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Iowa Central wins big

September 15, 2012
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BOTTINEAU, N.D. - Firing on all cylinders, the Iowa Central football team bounced back in dominant Saturday afternoon, pounding overmatched Dakota College by a 57-7 final.

The Tritons (2-1 overall) built a commanding 30-7 advantage at the half and continued to pull away over the game's final 30 minutes.

"We got off to a slow start offensively, but then our defense kind of set the tone with a safety midway through the first quarter," said ICCC head coach Kevin Twait. "We know (Dakota College) is not real strong, but our kids played hard and got that great taste of victory back."

Wes Burnside contributed a pair of touchdown runs - from 8 and 9 yards out - for the Tritons, while Tom McClimon, Zeke Kasper and Francisco Garcia all found paydirt on the ground as well for Iowa Central.

Webster City graduate Keagan Parks also shined with an 85-yard kickoff return for a score in the second quarter.

Iowa Central's other offensive touchdown came on a 15-yard endzone strike from Chris Bell to Jaquon Goodman.

"I thought both our No. 1 and 2 offenses and defenses played very well (Saturday)," Twait said. "Along with the safety, our defense also forced four interceptions."

Triton defensive end Ronelle McNeil added a 25-yard interception return for a score.

The Lumberjacks (0-2) broke up Iowa Central's shutout bid on an 18-yard pass play in the second period.

Iowa Central starters Jontel Clayton (lower leg), Kaden Cue (shoulder) and Brandynn Clark (hip pointer) were all sidelined with injuries for yesterday's action.

With the victory, the Tritons improved to 3-0 in the all-time series against Dakota College, outscoring the Lumberjacks by a combined margin of 180-14.

Next outing for Iowa Central is Sunday when they host Air Force JV. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.



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