At this point in the season, it doesn't matter who the Soroco football team plays; the Rams are ready to face anyone. Through summer camps and August two-a-days, Soroco players have had to look across the line and see the same faces. The Rams are ready for a change.
"When we went to scrimmage last Saturday, we played all 2A schools," Soroco coach Gary Heide said. "They wanted to keep playing. They didn't care who we were playing. We had gone through two teams and yet to play a third. I hollered over, 'Do you want to play Hotchkiss?' They all said yeah."
Soroco opens the season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Rifle's junior varsity at Soroco High School in Oak Creek.
Last season -- the Rams' first to the postseason since the late 1980s -- Soroco defeated Rifle's junior varsity, 30-8, but the score was a little deceiving. The Rams waited until the fourth quarter before they finally pulled away from the Bears.
With Rifle's varsity opening the season against Harrison in Rifle tonight, Heide said he doesn't know what type of junior varsity team the Bears will bring to Oak Creek on Saturday.
"I guess I'm just prepared for whomever they bring," he said. "When you have a varsity and JV team, they may have two great people at the same position and decide to bring one to get more playing time."
On Saturday, Soroco scrimmaged Aspen, Basalt and Hotchkiss in Aspen. Heide said there were no major injuries to report and that everything went relatively well.
"Basalt and Hotchkiss were both big and physical," Heide said. "I think Hotchkiss would have proved bigger and more physical had we played, but we would have played them differently. Against the bigger schools, we scored each game. We were happy with that. The defense was active and hustling."