Tritons ready for Science test

Still seeking its first Midwest Football Conference victory of the year, Iowa Central welcomes North Dakota Science for Homecoming here today.

Kickoff is set for noon at Dodger Stadium.

The Tritons (1-3 overall, 0-3 in the league) have dropped two straight games, including a 14-10 decision at long-time rival Ellsworth last Saturday. Against the Panthers, Iowa Central was unable to overcome a season-high seven turnovers in falling for the eighth time in the past 13 meetings between the two schools.

“We let one slip away last week that we thought we had in the bag, and now we’re 1-3 for the first time since I’ve been (at ICCC) in 18 years,” said Triton head coach Kevin Twait. “We’ve been practicing well, though, this week. With Homecoming, we’ve had a lot of activities going on around campus. I think our guys are jacked up and ready to get back out (on the field).”

A week ago, the Tritons managed 272 yards of total offense, with 221 of those coming on the ground. DeShawn Johnson sparked Iowa Central’s rushing attack, producing 137 yards on 22 carries. Defensively, Iowa Central yielded 293 combined yards – 238 rushing and 55 passing. Lineman Shaquille Wells collected a pair of sacks for the Tritons, while cornerback Derion Phillips recovered a fumble.

“(North Dakota Science) really has a heck of a tailback (in Lamont Osborn) that was an all-region pick a year ago,” Twait said. “Their quarterback (Josh Hansana) also does a great job of running the offense. I’m sure they’ll be rested and ready for a knock-down-drag-out fight. We only play 11 out of 365 days, so we better have our tails pretty twisted. (The Wildcats) are just huge on defense, which will no doubt pose us some problems.”

After earning a 32-16 home triumph over Ellsworth in their opener, the Panthers – who were idle last week – are coming off back-to-back defeats to College of DuPage (47-7) and then-No. 3 and defending NJCAA national champion Iowa Western (25-0).

On the season, Osborn has delivered 246 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Hansana has completed 26 of 54 passes for 208 yards, including five picks and no touchdowns. Isaac Flomo has hauled in a team-high 13 receptions for 117 yards.

Since a 27-0 shutout loss at the end of the 2009 campaign, the Tritons have prevailed in three straight meetings against the Wildcats (1-2, 1-2). Last fall, Iowa Central topped North Dakota Science, 35-25.

Following this afternoon’s clash, the Tritons and Wildcats will battle again on Nov. 9 in Wahpeton, ND.