Winners of two straight games, the Iowa Central football team appears to be just starting to hit its stride.
The Tritons (3-1 overall) will look to stay on a roll here this afternoon, when they welcome non-conference opponent Grand View JV.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.
Last week, Iowa Central needed a late blocked field-goal to narrowly escape with a 30-27 home triumph over Air Force JV. Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Jontel Clayton continued to be the offensive focal point for the Tritons, accumulating 122 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Clayton, who finished second nationally in rushing yards a year ago with 1,477, also ranks second in program history in yards (1,802) on the ground. Despite being sidelined by a lower leg injury in Week 3, Clayton has still managed the 10th most rushing yards (325) in the country this season. As a team, the Tritons are 11th best, averaging 239.5 per contest.
"We had a great crowd last week, and it's great to be at home for back-to-back games after three long road trips to Arkansas, Illinois and North Dakota," ICCC head coach Kevin Twait said. "Our guys are excited about the opportunity that awaits (today)."
In its 2012 debut, Grand View JV (1-0) hammered Simpson by a 45-17 count. The Vikings, which are in only their fifth year of existence, are under the direction of former FDSH head coach and Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame member Mike Woodley.
Woodley compiled a 25-28 overall record in a six-year stint with the Dodgers from 1983-88.
Ex-Manson Northwest Webster standout Andy Jepson (quarterbacks coach), former Fort Dodge Senior High all-stater Jon Pilcher (offensive line coach) and former Iowa State players Joe Woodley (defensive coordinator) and Austin Flynn (offensive coordinator) serve as assistants on the Grand View staff.
"(The Vikings) have a heck of a NAIA program (Grand View's varsity captured the MSFA Midwest league title last fall and was ranked 18th in the final NAIA poll)," said Twait, whose squad received six points in the latest NJCAA rankings. "They mix things up a lot on their defensive front with different stunts and blitzes. Offensively, they like to throw the ball and will challenge our pass defense, which has not been our strength this year (Iowa Central is allowing 283.2 yards per game through the air)."
Starting Triton free safety Joe Feldpausch will miss today's action with a concussion.