NOV 3, 2018
BY: DANA BECKER, The Messenger Sports Reporter
The Iowa Central football team enters Saturday's contest with Fort Scott seeking their first four-game win streak in five years.
Kickoff between the Tritons and Greyhounds is set for noon inside Dodger Stadium. The sophomores will be honored prior to the start of the game.
"Those guys, even though many of them are first-year transfers here, they have really put in a lot of hard work," ICCC head coach Jesse Montalto said. "They deserve to be honored."
Iowa Central (5-4 overall) claimed a 20-19 victory last Saturday night after midnight in Kansas over Independence. Blake Dever threw for 364 yards with touchdowns to Emmanuel Logan-Greene and TJ Tumbleson.
"Honestly, when Justin Blake went down, that totally changed our plan," Montalto said. "We weren't going to pass it that much (vs. Independence), but give a lot of credit to Blake and our coaches for adjusting.
"Blake prepared well and was ready to go when his moment was called. And our wide receivers stepped up and had a really good game."
The Tritons have their first three-game win streak since the end of the 2014 season when they defeated Ellsworth, North Dakota School of Science and Rochester in the Graphic Edge Bowl.
The last time Iowa Central won four in a row was in 2013, a run that included three victories over four-year junior varsity programs.
"In the preseason, one of our goals was to finish above .500 and make it to a bowl game,"Montalto said. "We are right there in regards to achieving those goals."
Fort Scott (2-6) has dropped back-to-back games to No. 12 Butler (35-14) and to third-ranked Iowa Western (39-7). The Greyhounds hold wins over Independence (33-0) and Ellsworth (36-30).
Justin Agner made his first start of the season vs. the Reivers last week, throwing for 162 yards on 12-for-21 passing. Gunner Sea was averaging over 197 yards passing through the first seven games.
Donte Fils-Aime and Kareem Walker have a combined 426 yards rushing and two touchdowns, with Jon Jiles the leading receiver with 30 catches for 523 yards and five scores.
"Fort Scott has a lot of talent and could easily be .500 or better," Montalto said. "They've just had a couple tough losses, but in that conference, anybody can win on any given day."
The Fort Scott defense is paced by Alex Fumbah and his 59 tackles, with Dirion Hutchins leading with three sacks.
Last year, the Greyhounds went 4-6, earning a 26-17 victory inside Dodger Stadium over the Tritons. Fort Scott has won each meeting since 2014.