Kevin Twait is gaining confidence in his Iowa Central football team each time they step onto the field.
Twait is looking for moral victories, he’s hoping his team can snap their 17-game losing streak and break into the win column.
The Tritons travel to Iowa Falls today to face long time rival Ellsworth.
Kickoff is set for noon.
Iowa Central (0-2 overall, 0-0 ICCAC) dropped a tight 28-20 contest against 14th-ranked Dodge City.
The Tritons had a strong game on offense, racking up 455 yards of total offense.
Quarterback B.J. Phillips ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 211 yards.
“Offensively that was one of our better games in a long time,” Twait said. “We had over 450 yards of total offense and had good balance. It gave us confidence and showed this guys that they have a chance to do something.
“We did a decent job before halftime, expcept for the one big play (74-yard screen pass for a touchdown). We are a couple of plays away from being 2-0.”
Ellsworth (1-1, 0-0) is coming off a 30-16 victory over Coffeyville. The Panthers burst out to a 30-0 lead in the contest. They rushed for 341 yards and passed for 187 yards.
Quarterback Paris Chambers has rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while Tekendrick Roberson has ran for 163 and a score.
Chambers has thrown for 229 yards and two scores.
“We only have three teams in our league, so we only have two conference games– this is a big one,” Twait said. “This is our arch rival, down the road. We’ve been playing them since the 1960s.
“It would be huge to go to their backyard and get a W. We’re making strides and to continue to do that, we have to keep their quarterback under control.”
For everyone from Class 3A through the 8-man ranks, district football action heats up the girdiron Friday …