Tuesday, September 21, 2004
What Soroco football coach Gary Heide saw on the field Saturday was exactly what he saw when he watched game film earlier this week: West Grand flat out beat Soroco.
"It wasn't a game of bad calls or a game of big plays," Heide said. "It was a game of the purple team getting off the ball and pushing around the white team."
West Grand defeated Soroco, 25-7, in Kremmling in a less-than-glamorous game. Only one pass play was called all day between the teams, and it went for 3 yards, Heide said.
"I was disappointed in the team and myself," Heide said. "I didn't have the team physically and mentally ready to play. I'm optimistic it was just a day we weren't ready to play. I can't believe we were physically dominated and that would happen every game."
The Rams and Mustangs were tied at 7-7 into the third quarter when a Soroco fake-punt attempt failed. West Grand scored on its subsequent possession. A Rams fumble later in the game led to another Mustangs score.
Soroco's lone score of the game came on defense, when senior Ben Montoya returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Rams offense, on the other hand, had difficulty moving the ball.
"We just got pushed back the entire first half," Heide said. "We weren't able to consistently make any positive yards on running plays we thought had been our strength."
Montoya gained 25 yards rushing on six carries. Senior Matt Iacovetto had 67 yards on 14 carries.
Heide said the players just need confidence in their ability on offense.
The Rams (2-1 overall, 0-1 in Western Slope League play) will look to rebound at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Grand Valley (1-2, 0-1) in Parachute. Friday's game will mark the third-straight weekend Soroco has had to play on the road.
Heide said the coaching staff emphasized the importance of playing well during the three-game road trip, and while a win against West Grand would have been welcome, all is not lost if the Rams rebound to beat the Cardinals on Friday night.
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