Despite slow start, Logan leads Soroco Rams to homecoming victory
OAK CREEK — About four game into the season, head coach Dick Dudas is still unsure about his Soroco Rams. He’ll even say there’s more to work on.
In the first half, it seemed like the Rams would be tested for the first time. Maybe Dudas finally had the measuring stick he needed to know where Soroco High School stood.
The Plateau Valley Cowboys stunned the crowd, stopping the Rams on their first drive. The Cowboys even scored first behind senior running back Michael Beiser’s 70-yard touchdown run, making it 6-0.
But Soroco senior Jace Logan responded quickly on the next drive, tying the game, 6-6. It set the tone for an interesting first quarter, where Logan and Beiser seemed to dominate the offenses, running back and forth, seeing who could score more touchdowns for their team.
The two added a pair of touchdowns each, but the Rams stayed one step ahead making two of their 2-point conversions, while the Cowboys did not, 22-18.
It seemed like a breakout game for Beiser, who only had 41 yards rushing before this game. The Cowboys’ main offensive weapons were seniors quarterback Trevor Brown and running back Gage Willow, but each also did their part. Brown added a 30-yard gain on a drive that put Beiser in position for that second touchdown.
The Rams, not used to a narrow lead this season, grew uneasy when the Cowboys managed to stop a couple of drives on defense.
But then Soroco junior Jesse Koler ignited the Rams’ sideline, catching a 40-yard bomb from sophomore quarterback Tyler Wixom along the left sideline. As he fell to the ground, his teammates yelled, “OH MY GOD, HE CAUGHT THAT?” and “LET’S GO!”
Unfortunately, nothing would come of the drive, as the Rams went four and out for a turnover on downs in Cowboys’ territory.
Logan put the Rams back on the scoreboard with less than a minute left in the half. He ran to the right, unable to find a hole, then sprinted to the left sideline for a 30-yard touchdown run. With a 28-18 lead, a sense of comfort was restored.
Until the next drive, when Cowboys’ Brown threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Willow to narrow the deficit 28-26 with 26 seconds left.
But Logan answered just before the half, sprinting upfield for a 74-yard touchdown. He also caught the 2-point conversion pass, giving the Rams a 36-26 lead at halftime.
A new jersey didn’t change Logan’s performance in the second half. The No. 44 was torn to pieces, so he wore No. 27.
The scores on the Cowboys’ side seemed to dissipate and the game took on its usual dominating theme for the Rams.
Logan continued to run the length of the field, adding four touchdowns to the Cowboys’ two in the third quarter, 52-38.
Logan added another touchdown to his tally on a breakout run down the sideline for a 64-38 score. With two minutes left, the Cowboys were still battling behind Willow, who caught the final touchdown to narrow the deficit, 64-46.
But Soroco had the game handled, with No. 27 on the sideline.
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