked a punt, giving the Northwest offense the ball at the eight-yard line. On his first carry of the game running back Mike Fiech (Jr., Innwood, Iowa) popped it into the end zone for an eight-yard TD. Paetznick's PAT gave Northwest a 17-0 lead just eight seconds into the second quarter.
The Bearcats got their longest offensive play of the season late in the first half. Quarterback Josh Lamberson (Soph., Wilber, Neb.) hit wide receiver Jamaica Rector (Jr., Celeste, Texas) on a crossing route. Rector made the catch behind the secondary and streaked 75 yards for the touchdown. Northwest led 24-0 with 1:35 remaining in the first half. But there were three more scores in the next 1:35.
Missouri Southern's DeMarcus Mathes returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Northwest then moved deep into Lions' territory. But a Lamberson pass was intercepted by Robert Spinks, who returned it 91 yards for a score. Northwest led 24-14 after the two long returns for MSSU.
The Bearcats weren't finished scoring, either. Northwest moved to the Southern 30-yard line with five seconds remaining in the half. Paetznick hit a 47-yard field goal, the longest of his young career, to make it 27-14 at halftime.
Paetznick added field goals of 30 and 46 yards in the third quarter to give the Bearcats a 33-14 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Mitch Herring (Soph., Maryville, Mo.) scored on a 12-yard run early in the fourth to extend the Bearcats' lead to 40-14. The TD run capped a three-play, 23-yard drive, which was set up by a MSSU muffed punt.
Northwest finished the scoring with 1:17 remaining when fullback Bart Hardy (Sr., Grant City, Mo.) bulled in from four yards out to make it 47-14.
Northwest held Missouri Southern to just 121 yards in the game and just 41 yards in the second half. The Bearcats racked up 402 yards of total offense. Lamberson passed for 249 yards and a TD with two interceptions. Rector hauled in six passes for 159 yards and a score. Zach Sherman (Fr., Platte City, Mo.) led the Bearcats on the ground with 38 yards on seven carries.
Northwest, now 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the MIAA, will travel to St. Joseph, Mo. for a matchup with Missouri Western next Saturday (Oct. 25).
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