MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Northwest Missouri State football team participated in its green and white scrimmage Aug. 29.
Following a 10-3 season, coach Rich Wright and company are focusing on getting one step further in the playoffs. For the first time in his tenure, Rich Wright returns a starting quarterback.
The Bearcats will open their season at 7 p.m., Sept. 5 against Missouri Western in St. Joseph.
Northwest's home opener will be 1:30 p.m., Sept. 14 against Washburn.
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Isaiah Strayhorn takes a handoff from Braden Wright. Strayhorn will likely split reps with senior transfer Justin Rankin.
Sophomore running back Raymond Thomas lowers his head to brace for a hit during the Green and White scrimmage
Senior transfer running back Justin Rankin turns up field after catching a pass. Rankin is being chased by senior linebacker Andy Hessler.
Senior defensive back Chama Pierre lines up to defend sophomore wide receiver LaTroy Harper.
Junior defensive end Noah Williams goes one-on-one against redshirt freshman offensive lineman Nyjel White.
The Bearcats' offensive line prepares to protect sophomore quarterback Braden Wright as he drops back to pass.
Senior kicker Parker Sampson punts on fourth down. Sampson was 1 for 4 in field goals during the scrimmage.
Redshirt freshman Cameron Purvis, who ran for the only touchdown in the game, was met in the endzone by fellow redshirt freshman Ryan Dewhirst to celebrate his touchdown.
After receiving a hand off, redshirt freshman running back Robert Rawie ran through through the hole.
Freshman running back Raymond Thomas follows his offensive line as he runs past the line of scrimmage.
Northwest sophomore wide receiver Gus Gomez goes up to attempt to catch a pass over fellow sophomore Kelion Hunter.
Coach Rich Wright addresses his players after the Green and White Scrimmage.
Alec Tatum receives a punt during the first half of the scrimmage. Tatum will be the punt returner for his senior season.
Sophomore quarterback Braden Wright and senior tight end Marquis Andrews talk with equipment manager Tucker Peeve during halftime of the scrimmage.
Justin Rankin, Braden Wright, and Marquis Andrews await the playcall from the sideline.
Braden Wright drops back in the pocket to pass. Wright will be the starting quarterback for the second straight year.
Senior Chama Pierre lines up in front of junior wide reciever Kaden Davis.
Gus Gomez goes up for a reception in the Green and White scrimmage. Gomez will be a sophomore this year.
Senior Chama Pierre saw action in 11 games and started final nine games at cornerback. Pierre totaled 18 tackles last year.
Former Spoofhound and freshman wide receiver Eli Dowis runs for a gain on a reverse play.
Backup quarterback Mike Hohensee scrambles away from defensive pressure. Hohensee is entering his redshirt freshman year.