Northwest Missouri St Crowned Kings of D2

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Long viewed as one of the most dominant football programs in Division II, Northwest Missouri State can lay claim to that honor now.
Northwest Missouri State pulled away in the second half to beat North Alabama, 29-3, in a virtual snow-globe environment Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park.
The championship is the second in a row for Northwest and the third in four years under coach Adam Dorrel. Overall, the trophy is the sixth for Northwest and is now the most in Division II history — breaking a tie with North Dakota State.
Before the game ended, injured wide receiver Shawn Bane Jr. drew the No. 6 in the snow that covered the playing field.
Northwest posted 15-0 records in each of its past three titles and had little issues in beating North Alabama, the second-most successful Division II programs in terms of postseason wins.
More than 4,500 fans braved temperatures that were 13 degrees at the 3 p.m kickoff and with a wind chill of minus 4.

Midview’s Logan Bolin wins Lou Groza Award, decides to continue football career at Ashland

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Logan Bolin’s big senior year keeps getting bigger. Midview’s do-it-all football player was honored this week by the Cleveland Touchdown Club with its Lou Groza Most Valuable Scholastic Player Award, given annually to the most outstanding high school football player in the Greater Cleveland area.

“Looking at the list of past winners, it’s really humbling,” Bolin said. “It puts it in perspective. I had a fun career and everything. I just enjoyed it, I don’t look as far back as what I did, I just look at the fun I had with everybody — friends, coaches and all that stuff. The impact we had in the community, it’s just a great thing.”

Bolin also committed to Ashland University, receiving a full ride through academic and athletic scholarships. He intends to play receiver.

He was considering a number of other preferred walk-on offers, most notably from Michigan State and Bowling Green, but Bolin ultimately narrowed his focus to Ashland, Air Force and Yale. He said the Eagles’ strong football program, a full ride and the school’s solid business program pushed him to choose Ashland.

His father, Ray, was an All-American running back with Ashland. Midview coach D.J. Shaw played linebacker there.

“They’re one of the top D-II programs in the country, definitely in Ohio,” Bolin said. “They had a 10-0 season last year, really nice facilities and coaches. I really liked it there.”

The Lou Groza Award is just another accolade in what’s been an all-time season, and career, for Bolin. He won the 2015 Golden Helmet award — given to the best senior football player in Lorain County — and helped lead Midview to another 10-0 regular season and a Southwestern Conference championship. The Middies lost to Glenville 27-14 in the regional semifinals.

Bolin did it all for the Middies.

As the team’s top wide receiver, he racked up 81 catches for 1,314 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also played quarterback when starter Dustin Crum suffered a shoulder injury, and the offense didn’t miss a beat. Bolin completed 38 of 57 passes for 559 yards and four touchdowns.

“He honestly was our team MVP,” Shaw said. “I had no idea that he had won that award as well. He’s very deserving. If anyone saw him play the last three years, they would say he’s probably one of the best high school football players that they’ve seen around here. The stats and the numbers that he compiled were just eye-opening.”

The senior piled up 326 rushing yards and six touchdowns, returned 17 punts for a 16.5-yard average and scored twice, averaged 23.2 yards on five kickoff returns and was one of the team’s top defensive backs, piling up 63 tackles, four interceptions, two fumbles, seven pass breakups and a touchdown. He was first-team All-Ohio and the Northeast Lakes district player of the year.

The season capped an impressive career in which he piled up 3,926 yards and 53 touchdowns in his four years. He owns nine school and seven Lorain County receiving records, and finished in the top 10 on six state lists.

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