Wrapping up the non-conference portion of its schedule, the Iowa Central football team will play host to the Morningside junior varsity squad for Homecoming this afternoon.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.
Following three straight victories, including a 24-7 triumph over Grand View JV last Sunday, the Tritons (4-1 overall)?climbed into the latest NJCAA rankings at No. 18.
"After making three brutal road trips to start the season (at Arkansas Baptist, College of DuPage and Dakota College), we're fired up about coming to our back yard again (the two previous Iowa Central games were also at home) and playing football," ICCC head coach Kevin Twait said. "(The Mustangs) are going to be playing their true two deep unit, so we're looking forward to it."
Against the Vikings, quarterback Chris Bell of the Tritons completed 13 of 15 passes for a season-high 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Jaquon Goodman was Iowa Central's top receiver, collecting four catches for 44 yards.
Wesley Burnside ignited the smashmouth Triton ground attack, producing 105 yards on 18 carries.
Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Jontel Clayton, who finished second nationally in total rushing yards a year ago with 1,477, still ranks 20th in the country in yards on the ground (374) despite missing Week 3 due to a lower leg injury. Clayton needs 501 more rushing yards to set a new program mark.
"We have some guys nicked up, but Jontel is ready to go," said Twait. "We're not 100 percent, but we're in pretty good shape for this point in the season."
As a team, Iowa Central is fifth nationally in rushing at 265.6 yards per contest. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tritons rank second in the country against the run, allowing only 19.8 yards an outing.
"Our last three games we have to play Ellsworth, (No. 1) Iowa Western and North Dakota (SCS), which will all be huge for playoff seeding," Twait. "It would be great to win those and get some momentum going, but we have to keep the ball rolling (today)."