South Routt The Soroco Rams football squad had five days to regroup, lick their wounds and fill in for injuries before taking on the Moffat County junior varsity squad tonight at home.
After last week's loss to the Steamboat Sailors junior varsity, Rams coach Steve Longwell was left with four injured starters, all coming from his already thin core of senior players.
The injury that could hit the Rams the hardest is senior Brandon Gilleland's torn ligaments in his ankles, which will keep him out for at least two weeks.
Gilleland runs the ball for Soroco, but he also is the core of the Rams defense, playing middle linebacker.
He'll be joined on the bench with Chad Hammond, a leading lineman on both sides of the ball who has an injury to his elbow. Also, lineman Matt Hayne has a back injury and receiver and safety Trevor Wixom has a of couple broken ribs.
"We are going to be starting a lot of young guys," Longwell said.
But playing freshman and sophomores is normal for the coach this year, who has 20 of the underclassmen on his 30-man team.
The Rams are 0-4 and though the injuries will hurt his team, coach is still pushing for improvement.
"Our overall performance needs to improve little more than it did on Thursday," Longwell said.
They will meet Moffat County J.V. at 4:30 p.m., today at the Soroco High School football field.
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