If you go
What: Soroco Rams (1-0) football
at Longmont Christian (1-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Longmont Christian High School
Steamboat Springs A year ago, the Soroco football team just didn't measure up against Longmont Christian.
The team ran across the field and eventually to a 28-24 victory, racking up a mind numbing 323 yards rushing.
The basics should again be the same, Rams coach David Bruner said. The Warriors return both of the backs that tormented his team in 2008.
Only this time, he said he's confident his team can hang with the Front Range runners.
"It will be a great football game, and the kids are looking forward to it," Bruner said. "We expect all the same things. They're still a power running football team, and we'll have to find a way to stop them."
Longmont brothers Wes and Austin Bennett each gained more than 100 yards in last year's game, and each averaged better than 8 yards per carry.
Defense has been the focus all week in practice, Bruner said.
"Our linebackers and our defensive linemen will have to play really well so we can stop them," he said. "They also ran a kickoff back on us, so we've been working a lot on special teams."
Bruner said that offensively, the Rams will look to leap over the quagmire at the line of scrimmage. Quarterback Cody Miles threw for nearly 200 yards and for four touchdowns a week ago and could be ready for another big showing.
The team will need all the points it can get. Longmont opened its season with a 43-0 win against Maranatha Christian.
"We are a lot more confident on offense right now than we ever were last year," Bruner said. "Our kids believe we can move the ball down the field, and that makes a big difference."