PALATINE, Ill. - The Iowa Central football team used its deliberate style to grind down pass-happy Harper College Saturday, pulling away for a 39-14 league victory.
The Tritons (3-3 overall, 2-3 the Midwest Conference) scored the final 20 points of the contest on three rushing touchdowns and finished with 337 yards on the ground to wear out HCC (1-5, 0-5). Darrelynn Dunn had 198 yards and three TDs, while Jevoury Wedderburn eclipsed the 100-yard mark and had a pivotal score late in the second quarter from 56 yards out.
''We really dominated the line of scrimmage; our offensive line took charge and mashed people,'' ICCC head coach Kevin Twait said. ''We take two totally different approaches to the game, with them throwing the ball 65 times and us six.
''Our kids took over and really burned up the clock on the second half touchdown drives.''
Freshman Kyle Twait, a former Manson Northwest Webster standout and the son of the coach, made his first varsity start count. Twait threw for 88 yards and a 53-yard touchdown to ex-high school teammate Zach Steinhoff, and the Tritons did not turn the ball over all day long.
Twait started in place of the injured Terrance Johnson.
First Downs 15 20
Rushing Yards 337 43
Passing 3-6-0 32-65-2
Passing Yards 88 304
Total Offense 425 347
Punts-Avg. 4-37.8 5-39.2
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 1-15 8-57
Iowa Central 12 7 7 13 - 39
Harper 0 7 7 0 - 14
Rushing - Iowa Central: Darrelynn Dunn 26-198, Jevoury Wedderburn 19-116, Chris Sanders 4-15.
Passing - Iowa Central: Kyle Twait 3-6-0-88.
''Kyle didn't try to do too much,'' Twait said. ''For a couple of freshmen, that was a big (TD) completion.
''I also want to credit Josh Steinburg, who filled in for former Dodger and fine offensive lineman Anthony Latta (out, injury).''
Harper completed 32 of 65 passes for 304 yards, but managed just 43 rushing yards as a squad. Gavin Smith and Tanner Susin intercepted passes for Iowa Central.
The Tritons committed only one penalty as well.
''We've prided ourselves on ranking first in the conference (in least penalties) for the last 11 years,'' Twait said.
The Tritons return to action next Saturday, hosting the College of DuPage.
''They're the second-best team in the East, and we've lost to them in each of the past two seasons,'' Twait said. ''It's good to get this one and be back on track heading into an important home matchup.''