Soroco ready for homecoming

Football, volleyball teams play host to Plateau Valley

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Homecoming athletic activities in South Routt conclude today with the Soroco volleyball and football teams playing host to Plateau Valley.

The Rams volleyball team opens the day with 11 a.m. and noon matches against the Cowboys. The junior varsity team plays at 11 a.m. followed by the varsity match at noon.

Attention then shifts to the football field at the Soroco High School where the Rams will make another attempt to pick up its first league win in four years. This season marks the second in the past four that Soroco has played a league schedule.

Kickoff against the Cowboys is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Plateau Valley enters today's game against Soroco having defeated Hayden 19-7 on Sept. 19.

Despite losing to Meeker 21-14 on Sept. 19, Soroco (2-2 overall and 0-2 in the league) was still on an emotional high at Thursday's homecoming pep rally and practice.

"Last Friday, something happened that hasn't left," coach Gary Heide said. "When you play a game like that, something happens to your confidence."

In a loss, usually a team's confidence drops. But the Rams look to the fact that they scored two offensive touchdowns against the Cowboys, the state's second-ranked team in Class 1A, and held Meeker scoreless in the final three quarters.

Soroco also took pride in compiling 345 yards in total offense against Plateau Valley, mixed well between the run and pass. Senior quarterback Kory Babcock threw for 148 yards in the air, while several backs racked up 197 rushing yards.

Heide said the Rams aren't about to become a pass-first, pass-often team because that doesn't fit the mold of their players. With Babcock's ability to throw and the big-play potential of the passing game, however, the Rams can run play-action plays that will consistently keep opposing teams off balance.

The last time Soroco entered a game confident in its ability to win, it lost to a beatable Grand Valley team at home. The Rams were 2-0 before that Sept. 12 game, but Heide said what his team was feeling before the game against the Cardinals wasn't the same as what his team is feeling now.

"I think it was false confidence," Heide said. "We didn't have to play our best game against Center (Sept. 6) to win that game. Last week we had to play our best football to even compete, and I think they know that now."

In Hayden's game against Plateau Valley, the Tigers had the early lead through the first half, but turnovers and big plays enabled the Cowboys to pull ahead and win.

At halftime of today's game, the homecoming royalty will be announced and the 11's Club will raffle a car.

Homecoming activities conclude tonight with a dance from 9 p.m. to midnight in the high school commons area.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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