Steamboat Springs As far as problems go, the one that Soroco football coach David Bruner ran into Saturday afternoon definitely would qualify as a good one.
The Rams first team offense and defense were so successful playing on the road against Silver State, the junior varsity took over midway through the second quarter.
They also played most of the second half in Soroco's 72-18 victory.
"I would have played them even more than that, but they have a game Tuesday," Bruner said.
Just as there was no shortage of playing time, there was no shortage of huge stats in the lopsided game.
Soroco senior Mike Davis got the ball rolling with a first-quarter touchdown run, and junior quarterback Cody Miles followed him in the end zone moments later.
Davis rumbled in three more times. He scored on runs of 62, 40, 5 and 1 yard.
Miles, meanwhile, scored five more times. He ran four more in and also connected with Robert Anderson for a 41-yard passing touchdown.
"It was 45 degrees and rainy down there, and it rained the whole ballgame. Our game plan, going in, was to run the ball, so that played right into it," Bruner said.
Soroco's defense had a showing to match its offensive output. The game was 12-6 midway through the first quarter, but the Rams' varsity defenders put the clamps down and didn't allow a score the rest of their time in the game.
The key was playing rough with Silver State's best player, a receiver who's torn up nearly every opponent he's seen, Bruner said.
"He has an unbelievable amount of receiving yards this season, but we worked on jamming him at the line. No one had done that to him this year," he said. "It really paid off. We let a couple of plays get away, but the defense did a great job."
The win improves the Rams to 4-3 on the season. It marked the first time in five years Soroco has won four games.
The Rams look to secure a winning record Saturday as they travel to Norwood for their final game of the season.
"Overall, it was good for our kids," Bruner said. "Everyone got in and got to play. It was a great way to rebound after losing to Dove Creek last week.
"Things are looking good. The kids are getting better, and they're a lot more confident."
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