Tritons tripped up late

FORT SCOTT, Kan. – The Iowa Central football team experienced a tremendous amount of early success in their 2014 debut here Saturday.

The Tritons just couldn’t sustain it.

Fort Scott scored the contest’s final 21 points, rallying from a 17-3 second-half deficit to defeat visiting Iowa Central, 24-17. A touchdown with 22 seconds remaining in regulation on a short run clinched the come-from-behind win for the Greyhounds, a member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.

”We got off to a great start, but they’re a good football team and once they got the ball rolling late in the third quarter, we couldn’t keep them contained,” Triton head coach Kevin Twait said. ”We weren’t able to keep the chains moving in the fourth quarter, and our defense was on the field for too long. We wilted a little bit in the heat.

”We made a few mental mistakes late that cost us. We didn’t turn the ball over and had some other encouraging signs, but overall, we’re frustrated it slipped away in a game where we led for a lot more time than we trailed.”

Sophomore linebacker Trent Jones extended Iowa Central’s lead to 10-0 in the second quarter with a 65-yard interception return. The Tritons then built their advantage to 17-3 on a 22-yard pass from Kendall Jackson to Trentan Bledsoe early in the third quarter.

Fort Scott pulled back within 17-10 late in the third, then tacked on a pair of fourth period scores, with the latter coming in the closing seconds on 3rd and goal from the 2-yard line.

Freshman Hunter Meyer kicked a field goal for Iowa Central, and fellow freshman Jake Sherman had 12 punts for a 49-yard average. Jareid Combs registered three sacks.

The Tritons host Independence Saturday at noon inside Dodger Stadium.