Sept. 21, 2007
Northwest-Truman Battle For Old Hickory Stick
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Tenth-ranked Northwest Missouri State hosts Truman in the battle for the Old Hickory Stick Saturday at Bearcat Stadium. Game time is 1 p.m.
The Old Hickory Stick is the oldest traditional trophy in Division II. Its history dates back to 1931. Northwest won last year's meeting 31-10 in Kirksville and has kept possession of the 30-inch piece of hickory for the last five years.
Sept. 22 is the latest date for a Bearcat home opener since 1991. Northwest has won 12 straight home openers and 10 in a row at Bearcat Stadium dating back to 2005.
Truman (2-1, 0-1 MIAA) lost to Central Missouri, 27-7, last weekend and will be playing its second game on the road to open league play. Northwest (1-1, 1-0 MIAA) beat Missouri Western 44-20 in its conference opener and has won 13 straight games against MIAA opponents.
It should be another milestone day for Northwest senior Xavier Omon, who needs 29 yards to become the fifth player in MIAA history to rush for 5,000. He's also 14 points shy of 400. Former Truman star Dale Mills (1957-60) is fifth on the MIAA scoring chart with 407 points.
Omon has run for 100 yards or more in each his last seven games dating back to last season. He's scored 10 touchdowns in that span, including three in the first quarter against Missouri Western last Saturday. Omon is averaging 117.5 yards in two games this season.
The Bulldogs have already received a record-breaking performance from its quarterback, Matt Ticich, who threw for a conference-record 493 yards in a 55-31 win against Upper Iowa Sept. 8. Ticich completed 29-of-43 passes and threw four touchdowns against the Peacocks. He has eight touchdowns this season (7 pass, 1 run) and has yet to throw an interception.
Ticich threw for 122 yards in last year's meeting against Northwest and scored the Bulldogs lone touchdown on a 12-yard run. The Bearcats held Truman to just 41 total yards in the second half and scored 17 unanswered points. Josh Mathews passed for 281 yards and Omon ran for three scores in the 21-point win.
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