MARYVILLE — Last season, it looked after one quarter like the Missouri Southern Lions were on track to pull off the upset of the century against No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri at Fred G. Hughes Stadium.
The Lions led the Bearcats 14-0 after one quarter, before the Bearcats restored natural order to the universe and blew out the Lions on their home turf.
This season, Northwest Missouri made sure there would be not even a glimmer of hope of an upset for Missouri Southern, scoring 14 points in the first quarter en route to a 63-0 rout Saturday afternoon at Bearcat Stadium.
The Bearcats added on to their first quarter with an even stronger 28-point second quarter. Northwest Missouri added seven points in the third and 14 in the fourth.
Zach Martin touchdown pass must have sounded like a broken record to the Lions after the Northwest Missouri senior threw for six touchdown passes — 20 yards to Quincy Woods, four yards to Woods, 43 yards to Shawn Bane, 67 yards to Jordan Bishop, five yards to Bane, and 22 yards to Bane. Martin proved to be the bane of the Lions all game, finishing with 326 yards and those six TDs on 24 for 31 accuracy (77.4 percent completions).
Running back Jordan Thompson added 128 yards and two scores on 17 carries.
Alexander Wade, Carter Rees, and Angelo Sumler each made nine tackles for the winless Lions (0-4). Two of the three co-leaders Saturday in tackles are defensive backs (Wade, Rees).
Missouri Southern returns home Saturday for another Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association clash against Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers are 1-3 after a 60-28 loss to Washburn. Kickoff’s slated for 3 p.m. at Fred G. Hughes; Saturday will be Homecoming for the Lions.