Soroco looks to go 4-0 in game against Vail Christian

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— In some ways, the Soroco High School football team’s season doesn’t seem much different from last year’s. Heading into the fourth week of the season, the Rams are looking to go 4-0 for the second consecutive year.

Everything will be different when the team takes the field for a 7 p.m. road game against Vail Christian.

After two years of playing as a playoff-ineligible independent, tonight’s game will be Soroco’s first against a league opponent.

The quest for a 1-0 league record won’t be an easy one, either. Vail Christian enters the game 1-2 and on a two-game skid, but those losses came against some of the state’s best 8-man competition.

A talented running game and effective passing attack prove a challenging hurdle for the Rams.

“It’s going to be pretty tough,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “We have to cut down on turnovers and play well on defense because they have a really good, solid offense.”

Bruner said he’d look to get sophomore quarterback Nic Paxton into comfortable passing situations early in the game to build his confidence and reduce the chances of an ill-timed throw.

“I can handle one or two turnovers a game,” Bruner said. “But we can’t have four or five. We can’t win like that against a good football team like Christian. Nic’s still a sophomore with just a few games under his belt. He needs to get more confidence.”

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