If you go
What: Soroco (4-0)
at Plateau Valley (2-2)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Plateau Valley High School
Steamboat Springs The first four games of the season have brought an astonishing collection of offensive displays from the Soroco High School football team.
The Rams, 4-0, have scored fewer than 40 points only once, in a 38-24 victory against Longmont Christian. Then, after dropping 45 on Faith Baptist, they came up with 50 points in a rout of previously undefeated Nucla.
Defenses haven't had any luck slowing the team, but Saturday, Soroco will find out whether a spat of injuries can do what opponents can't.
The Rams will try to keep their winning streak alive at 1 p.m. Saturday on the road at 2-2 Plateau Valley.
"I'm still pretty confident we can move the ball," Soroco coach David Bruner said. "We're pretty confident right now. People know we're going to run out of the spread, and we are confident we can move the ball down the field now matter who it is."
The runaway win at Nucla came with consequences. Senior Ben Strait, a regular on the offensive line and at defensive end, hurt his ankle and had to undergo surgery. He'll miss the rest of the season.
Quarterback Cody Miles also is struggling with an injury, but is expected to play. He hyper-extended his knee against Nucla.
"We had some young kids that came in and played when Ben got hurt and did a good job offensively and defensively," Bruner said. "With Cody, I'm sure he won't be 100 percent, but he'll be there ready to go."
Bruner is hopeful those injuries don't disable his offensive machine, but he did admit they could change the Rams' attack.
Plateau Valley is coming off a 49-7 loss to perennial power Dove Creek and lost earlier this season to Norwood, 39-0. It did pick up wins against Vail Christian and Center, but in the Cowboys, Bruner sees an opportunity to throw the football.
"From the tape I've watched and the teams I've talked to, it looks like pass coverage is their weakness," he said. "That's one of our strengths, so we'll try to open it up and spread it out."