Steamboat Springs Hayden rolled up nearly 400 yards of offense Friday night and held Soroco to less than 100 in a, 28-0, shutout.
The win moved the Tigers to 6-0 on the season. Soroco fell to 1-5.
Rams coach Andy Reust said before the game it was imperative for his offense to get off to a fast start.Unfortunately for the Rams, they ended their first drive three and out, having to punt.
The Tigers then opened with an impressive 12-play, 60-yard drive that burned more than five and a half minutes off the clock, capped by a two-yard Brandon Ford touchdown run.
Hoping to respond with a rushing attack of their own, splitting carries between Bryan Spaeth and Kane Johnson, Soroco couldn't crack the Tigers' front line.
"(Coach Reust) said we played 18 minutes of defense in the first half," Ram Joel Schlegel said.
The Rams' exasperated defense seemed to have a second quarter Tigers drive turned down, forcing the Tigers into fourth and eight at the Rams' 27.
But Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner called a timeout to set up a play that caught Soroco off guard. Quarterback Mitchel Doolin pitched the ball to Coy Letlow, who started to run and then pulled up to pass. He found Russell Waugh wide open in the end zone to put Hayden up, 14-0.
The Tiger defense again shut down the Rams, giving Hayden the ball for another scoring drive just before halftime. Letlow scored on a 1-yard run to put Hayden up, 21-0.
"Our D was flying around, making plays, and as a whole unit did a really good job," Baumgartner said.
In the second half, the Rams finally were able to stop the Tigers offense and answer with their best drive of the game, getting three first downs in a 33-yard effort that put them in the Tigers' territory.
"Defensively, they shut us down on our first drive (of the second half)," Baumgartner said. "I knew it would be a ground game, and our kids did a good job sucking it up, maintaining composure and coming back with big drives."
The big drive Hayden responded with was executed mainly in the hands of Russell Waugh, who scored with nine minutes left in the game.
"This is not something you try to remember," the Rams' Spaeth said. "We knew they'd be good, you have to be if you're undefeated in this league."
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