Senior Trevor Adams was the nation's top quarterback by passing efficiency, while sophomore Brady Bolles added a different dynamic to the Bearcats' offense with his feet. Both contributed to the scoring load throughout Northwest's four playoff game and, with Brady's brother and fellow quarterback, Blake, looking on, the two led the Bearcats to the national championship.
It was a proverbial passing of the signal-calling torch.
"Some schools try it and it doesn't work out," Bolles said. "I think it really worked with us because of the type of people me and Trevor are. I don't want to brag about myself, but Trevor's just an amazing person."
"To go into his senior year and know that he's splitting time and to accept it and know it's just going to make our football team better, that's what really got us here."
Adams completed 15 of 25 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 43-28 win over Lenoir-Rhyne. Bolles added 55 yards on 13 carries and a four-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
"To be able to win this team award and guys that have developed us as men since I've been here as a freshman, it's really incredible," Adams said. "I'm really thankful for it."
The senior threw for 3342 yards and 33 touchdowns, while picking up four more on the ground. Bolles was the team's third leading rusher with 662 yards and 13 scores while eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark through the air with seven more scores.