Soroco’s Nic Paxton cuts around a Hayden defender in Friday’s 49-7 loss. The Rams hope to bounce back from a defeat at the hands of their cross-county rivals with a victory in this week’s matchup against the Vail Christian Saints.

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Soroco’s Nic Paxton cuts around a Hayden defender in Friday’s 49-7 loss. The Rams hope to bounce back from a defeat at the hands of their cross-county rivals with a victory in this week’s matchup against the Vail Christian Saints.

Soroco football looks to rebound against Vail Christian on Friday

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— As head scratching as it seems on the surface, Soroco High School football coach David Bruner thinks Friday’s game is bigger than last week’s rivalry reunion with Hayden.

“It seems bigger than last week,” Bruner said about the showdown with Vail Christian. The two teams play at 7 p.m. in Oak Creek.

Considering the league race and playoff jockeying, he might be right.

Soroco comes in at 3-1 but is in fourth place in the league. Vail Christian sits in a three-way tie atop the league at 4-0.

“Since we started 8-man, this has sort of been our rivalry game,” he said. “We’ve had some close games, some well-fought games.”

The Rams have gotten the better of the Saints in the past two meetings, picking up relatively easy wins.

But Vail Christian comes in on a tear, outscoring its opponents, 196-32.

It features four players with at least 100 yards rushing, including senior Mack Cooper, who is averaging 103 yards per game on 22 yards per carry. Quarterback Austin Ellsworth has thrown for 829 yards with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Bruner said there hasn’t been much of a hangover from the 49-7 shellacking Hayden handed the team last week. He said the team talked about the game Monday morning before moving on.

He said that Hayden has done several things to shore up its running game and that his team will look at ways to get the offense back on track.

“We have to win; it’s an every-game situation now,” he said. “Looking back, offensively, we have to sustain some drives. We have to get the offense back.”

Should the Rams pick up a win, the team will be on track to finish as one of the top two teams in the league. A loss, and it becomes a massive incline to climb.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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