Matt Iacovetto and Ben Montoya led the Soroco Rams football team to its first league victory of the season Saturday.
Iacovetto, who scored three touchdowns in the 34-13 win over Plateau Valley, rushed for 109 yards on 16 carries. His teammate, Montoya was nearly as good, collecting 100 yards on 18 carries.
"This was a huge win for our team," Soroco coach Gary Heide said. "We really need the confidence right now."
The victory gives the Rams a 3-3 overall record and a 1-3 record in league play as they head into Friday night's homecoming game against Paonia, 2-2 in league play and 3-3 overall.
At this point, Heide said the team is focusing on each game and not worrying about where the team might finish in the final league standings.
"We had a real good day Saturday," he said. "I think we might be starting to put the package together. I think everyone on the team is looking forward to playing our homecoming game against Paonia."
After dropping the team's last three league games, the coach and players were looking for something positive as they made the drive to Plateau Valley for Saturday's game.
A week earlier against Meeker, Soroco fumbled away any chance of winning in a 16-0 loss. The Rams, who fumbled the ball two times on the team's first three possessions, turned the ball over four times in the game.
Against Plateau Valley, however, the Rams did not fumble the ball and were able to overcome the effects of a first-half interception that threatened to shift the momentum in the game.
"That was a big difference for us," Heide said. "When you turn the ball over, it's a huge momentum killer. We didn't do that this game, and it made a big difference."
Iacovetto's nine-yard touchdown run in the first half gave Soroco an early 7-0 lead.
A long pass by Plateau Valley tied the game, but two touchdowns by the Rams in the closing minutes of the first half gave Soroco the spark they were looking for to put the Cowboys away for good.
Montoya scored the first on an 11-yard run. Iacovetto added another a few minutes later when he returned an interception for a touchdown to increase the Rams' lead to 21-7.
Montoya added another Ram touchdown in the third with a 3-yard run, and Iacovetto capped off the day in the fourth quarter with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Zach Schaffner was one-for- six. His only completion of the game was to Iacovetto for 18 yards.
Carl Remick carried the ball five times for 30 yards, and Schaffner carried the ball three times for 20 yards.
The Rams shut down the Plateau Valley running game in the contest and recorded eight sacks.
Whit Gates got to the opposing quarterback four times, and Dylan Knudson had two sacks. Montoya and Iacovetto each had one sack in the game,
Heide credited the Rams' offensive line for the team's success in running the ball.
Kickoff for the homecoming game against Paonia is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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