triton football team signs 24 recruits

The Iowa Central football team recently secured commitments from 24 student-athletes for their 2016 class.

The Tritons are coming off a 2-8 season that left them on the outside looking in at the postseason for the first time in several years.

Manson Northwest Webster all-state defensive lineman, Tim Butcher, is the lone area signee. Butcher made 49.5 stops, including 10 for loss, this past season in helping the Cougars reach the state playoffs. He was also a state wrestling placewinner this winter.

Jerry Lowe was the focal point to a South Tama squad that went 11-1 last year, rushing for 1,633 yards and 25 touchdowns on 213 carries. That followed a junior campaign in which he rushed for 1,197 yards and 14 scores.

Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Jojuan Simpson, who did not play last year, could fill a void at wide receiver. Two seasons ago, Simpson caught 29 passes for 343 yards and added 303 yards on the ground.

Ankeny’s leading tackler from a season ago, Brandt Butler, will be heading to campus soon. Butler, a linebacker, made 109.5 tackles for the Hawks and will be joined by teammates Jack Buttjer, Ethan Hanna and Chris McLeod.

Buttjer and Hanna join the secondary, while McLeod hauled in 24 passes for 350 yards from his receiver position.

Easton Moody flexed his speed and power while at Ballard-Huxley, as the defensive end recorded 68.5 tackles. Of those, 15 were for loss.

Iowa Central will feature new faces in several spots, as top quarterbacks Corey Bertini and Brett Becker have moved on, along with leading running backs Taylor Sanders and Jake Feldpausch; top receivers Jalen Glass and Neil Hanson; and leading tacklers Jermaine Gilyard, Romel Hill and Trey Brown.

Iowa Western gained a pair of commitments from Fort Dodge, as Dodgers Kit McCarville (offensive line) and Kadyn Preston (defensive back) signed. Also, Zac Kibby of Bishop Garrigan is headed there as a defensive back.