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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

October 19, 2004

Bostwick, Long and Mathews Recognized on Weekly National List; 'Cats Move to No. 3 in National Polls

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Senior linebackers Chad Bostwick (Omaha, Neb.) and Adam Long (Benningston, Neb.) and punter Joel Mathews (Omaha, Neb.) received mentions on the / Pizza Hut Special Teams Player of the Week Honorable Mention list. Bostwick and Long were selected on the defensive squad while Mathews was for special teams. This is the ?rst such award for all three players.

Bostwick, who leads the club with 51 total tackles, posted 13 stops in the 31-13 win against Missouri Western, Oct. 16. Tied for ninth in the MIAA with 1.44 tackles for a loss per game, Long recorded nine tackles including one tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Long also had four pass breakups, which put his season total at 6, good for second on the club. Bostwick and Long are currently part of a defensive unit third in NCAA Division II in rushing defense (49.8 yards), 15th in scoring defense (15.4 points) and 33rd in total defense (291.9 yards).

Mathews booted six punts on Saturday for an average of 44.0 yards. Four of his six balls were pinned inside the opponent 20-yard line. Currently, he is second in the league with a 40.1 season average.

For a complete listing of all the Players of the Week, go to

Northwest Missouri State MIAA Weekly Honors

• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Oct. 12
• Jamaica Rector - Offense, Oct. 5
• Joel Mathews - Special Teams, Sept. 14
• Xavier Omon - Co-Offense, Sept. 14
• Troy Tysdahl - Defense, Sept. 7
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Aug. 31

Northwest Missouri State Football Gazette's National Player of the Week
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Oct. 12

Northwest Missouri State / Pizza Hut National Player of the Week
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Aug. 31 (Honorable Mention)
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Oct. 12 (Honorable Mention)
• Chad Bostwick - Defense, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Adam Long - Defense, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)
• Joel Mathews - Special Teams, Oct. 19 (Honorable Mention)

•• Northwest Remains at #2 in Southwest Region; Hop up one spot to No. 3 in Coaches and Media National Poll

In the Oct. 19 edition of the Southwest Region polls, the Bearcats stayed at second behind Texas A&M Kingsville at No. 1, who is second nationally. MIAA-member Pittsburg State received 23 first-place votes in the coaches national poll to take over the No. 1 spot, but remains at No. 3 in the region.
The top six of 12 teams in the region advance to NCAA post-season play with the first two seeds having a first-round bye.

The 'Cats moved up to No. 3 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll and No. 3 in the (media) poll for the week of Oct. 19. Starting the season No. 19 in the AFCA and No. 18 in the media poll, the Bearcats have their highest ranking since they were No. 1 for the entire 2000 season. They dropped a 31-17 decision to North Dakota State, Nov. 18, 2000 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.

The Bearcats, who own the third longest active winning streak in the country at 11 games, travel to Truman State in the Old Hickory Stick Game. The teams square off at 1:30 p.m. from Griggs Field, Saturday, Oct. 23.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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