Thursday, September 20, 2001
Steamboat Springs With six interceptions and two fumbles, turnovers were Soroco's worst enemy in its 32-3 loss to Steamboat's JV on Thursday.
In the first half, almost every Rams drive was ended by a Sailors interception, two of which turned into touchdowns.
"We had some big play people on defense. We were expecting them to come up big in that respect," Sailors coach Jerry Stabile said.
Leading the team in interceptions was sophomore Lonny Radford, who picked off two of the first-half throws from Rams' quarterback Jack Means.
"There was great pass coverage downfield forcing the quarterback to throw," Radford said.
Means, a sophomore, threw for five interceptions in the first half alone.
"They had good pass coverage," Means said. "I just had to get rid of the ball and not get sacked."
Steve Longwell, coach of the 0-4 Rams, said part of the team's offensive blunders came from a lack of experience. Longwell's starting lineup includes only two seniors and three juniors.
"I'm frustrated, the turnovers, little mistakes, hurt us pretty bad," Longwell said.
"We expected to compete a little better than we did. We're disappointed," he said. "We're young and still rebuilding."
Soroco's closest chance for a touchdown came in the final minutes of the second half.
Coming off a fumble recovery by sophomore Kory Babcock, the ball was pushed dangerously close to the Rams' end zone.
Means was forced back to the end zone to make the throw that was caught by Tyson Gilleland at the Rams' 3-yard line. Gilleland broke through the Sailors defense to take the ball all the way to the Sailors 12-yard line.
"When (the offensive) line does their job, everything works out," Gilleland said of his 85-yard run.
But, after three tries, the Rams could not move the ball past the 10, forcing them to throw for the first down.
As Means threw towards the end zone for the touchdown, Sailors Tyler Fosdick intercepted the pass. From the Sailors' one-yard line, Fosdick ran the ball for a 99-yard touchdown and put the Sailors up 18-0 heading into halftime.
The 2-1 Sailors came into the game with a loss to Eagle Valley Monday, the first defeat in two years for the local JV team.
"It was the most aggressive we've been all season," Stabile said. "The younger kids are getting more comfortable with what they are doing."
For the Sailors, the Adams' family duo of Joel and Trace took turns at the quarterback position.
On the second touchdown of the night, the Adams shared a moment of family bonding as Trace took the ball from the hike and passed it off to Joel who hit Chris Dombey with a pass for a 31-yard touchdown.
Joel Adams also had another touchdown as he hung onto the ball for a 2-yard quarterback sneak in the third quarter. Steamboat's final score came on a 26-yard run by Niles Nelson late in the third quarter.
The Rams' only score came at the start of the second half when they drove the ball down to the 20-yard line. Dustin Neelis made good on a field goal to give the Rams three points.