OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Iowa Central football team jumped back into the win column, posting a 29-27 comeback victory over Arkansas Baptist here Saturday afternoon.
Down by a single point at the break, the Tritons (3-4 overall) used a 32-yard field goal from Nathan Criswell early in the second half to narrowly escape. Iowa Central's defensive unit shutout the Buffaloes over the last two quarters.
"We dominated the game on defense in the second half and forced a lot of three-and-outs," said ICCC head coach Kevin Twait. "This was a big win to help get us back on track. I was proud of the mental toughness our kids showed."
Kendall Jackson connected with Brandynn Clark on touchdowns of 58 and 60 yards for the Tritons. Defensive end Evan Davis also returned an interception 55 yards to paydirt, while D'Shawn Dexter recorded a pick in the final two minutes of the game to seal the deal.
Criswell added field goals of 36 and 48 yards for Iowa Central.
"We moved the ball pretty well in the second half, too, and then just kind of sputtered," Twait said. "Arkansas Baptist has a lot of offensive weapons. (The Buffaloes) beat DuPage, took Ellsworth to five overtimes and scored 40 on (defending NJCAA national champion and fourth-ranked) Iowa Western.
"We still have three big ones left, and we need to run the table to give ourselves a chance at (a 15th bowl bid in the past 17 seasons)."
With the loss, Arkansas Baptist fell to 3-5 on the year.
Next action for the Tritons is Saturday at MFC rival College of DuPage. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Iowa Central dropped a 38-7 decision to the Chaparrals in their previous meeting this season.