Tritons host Air Force Prep for Homecoming

Tritons host Air Force Prep for Homecoming

Just six days after battling with Iowa Western, the Iowa Central football team will face a completely different opponent here Saturday for Homecoming.

Kickoff between the 12th-ranked Tritons and Air Force Prep is set for 1 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium.

Last Sunday, Iowa Central (3-1 overall) came up short vs. third-ranked Reivers, suffering a 36-22 setback. Head coach Jesse Montalto knows that any lingering thoughts about that game must be put to rest before stepping back on the field.

"Our guys were pretty good right after," Montalto said. "They knew they let a few things get away from them, but they quickly focused back on this week. With it being Homecoming, this is a great time to put on a good show for all of those alumni coming back and for those being honored.

"That's really what this entire week is about and I know they are excited to showcase themselves on Saturday."

The Tritons opened the season with wins over ranked opponents Lackawanna and College of DuPage on the road. They made their home debut with an 84-6 victory over Gordon Fine Arts and Sports Academy before facing Iowa Western. None of those four games, though, will be anything like this one.

Byron Jarrett completed 29 of 54 passes for 402 yards with three touchdowns, adding 42 yards on the ground. Desna Washington caught 10 passes for 177 and two scores, while Madison Ridgeway had six receptions for 110 yards including a 70-yard TD. 

On the year, Iowa Central is averaging over 480 yards of total offense and almost 44 points per game. Jarrett is completing 61 percent of his throws for 1,062 yards with 12 touchdowns. Washington has 21 receptions for 384 yards and six TDs, and Daylen Boddie has rushed for 176 yards. 

Air Force Prep serves the U.S. Air Force Academy football team, running the exact same offensive and defensive schemes. That means the triple option, a look difficult to simulate and practice and prepare for.

"We had a good week of practice and prep," Montalto said. "The did a nice job of running the scout team, but it's really that first quarter and seeing it all live against a team that practices it for a living. We've just got to be prepared for that and ready to adjust as the game continues."

The Air Force team that competes in the Mountain West of Div. I FBS football has posted a 3-1 record on the year, topping Lafayette, Navy and Florida Atlantic around a 49-45 loss to Utah State. They average almost 360 yards rushing per game and 33.5 points. 

Iowa Central will play its next three games on the road against Ellsworth, Highland and a rematch with Iowa Western. They return home on Sunday, November 7 vs. the Grand View JV before closing out the regular season against the Panthers.

-By Dana Becker