No late heroics were needed by the Iowa Central football team here Sunday afternoon.
Pushing their win streak to three straight games, the Tritons (4-1 overall) secured a commanding 24-7 non-conference home triumph over Grand View JV inside Dodger Stadium.
"Grand View JV doesn't get to practice much together, but give them credit for really playing well (yesterday)," said ICCC head coach Kevin Twait, who earned his 124th victory at the helm Sunday. "These (games against JV opponents) are no-win situations for us. We know we're suppose to win big every time."
Behind a balanced offensive assault, the Tritons jumped out to a 17-0 advantage at the break and were never seriously threatened by the Vikings (1-1). Iowa Central racked up 349 yards of total offense in the contest - with a season-high 186 coming through the air.
Freshman signal-caller Chris Bell of the Tritons completed 13 of 16 passes, including a 35-yard scoring connection to Keagan Parks (Webster City) and a 40-yard endzone strike to Brandynn Clark. Bell also ran three yards to paydirt with 9:42 left in the first quarter, capping a smooth eight-play, 34-yard drive, that staked Iowa Central to an early edge that held up the rest of the way.
"I was especially pleased with our ability to throw the football," Twait said. "We made some nice plays in the passing game again, which was fun to see."
Iowa Central 7 10 0 7- 24
Grand View JV0 0 0 7-7
Iowa Central - Chris Bell (3-yard run), 9:42 left first. Alden Haffar kick.
Iowa Central - Haffar (23-yard field goal), 10:50 left second.
Iowa Central - Keagan Parks (35-yard pass from Bell), :47 left second. Haffar kick.
Grand View JV - Tyler Pavich (5-yard run), 11:08 left fourth. Ben Hurley kick.
Iowa Central - Brandynn Clark (40-yard pass from Bell), 8:10 left fourth. Haffar kick.
Rushing - Iowa Central: Wesley Burnside 17-89, Jontel Clayton 17-44, Zeke Kasper 2-9, Kippie Ward 2-7, Tom McClimon 3-6, Jimmy Purvin 1-5, Chris Bell 4-3. Grand View JV: Tyler Newcomb 14-64, Tyler Pavich 9-23, Hutch Burns 3-9, Harold Halcomb 1-5, Cody Morris 2-3, Derek Fulton 3-1, Jon Shalala 1-(minus-8), Team 1-(minus-11).
Passing - Iowa Central: Bell 13-16-0-186. Grand View JV: Shalala 8-16-2-66, Fulton 2-4-1-43.
Receiving - Iowa Central: Brandynn Clark 3-47, Jaquon Goodman 4-46, Juwan Simmons 2-35, Keagan Parks 1-35, Willie Williams 2-19, Burnside 1-4. Grand View JV: Richie Pearson 3-34, Burns 1-34, Cory Pulido 1-12, Blake Cunningham 2-10, Trevor Egli 1-10, Chase Albertson 1-9, Newcomb 1-0.
Clark was the top receiver for the Tritons, pulling down three catches for 47 yards. Jaquon Goodman added four grabs for 46 yards.
Tailback Wesley Burnside, a 190-pound freshman, sparked the punishing Iowa Central ground charge, accumulating 89 yards on 17 carries. Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Jontel Clayton, who ranked second nationally in rushing yards last fall with 1,477, was held to just 44 yards on 17 attempts. Clayton now needs 501 more yards to become Iowa Central's all-time leading rusher.
"I thought we were very poor running the football (the Tritons were limited to 163 yards on the ground after coming in ranked 11th in the country averaging 239.5 per game), and I didn't think we tackled very well, either," said Twait. "With Morningside JV coming to town next, we better play a lot better than we did (Sunday) or else we'll get beat. (The Mustang varsity) is ranked fourth in the country (in the NAIA rankings), and their program is on a whole different level than what we've seen so far."
Alden Haffar nailed a 23-yard field goal as well for Iowa Central, while also going a perfect 3-for-3 on PAT tries.
Defensively, Joe Bredice, Chris McGee and Demetrius Wilson all collected interceptions for the Tritons from their secondary spots, while defensive end TJ Meyer, tackle Keontae Hollis and linebacker Cory Svenson each notched sacks.
Grand View JV, which managed only 195 yards of total offense, received its lone touchdown on a 5-yard jaunt from Tyler Pavich at the 11:08 mark of the final frame.
Tyler Newcomb registered a team-high 64 yards on 14 totes for the Vikings, who also misfired on a 32-yard field goal in the third period.
Iowa Central welcomes Morningside JV for Homecoming on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.