Tritons come up short

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Iowa Central’s hopes of earning revenge never materialized on Saturday afternoon.

The Tritons (3-5 overall, 1-5 in the MFC) dropped a 16-3 decision to College of Dupage, marking the fourth straight loss in the series. Earlier this season, Iowa Central suffered a 38-7 setback to the Chaparrals.

“We really battled and probably played about as hard as we have all year,” said ICCC head coach Kevin Twait. “Our guys really dug down and sold out. We moved the ball some (offensively) inside the 20s, but we just weren’t efficient enough.”

After allowing DuPage (6-2, 5-1) a touchdown on its first possession of the game, the Tritons answered right back with a 38-yard field goal by Nathan Criswell.

“We had three starters go down with injuries in the first quarter, and we’re down to our No. 5 center, so we were kind of scrambling around,” Twait said. “Our defense, though, really stepped up and played great. (The Chaparrals) had two long plays that were the difference in the end.”

Both teams committed three turnovers and blocked a punt. Iowa Central also missed 35-yard field goal on the final play of the first half that appeared to go through the uprights.

“We have to win both games left now to get a bowl bid,” said Twait. “We just have to keep getting guys healed up for Saturday. I like this team. We’re doing things right and making steady progress.”

Looking to rebound, Iowa Central hosts Ellsworth (2-6, 1-5) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

The Tritons were edged by the Panthers in their previous meeting this year, 14-10.