Iowa Central hosts Dodge City

Iowa Central hosts Dodge City

OCT 13, 2018

By:  DANA BECKER, The Messenger Sports Reporter


The Iowa Central football team settles in for two consecutive home games beginning this Saturday as they host Dodge City for Homecoming.

Kickoff is set for noon inside Dodger Stadium.

The Tritons (2-4 overall) are coming off a 44-14 loss to third-ranked Garden City on the road. Justin Blake threw for 132 yards and ran for 32 to lead the offense.

Emmanuel Logan-Greene had five catches for 82 yards, with Rashad Witty hauling in six passes for 62. Blake and Witty connected on a a touchdown, with Blake running in the other score.

"We needed to have big plays go our way and play smart football," ICCC head coach Jesse Montalto said. "Garden City is a very good, very physical team, and they took advantage of every opportunity we gave them.

"Right now, we are not a good enough football team to overcome the kind of situations we are putting ourselves in."

Blake Dever has thrown for 914 yards on the season, completing 60 percent of his passes with six touchdowns. Logan-Greene leads with 34 catches for 475 yards, with Witty catching 26 passes, Kevaughn Dingle 21 and Andrew Parchment 20.

Dever, a transfer from Arkansas State, is questionable to play, according to Montalto. Blake would be making his first career start, but has seen action in several games this year.

"We've got some guys banged up that we were counting on," Montalto said. "But it's that 'next man in' mentality and it's an opportunity to step up and be the guy we need."

Spencer Cuvelier led the defense with 16 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. Derrion Fountain had 14 stops and Daquan Cross recorded a sack.

Cuvelier is the leading tackler for the Tritons with 49 stops, including 11 tackles for loss. Cross has a team-high 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

Iowa Central begins a key stretch to the season, as three of its next four games are at home against teams with a combined record of 6-17, including three wins by Dodge City.

"I know the kids are excited, it's Homecoming and we'll have the 1972 national championship team there to be honored," Montalto said. "There is a good buzz right now and we just need to come out and be disciplined and do things the right way."

The Conquistators (3-4) snapped a two-game losing skid last week with a 22-21 victory over Coffeyville at home. Dodge City had lost to Iowa Western and Butler after edging Ellsworth, 34-30.

Drew Harris runs an offense averaging 35 points per game, as he has thrown for 1,308 yards with 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 150 attempts. The freshman from New Jersey threw for a career-high 281 yards last week and also has two games with three passing scores.

Anthony Watkins has 500 yards rushing and four scores, with Tyrice Richie leading the receivers with 379 yards on 22 receptions.

Dodge City's defense has just nine sacks as a team and has forced 13 turnovers.

The Tritons will be trying to snap a three-game losing skid to the Conqs, which includes a 28-20 setback last year. Iowa Central won the first meeting in 2014, 31-21.