Rams kick off home season with matinee

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Soroco football coach Gary Heide isn't one to make predictions.

Despite a 30-point win over Center in 2002, Heide knows what happened last year might not repeat itself.

The Center Vikings welcome back eight offensive and seven defensive starters who gained a wealth of experience playing as sophomores and freshmen in the Southern Peaks league.

While Center (0-0) is certain to field a much more competitive team than the one that lost to Soroco (1-0) 36-6 last season, Heide is certain his Rams are a more experienced and physical team this year, too.

"I hate to go out on a limb and say the score will be the same," Heide said.

"They do have a good quarterback, but he wasn't able to pass much because of our pressure last season. With one more year, however, I definitely think they have the ability to pass the ball. I was telling the team we can't go on last year's score."

The Rams opened the 2003 season on Aug. 30 with a telling 30-8 victory over Rifle's JV. Led by senior quarterback Kory Babcock and senior fullback C.J. Remick, the Soroco offense amassed 274 yards, while an opportunistic defense intercepted one pass and recovered two Rifle fumbles.

"Over the course of the season, people will have to key on Kory, but in this game, it was really the offensive line that got the inside game going, and Jack Means, though he didn't have a lot of yards, forced Rifle to defend him and the inside game, and then we had some plays to the outside."

Heide said Soroco had an upbeat, positive week of practice heading into the 1 p.m. home opener against Center today in Oak Creek.

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