MOORHEAD, Minn. (9/12/17)--- A pair of senior captains received conference and national honors after the Cobbers' big win over No.15-ranked Wis.-Whitewater on Saturday.
Dallas Raftevold and Chad Johnson both earned MIAC recognition as Players of the Week and Raftevold went on to earn D3football.com Team of the Week honors.
The two players played significant roles in Concordia's 25-17 win over six-time national champion Whitewater. Both players accumulated huge statistical numbers but both came up with impact plays that swung the momentum in the Cobbers' favor as CC became only the third team from the MIAC to beat Whitewater in the history of their program.
Raftevold was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week and was a pick as a safety on the D3football.com National Team of the Week. Johnson was voted as the MIAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Raftevold had his career-best performance on Saturday. Raftevold had a career-high 15 tackles, intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the win.
Raftevold's biggest play of the game came in the second quarter after Whitewater had just recovered a fumble on the Concordia 26-yard line. On the very next play, the UWW quarterback lofted a pass into the corner of the end zone and Raftevold was able to out jump the Whitewater receiver to make the interception and keep Concordia in the lead at 10-3.
Raftevold is now second in the MIAC in total tackles (23).
Johnson was the main offensive weapon in Concordia's upset over #15 Whitewater. Johnson posted his fourth straight 100-yard game as he ran for 146 yards on 20 carries. It is the first time that UWW has allowed a 100-yard rusher since the 2015 NCAA title game.
Johnson had the biggest momentum-changing play of the game for the Cobbers. After Whitewater marched down the field to score on the opening drive of the third quarter to tie the game at 10-10, Johnson took the handoff on the very next play from scrimmage and ran up the middle for 71 yards and the go-ahead TD. Johnson also scored the game-winning TD in the fourth quarter.
Johnson leads the MIAC in rushing yards for the year (280) and is tied for the lead in touchdowns (4).