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Soroco football prepares for Rangely on Friday

Luke Graham

Soroco's Ian Palyo holds off Hayden's Journey Vreeman late in the Rams' 26-6 win against the Tigers on Sept. 20. This week

— When it comes to sports at any level, the Internet is a beautiful thing.

With a couple of clicks, it's easy to size up teams hundreds or thousands of miles apart.

Here's what it tells us about Friday's 7 p.m matchup of Soroco and Rangely football in Oak Creek.

The Rams are 5-0 overall and in a prime position to win the league, the obvious biggest test being next week's showdown with rival West Grand.

Friday's game should be a Rams win.

Rangely is 3-3 and narrowly beat Hayden, 15-14, earlier this season. The Rams squashed those same Tigers, 26-6, on the road this season.

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So it's easy to surmise that Soroco should be a runaway winner this week, right?

"We know what happened against Rangely last year," Rams coach David Bruner said.

The Rams were blown out.

Rangely ran away with a 54-7 win last year, ending Soroco's hopes for a postseason bid and capping a disappointing year for the Rams.

Those couple of clicks on the Internet are no match for the memory.

Even with a potential showdown for a league title next week against West Grand on the docket, Bruner said, that scenario only heightens this week’s game.

"I think one of the big things is we remember what happened to us last year at Rangely,” he said. "It was the same thing with Hayden this year. We've been able to look back and remember some things. We turned the ball over there, and they made some big plays on us."

The game comes at a time when Rangely is fighting for its playoff life. The team is on the outside looking in. Considering the nature of several close tilts, Bruner said the Rangely game will be every bit as physical as any of the previous contests.

The Panthers average nearly 190 yards rushing per game and run primarily out of the I-formation.

Bruner said winning the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball is imperative. He also said it will be key to finish drives unlike last week's 14-12 win against Vail Christian when the Rams had the ball inside the 10 multiple times and couldn't come away with points.

Get a win Friday and the Rams are in position to win the league and go undefeated. A loss Friday takes that opportunity away.

"They know how important this game is," Bruner said. "If we want to play at home in November (in the playoffs), they have to win Friday."

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