Early turnovers prevented the Soroco Rams from keeping the ball and controlling the clock like they wanted to Friday against the Grand Valley Cardinals.
As a result, the Cardinals (7-1 overall, 5-1 in league) came away with a 31-8 win.
On its opening drive, Soroco moved the chains using the effective running attack of Kane Johnson and Bryan Spaeth. But Rams quarterback Johnny DeCosta threw an interception that the Cardinals turned into a touchdown and an 8-0 lead.
The Rams tried to answer on the ensuing possession, but fumbled the ball near the 50-yard line. The Cardinals turned that into a touchdown as well for a 16-0 lead only halfway into the first quarter.
"We gave them the first two touchdowns because we gave them such a short field : you can't do that against a good team," Reust said.
Soroco had a second quarter scoring opportunity, taking the ball all the way to the Grand Valley 1-yard line, but the Cardinals stopped them on four downs.
Soroco trailed 31-0 at the half.
The Rams stopped a Cardinals drive at the Rams' 5-yard line when Spaeth caused a fumble. The Rams drove the length of the field, but were again turned down at the goal line.
Spaeth finally cracked the goal line at the end of the fourth quarter to put Soroco on the board. Spaeth led his team with 120 rushing yards. Johnson had 60 and DeCosta had 20 in addition to 15 yards passing.
Reust was proud to see his team keep Grand Valley scoreless for the second half.
"Our whole defense stepped it up and played much better," Reust said. "We just had to cut down on the mistakes.
Now 1-7 overall and 0-5 in league, Soroco will play again on Friday at Rangely (2-6 overall, 5-1 in league).