Soroco quarterback leads Rams to 3-0 with win |

Soroco quarterback leads Rams to 3-0 with win

— The sprinklers at the Soroco High School football field turned on with 20 seconds remaining in Friday night’s game between the Rams and the Faith Baptist Pioneers.

But even the water couldn’t rain on Soroco’s parade. The Rams overcame an ugly first quarter and a relentless running back, relying on a huge night from senior quarterback Cody Miles to knock off the Pioneers, 45-26.

The win improved the team’s record to 3-0.

“That feels good,” Rams coach David Bruner said. “All of the kids played really well. We came out flat, but we turned it around and played great.”

Miles was phenomenal. He, too, slipped up at the start, fumbling the ball away on his team’s first possession.

He more than made up for it, though. He finished with nearly 500 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns. He ran for 281 yards and six scores and threw for 181 more and another touchdown.

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“We came off that big win (last week) and we weren’t ready,” Miles said. “As soon as we got smacked in the mouth a little bit, we realized we had to pick it up.”

He started the madness with an 80-yard scramble, ducking and cutting through the line and beating everyone to the endzone.

“I was dropping back, and everyone was covered, all 20 yards back, and I realized I only had to beat one guy,” Miles said. “They watched our Longmont game, and they were worried about the pass. They only rushed three guys, and my line did an excellent job blocking, so I could just run right up through.”

That was far from his only highlight. He went 27 yards to put Soroco up 13-6, then 58 yards in the second half for another touchdown. That score was his third in four running plays.

He got help from his receivers to really open the game up. He found Alex Estes for a 50-yard touchdown late in the first half and connected with Michael Rossi for an 80-yard pass play in the fourth quarter.

“We tried to take away his receivers, but with Cody, he’s such a good athlete, he found a way to break something,” Faith Baptist coach Wade Whiteley said.

As much as Miles was the life of the offense, there was no shortage of players chipping in.

Senior Matt Watwood came up with two reverse plays for a total of 51 yards and one 18-yard, touchdown-enabling reception.

Meanwhile, the Rams’ defense was at least as responsible for the win.

Faith Baptist’s Stephan Troup tallied 71 yards rushing in the first quarter and seemed impossible to stop. Soroco bumped its defensive ends in, however, plugging the small, talented runner’s favorite slots.

He went on to finish with 191 yards, but that came on 43 carries.

“He’s really quick, and he had a lot of moves,” Soroco’s David Strait said. “It was hard to stop him. We had to really wrap him up and make sure he didn’t get away from us or bounce right off. We had to gang tackle him.”

Soroco built a 45-12 lead before the Pioneers scored twice in the waning seconds. It wasn’t nearly enough, however, and the Rams celebrated the win on a soggy field.

Game statistics

Faith Baptist – Soroco

20 – First Downs – 18

64-293 – Rushes-Yards – 28-359

5-18-1 – Comp-Att-Int – 6-11-1

89 – Yards Passing – 181

382 – Total Yards – 540

5-0 – Fumbles-lost – 4-1

4-49 – Penalties-Yards – 5-49


Faith Baptist: 6-0-6-14-26

Soroco: 7-13-19-6-45


– First Quarter

FB: 8:28 JR Sagner 1-yard run. (Pass failed.)

SS: 1:55 Cody Miles 80-yard run. (Matt Watwood kick.)

– Second Quarter

SS: 1:32 Miles 27-yard run. (Pass failed.)

SS: 1:14 Alex Estes 50-yard pass from Miles. (Watwood kick.)

– Third Quarter

SS: 9:08 Miles 5-yard run. (Watwood kick.)

FB: 6:36 Sagner 28-yard run. (Pass failed.)

SS: 5:12 Miles 1-yard run. (Pass failed.)

SS: 1:25 Miles 58-yard run. (Kick failed.)

– Fourth Quarter

SS: 2:52 Miles 1-yard run. (Kick failed.)

FB: 0:42 Sagner 2-yard run. (Run failed.)

FB: 0:11 Phil Mitchell 15-yard pass from Sagner. (Colin Whiteley pass from Sagner.)


– Rushing

FB: Stephan Troup 43-191, Sagner 16-80 3 TD, William Biesanz 5-22.

SS: Miles 20-281 6 TD, Jacob Hange 3-10, Watwood, 2-51, Estes 3-7.

– Passing

FB: Sagner 5-18-1, 89 yards, 1 TD

SS: 6-11-1, 181 yards, 1 TD

– Receiving

FB: Troup 1-25, Mitchell 2-30 1 TD, Whiteley 1-28, Biesanz 1-4

SS: Estes 3-87 1 TD, Hange 1-6, Rossi 1-70, Watwood 1-18.

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