Steamboat Springs Senior quarterback Kory Babcock led an opportunistic Soroco Ram's football team to its first win of the season last Saturday in Rifle.
Babcock threw two touchdowns and rushed for 109 yards in the 30-8 win over Rifle's junior varsity team. He also completed four passes for 42 yards and connected on a two-point conversion in the second half.
"This win gives us some great confidence," coach Gary Heide said. "Hopefully it will be a stepping stone to a better season."
Despite the final score, Heide said the outcome of the game was uncertain through three quarters of play.
The Rams took the lead in the first quarter when junior kicker Trevor Ellis booted a 34-yard field goal to make the score 3-0.
Babcock added to the Rams lead by capping off a Soroco drive with a quarterback sneak in the second quarter.
It looked like the Rams would take a 10-0 lead into halftime, however, Rifle fumbled the ball on the team's next possession.
Ram Matt Cartas scooped up the ball and rambled 24 yards to the end zone to increase his team's advantage to 16-0.
"I was feeling pretty good when Kory scored, so when we got the fumble everybody on the team got excited," Heide said.
It also turned out to be an important score after the Rams fumbled the ball deep in their own end at the start of the fourth quarter.
Rifle capitalized with a touchdown after the fumble recovery. The two-point conversion cut the Rams lead in half at 16-8.
But Babcock wouldn't let the game get away from the Rams.
He got outside on a quarterback sweep and streaked 77 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Heide credited the score to strong line play, which forced the Bears to move the linebackers inside and gave his quarterback and opportunity to find some running room.
Babcock also intercepted a pass on the Bears' next possession, which led the Rams' final touchdown of the game.
Fullback C.J. Remick, who finished the game with 11 carries for 85 yards, pounded the ball over the goal line with a couple minutes remaining in the contest.
The Rams offensive push also was fueled by running back Jack Means, who had 14 carries for 62 yards, and receiver Cartas, who pulled in two catches for 29 yards. The Rams finished the day with 274 yards of total offense.
The Rams also recovered two fumbles and had one interception. Soroco turned the ball over twice on three fumbles.
The Rams will look to extend the squad's winning streak against Center at 1 p.m. Saturday in Oak Creek. It will be the Rams' first home game of the 2003 season.
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