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Taylor, Tritons climb to No. 7 in nation
Kurt Taylor
Kurt Taylor rushing the ball against Iowa Western. Photo by Iowa Central Sports Information Department.

GLEN ELLYN, Ill.- Former Newton Rams standout and Iowa Central Tritons running back Kurt Taylor had a breakout game this past week in his team’s victory over the College of DuPage.

Kurt Taylor can easily recall a specific lesson engrained in his mind by University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh.

"Coach Harbaugh always told us, 'You must win on the road if you ever want to become a champion," said Taylor, who transferred to Iowa Central from the Wolverines.

Taylor helped the seventh-ranked Tritons do just that this past weekend at the College of DuPage, rushing for a career-high 133 yards on 22 carries. Taylor found the end zone twice, as Iowa Central won, 50-36.

The Tritons moved up three spots in the latest rankings, their highest position since 2008. Iowa Central just started a three-game road trip through Illinois, Utah and Kansas.

"I think playing on the road is a great thing for our team," Taylor said. "Road trips seem to help teams come together as one. I love it and I am grateful for the opportunity.

"My goal is to be a great teammate and win a championship. The performance felt great and we won on the road as a team. I want to thank the offensive line and my coaches for believing in me. Hard work is undefeated, that's what my dad always told me."

Iowa Central finished with 457 yards of total offense, including 199 on the ground. Demarcus Irons completed 11 of 18 passes for 236 yards with scoring strikes to both Christian Ford and Terrell Carey. Irons also ran for 41 yards and scored, with Grant Walker and Arthur Brantley running in TDs as well.

Tanarious Achan had seven catches for 170 yards and Rashad Witty racked up 131 yards from scrimmage on the afternoon.

Altrell Durr picked off a pass and Brandt Casey had two sacks for the Iowa Central defense. Daquan Cross recorded eight tackles, Lamont Bishop had seven and Casey added seven stops. Jarran Barber and Marquis Burks each had six tackles.

The Tritons will hop on a plane and head to Utah to face No. 16 Snow on Saturday night.