Tuesday, September 26, 2000
Soroco freshman football player Jack Means got a big surprise in practice Monday.
With one day's notice before Tuesday's game against Moffat County junior varsity, Soroco coach Steve Longwell told the freshman he was going to start at quarterback for his first time.
The Soroco Rams have been plagued with injuries all week, with four of their starting seniors sitting on the bench with injuries, including starting tailback Brandon Gilleland.
That left the team with only one senior on offense, starting quarterback Brandon Himmerite.
So to utilize his best player, Longwell started Himmerite at tailback and Means played quarterback.
"I was pretty nervous," Means said, a bit wide-eyed after the game. "I was having fun, but it kind of hurt."
The Rams lost the game 42-12, but Means managed to throw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Himmerite in the process.
"For a freshman, Jack did real well," Longwell said.
He was also pleased with Himmerite's performance. Though the team isn't keeping stats, Himmerite had at least 80 yards on the ground, including a 50-yard run from scrimmage.
"We might as well give him the ball as much as we can," Longwell said.
The Rams were down 16-0 with 9 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first quarter, thanks to a 60-yard run from scrimmage by Moffat County's Eric Bestow on the first play of the game and an interception returned for a touchdown by Joe Padon.
Soroco did show bright spots in the game, with Himmerite's 50-yard run in the second quarter, which was the longest all year until Dustin Neelis ran a sweep for 63 yards for the home team's second touchdown of the night.
"By far, this was our best offensive production," Longwell said.
The coach is keeping Means at quarterback and Himmerite at running back.
"When Gilleland returns, that back field could be pretty tough," Longwell said.
The Rams are now 0-5 but are improving every game during the rebuilding year.
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