Steamboat Springs The Soroco High School football team won four games last season, in its inaugural venture through eight-man football.
Friday night in Nucla, Soroco matched that win total with its fourth consecutive win to start this season, this time a 50-8 rout.
"It went great," said Rams quarterback Cody Miles, who threw and ran for 342 yards. "We started slow but then kicked it in gear and didn't stop."
After punting their first two drives, the Rams found their rhythm and took a 28-0 lead into halftime.
The Rams offense has been impressive all season, averaging more than 44 points a game. But Friday against a Nucla team averaging more than 40 points a game, it was the Soroco defense that controlled the contest.
"It was a total team defensive effort," Rams coach David Bruner said. "Great play like that, and we'll be in every game. I was super pleased with that."
Nucla also had no answer for Soroco senior Alex Estes.
In addition to catching two touchdowns from Miles, Estes ran one in and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Add in a Miles interception return for a touchdown, and Soroco scored just about every way possible.
"We're so confident," Estes said. "But we're confident, not cocky. We feel like we can beat anybody."
Soroco next plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Plateau Valley.
Tigers stumble with loss to Dolores, 12-7, Saturday
The Hayden High School football team took a lead late into the fourth quarter Saturday, before Dolores scored with a little more than a minute to go in the game and sealed a 12-7 win at Delta High School.
Hayden (2-2 overall) fell behind 6-0 midway through the first quarter before getting on the board.
Jake Walker scored from 7 yards out to give Hayden a 7-6 lead.
Hayden drove the ball well in the third quarter but missed several opportunities. In the fourth quarter Hayden had the ball inside the Dolores 20-yard line, when a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
Dolores drove the ball downfield and scored to make the score 12-7. Hayden got the ball to the Dolores 30-yard line before an interception ended the day.
"We moved the ball fairly well at times. Other times, not so much," Hayden coach Shawn Baumgartner said. "We've got some definite corrections to get to."
Baumgartner said with the league slate opening this week, Hayden has to get better.
The team plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Paonia.