No. 10 Tritons hit the road
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — The Iowa Central football team moved to 10th in the latest NJCAA rankings.
If the Tritons want to keep climbing, they will need to find a way to win on the road.
Iowa Central (2-1 overall) begins a three-game stretch of games in three different states to close out the month here Saturday against the College of DuPage. Kickoff is set for noon at Bjarne Ullsvik Stadium.
A week ago, the Tritons found their rhythm on both sides of the ball after halftime, posting a convincing 45-17 victory over Coffeyville. That came on the heels of a 28-26 triumph over then-No. 2 Iowa Western the Saturday before.
“We had a really good Thursday practice and I feel like the maturity of our team is getting better,” ICCC head coach Jesse Montalto said. “With unlimited roster moves this year, we can make changes on a week-by-week basis that gives us the best chance to win on Saturday. We’ve done that this week and I hope those guys we are taking use this opportunity to their advantage.”
DJ Irons completed 11 of 15 passes for 237 yards with four touchdowns, adding another 78 yards on the ground. Irons, who has 498 yards passing and 142 yards rushing with seven combined touchdowns, earned ICCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for a second time.
Tanarious Achan, who is ranked second in the nation in receptions, hauled in five passes vs. the Red Ravens including a touchdown. Rashad Witty, the league special teams top player, had a receiving score as did Jason Young and Brandon Tukes.
Jarran Barber paced the Iowa Central defense with 16 tackles, with Brandt Casey recording 12 including two for loss and a fumble recovery. Casey was named the ICCAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Lamont Bishop and Stanley Cross each had 10 tackles, Romello Gray had two tackles for loss and Bishop added a sack.
Playing away from Dodger Stadium, though, has been trouble for Montalto’s team. They lost to No. 2 Butler in the opening week, 42-10, as they were held to a season-low 235 yards of total offense, and went just 2-3 on the road a year ago.
DuPage (1-1) lost to ASA Brooklyn, 29-9, but rebounded with a 47-7 victory over Arkansas Baptist last week. The Chaps are an independent team, just like Iowa Central’s opponent next week, seventh-ranked Snow.
Ben Little has thrown for 133 yards and three touchdowns for DuPage, with Isaiah Nwokenkwo the leading rusher with 125 yards and a score. Jordan Robertson has 10 receptions.
“DuPage is more athletic than they were a year ago,” Montalto said. “I’m sure they have plenty of confidence going after last week. They are receiving votes in the Top-20 and we know this will be another challenge.”
The two teams have split their last four meetings.