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Eagles dominate Rams, 35-6, in Paonia

Soroco able to keep opponent from scoring in second half

Melinda Mawdsley

— Soroco football coach Gary Heide knew Paonia was going to be at its best. He just wanted Soroco to be there, too.

But Friday night in Paonia, the Eagles dominated in a 35-6 win, scoring all 35 points in the first half.

“I feel responsible,” Heide said. “I did not get my kids mentally prepared to play. I’m just going to have to learn from it and find different ways to motivate them in a big game. I have to learn how to coach these kids to rise up to a big challenge.”

The Rams have risen to challenges earlier this season, defeating Meeker in overtime in Meeker and pounding Plateau Valley during homecoming to get the first home win since August 2004.

But Friday’s game was over almost as soon as it began.

“They played flawlessly and beat us off the ball,” Heide said.

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Senior Nick Rangel led Soroco with 76 yards on 13 carries, including a 53-yard touchdown run. In the previous two games — both wins — the Rams totaled more than 300 yards rushing. On Friday, they had 120 total yards, and 53 came on one play.

“They shut us down,” Heide said.

Sophomore Bryan Spaeth had 44 yards on nine carries, and junior quarterback Joh–nny DeCosta had 16 yards on six carries.

At halftime, Hei–de challenged his team to win the second half and carry that momentum into the final two games of the regular season.

The Rams defeated the Eagles, 6-0, in the game’s final 24 minutes.

“We felt we came out and played hard and scored in the third quarter,” Heide said. “Nick’s (touchdown) kind of ignited us. We started to play with a little better excitement. We were able to make some big plays and stop them before they scored.”

Up next for Soroco (4-3 overall, 2-3 in Western Slope League play) is a 7:30 p.m. game Friday against Rangely in Oak Creek.

“We want to go and win our last home game of the year and get our fifth victory,” Heide said.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com