Iowa Central heads back on the road

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — For the second consecutive week, the Iowa Central football team hits the road.

The Tritons, who climbed to fourth in the latest Div. I poll, visit No. 1 (Div. III) College of DuPage here Saturday.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Following a loss at home to top-ranked Hutchinson, Iowa Central (3-1 overall) rebounded with a 62-13 victory over Ellsworth in Iowa Falls. They finished with 565 yards of total offense, including 380 in the air between four different quarterbacks.

Justin Silverstein was 12-for-15 for 172 yards and two TDs as Mario Sanders caught seven passes for 181 yards and two scores. Sanders leads the nation in receiving with 511 yards, averaging just under 128 per game.

Silverstein has thrown for 771 yards this year and leads the team in rushing. Along with Sanders, Michael Bartolotta has 13 receptions for 118 yards while Jaylon Washington has two rushing scores.

The Tritons are averaging 30.5 points and 360.5 yards of offense per game, while allowing 18.8 points and 251.8 yards.

“We are still a work in progress but our kids come ready to play and practice hard each and every week,” ICCC head coach Jesse Montalto said. “We still have to keep working hard and fine tuning things but we’ve been really happy with the kids.

“We were able to get a lot of them in last week and we saw some really good things out of a number of them.”

DuPage (4-0) has reeled off wins over Ellsworth, No. 3 (Div. III) Rochester Tech, Hocking and second-ranked (Div. III) North Dakota State College of Science to begin the season.

Peyton O’Laughlin has thrown for 618 yards with six touchdowns as five different players have at least five catches and 70 yards. Jaden McGill leads the ground attack with 221 yards and three scores.

The Chaparrals are allowing just 98.5 yards rushing and 15.5 points per game. DuPage has won nine of its last 10 games overall, including a 14-12 victory over North Dakota SCS last year for the national title.

They also won the first-ever Div. III title in 2021 with a victory over Nassau.

“DuPage is always well coached and gets after you,” Montalto said. “They are the back-to-back D3 national champions for a reason.”

Last year, Iowa Central topped the Chaparrals, 53-3, and own a 12-8 advantage all-time in the series. The Tritons have won each of the last four meetings.


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