Soroco sophomore Jacob Hange cuts through the line Saturday to score the Rams' first touchdown. He scored two on the day, but Soroco couldn't hang with Longmont Christian's powerful running game and lost, 28-24.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Soroco sophomore Jacob Hange cuts through the line Saturday to score the Rams' first touchdown. He scored two on the day, but Soroco couldn't hang with Longmont Christian's powerful running game and lost, 28-24.

Longmont Christian bowls over Soroco

Tough ground game, penalties halt Rams

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Game statistics

Longmont Christian Soroco

16 First Downs 13

48-323 Rushes-Yards 39-157

4-8-0 Comp-Att-Int 8-13-1

73 Yards Passing 178

496 Total Yards 335

2-32 Punts-Avg. 3-38

2-1 Fumbles-lost 2-0

7-39 Penalties-Yards 7-50

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Longmont Christian 00-07-21-00-28

Soroco 06-06-12-00-24

SCORING SUMMARY

First Quarter

S - 5:23 Jacob Hange 1-yard run. (run failed)

Second Quarter

LC - 11:48 Aaron Praska 5-yard run. (Steven Charles kick)

S - 10:39 Hange 55-yard pass from Cody Miles. (pass failed)

Third Quarter

S - 7:01 Miles 5-yard run. (run failed)

LC - 6:44 Praska 90-yard kickoff return. (Charles kick)

LC - 2:24 Austin Bennett 19-yard run (Charles kick)

S - 1:19 Mike Davis 1-yard run (kick failed)

LC - 0:20 Wes Bennett 67-yard run (Charles kick)

Fourth Quarter

None

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

LC - W. Bennett 18-157 1 TD, A. Bennett 14-115 1 TD, Aaron Praska 15-50 1 TD, Anthony Torrez 1-1.

S - Davis 17-80 1 TD, Miles 20-78, Hange 2-(-1)

Passing

LC - Praska 4-8-0 73 yards, Charles 0-1-0 0 yards.

S - Miles 6-10-1 148 yards 1 TD, Ryan Tibbets 2-3-0 30 yards.

Receiving

LC - Seth Smith 2-37, John Kammer 1-25, W. Bennett 1-11

S - Miles 1-17, Hange 3-98, Gage Achtner 1-17, Robert Anderson 2-22, Tibbets 1-37.

— Maybe this eight-man thing won't just be a cakewalk.

Soroco High School football took its first loss of the season Saturday, one week after rolling to a rout in its eight-man football debut. At home Saturday against Longmont Christian, the Rams were simply out-muscled, as a relentless Warriors running attack racked up bigger and bigger runs as the afternoon wore on.

Soroco led into the second half and was in it until the end, but couldn't find enough on either side of the ball for its second win of the season, falling 28-24.

"Overall, we played hard. I was proud of the kids. We knew it'd be a battle," Soroco coach David Bruner said. "That's a good team we played."

Bruner was quick to point to penalties to explain the loss, and it's obvious why. The Rams lost 50 yards to the yellow flag on seven penalties.

Pointing to one penalty might have been more appropriate, however. Soroco was whistled for illegal motion late in the fourth quarter while facing a second down and goal from the 5-yard line.

A big sack followed on second and goal from the 10, and quarterback Cody Miles was tackled seven yards short of the end zone on fourth down as he attempted to scramble in from 15 yards.

"We were right there, getting ready to run it in and then we got that penalty," Bruner said. "It's hard when you get those penalties because when it backs you up, it changes the play-calling."

Soroco had the chance at the potential go-ahead touchdown thanks to a miracle pass play, one of two such plays the Rams pulled off Saturday.

Ryan Tibbets heaved the ball deep for what appeared to be a sure interception. The defensive back bobbled the ball, however, bouncing it high and behind him.

Soroco senior Robert Anderson scooped the ball out of the air and rumbled to the nine-yard line.

A Miles pass was bobbled on another similar play and picked up by sophomore Jacob Hange, who scooted into the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown, Soroco's second of the day.

Elsewhere, the Rams struggled offensively, especially in the second half, as Miles and running back Mike Davis plowed for 2 and 3 yards at a time.

"They weren't really doing anything different. We were doing well all over, but we let it get to our heads after we got the lead," Davis said.

Soroco's gradual slowdown stood in contrast to Longmont Christian's backs, who seemed to get stronger as the game went on.

The Warriors finished with 323 yards on the ground, with Wes Bennett and his brother Austin both going for more than 100 yards and averaging better than 8 yards a carry.

Austin Bennett broke free for a 19-yard touchdown in the back-and-forth third quarter, temporarily earning his team the lead.

Davis responded with a Soroco touchdown, but Wes Bennett put his team in front for good one minute later, ripping through the Ram's defense for a 67-yard touchdown run.

"The Bennett brothers really pounded it in there, and the line was a lot better for us in the second half. We stopped (Soroco's) stunt, and it was a whole different score," Warriors coach Carl Christensen said. "On defense, we kept trying to throw different defenses at them, and that seemed to slow them down."

Longmont quarterback Austin Praska, meanwhile, ran for a score of his own and added another on a game-changing 90-yard kickoff return. That touchdown came after a commanding 13-play touchdown drive by Soroco to open the second half.

"We made some stupid mistakes and let him get to the outside," Davis said. "We might have hung our head a little after that."

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