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Soroco faces Rangely in Oak Creek’s final 11-man game

Dave Shively

Steamboat Springs — It's hard to tell that the Soroco Rams football team has gone winless in Class 1A Western Slope League play this season. — It's hard to tell that the Soroco Rams football team has gone winless in Class 1A Western Slope League play this season.

— It’s hard to tell that the Soroco Rams football team has gone winless in Class 1A Western Slope League play this season.

You certainly wouldn’t be able to tell from the team’s overall disposition.

Even in the snow, Soroco coach David Bruner has trouble pulling kids off the field after practice.

After an Oct. 5 loss to cross-county rival Hayden, sophomore quarterback and linebacker Cody Miles didn’t hesitate to approach the Hayden coaches, shake hands and share congratulations on the Tigers’ homecoming win.

“It’s hard going on both sides of the ball,” an exhausted but smiling Miles said. “It feels good, though – I love it.”

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And last week, Soroco junior wide receiver and defensive back Robert Anderson already was looking ahead to tonight after what could’ve been a devastating 69-8 loss to Grand Valley, the state’s No. 3-ranked team.

“We’ll just be looking at how we did and try to improve,” Anderson said. “We’re having fun, though, and it’s been fun this year.”

Bruner believes his squad (0-5 in league, 2-6 overall) will continue to carry these high spirits into Soroco’s final home game of the regular season at 7 p.m. today against Rangely (0-5 in league, 2-6 overall).

“I’ve been real pleased with their efforts,” Bruner said. “They’ve been going in giving everything they’ve got and they never give up. I expect the same” tonight.

With similar records, if the Soroco defense can stop Tim Willis, Rangely’s explosive rushing threat, Bruner said the Rams have a good shot to end the season with a win. Neither teams will qualify for postseason play.

“I think we can throw the ball against them – they have a young secondary,” Bruner said, with the deviously optimistic sound to his voice that usually results in a few trick-play calls.

The game marks Soroco’s final game in a Class 1A 11-man competition. Soroco athletics director Andy Johnson has said Soroco’s enrollment no longer fits that of 1A’s 11-man programs (126-275 students), and that from now until Nov. 5, he intends to work with the Colorado High School Activities Association to join a division of the state’s 1A eight-man classification.

“We want to finish the season with a win and finish the 11-man season off right,” Bruner said.

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