Tritons fall short vs. No. 2 Reivers
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa Central football team gave second-ranked Iowa Western everything it could handle here Saturday.
In the end, the Reivers held on for a 26-20 victory inside Titan Stadium.
A week after upsetting No. 13 Butler at home, the Tritons (1-1 overall, 0-1 in ICCAC) rallied from a 26-7 deficit to make it a one score game when Jatoviay Hill ran it in from three yards out with just over two minutes to go.
Iowa Central’s defense got the ball back for the offense, but Iowa Western (2-0, 1-0) made a play on fourth-down to halt the drive near midfield.
Blake Dever got the Tritons on the board with a 1-yard score to complete a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Dever was 3-for-3 passing on the series, finishing the day 24 of 30 for 127 yards with two interceptions.
Iowa Central had four punts and two turnovers on its first six possessions of the game and were out-gained 218-114 in the opening 30 minutes.
Justin Blake directed the final two scoring drives, finishing 11-for-15 for 139 yards with 12 carries for a team-high 50 yards. TJ Tumbleson had a touchdown to cut into the deficit.
Emmanuel Logan-Greene led the Tritons with nine receptions for 87 yards, with Andrew Parchment adding eight catches for 47 and Rashad Witty seven receptions for 35.
For the Iowa Central defense, Ty’Reim Stephens had an interception, with Savion Harris and Zion Smith each recording nine tackles. Daquan Cross, Spencer Cuvelier and David Leckness registered a sack each and Terrion Williams recovered a fumble.
The Reivers, who maintained control of the Kinney Cup with the win, went up 12-0 early on an 89-yard touchdown catch by Michael Zachary from Tyriek Starks and two field goals courtesy Eddie Ogamba.
Starks also connected with Javonte’ Richardson and Marcell Barbee on touchdown passes in the third quarter to give Iowa Western a 26-7 lead.
Starks, a former Kansas player, was 8 of 24 for 226 yards with three touchdowns with 64 yards on the ground. Clay Beathard completed 9 of 10 for 92 yards.
Nick Singleton had nine receptions for 116 yards to lead the Reivers.
Willie O’Hara made 16 tackles for Iowa Western on defense with 2.5 being for loss. As a team, the Reivers forced three turnovers and had 17 tackles for loss.
Iowa Central remains on the road this coming Saturday when they travel to Coffeyville. Iowa Western heads to Hutchinson.