Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Steamboat Springs It made no difference to the Soroco football team which version of West Grand was on the field.
All the Rams cared about was playing hard, putting some points on the board and leaving Kremmling excited about the progress made during their first varsity season in three years.
After pulling ahead 40-0 in the first half last Friday, West Grand coach Chris Brown began substituting, enabling Soroco's starters to move the ball more effectively.
"(Brown) could have made the score whatever he wanted," Rams coach Gary Heide said. "We were just happy to score whether it was against the B or C team."
The Rams found the end zone three times against the Mustangs in the second half.
Junior C.J. Remick got Soroco on the scoreboard in the third quarter, breaking through for a 53-yard run.
Later in the third, freshman Jake Ainsworth intercepted a pass and returned it 95 yards for the score.
Junior quarterback Kory Babcock then punched the ball across for a two-point conversion.
Remick added Soroco's final touchdown when he crossed the goal line on a 59-yard run in the fourth quarter. Ainsworth's conversion attempt was good, bringing the final to 47-22.
"I was really happy with the way we developed," Heide said. "It didn't show up in wins and losses. Football is a tough sport. I know we had a couple kids playing hurt in that last game, and they did a fantastic job.
"Most of the players have developed into varsity players, and I think we can start to close the gap. I do know we'll get better."
If the score is any indication, there is still disparity between the top team in the Class A 11-man Western Slope League West Grand and the bottom Soroco.
"Next year we'll be older but working to be more physical up front," Heide said. "We need to get bigger, stronger and faster."