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Bearcats outlast Griffons in football season opener

NWMSU wins seventh straight against MWSU in season opener.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 1:30 AM
Updated: Sep 6, 2019 1:43 AM

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The No. 6-ranked Northwest Missouri State University football team had a battle with Missouri Western State University Thursday night getting a 45-35 victory in the season opener for both schools.

Northwest's defense came up with the first score of the season when the Phillips brothers combined for fumble return for a touchdown. A bad snap shotgun snap sent the ball over Missouri Western quarterback Wyatt Steigerwald and Spencer Phillips scooped up the loose ball at the Griffon 43-yard line. Phillips would lateral the ball to his brother Sam before getting tackled. Sam Phillips would then take the ball the final 38 yards for the touchdown.

Missouri Western battled back from an early 14-0 deficit and take their first lead of the season, 35-31, with 12:38 remaining in the game. Northwest answered with an eight-play, 89-yard drive to pull back ahead 38-35.

The Bearcats with 4:00 left in the fourth quarter would have a short field and score on a four-yard pass from Braden Wright to Kyle Raunig. Raunig's score gave Northwest a 45-35 lead which would ultimately be the final score.

The Griffons travel to No. 11 Fort Hays State next week for a Thursday night game on Sept. 12. The Bearcats will host Washburn next Saturday at home for a 1:30 kick-off.

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We started out across the area with a few clouds around as a disturbance passed to the south of the area. Clouds slowly started to clear by the early afternoon hours. Today temperatures were still be above average, but cooler than yesterday with highs in the upper 50s. Temperatures will be back in the 60s this weekend under mostly sunny skies. Winds will be a bit breezy on Sunday with wind gusts up to 25 mph. Wind will remain fairly breezy through the beginning of next week especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will stay above average next week with rain chances increasing by mid week.
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