By Dana Becker
The last time Byron Jarrett took part in a game, he was helping quarterback Ellsworth against Iowa Central inside Dodger Stadium.
That was nearly two years ago.
Jarrett returned to Dodger Stadium this past weekend, only he was wearing a Triton uniform as Iowa Central held a fall scrimmage. The NJCAA season was shifted to spring, but teams were allowed to practice and hold a scrimmage in the fall.
"It felt amazing to be back out there," Jarrett said. "We have put in so much work since July 7, and I'm glad we got to show it off to the public eye.
"Personally I was a little bit anxious because Dodger Stadium was the last place I suited up at but them jitters were gone really quick."
Jarrett took snaps with the No. 1 offense throughout the scrimmage. He hit Jayce Levy on a long touchdown strike and also connected with Savion Johnson for another score.
"I think I have found a very good home here with my new coaches and new teammates," Jarrett said. "It is definitely better being on these guys' side then playing against them. I have a great bond with everyone here and it is definitely going to get way stronger rolling into the spring."
Jarrett finished his one season at Ellsworth with 588 yards passing and three touchdowns in seven games.
While in high school at Des Moines Hoover, Jarrett shined. As a senior, he completed 155 of 274 passes for 2,710 yards with 23 passing TDs. He also ran for 194 yards and scored four times.
As a junior, he threw for 2,364 yards with 18 touchdowns.
While in just his first season at Iowa Central, Jarrett brings experience with him to the team.
"I know the type of work and effort you have to put in to last in this conference," he said. "Iowa Central is pushing us to win the national championship this season and I believe and know we will be there this June."
Jarrett credits offensive coordinator Mike Minikwu with helping guide him to the Tritons.
"We talked a couple of days before the report day in July and hit it off again," Jarrett said. "He recruited me back in high school to Iowa Western and I knew I could trust being in his hands along with the rest of the coaching staff here. Coach (Jesse) Montalto and I's relationship has gotten a lot stronger since being here and I feel as if every coach here has the trust in me to lead us to a national championship.
"Coach (Mitch) Buhler and Montalto have made me such a better quarterback since the short time of being here and they are getting me ready for that Power 5 level."
Iowa Central opens the 2021 season at home on Saturday, March 27 vs. Southern-Shreveport.
"I am looking towards this season a lot," Jarrett said. "Montalto tells us that this team is very special and we work harder than any other team in the nation I can guarantee that. Our coaches have a bar set for us and that is to win the national championship game. Nothing less and we know that is going to happen with the work and time we have put in."