Northwestern once again hoisted the Tractor Trophy after dominating the Dordt Defenders 64-16 last Saturday, Oct. 15. Their 64 points is the most NW has ever scored against Dordt, and the 48-point victory is tied for the largest margin of victory in the history of the rivalry.
Two school records and nearly a third record were beaten in the Raider’s big win. NW totaled 676 yards of offense breaking the previous single game record of 649 set in 2012.
Senior quarterback Jonathan Kodama threw for a career high and school record 486 yards and three touchdowns on 24 of 31 passing. The old record was held by Jay McKinstrey and set against the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1985.
“Everyone was clicking on Saturday, my receivers gave me the ability to throw the ball deep and make some great plays,” Kodama said. “They were a key to our success against Dordt.”
Kodama surpassed 400 yards for the second time this season and has put in two other 300 yard passing performances.
Three Red Raiders surpassed 100 yards receiving on the day, the first time in 25 years the feat has been accomplished. Senior Levi Ettleman with five receptions for 135 yards, and juniors T.J. Spykstra (5/118) and Levi TeBrink (5/102) were the three to accomplish the feat.
Ettleman set a career high for yards and added two touchdowns for the Raiders. Spykstra hit the 100 yard mark for the third straight game, and freshman Reggie Carter also added a pair of touchdowns to round out the NW receivers.
Entering the second half with a precarious 14-8 lead, NW scored on all seven of its second half possessions. They scored 50 unanswered points and outscored the Defenders 50-8 in the second half.
The rushing attack was led by freshman Jacob Kalogonis with 16 carries for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior Josh Wilson fortified the rushing attack with four carries for 51 yards and two scores. Fellow senior Paul Hutson also added a touchdown on the ground.
The Red Raider Defense was led by freshman Tanner Machacek with eight tackles, while senior Josh Treybal registered one of two sacks for the Raiders, and senior Sam Van Ginkel forced and recovered a fumble.
Defeating Dordt last weekend brings NW’s win streak to three games. The Red Raiders will travel to #15 Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 22, where they hope to put in another dominating performance.