ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
Coming into Saturday's contest against Missouri Western, Northwest's postseason hope were in serious jeopardy.
The Bearcats had lost consecutive games, but got back on track with a 30-0 win over their rival at Spratt Stadium.
The Bearcats played one of their most complete games of the season. On offense, Northwest finished the day with 386 total yards and no turnovers. The defense held the Griffons to just 186 total yards and forced five turnovers while the special teams unit blocked three punts.
"This was as good of a performance we have had this year," Northwest head coach Rich Wright said. "Missouri Western is not at the top of the conference, but they are a good MIAA football team. I was really happy the way we played."
"We put our defense in the worst position you could ever have in football," Western head coach Matt Williamson said after the loss. "it was just a nightmare between the turnovers and blocked punts. You get one blocked punt, you're not going to win many football games, let alone three."
For Missouri Western, it was a disapointing end to the season. After starting the season 4-2, the ended with five consecutive losses, just like in 2016.
Missouri Western's season comes to an end with a 4-7 overall record.
Northwest will learn their NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday afternoon. The selection show is slated for 4 p.m.
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