Tritons host Highland for Homecoming

Iowa Central is hoping the energy and momentum from its Homecoming festivities will help lead to success on the field here on Saturday against Highland.

Kickoff is set for noon inside Dodger Stadium.

The Tritons (0-3 overall) have been close over and over again, dropping three consecutive single-possession decisions to start the season. Head coach Kevin Twait is counting on an ”electric” atmosphere against the Scotties as a key ingredient to help them finally get over the hump.

”It’s going to be a terrific environment, and (former Iowa Hawkeye and Detroit Lion) Amari Spievey is back in town (this week to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame), so that will just add to it,” Twait said. ”The campus is buzzing. Our team is working hard and staying positive. The culture is good.

”We’re very hungry (for a victory).”

Highland is 1-1, with a close win at No. 19 Dodge City (26-21) followed by a narrow loss to 11th-rated and defending national champion Garden City (27-23). The Scotties led Garden City 13-0 before being caught from behind.

Highland was off last week.

”They’re a physical football team that really likes to run it right at you,” Twait said of the Scotties. ”They have a big offensive line and a couple of tailbacks who like to bloody your nose. Every once in a while, they’ll throw a deep ball to keep the defense honest.

”We have to load up the box a little and stop the run first and foremost. And on offense, we have to move the ball and keep our defense off the field as much as possible.”

This is Iowa Central’s third home contest of the year, and the Tritons will take on No. 15 Independence in Manson next Saturday. Twait’s squad has lost to College of DuPage (13-6), Dodge City (28-20), and Ellsworth (35-28 in overtime) heading into its Homecoming week.

”We’ve been close and competitive,” Twait said. ”It would be great to see our kids rewarded for their efforts with a win. We’ll keep at it and do our best. It’s a tremendous opportunity; I know the fan support and game-day atmosphere will be outstanding.”