In front of a record-setting crowd of 16,181 fans Saturday evening at Sporting Park, in Kansas City, KS, the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats stamped their name in the history books and treated their fans to their fifth overall national title and second in three years. Over the last three years, Northwest has compiled a 40-2 record.
Playing a big part in this program’s success is the play of quarterback Brady Bolles, a native of Lincoln.
“It was incredible,” said the senior, Bolles, who concluded his stellar career at Northwest by going 20 for 27 for 233 yards and one touchdown. “Our fans were nuts all game. All season they were incredible. To go out on top my senior year is what you dream about. It felt like a home game at a different field. Like I’ve been saying the whole year, we have the best fans in D-II hands down.”
Bolles played his high school ball at Lincoln North Star, threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns against only nine interceptions, averaging 265 yards per game.
Bolles is one of 13 Nebraska natives who made up the Bearcats roster that finished the season 15-0.
2 Brock Sherman LB 6-0 226 Sr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
62 Chase Sherman OL 6-0 271 Jr. Crete, Neb. / Crete HS
50 Zach Maloley LB 6-1 237 Sr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
Eli Keller LB 6-2 215 Fr. Kearney, Neb. / Kearney HS
78 Landon Kubicek OL 6-4 291 So. Lincoln, Neb. / Lincoln Southeast HS
10 Brady Bolles QB 6-3 205 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. / North Star HS
99 Brandon Yost DT 6-2 290 Sr. Omaha, Neb. / Millard West HS
72 Sam Gill OL 6-4 247 So. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Burke HS
36 Cole Bixler LB 6-1 210 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha North HS
54 Matt Connelly LB 5-11 224 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Omaha Westside HS
DJ McGargill DE 6-2 195 Fr. Omaha, Neb. / Skutt HS
74 Zach Flott OL 6-5 303 Fr. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS
79 Ryan Huff OL 6-4 276 So. Ralston, Neb. / Ralston HS