Iowa Central's first home test of the 2012 football season will come here today in a non-conference battle with Air Force's junior varsity squad.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.
Fresh off a resounding 57-7 triumph over Dakota College, the Tritons (2-1 overall) appear to have plenty of momentum on their side. Iowa Central's lineup will also receive a boost this afternoon with the return of starters Jontel Clayton (lower leg), Kaden Cue (shoulder) and Brandynn Clark (hip pointer), who all missed last week's game with injuries.
"It's a treat to have a (NCAA) Div. I program bring some of their kids to our place to play," ICCC head coach Kevin Twait said. "We've been on the road a ton, with some long trips to Arkansas, Chicago and North Dakota, so we're jacked up and looking forward to our home opener."
Despite being sidelined against the Lumberjacks, Clayton still ranks 13th nationally in rushing this year, accumulating 203 yards and three touchdowns on 55 carries. The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate finished second in the country in yards on the ground (1,477) last fall.
Clayton needs just 667 yards to become the program's all-time leading rusher.
"We have to change our blocking schemes up and play disciplined football," said Twait. "Eleven years ago, we went out (to Colorado Springs) with a ranked football team that had a 7-0 record and we lost, 14-7. We know (the Falcons) will be a tough matchup, because they run the option as well as anyone in the country at the varsity level."
On the defensive side of the ball, the Tritons forced four picks a week ago, including a 25-yard interception return for a score from end Ronelle McNeil. Through three games, Iowa Central has outscored its opponents, 112-62.
"Our defense has to be reading on the run and get to the first threat," Twait said. "(Air Force JV) has confidence in their receivers to go fetch (the ball), too."
Prior to this afternoon's contest, a special tribute will be held honoring the United States Armed Forces.
Any military members will also receive free admission.