Short-handed Rams roll to victory

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— Short-handed and battling the elements, the Soroco Rams got a much-needed 28-8 win Saturday against Eagle Valley's junior varsity team.

Because of injuries, the Rams (2-6, 0-4 in Western Slope League play) dressed only 20 players for the game and had to play in wet and windy conditions.

"It rained the whole game, and it was sloppy and muddy," Rams coach Andy Reust said. "But the kids played good through the elements."

After Eagle Valley scored first and converted the two-point conversion to go up 8-0, the Rams answered with two Bryan Spaeth touchdown runs to take a 14-8 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Rams continued to roll, using a touchdown run from Kane Johnson and a touchdown pass from Johnny DeCosta to Cody Miles to put the Devils away for good.

"Everybody had to step up, because there wasn't going to be a lot of time off for these guys," Reust said. "It was a team effort. Everybody picked each other up and got it done."

Reust said the Rams could have scored more, but three Spaeth touchdown runs of more than 30 yards were called back because of penalties. Still, he said he was happy with the performance.

"When you only let a team score eight points, you have to play good defense," he said. "It was a nice win and a win that we needed."

With games against Grand Valley and Rangely remaining, Reust said the team will have to continue to play like it did Saturday.

"We have a couple of tough games left," he said. "We've got to take the first one and go after them and play the best ball we can against them."

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