Soroco, Hayden football teams at home Friday |

Soroco, Hayden football teams at home Friday

Soroco High School Rams

Soroco football

7 p.m. Friday — Soroco (4-1) vs. Gilpin County (4-1)

It's a big one for the Rams. At this point, the Northwest 8-man football league title will clearly run through West Grand, but before the Rams can worry about that, they'll need to get by Gilpin County. And that won't be easy.

The Eagles have lost just one game this season, and that was in a close game against Merino, currently undefeated and ranked No. 6 in the state in 8-man football.

Gilpin County is led by senior quarterback Austin Boulter, whose offensive output almost rivals that of Soroco running back Jace Logan. Boulter has racked up nearly 1,000 yards rushing in five games this season and has scored 14 touchdowns on the ground and three passing. Jack Ball has stood in as a sturdy second option at running back, earning 544 yards rushing and scoring six touchdowns.

Those two will lead what is one of the top scoring attacks the Rams will see this season, so the game very well could come down to whether or not Soroco's defense can slow the pair.

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Hayden football

7 p.m. Friday — Hayden (3-2) vs. Rangely (1-4)

The Tigers have proven they have the ability to score, racking up an average of nearly 50 points per game in their first three games of the season. So, there's reason to hope last week's 50-0 loss to West Grand said more about the Mustangs, undefeated and ranked No. 4 in 8-man football, than it does the Tigers.

Rangely offers an opportunity to prove that. The Panthers have struggled this year and will enter with a 1-4 record, but it's not a gimme game. It'll take a solid effort from Hayden to win.

A win would keep the Tigers in the running to finish second in the Northwest 8-man football league.