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Aug. 24, 2018MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: John Coffey

Bearcats complete final tune-up before regular season

(Photo courtesy Northwest Athletics)

After a final tune-up Thursday night, Northwest Missouri State is turning its focus toward the regular season.

The Bearcat football team held their annual Green-White Scrimmage to simulate the gameday atmosphere.

The green team, comprised mostly of the projected starters for the season, shined throughout the evening. Head coach Rich Wright says overall he was pleased with the way the squad performed.

"I was happy with our execution offensively. I felt like we were going against our younger kids, but obviously you're always looking for execution. I felt it was crisp. I thought Braden played well. I liked the explosiveness of our running game. We hit a couple big runs and caught the ball. It was a good night offensively. Defensively, I was extremely disappointed in the big play. It was a complete coverage bust. I wasn't happy with that at all. Otherwise I thought we tackled very well and did some good things."

While happy with the scrimmage, Wright says the team still has areas he wants to see improvement in as they gear up for Missouri Western next Thursday.

"We're not there. We're going to be a work in progress. I'm not interested in where we are today. I'm interested in where we're going to be as the season unfolds. We have to improve each and every week in order to get to where we want to get, which is ultimately back to the top of the MIAA."

The Bearcats open up their season Thursday, August 30 at home with Missouri Western. We'll have the game on KXCV 90.5 FM and KRNW 88.9 FM beginning at six o'clock with Bearcat Gameday.