Loss ends Soroco football season

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The Soroco High School football team lost Friday night in a cross-divisional game, the Rams’ season ending with a 50-8 defeat on the road against Simla.

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"They’re a good, physical, big, fast football team,” Soroco’s coach David Bruner said. "That’s a good combination.”

Simla scored twice in the first quarter while the Rams’ best chance to answer early ground to a halt 20 yards short. After that, the Cubs kept pouring it on. Soroco’s Ian Palyo finally got his team on the board, running in from 4 yards out in the fourth quarter.

“I was proud of the way the kids played,” Bruner said. “They played hard, but they were just outmanned tonight. They manhandled us up front on both sides of the ball.”

The Rams started the season strong, winning their first five games. Injuries mounted later, however, and they were at least a factor in the team’s three-straight losses to end the season. Again Friday, senior Ryan Jeep, a tight end on offense throughout much of the season, was left taking most of the snaps at quarterback.

“He played well again and tried to do what he could,” Bruner said.

The losing streak knocked Soroco off what had appeared to be a track to the division championship and to fourth place, forcing the team to hit the road for the cross-divisional round of the postseason, and to play one of the state’s best in undefeated Simla.

The team finished the season 5-3.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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