Bulldogs outsize, outscore the Rams

Dove Creek wins vs. Soroco, 59-22

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— It's been a different kind of year for the Soroco football team, but Saturday's game at Dove Creek brought back some ugly memories.

The Rams were outsized and eventually outscored, falling to the Bulldogs, 59-22. It's the kind of loss Soroco High School (3-3) has, for the most part, avoided this season, but one all too familiar to the Rams who struggled last year in a higher division.

"They're so big up front, so physical," Soroco coach David Bruner said. "On offense, they executed really well. You could tell they were one of the top teams in the state. They just were able to run the ball right through us."

Things got ugly in the second quarter, but the Rams hung close for at least a little while. Dove Creek scored after the teams traded fruitless possessions to open the first quarter, but Soroco didn't hesitate to respond. Junior quarterback Cody Miles connected with senior Ryan Tibbetts for a 75-yard touchdown pass.

Miles also ran one in from 25 yards out in the second quarter, and he found Tibbetts again later for another touchdown.

"We threw the ball decent against them, but making running yards was tough," Bruner said. "The conditions were terrible. It was 50 degrees, and it poured the whole game."

The Bulldogs used two long punt returns for touchdowns to blow the game open.

"It was 8-6 in the first quarter, then 52-14 by halftime. They're a good quality football team, and it's obvious they're going to go far this year," Bruner said.

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253

or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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