Tritons host football game in Manson

MANSON — The Iowa Central football will play a virtual home game here on Saturday as they face No. 13 Independence in Manson.

With the North Central Iowa High School Marching Band Invitational being held inside Dodger Stadium, head coach Kevin Twait’s squad will make the 25-minute road trip west. Kickoff is set for noon at the Manson High School football field.

The Tritons (4-0 overall) are coming off a 34-0 loss to Highland last week in Fort Dodge.

“We didn’t play as hard or with the passion or sense of urgency as we did in the first three games,” said Iowa Central head coach Kevin Twait. “We weren’t very focused and it was disappointing to do that on Homecoming.

“It wasn’t much fun to watch.”

Iowa Central had been in every game until last week, losing its first three contests by eight or less.

The Pirates (2-1) had a bye week last week and have won two straight after an opening season loss to Iowa Western, 70-21. They defeated defending national champion Garden City (27-23) and Fort Scott (30-16).

“They (Independence) run well on defense,” Twait said. “We have to give ourselves some creases.”

Independence is led by former Florida State quarterback Malik Henry. Henry is 44-for-73 passing for 506 yards and four scores.

“They have a good mix of run and pass,” Twait said. “They give their quarterback (Henry) time to throw. Offensively they are 50-50 run/pass, so we have to try and make them one demesnial.”

Jordan Scott leads the rushing attack with 269 yards on 39 carries and four scores.

Calvin Jackson is the leading target with 15 catches for 265 yards and all four receiving touchdowns.