Tritons head to Kansas
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Iowa Central football team hits the road this week, looking to get the taste of victory by in their mouths.
The Tritons face Arkansas Baptist at Shawnee Mission Park’s high school field here today. Kickoff is set for noon.
Last Saturday night, Iowa Central (2-4 overall) was defeated by fourth-ranked and defending national champion Iowa Western, 56-7.
Arkansas Baptist (2-5) is an independent and in its seventh season of playing football.
“We are in uncharted territory sitting at 2-4,” ICCC head coach Kevin Twait said. “But we have four regular season games left to get this thing going and try to make it to the postseason.”
Kendall Jackson, a freshman, continues to learn on the job as Iowa Central implements a spread-based offense. Jackson has completed 54-percent of his passes for 361 yards, while also rushing for 263.
DeShawn Johnson leads the ground game with 286 yards, while Trentan Bledsoe and Brandynn Clark are the top receivers.
“We aren’t as consistent as I wanted to be at this point in the season (on offense),” Twait said. “I thought by now, we’d have things rolling a little better.
“But our guys haven’t given up and our coaches haven’t stopped working extremely hard. We’re still trying to get things figured out.”
A staple under Twait, the defense is “improving with each week,” he said.
“(Against Iowa Western) we had guys in the right spots, but we just got beat by better players,” Twait said. “Credit them, because they made some great plays and were just better in space.”
Iowa Central is allowing almost 200 yards through the air and 250 on the ground this year.
The Buffaloes have lost four straight, including defeats at the hands of Iowa Western and top-ranked Georgia Military.
Randall Dixon leads the offense, which is averaging almost 300 yards per game – 200 of which comes through the air.
As a team, the Buffaloes have surrendered over 1,400 yards rushing on the year.