TAHLEQUAH — Late in the third quarter, the Bearcats moved most of its two-deep to the bench.
"We have 24 freshmen who are getting a lot of playing time," Evans said. "Some of them are starting. We have had to pull redshirts off seven players. They team may have looked loose, but I think some of them are still learning how to react when playing against a great team."
Dorrell said he was impressed by the efforts of the RiverHawks, given their circumstances.
"They have lost a ton of players - a ton of starters," he said. "They had a freshman quarterback starting his first game. Anybody involved with that football program can be proud of those players and what they are doing."
Northwest put up the first 24 points of the game, scoring on a 24-yard run by Phil Jackson, two touchdown passes by Trevor Adams of 52 and 40 yards to Jason Jozaites and Marcus Wright, respectively, and a 28-yard field goal by Ben Trewyn.
Meadors hit Tank Richmond for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 2:28 left in the half, but the extra point try was returned by Dixon.
Billy Creason scored from six yards out with 33 seconds left in the second quarter for the halftime score.
NWMSU extended its lead to 40-12 in the third quarter when Brady Bolles connected with Korey Jackson for a 5-yard scoring pass.
NSU closed the scoring with 5:02 left in the fourth quarter when Terrance Dixon reached paydirt on a 5-yard run to cap a 14-play 89-yard drive which used 5:17 of the clock.
Steven Hopper led the RiverHawks' rushing attack with 86 yards on eight carries. Dixon was 24-for-68. Leading receivers were Ray Dobbs with three catches for 32 yards and Josiah Reed with three for 30. Leading tackers for NSU were Langston Jones with 14 and Kyler Harris with 12.