Tritons hope to end skid

College of DuPage has had the Iowa Central football team’s number in recent years.

Now, the Tritons (1-1 overall, 0-1 in the league) will look to turn the tide against the Chaparrals (1-1, 1-0) here this afternoon.

Kickoff for the Midwest Football Conference matchup is set for 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.

Last Saturday, Iowa Central trounced Dakota College by a 66-19 final. Eight different players found the endzone for the Tritons, who registered 461 yards of total offense, including 302 on the ground.

On the defensive side of the ball, Iowa Central also forced five takeaways – three interceptions and two fumble recoveries – and managed a pair of safeties.

“Offensively, we were able to get on track last week by running our pistol and option (formations),” ICCC head coach Kevin Twait said. “The big key for us like is always is taking care of the ball.”

Quarterback Desmond Van Arsdale, an ICCC freshman, has completed 10 of 21 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown on the season. Trentan Bledsoe is the top receiver for the Tritons, pulling down seven catches for 86 yards.

DeShawn Johnson paces the ground attack for Iowa Central, gaining 80 yards on 12 carries. Kendall Jackson has added 67 yards and three scores on 21 attempts.

Linebackers Tyler Devontrea and D’Shawn Dexter lead the Tritons in tackles with 14 and 11, respectively, while combining for a pair of sacks.

After falling in a 34-23 home decision to Arkansas Baptist in its opener, College of DuPage rebounded a week ago with a 47-7 pounding of North Dakota Science. Dontrel Chance ran 11 times for 103 yards, reaching paydirt once for the Chaparrals, who are averaging 366.5 yards of total offense per game.

“Their offensive line is good, and they like to run the ball,” said Twait of College of DuPage. “When they do throw, they like to go deep down the field, which can cause problems for the defense.”

Iowa Central has dropped two straight and four of the past five meetings against the Chaparrals – with three of those losses coming by seven points or less. The Tritons suffered a 35-28 road setback to College of DuPage in 2012.

“We’re expecting it to go down to the last possession again,” Twait said. “We have a great chance if we can win the turnover battle and kicking game.”

Following today’s action, Iowa Central and College of DuPage will clash again on Oct. 26 in Glen Ellyn, Ill.