2012 Rams football schedule
Oak Creek Lessons in football aren’t easily forgotten.
And the last time Nic Paxton and Matt Regan walked off the field, it was a 57-14 loss against a physically superior Haxtun team.
That day proved the Soroco Rams’ deficiencies. The Rams were much smaller than Haxtun and couldn’t match the physical play.
But chock that up as a lesson.
The 2012 Rams opened up Friday with a blistering 56-0 win against Gilpin County. Certainly Soroco was superior in every facet of the game, but it was the way they did it that showed the lesson was learned.
Only a few times did Paxton line up at quarterback with a running back next to him. Often times, Soroco went no huddle, and every time it spread the field, with Paxton picking apart the defense and finding the matchup he liked.
“The last two years, our season has ended against really big and physical teams,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “We couldn’t match their physicality. We know we have to spread teams out this year.”
It always helps when there is a third-year starter like Paxton and receiving weapons all across the field.
The senior quarterback was nearly perfect Friday. He completed 6 of 6 passes for 165 yards and five touchdowns. Add in his six carries for 107 yards and two scores on the ground, and Paxton was the 8-man fantasy football MVP of Week 1.
“Our one worry was our offensive line,” Paxton said. “But I didn’t get touched all night.”
The Rams made it look easy.
Paxton threw four first-quarter touchdown passes — one each to Ryan Jeep and AJ Anderson and two more to Regan — to build a 30-0 first quarter lead.
Paxton found Regan again to pen up the second quarter and then added two touchdown runs to make it 50-0 at half.
“We have four receivers that are all good enough to make receptions,” said Regan, who caught three touchdown passes for 69 yards.
Freshman Garrett McCullar added a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final result.
Jeep added two catches for 73 yards, and the Soroco defense held Gilpin County to 56 total yards, including minus-2 rushing.
“That’s probably the best first half we’ve played since I’ve been coach,” Bruner said. “I’m comfortable with the no huddle and letting Nic call his own plays. I’m giving him the freedom to do that. I think our team is more comfortable in the no huddle.”
The team next plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Justice.
Soroco 56, Gilpin 0
First Downs 3
Yards Passing 58
Total Yards 56
First Downs 7
Yards Passing 165
Total Yards 332
■ Score by quarters
■ Scoring Summary
S: 9:55, Ryan Jeep 48 pass from Nic Paxton. (AJ Anderson from Paxton).
S: 7:48, Matt Regan 14 pass from Paxton. (Anderson kick)
S: 6:07, Regan 32 pass from Paxton. (Anderson kick)
S: 1:47, Anderson 23 pass from Paxton. (Paxton run).
S: 11:52, Regan 23 pass from Paxton. (Kick fail).
S: 8:51, Paxton 56 run. (Regan from Paxton).
S: 0:35, Paxton 15 run. (Run fail).
S: 6:43, Garrett McCullar 19 run. (Run fail).
■ Individual statistics
G: Dalton Dziedzic 6-(-4); Jon Lovett 6-4; Chase Boulter 3-(-5); Bjorn Tomlinson 2-3.
S: Paxton 6-107, 2 TD; Ian Palyo 2-16; Keenan Bradshaw 1-15; Regan 1-3; McCullar 4-25, 1 TD; Colton Martindale 3-0; Eric Logan 2-1; Warren Hayes 3-0.
G: Boulter 9-17-1, 58 yards.
S: Paxton 6-6-0, 165 yards, 5 TD. Hayes 0-1-0.
G: Michael Yerkman 3-32; Dziedzic 5-26.
S: Jeep 2-73, 1 TD; Regan 3-69, 3 TD; Anderson 1-23, 1 TD.
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