No. 8 Bearcats shake off Hounds 65-20

CNJ staff

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Senior quarterback Trevor Adams, listed No. 2 on Northwest Missouri State’s depth chart, tied a school record with five touchdown passes Saturday as the eighth-ranked Bearcats shook off a strong first quarter by Eastern New Mexico University to beat the Greyhounds 65-20.

Adams completed 23-of-31 passes for 444 yards, leading Northwest (6-1) to a 684-390 margin in total offense.

ENMU junior quarterback Wes Wood went 33-for-43 for 283 yards. He threw for three touchdowns, all in the first quarter, and on ENMU’s first drive passed former quarterback Kevin Kott for the school’s career total offense record.

Wood finished the day with 6,373 yards, compared to Kott’s 6,082.

The Hounds (2-5) put together scoring drives of 70-plus yards on their first three possessions of the game.

Wood hit senior wide receiver Darian Dale for touchdowns of 11 and 2 yards around a 13-yard TD toss to senior Noelin Henry. But the Bearcats countered with Adams scoring strikes of 26 yards to junior tight end Kyle Kilgore and 80 yards to junior wide receiver Brian Miller — the latter coming on the first play following ENMU’s kickoff to pull the Bearcats to 14-13.

ENMU junior Sosefo Maka blocked Todd Adolf’s PAT kick, keeping the Hounds in front.

Wood then directed a nearly-six-minute drive of 11 plays and 89 yards, culminating with his second TD toss to Dale with 2:13 left in the period. Wood’s 2-point conversion pass failed.

Northwest countered with an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 35-yard TD pass from Adams to David Mosley on the first play of the second quarter.

ENMU finished the opening quarter with a 215-190 edge in total yardage and a 15-6 margin in first downs. The Bearcats held the Hounds to 10 first downs and 175 yards the rest of the way.

Adams added a go-ahead, 39-yard touchdown toss to Tyler Shaw with 11:50 left in the half, and Northwest went on to lead 37-20 at the break. Adams got his final TD pass, a 40-yarder to Shaw, less than a minute into the third quarter to make it 44-20.

Dale caught 11 passes for 102 yards for the Hounds while running back De’Coreyon Thomas added nine catches for 54. Wood also led the Hounds in rushing with 53 yards on 12 attempts, including four sacks.

Jordan Simmons rushed for 80 yards and two second-half touchdowns for Northwest. Ten receivers caught passes for the Bearcats, led by Mosley, Kilgore and Taylor Pierce with four receptions apiece.

Junior linebacker Lane Wood had a game-high 12 tackles for ENMU, including nine solo stops.