Sunday, September 3, 2000
Oak Creek The Soroco Rams lost to the Rifle junior varsity 36-14 at home Saturday.
Soroco received the kickoff to start the game but in three plays couldn't gain a first down. The Rams' punter shanked the ensuing punt, netting just three yards and giving Rifle the ball on the Rams' 20-yard line.
Three plays later, at 8:25 in the first quarter, Rifle running back Ross Hunter ran over three defenders from 10 yards out for a touchdown.
The next two Soroco possessions were similar and Rifle gained prime field position thanks to another bad punt and then a blocked one.
By the second quarter, Soroco was down 20 to 0.
"We pretty much gave them those 20 points right in the beginning," Longwell said.
Casey Means recovered a fumble on the Bears' 7-yard line late in the second quarter, setting up the Rams for their first score.
It came two plays later, with Brandon Himmerite rolling left on what looked like a quarterback-keeper. He broke two arm tackles in the backfield and avoided other defenders before hitting Brandon Gilleland in the end zone with 1:29 left in the half. After a failed two-point conversion, the score was 20-6.
But just when Soroco's confidence began to build, Rifle's Kalvin Deere returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
After a two-point conversion, the score was at halftime 28-6.