Tritons travel to DuPage

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Another formidable road test awaits the Iowa Central football team here this afternoon.

Seeking a second straight victory, the Tritons (3-4 overall, 1-4 in the MFC) will clash with College of DuPage.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

In their earlier encounter this year back on Sept. 14, Iowa Central dropped a 38-7 decision to the Chaparrals.

“We were hanging in there pretty well against DuPage in Week 3, but they just dominated us in the second half (the Chaparrals outscored the Tritons 24-0 over the final two quarters),” ICCC head coach Kevin Twait said. “They have a heck of an offensive line that rivals (defending NJCAA national champion and third-ranked Iowa Western) for talent. Their quarterback (Lamont Toney) is a dual-threat, too, so it’ll be a really big chore for our defense to try and slow these rascals down a little bit.”

Last Saturday, Iowa Central came from behind for a 29-27 non-conference triumph over Arkansas Baptist. DeShawn Johnson sparked the Tritons by rushing for 131 yards, while quarterback Kendall Jackson contributed 86 yards of his own.

Jackson also went 6-for-14 passing for 128 yards, including touchdown strikes of 65 and 40 yards to Brandynn Clark.

“We need to be very efficient offensively and make some plays in the passing game (today),” said Twait. “Whatever teams wins the kicking game and battle of turnovers will have an excellent chance to get this (win).”

Johnson ranks third in the MFC in total yards on the ground (417), averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Jackson is next in line for Iowa Central, producing 349 yards on 101 attempts.

Jackson has gone 40-for-77 through the air for 489 yards, with five scores and four picks. Trentan Bledsoe has hauled in a team-high 33 receptions for 239 yards, while Clark has added 13 grabs for 256 yards and found paydirt four times.

As a unit, the Tritons are averaging 20.7 points and 298.9 yards per contest. Iowa Central managed only 194 combined yards and 10 first downs against the Chaparrals in Week 3.

“Defensively, DuPage doesn’t gamble or stunt much, but they don’t need to,” Twait said. “They have some pretty darn good players from the Chicago area.”

Since suffering a 33-0 shutout at league-leading Iowa Western on Sept. 21, DuPage (5-2, 4-1) has reeled off three consecutive triumphs. A week ago, the Chaparrals prevailed at North Dakota Science by a hard-fought 12-7 final.

Dontrel Chance has delivered 527 yards rushing and reached the endzone twice for DuPage. Toney has completed 46 of 76 passes for 760 yards and seven TD. Travon Harris has pulled down 18 catches for 381 yards and five scores.

On the defensive side of the ball, DuPage yields just 254.4 yards and 13.9 points an outing.

Iowa Central has fallen short in three straight and five of the past six meetings against the Chaparrals – with three of those losses coming by seven points or less.