Tritons head to Fort Scott

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Ty Sohn of Iowa Central makes the catch for a touchdown against Independence earlier this season in Manson.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Iowa Central doesn’t have the look or the attitude of an 0-5 football team.

The Tritons will try to corral win No. 1 here on Saturday against Fort Scott — a squad that just picked up its first victory a week ago.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Head coach Kevin Twait still likes what he sees from his young squad, which remains upbeat and resolute despite the program’s long losing streak.

”When you’re in the mud and things aren’t going your way, you just have to keep building on the positives. We’ve done that,” Twait said. ”We had three close calls early in the season against very good opponents; we just have to remind ourselves how close we are.

”It’s been rough the past few weeks, but we haven’t quit and we’re not going to. The beauty of this team is in the culture. It’s a wonderful group to work with, and we have a lot of younger guys on the field (Iowa Central starts 17 freshmen).”

Last week, the Tritons dropped a 42-14 decision at No. 20 Hutchinson — the third ranked opponent Iowa Central has faced already this year. Quarterback B.J. Phillips did return from an injury and throw for 183 yards and a pair of scores.

The Greyhounds handled Coffeyville (Kan.) last Saturday, 26-16, but they suffered consecutive setbacks to Butler, Independence and Iowa Western to start the 2017 campaign by a combined point differential of 135-36.

Fort Scott running back Damon Bonds is averaging nearly six yards per carry and almost 80 yards per game. Edward Aldred leads the Greyhounds in receptions with 20; he had seven catches for 107 yards last week.

Starting quarterback Dalton Sneed is a transfer from UNLV. Sneed started five games last season for the Rebels, throwing for 632 yards and five touchdowns. He added 57 carries for 348 yards on the ground.

Linebacker Dominic Cizauskas registered a career-high 20 tackles in the victory over Coffeyville.

Fort Scott topped the Tritons a year ago, 51-7.

”We’ve had a really good week of prep,” Twait said. ”I see bounce and I see fire. Now, we just need to get on the board with a victory.”