Tritons host No. 5 Reivers

Kevin Twait knows the contest against No. 5 Iowa Western will be a daunting task, but the Tritons are better prepared this time.

After suffering a 62-10 loss in the first contest of the season to the Reivers (6-1 overall, 4-0 Midwest Football Conference), the Tritons (2-3, 1-3) will try again to upset one of the nation’s top teams.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium.

“We are a much better team,” said Iowa Central head coach Kevin Twait. “It was the first game out of the box. We had a bunch of guys under fire (first time in the lineup).

“We are much better offensively – we’re not there – but we’re getting better.”

Iowa Western comes in with a prolific offense, led by Connor Bravard. The Reiver quarterback has trown for 1,472 yards and 18 touchdowns. Against the Tritons in the opener, he was 12-for-16 with 266 yards and four touchdowns.

Tay Bender (108) and Akise Teague (107) both reached the 100-yard plateau and Teague had a touchdown.

Teague has 811 yards on the season with seven touchdowns.

“Last time defensively we played poorly in the first half,” Twait said. “We didn’t defend the running game and gave up big passes. We need to stay in the game and do a much better job defensively.

“We were in the red zone three times and didn’t score. We have to be efficent and come away with some points.”

For Iowa Central in the loss, Desmond Van Arsdale threw for 79 yards and Kendall Jackson had 53 yards on the ground with a touchdown. Jackson leads the Tritons through the air with 284 yards and three scores.

DeShawn Johnson is the leading rusher at 286 yards on the season.

The Tritons are coming off a bye, two weeks after beating North Dakota Science 16-0.

“Iowa Western is a heck of a football team,” Twait said. “They’ve lost one time in the past two years. We’re excited about this opportunity.

“We were embarassed the first time around. This is one of those fluke years were we get to play them twice. We have to step up.”