"We're not flashy. Flashy doesn't win football games," head coach Adam Dorrel said. "I think we're executing at a high level right now."
The numbers back that statement up. Northwest's 45 points per game are the most in the MIAA, and they allow the fewest at just over 15 per contest. But this team doesn't have a Jake Soy breaking records or a Myles Burnsides garnering national attention. They just continue to produce.
"This year is special. It really is. We've got a lot of guys that are working hard," senior quarterback Trevor Adams said. "Everybody's working hard and showing up everyday trying to get better, and I think that's what makes this team so special."
Adams is the most efficient passer in the MIAA with a 193.2 rating, but still splits time with sophomore Brady Bolles. For Adams, as long as the team is clicking, he doesn't mind.
"We've got seven, eight, nine guys on offense that can make huge plays any down, even Brady coming in with what he's doing at quarterback. He's doing an awesome job and that's just giving us more confidence as an offense going forward."
The defense is no different. With three different players -- Matt Longacre, Brandon Yost and Collin Bevins -- among the league lead in sacks and tackles for loss, they can quickly erase any offensive or special teams miscue.
"Across the board we have a group full of leaders," senior middle linebacker D.J. Gnader said. "If the offense has a bad play (we tell them) 'we've got you guys, we've got you guys. Don't worry' and vice versa. The upperclassmen, seniors and captains, we do a great job of keeping our heads cool, being calm and just going out there and executing the game plan."
It's a game plan that continues to get everyone involved: 12 different players have multiple touchdowns. Northwest averages 206 rushing yards per contest, but no player is near 100 per game. Robert Burton leads the way with 60 yards each time out, and four Bearcats are hitting at least 25 yards per contest.
The Bearcats will have to keep spreading it around to keep the Griffons off-balance Saturday.
Missouri Western has beat Northwest two of the last three meetings. Kickoff from Spratt Stadium is set for 2:37pm.
The game will be broadcast on the MIAA Network.