Soroco football falls at Rangely, from postseason picture

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The Soroco High School football team’s postseason hopes were doused Friday night as the Rams fell at Rangely, 54-7. The loss takes away any chance the Rams had of qualifying for the Oct. 26 cross-divisional round that in turn forms the 8-man playoff bracket.

The Panthers roared ahead early in the game, going up 28-0 in the first quarter and taking advantage of two Soroco fumbles and one interception. They led 42-7 at the half, and that proved plenty enough of a gap to hold off Soroco.

“We turned the ball over too many times,” Rams coach David Bruner said. “They also physically owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and that’s where the game was won.”

Soroco got its only touchdown on a 10-yard Nix Paxton run. AJ Anderson supplied the extra-point kick.

The game, along with several others, did a lot to clear up the divisional seeding heading into the final week, and unfortunately for the Rams, 4-3 on the season and 1-3 in the division, it eliminated them.

With a win at home against Vail Christian, West Grand wrapped up the six-team division, no matter what happens when Soroco travels there next week to wrap up the regular season.

Soroco is locked into fifth place, missing out on the Oct. 26 cross-divisional round that includes the top four teams from the division. South Park, meanwhile, is locked into sixth.

Second through fourth place includes Hayden, Vail Christian and Rangely, the exact order hinging on the Tigers’ Friday trip to Vail Christian. West Grand and the second-place team will play at home Oct. 26.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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