2004 ICCAC Conference Preview

The Iowa Community College Athletic Association provides JCFootball.com with a team-by-team look at the conference for 2004. Last year's champs, Iowa Central, return 10 starters and landed a pre-season NJCAA #10 ranking. North Dakota State CS has one of the nation's better defensive linemen in Bobby Jones. Here's a look at the teams.


Head Coach: Kevin Twait
Career Record: Overall: 53-31; 9th season at Iowa Central
2003 Record: 10-1 overall, 6-0 conference
Returning Starters: Offense:  3,  Defense: 6
Preseason NJCAA Ranking: 10th

Coming off an excellent 2003 season where they went 10-1, suffering their only defeat in The Graphic Edge Bowl (31-24) to #7 Harper College, the Tritons enter the 2004 season fully loaded with a total of 10 returning starters and ranked 10th pre-season. As always, Coach Twait and his staff will have the Tritons well prepared and ready to hit the ground running to build on their successful 2003 campaign.

Although the Tritons have a few offensive spots to fill in backfield, the majority of their front line is returning to pave the way. Guard Jacob Cox (6-5, 287), center Matt Selling (6-1, 306), and tackle Korey Klostermann (6-4, 260) are all returning starters for the strong Triton offensive line. Also, returning for the Tritons is First-team all-region place-kicker, Edgar Arceo.

However, the real strength of Triton football this season will probably be their intimidating defense that will feature 6 returning starters, including 2nd team All-American noseguard Deyontae Batiste (6-2, 305) who shut down 2003 ICCAC opponents. Also returning on the defensive line is Cedar  Rapids native, end Matt Mackey (6-3, 257) . The Tritons will also be very strong up the middle with the inside linebacker duo of Kyle Miller (6-1,  216), & J.J. Payne (5-11, 231).  And their D will not let up in the secondary with 1st team all-region cornerback Walt Gilbert (6'0"-176) and honorable mention all-region free safety Tony Benson (6-0, 178).


Date Where Opponent Time
Sat., Aug. 28th Fort Dodge, IA College of DuPage 1:00pm
Sat., Sept. 4th Fort Dodge, IA North Dakota 1:00pm
Sat., Sept. 11th Iowa Falls , IA Ellsworth 1:00pm
Sat., Sept. 18th Fort Dodge , IA NIACC 2:00pm
Sat., Sept. 25th Fort Dodge, IA Highland CC (KS) 1:00pm
Sat., Oct. 2nd Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids 1:00pm (est)
Sat., Oct. 9th Wahpeton, ND North Dakota 1:00pm
Sat., Oct. 16th Fort Dodge , IA Ellsworth 1:00pm
Sat., Oct. 23rd Mason City, IA NIACC 1:00pm
Sat., Oct. 31st Eau Claire, WI Eau Claire, WI (JV) Noon
Sun., Nov. 14th UNI Dome (CF)
Graphic Edge Bowl



Head Coach: John  Sala
Career Record: Overall 9-10 3rd Season at Ellsworth CC
2003 Record: 6-4 Overall 4-2 Conference
Returning Starters: Offense: 4, Defense: 6
Preseason NJCAA Ranking: 24th     

Coach John Sala and the Panthers are looking to build on their momentum from a strong season a year ago. The Panthers posted a solid 6-4 overall record (4-2 conference) in 2003 cap stoned by a brilliant triple overtime victory over then ranked #15 Hudson Valley Vikings in The Graphic Edge Bowl, 29-23. With their #24 pre-season ranking, the Panthers will look forward to the challenge of returning to national prominence this season, and they can do so with the help of 10 returning starters.

The Panthers offense will miss the leadership of outstanding quarterback Junior Alexis, but they will have a core of returning starters to build from. Up front the Panthers will have center Jesse Matteson (6-2, 285), and guard Zach Wyatt (6-0, 280) to lead the charge for the offensive line, along with returning fullback Josh Firstley (5-11, 240), who was an honorable mention all-region pick last season.  Along with Firstley, the Panthers  will have incoming freshman running back Walt Smith guide the ground game, and returning wide out Kevin Bugg (5-11, 180) will help the lead the air attack for ECC.

On the defensive side for the Panthers, they will have six returning starters with three who were all-region selections last season. Leading the way on the defensive line will be intimidating tackle Kevin Pope (6-7, 270) along with honorable mention linebackers Marcus Brooks (5-9, 190) & Dylan White (6-2, 220) who are looking to step it up to the next level this year. In addition, incoming linebacker Joe Hall (Tampa, FL) will add strength and depth to the swarming Panther defense. In the defensive backfield for ECC will be returning free safety Chance Jenkins (6-0, 220) along with likely newcomers Colin Davis (CB)  and Justin Davis (SS).

As always the Panthers will have a strong, grueling schedule as they will face four of the top 17 teams in NJCAA pre-season rankings. Their first challenge and maybe their toughest will be against 10th ranked rival Iowa Central on September 11 and again on October 16. They will then face #8 Joliet at home on September 18, followed by #17 Erie CC on October 9th and  at #15 Harper College on October 23rd.







Morningside College (Scrimmage)

Iowa Falls, IA

11:00 a.m.



Wahpeton, ND

7 p.m.


Upper Iowa JV

Fayette, IA

2:30 p.m.


Iowa Central

Iowa Falls, IA

1 p.m.


Joliet JC, IL (Family Day)

Iowa Falls, IA

3 p.m.



Mason City, IA

1 p.m.


NDSCS (Homecoming)

Iowa Falls, IA

1 p.m.


Erie CC, NY

Iowa Falls, IA

1 p.m.


Iowa Central CC

Fort Dodge, IA

1 p.m.


Harper CC

Palatine, IL

1 p.m.



Iowa Falls, IA

1 p.m.


Graphic Edge Bowl

Cedar Falls



Head Coach: Mike Beagle
Career Record: 10-11 3rd Season at NDSCS
2003 Record: 4-6 Overall, 1-5 Conference
Returning Starters: Offense: 6, Defense: 7

Coach Mike Beagle and the Wildcats of NDSCS look to rebound this season after a disappointing 2003 season, and they have aspirations of returning to The Graphic Edge Bowl where they won two years ago. The Wildcats will field many returning starters from last year's squad along with adding some solid incoming playmakers. They have 13 returning starters, 5 who were all-region selections in 2003, which will give them both hunger and experience to better last year's performance.

On the offense, one of the main targets and playmakers will return in wide receiver Bruce Steele (6-0, 210). He will be accompanied by utility player (WR, QB, P) David Whitmeyer (6-5, 210), fullback John Robinson (5-9, 230), and honorable mention all-region lineman Ryan Behrens (6-3, 275). The Wildcats will also add incoming skill players, quarterback Charlie Feller (6-4, 215) and running back Akeem Topps (5-10, 210) who can provide excitement for the Wildcats.

The Wildcat defense will return seven starters and three all-region selections.  Top returners for  the  NDSCS defensive line are Chris Meyer (6-2, 279) and honorable mention all-region end, Bobby Jones (6-3, 280). Tyler Morrow (6-3, 235) will be the only returning linebacker, and is also coming off an honorable mention all-region performance last season. The Wildcats will also have strong defensive backfield with all-region defensive back Dwayne Blackman (6-0, 210) and cornerback Josh Hollie (6-2, 235) as well as incoming defensive back Jon West (6-3, 190).


August 26 Ellsworth CC* Wahpeton, N.D. 7 p.m.
September 4 Iowa Central CC* Fort Dodge, Iowa 1 p.m.
September 11 North Iowa Area CC* Mason City, Iowa 1 p.m.
September 19 University of Mary JV Wahpeton, N.D. 2 p.m.
September 25 William Rainey-Harper College (Bremer Tailgate Party; Parents' Day) Wahpeton, N.D. 1 p.m.
October 2 Ellsworth CC * Iowa Falls, Iowa 1 p.m.
October 9 Iowa Central CC* (Homecoming) Wahpeton, N.D. 1 p.m.
October 16 North Iowa Area CC* Wahpeton, N.D. 1 p.m.
October 23 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, Minn. 1:30 p.m.
October 30 College of Du Page Glen Ellyn, Ill. 1 p.m.
November 14 Graphic Edge Bowl Cedar Falls, Iowa -- UNI Dome TBA



Head Coach: Dave Gillespie
Career Record: 1st Season at NIACC
2003 Record: 2-8 Overall, 1-5 Conference
Returning Starters: Offense: 6, Defense: 6   

1st year Head Coach Dave Gillespie looks to use his 20 years of Division I football experience at Kansas and Nebraska to get the NIACC  Trojans back to the success they had under  longtime coach Dick Ramsey who stepped down two years ago.  Combining his knowledge and experience with the 12 returning starters, it might be a surprising year for the Trojan football team. There is no doubt that Coach Gillespie will have his team well prepared and ready to compete with any team.

Although the Trojans have some skill position spots to fill this season, they will have a solid frontline to lead the way. Honorable mention all-region tackle Marshall Yanda  (6-4, 285) will anchor the O-Line along with his counter part , tackle Ryan Miller (6-3, 240), and tight end Lorenzo Keahey (6-4, 250).  They will look to incoming quarterback Brady Foster to step up and lead the offensive attack.  And to keep with the this year's ICCAC theme of defense, the Trojans will  also have six returning starters on the other side of the ball. Four of the top returning defenders include honorable mention all-region strong safety Brad Bohl (6-3, 190), defensive linemen DeMarco Butts (6-3, 250) and Brad Wolf (6-3, 265), along with linebacker Nate Geerts (6-1, 210).

The first test for the Trojans will come in their season opener against #23 Grand Rapids CC, but whatever test Gillespie and the Trojans will face this year, it will be a  positive season for growth , learning, and  experience for the new leader and his team.


Date Opponent Location Time/
Sat. Sept. 4 vs. Grand Rapids Mason City, IA 1:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 11 vs. North Dakota SCS Mason City, IA 1:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 18 @ Iowa Central Fort Dodge, IA 1:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 25 vs. Ellsworth Mason City, IA 1:00 PM
Sun. Oct. 3 @ Upper Iowa JV Fayette, IA 2:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 9 @ Rock Valley Rockford, IL 2:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 16 @ North Dakota SCS Wahpeton, ND 1:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 23 vs. Iowa Central Mason City, IA 1:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 30 @ Ellsworth Iowa Falls, IA 1:00 PM
Sun. Nov. 7 vs. Wisc.-Eau Claire JV Mason City, IA 1:00 PM



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