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A Legacy

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcat football team has been a force to be reckoned with the past 15 years. Located in Maryville, MO, this Division II powerhouse of talent and dedication has won over 75% of their games over the past 16 years and just recently ended a 49-win streak in MIAA conference play.

It was under the direction of Northwest legend, Coach Mel Tjeerdsma that the Bearcats prevailed in three of their seven National Championship appearances. Their most recent National Championship win in 2009 followed an unprecedented run of five national championship game appearances. The Northwest football team has seen 13 of the last 15 playoff seasons and boasts a myriad of on and off-the-field accolades.

Changing of the Guard

Coach Tjeerdsma announced his retirement at the end of the 2010 season, passing on the duties of Head Coach to Defensive Coordinator Scott Bostwick. A true Bearcat, Bostwick arrived with Tjeerdsma in 1994 and helped lead the team to their countless wins and various honors over the past 17 years.

Sadly, Bostwick never got the chance to run on the field as head coach. In June 2011, Coach Bostwick died from a heart attack.

Where does the team go next?

How will they recover from tragedy?

This documentary will follow the 2011 season as the Northwest Bearcat Football team works to put the pieces back together. It is a story of heart, dedication, and the power of family that you truly have to seeā€¦to believe.