Record-setting day for Tritons

Record-setting day for Tritons

 

OCT 14, 2018

By: DANA BECKER, The Messenger Sports Reporter

 

http://www.messengernews.net/sports/local-sports/2018/10/record-setting-day-for-tritons/

 

Justin Blake took advantage of the opportunity presented to him Saturday by Iowa Central head football coach Jesse Montalto.

With starting quarterback Blake Dever sidelined by injury, Blake set several school records as the Tritons rolled to a 58-7 win on Homecoming inside Dodger Stadium.

Blake finished 19-for-24 passing for 377 yards and five touchdowns, adding 168 yards and two more scores on the ground. His total yardage of 545 is a school record, along with his seven touchdowns scored and five passing TDs.

"I just came out and put the gameplan on the field that the coaches got ready for us," Blake said. "All the credit goes to the coaches and the offensive line."

Having made appearances in all six previous games for Iowa Central (3-4 overall), Blake had recorded a total of 564 yards passing and running with five touchdowns. But with full control of the offense in his hands, he made every snap count.

"I will admit I was a little nervous coming out as this was my first real game starting as a college quarterback," Blake said. "It's been a while since I've started a game, but the action I got earlier this year made me mentally tough to just come out and play with a fire on the field.

"I got some good advance from my high school coach (Chris Andriano) and my mom — they told me to just not do too much, just take what the defense gives you."

On the very first series, Blake finished off a 14-play drive that was aided by a personal foul penalty charged on the Conquistators (3-5) when they hit punter Tyrieke Williams on fourth-and-5.

Blake completed three passes on the drive and ran in the score from eight yards out. He orchestrated a eight-play drive next that ended in a 13-yard TD strike to C.K. Guran before finishing off the quarter with a dazzling 92-yard run that featured several cutbacks to avoid defenders.

In the opening 15 minutes alone, Blake accounted for 121 yards rushing on eight carries with two touchdowns and was 7-for-7 passing for 73 yards and another score. Iowa Central held a 227-36 edge in total yards in the first quarter over Dodge City.

"Justin came in, made all the throws, saw all the openings and made good decisions,"Montalto said. "We had guys out there making plays and that was the biggest difference. Guys just stepped up, and even when it maybe wasn't there, they made plays.

"We didn't execute great in the first half, but the effort was the best it has been in a long time. Things that would haunt us in past games, out guys were just better at (on Saturday)."

Blake hit on his first eight passes of the contest, and found seven different receivers in all. Kevaughn Dingle hauled in two touchdown passes, including a 53-yarder to end the first half, Guran finished with four catches for 112 yards and two scores, Andrew Parchment had three receptions for 60 yards, and Emmanuel Logan-Greene finished with six catches for 53.

Carlton Todd hooked up with former Waterloo West teammate Cade Dodd in the fourth on a 22-yard touchdown for the final points of the day.

"It was a great day and a perfect way to cap it all off," Montalto said. "We honored a past team that set the tradition, had several alumni here and our guys went out and played well in front of them. It was a great environment."

The Iowa Central defense limited Dodge City to just 121 yards of total offense, 234 below its season average. The Conquistators, who had won the last three meetings between the two programs, were averaging 35 points per game before Saturday.

"Our defense played lights-out," Montalto said. "They have been good all year for us and we finally matched them on offense. (Dodge City) was one of the most electric offenses I've seen on film this year, so for us to contain them like that, I was really proud of those guys."

Both Michael Slater and Deqwunn McCobb recorded a sack, with Tyqueze Johnson picking off a pass. After the lone touchdown by the Conquistators, the Tritons forced three consecutive three-and-outs, allowing minus-eight yards total on those nine plays.

The 58 points scored by Iowa Central were the most since a 66-point performance in 2013 vs. College of DuPage. They have scored two wins over schools from Kansas after earning three from 2015-17.

Next up for the Tritons will be a battle with ICCAC rival Ellsworth (1-6) back here on Saturday at noon. Prior to replacing Kevin Twait at ICCC, Montalto was the head coach of the Panthers for four seasons.

ICCC DCCC

First Downs 26 8

Rushes-Yards 53-257 31-49

Passing 423 72

Comp-Att-Int 21-29-0 5-20-1

Total Offense 680 121

Punts-Avg. 1-30.0 7-38.7

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0

Penalties-Yards 3-21 5-35

Iowa Central 21 16 14 7– 58

Dodge City 7 0 0 0– 7

Scoring Summary

Iowa Central — Justin Blake (8-yard run), 7:46 left in first. Luke Noonan kick.

Dodge City — Anthony Watkins (1-yard run), 4:45 left in first. Devonta Guillory kick.

Iowa Central — C.K. Guran (13-yard pass from Blake), :34 left in first. Nonnan kick.

Iowa Central — Blake (92-yard run), :00 left in first. Noonan kick.

Iowa Central — Noonan (21-yard field goal), 11:33 left in second.

Iowa Central — Kevaughn Dingle (1-yard pass from Blake), 5:31 left in second. Noonan kick.

Iowa Central — Dingle (53-yard pass from Blake), :00 left in second. Kick failed.

Iowa Central — Andrew Parchment (16-yard pass from Blake), 8:30 left in third. Noonan kick.

Iowa Central — Guran (10-yard pass from Blake), 3:32 left in third. Noonan kick.

Iowa Central — Carlton Todd (22-yard pass from Cade Dodd), 10:10 left in fourth. Noonan kick.

By DANA BECKER

sports@messengernews.net

Justin Blake took advantage of the opportunity presented to him Saturday by Iowa Central head football coach Jesse Montalto.

With starting quarterback Blake Dever sidelined with an injury, Blake set several school records as the Tritons rolled to a 58-7 victory here on Homecoming inside Dodger Stadium.

Blake finished 19-for-24 passing for 377 yards and five touchdowns, adding 168 yards and two more scores on the ground. His total yardage of 545 is a school-record, along with his seven touchdowns scored and five passing TDs.

"I just came out and put the game plan on the field that the coaches got ready for us,"Blake said. "All the credit goes to the coaches and the line."

Having made appearances in all six previous games for Iowa Central (3-4 overall), Blake had recorded a total of 564 yards passing and running with five touchdowns. But with control of the offense in his hands, he made every snap count.

"I will admit I was a little nervous coming out as this was my first real game starting as a college quarterback," Blake said. "It's been a while since I've started a game, but the action I got earlier this year made me mentally tough to just come out and play with a fire on the field.

"I got some good advance from my high school coach (Chris Andriano) and my mom, as they told me to just not do too much, just take what the defense gives you."

On the very first series of the game, Blake finished off a 14-play drive that was aided by a personal foul penalty charged on the Conquistators (3-5) when they hit punter Tyrieke Williams on fourth-and-5.

Blake completed three passes on the drive and ran in the score from eight yards out. He orchestrated a eight-play drive next that ended in a 13-yard TD strike to C.K. Guran before finishing off the quarter with a dazzling 92-yard run that featured several cutbacks to avoid defenders.

In the opening 15 minutes alone, Blake accounted for 121 yards rushing on eight carries with two touchdowns and was 7-for-7 passing for 73 yards and another score. Iowa Central held a 227-36 edge in total yards in the first quarter over Dodge City.

"Justin came in, made all the throws, saw all the openings and made good decisions,"Montalto said. "We had guys out there making plays and that was the biggest difference. Guys just stepped up, and even when it maybe wasn't there, they made plays.

"We didn't execute great in the first half, but the effort was the best it has been in a long time. Things that would haunt us in past games, out guys were just better at them (Saturday)."

Blake hit on his first eight passes of the contest and found seven different receivers. Kevaughn Dingle hauled in two touchdown passes, including a 53-yarder to end the first half, Guran finished with four catches for 112 yards and two scores, Andrew Parchment had three receptions for 60 yard and Emmanuel Logan-Greene finished with six catches for 53.

Carlton Todd hooked up with former Waterloo West teammate Cade Dodd in the fourth on a 22-yard touchdown for the final points of the day.

"It was a great day and a perfect way to cap it all off," Montalto said. "We honored a past team that set the tradition, had several alumni here and our guys went out and played well in front of them. It was a great environment."

The Iowa Central defense limited Dodge City to just 121 yards of total offense, 234 below its season average. The Conquistators, who had won the last three meetings between the two, were averaging 35 points per game.

"Our defense played lights out," Montalto said. "They have been good all year for us and we finally matched them on offense. (Dodge City) was one of the most electric offenses I've seen on film this year, so for us to contain them like that, I was really proud of those guys."

Both Michael Slater and Deqwunn McCobb recorded a sack, with Tyqueze Johnson picking off a pass. After the lone touchdown by the Conquistators, the Tritons forced three consecutive three-and-outs, allowing minus-eight yards total on those nine plays.

The 58 points scored by Iowa Central were the most since a 66-point performance in 2013 vs. College of DuPage. They have scored two wins over schools from Kansas after earning three from 2015-17.

Next up for the Tritons will be a battle with ICCAC rival Ellsworth (1-6) back here on Saturday at noon. Prior to replacing Kevin Twait, Montalto was the head coach of the Panthers for four seasons.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing — Iowa Central: Justin Blake 20-168, Draven Peeples 12-40, T.J. Tumbleson 5-29, Jatoviay Hill 4-26, Drekar Jackson 8-2, Emmanuel Logan-Greene 1-2, Cade Dodd 3-(minus-10). Dodge City: Anthony Watkins 16-54, Justin Theriot 6-37, Devonta Guillory 1-(minus-12), Drew Harris 6-(miuns-15), John Lux 2-(minus-15).

Passing — Iowa Central: Justin Blake 19-24-0-377, Cade Dodd 2-5-0-46. Dodge City: Drew Harris 5-16-0-72, John Lux 0-4-1-0.

Receiving — Iowa Central: C.K. Guran 4-112, Andrew Parchment 3-60, Rashad Witty 2-58, Kevaughn Dingle 2-54, Emmanuel Logan-Greene 6-53, Carlton Todd 3-45, Ezra Naylor 1-18. Dodge City: Eugene Minter 2-49, Xavier White 1-12, Anthony Watkins 1-7, Kyle Jones 1-4.