Rams win season's second

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With their 34-13 victory over the Center Vikings on Saturday, the Soroco Rams already have doubled last year's win record.

The home win puts the Rams at 2-0 for the season.

The Rams dominated the Vikings, finishing the third quarter ahead 34-0. After that, coach Gary Heide put the Rams junior varsity team in for the fourth quarter.

The cool weather and strong lead brought back memories of last year, when the Rams beat the Vikings on a snow-covered field.

Although senior quarterback Kory Babcock only saw three quarters of playing time, he completed eight of 11 passes for 144 yards with two touchdown passes. Babcock also rushed four times for a total of 38 yards.

"Kory Babcock seems to really be emerging as our quarterback, with passing and rushing," Heide said. Being versatile enough to gain yards passing and on the ground will make the team strong, he said.

Senior Joel Manzanares caught six passes, two of which were touchdowns, for a total of 124 yards.

Manzanares' first touchdown came early in the first quarter after the Rams had been penalized 15 yards for holding in the backfield.

Babcock threw the ball from Center's 25-yard line to Manzanares, who caught it just outside of the end zone and ran in for the score. Trevor Ellis' point-after-touchdown kick brought the score to 7-0.

Even with multiple penalties for both teams, the Rams succeeded in earning another touchdown in the first quarter, which came with three minutes remaining. William Ford, in a handoff from Babcock to C.J. Remick, swept around Center's defense to score.

In the second quarter, the Rams overcame a 25-yard penalty to rally for a third touchdown. Starting from the Rams' own 13-yard line, Ram Jack Means ran the ball to their 25-yard line, which was followed by a 25-yard rush by Ben Montoya.

William Ford pulled a key block at the line of scrimmage to break the run open for Montoya.

Montoya's run set the Rams up for a touchdown pass by Manzanares, who caught the ball at the Vikings' 20-yard line and ran in for the touchdown.

A fumble by the Rams resulted in a turnover but nothing more, as the Rams' defense kept the Vikings deep in their own territory. After Center's kick on a fourth down, Soroco pulled the ball up close to Center's end zone, making it possible for Means to run 5 yards in for a fourth touchdown.

The Rams' final touchdown of the game came midway through the third quarter, when Ben Montoya ran the ball in for a yard to make the score 34-0.

Once the Rams put their JV lineup in for the fourth quarter, the Vikings were able to earn two touchdowns but were not able to overtake the Rams' lead.

The game time gave the JV squad practice for its Monday game, Heide said.

The game also was a good chance for the varsity team to work together, Heide said.

"The team seems to really be gelling together," he said. "They have a goal in mind of winning games."

Soroco's next game will be its league opener against Grand Valley. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Oak Creek.

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