Tritons host No. 2 Snow
Coming off an extended break, the Iowa Central football team returns to Dodger Stadium to face second-ranked Snow this Saturday.
Kickoff is set for noon.
The two teams met for the first time in 2019 with Snow (6-0 overall) posting a 30-20 victory over the Tritons (3-2) in Ephraim, Utah.
Iowa Central had a bye following a loss to fourth-ranked Iowa Western two weeks ago. The Tritons last played at home on April 10 when they bested the Grand View JV, 41-7.
“We had a good week of practice,” Iowa Central head coach Jesse Montalto said. “We were able to have a few extra days with the bye week and the kids really had a good focus. They are ready to get back after it.
“We are the underdog and have no pressure on us against Snow, so hopefully we can come out, play loose and pull off an upset.”
Brady Pope and Byron Jarrett have shared the quarterback duties this season for the Tritons, throwing for a combined 970 yards with 15 touchdowns and another 240 yards and two scores on the ground.
Jadon Washington has 370 yards rushing and Madison Ridgeway leads the receivers with 233 yards and four TDs.
The Iowa Central defense has racked up 25 sacks led by five from Deonte Bryant and four by Tristin Waugh. They have also forced six fumbles and picked off four passes.
Snow is led by quarterback Garrison Beach, as the sophomore is completing 53 percent of his passes for 1,029 yards with 17 touchdowns. Taylor Larsen and Tejhuan Palmer have over 300 yards receiving, with Palmer catching seven TDs. Seth Kaelin leads the ground attack with 629 yards and eight scores.
“They like to throw the ball deep,” Montalto said. “They have some good athletes who are going to test us in the back end of our defense.”
On defense, the Badgers allow just 44 yards rushing per game. After falling behind 18-17 at half last week to Ellsworth, they outscored the Panthers 38-0 in the third quarter on their way to a 69-18 victory.
“They were without a few key players but really came out there in the second half and got after it,” Montalto said. “They drove out for that game and are flying out this week to play us.”
Snow started the year with a visit to Iowa, topping Iowa Western, 31-30. They also own wins over Southern Shreveport (63-18), Lackawanna (27-7), ASA Miami (27-6) and Hohokam Gila Riva (75-14).