The Iowa Central football team will honor their sophomore class today, and hope to clinch the No. 3 seed in the process, when they take on North Dakota Science.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. The Triton sophomores will be honored 15 minutes prior.
Iowa Central (5-3 overall, 0-3 in MFC) can assure themselves of a road playoff match with the No. 2 seed with a victory over the Wildcats (3-4, 0-3). That would likely mean a rematch with 20th-ranked (NJCAA) Ellsworth a week from today.
The Panthers (5-2, 3-0) face No. 1 Iowa Western (8-0, 3-0) this afternoon, with the winner becoming the top seed. Both are assured of hosting the games.
For Iowa Central head coach Kevin Twait, this contest with North Dakota Science is all that is important right now.
"Obviously, we are looking to the postseason, but this game is the final time these sophomores will play at Dodger Stadium and it is important to send them out on a positive note," Twait said. "We want to play a great game, give them a great memory, and build some confidence in the process."
The Tritons were dealt a stiff 73-7 setback last week to the Reivers. Twait and his coaching staff made sure to move quickly past the contest and focus the team on the Wildcats.
"Last week was a nightmare," Twait said. "You don't over-analyze it very much. You just go back to the drawing board and get back to basics and fundamentals."
Former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Jontel Clayton ranks second in the Midwest Football Conference in rushing yards with 635. The sophomore has scored seven touchdowns and is currently fourth on the all-time rushing charts with 2,112 yards.
Darian Williams, who went on to play for the University of Northern Iowa, sits just ahead of Clayton with 2,142 yards. Charlie White is first with 2,346 and Cory Mack is second at 2,173.
Iowa Central has 32 sophomores on its current roster. They helped the Tritons go 6-4 a year ago, including a 42-12 victory over Central Lakes (Minn.) in the Graphic Edge Bowl.