Soroco’s Pie Lombardi breaks through a tackle on Friday night as the Rams battled the Justice Phoenix. Soroco lost, 12-6, in overtime.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Soroco’s Pie Lombardi breaks through a tackle on Friday night as the Rams battled the Justice Phoenix. Soroco lost, 12-6, in overtime.

Soroco football loses to Justice in overtime, 12-6

‘Wild night’ ends in disappointment for Rams football team Friday

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— The Soroco football team’s bid for a perfect season ended Friday with a tw

o-hour delay, five turnovers, a long list of missed opportunities and a 10-yard touchdown run in overtime by Justice’s Iaian McGhee.

McGhee burst into the end zone on the first play of his team’s first overtime possession, locking up the win and putting Soroco at 4-1 on the season.

“It was a wild night, and when it ends like that, it’s really disappointing,” Soroco senior Pie Lombardi said.

That wild night started even before the game, which was delayed two hours from its planned 7 p.m. start because Justice’s bus broke down. When the game finally did start, it brought a whole lot of nothing, except disappointment, anyway.

But the Phoenix offense was ground to a halt by a powerful Soroco defensive effort that allowed just one first down and only two plays on the Soroco half of the field in the first half.

The Rams, meanwhile, prov­ed capable of moving the ball with ease. Were it not for eight fumbles — two lost — and three interceptions, that might have paid off. One of those interceptions came in the second quarter on a Lombardi halfback pass on a third and goal from the 8-yard line. McGhee grabbed the ball near the goal line and ran 99 yards for the touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

Soroco answered later in the third quarter when Lombardi found David Strait on the same halfback pass play on a fourth and goal from the 3-yard line. The extra point was blocked, however, and despite both teams getting a combined five snaps inside their opponent’s 3-yard line, neither team could score again in regulation.

Soroco received four snaps in the overtime period to the 3-yard line.

“We just had too many mistakes,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “That’s a good team. We played good on defense, but you can’t win with that many turnovers.”

Soroco is 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the North League-Central Division. The Rams next play at 7 p.m. Friday against Gilpin County in Oak Creek.

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