The Iowa Central football team returns to Dodger Stadium today with continued Graphic Edge Bowl aspirations as they host College of DuPage at 1 p.m.
The Tritons improved to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the West Division of the Midwest Football Conference last week in a 39-14 victory at Harper.
With North Dakota Science (4-2, 2-2) traveling to No. 4 Iowa Western (7-0, 5-0) this afternoon, a victory over Dupage moves the Tritons into third place in the West.
DuPage (4-3, 2-3), located 25 miles west of Chicago, is the second place team in the East Division behind seventh-ranked Grand Rapids. The Chaparrals suffered a 21-7 setback to No. 10 Ellsworth last week in Glenn Ellyn.
Head coach Kevin Twait and the Tritons are looking to avenge a 24-21 loss at DuPage last year.
"DuPage is the second best team in the East," said Twait. "They have handled Harper and Joliet, and beat us by three last year at their place. It will be a stiff challenge. We are improving and hope to finish 6-3."
The Tritons, winners in three of their last four games, are the top rushing team in the MFC. Leading the rushing attack is Darrelynn Dunn, who ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns last week in the victory over Harper. The sophomore leads the league in rushing with 761 yards on the year. He averages 6.7 yards per carry.
"We played well at Harper last week," said Twait. "We have three hurdles left to clear the table and maybe get a chance at the postseason. Of the three remaining games, this one is the tallest since they (DuPage) have beat us the last couple of years."
DuPage is led offensively by quarterback Cole Lanham. The sophomore has completed 101-of-176 pass attempts on the year. He is averaging 119.9 yard passing per game while directing the Chaparral's spread offense.
"DuPage does a good job on offense of spreading you out," said Twait. "They are pretty explosive offensively with a great blend of run and pass."
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