Steamboat Springs A rough first half was too much for the Soroco High School football team Saturday at Norwood, as the Rams fell behind early and lost, 64-42.
Soroco trailed, 30-0, at halftime and committed 14 first-half penalties to Norwood's one.
"It was pretty lopsided," Rams coach David Bruner said.
But even when down, Soroco battled back and made it a game. Bruner said while the loss was a disappointment, the way the Rams responded in the second half certainly wasn't.
It started with junior quarterback Cody Miles.
Miles, who finished the game 18 of 27 for 374 yards and four touchdowns, led the Rams back into the game.
He returned a punt for a touchdown, threw touchdowns to Ryan Tibbetts and Mike Davis and ran for another.
All of that in the second half.
Soroco was right in the game until the final minute, when Norwood tacked on a couple of touchdowns.
"We gave Norwood a little bit of a scare," Bruner said. "They're a 6-1 team that's hosting a playoff game next week. If things went a little different in the first half, because we had them on the ropes in the second half, things might have been different. But we played with a passion. We're learning how to win."
In addition to Miles' day through the air, Soroco gained 291 yards on 24 carries.
The game concludes Soroco's first season in eight-man football. Bruner said considering where the team has been in the past couple of years, when wins were tough to come by, he was ecstatic with the way the season progressed.
"It's been a great season," Bruner said. "I hate to see it end that way, but at the same time, I'm proud of the way they ended it. We won the second half. I was real pleased with the kids. They played with heart and learned some stuff. We're going to be competitive and we're on the right track."