FLORENCE, Ala. - Northwest Missouri State football program left a wonderful, lasting impression for the folks in the Muscle Shoals area.
In impressive fashion, the Bearcats beat Lenoir-Rhyne 43-28 in the NCAA Division II Football Championship Saturday afternoon at Braly Memorial Stadium.
“This is amazing,” said Northwest senior running back Billy Creason, who finished with 76 yards and one touchdown in 13 carries. “To go out undefeated in my senior year is a great thing to do.
“I’m glad all our young guys got to experience it, and I got to experience it with them.”
The win concluded a perfect 15-0 season for Northwest, a fitting conclusion to the 28 straight years the title game has been played in Florence. The championship game moves to Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in 2015.
“I thought we had a group of guys and coaches who played to win today for 60 minutes,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said. “I think it has a lot to do with our 12 seniors.”
Northwest won its first title in 1998 when it became the first Division II team to go 15-0. Fifteen years later, the Bearcats did it again. In between those titles, they won championships in 1999 and 2009.