Lack of strength apparent in Soroco’s loss to Norwood |

Lack of strength apparent in Soroco’s loss to Norwood

A pair of Soroco football players force a fumble on Norwood quarterback Trenton Armintrout in the first half of Friday's game in Oak Creek. Norwood recovered the fumble and won the game, 51-14.
Austin Colbert

— Soroco High School football coach Dick Dudas pinpointed the greatest weakness the Rams have this season, and it’s their lack of physical strength. Unfortunately for them, that’s something they can’t do much about until the season is over.

“One of the things we are going to do with this program is we are going to get stronger,” Dudas said. “We got to get physically stronger to play with teams like this, so we can meet them at the line of scrimmage with equal force and hold them off.”

Soroco’s lack of strength was apparent in its 51-14 homecoming loss to Norwood, ranked No. 4 in Colorado 8-man football, on Friday in Oak Creek. It was the first league game of the season for both teams.

The Mavericks (5-1) physically outmanned the Rams all game, Soroco’s vicious early-season schedule continuing to be too much.

“I have to admit that the top-tier teams in this state now are out of our league,” Dudas said. “It’s evident that what we need to do in the offseason is strengthen up a lot.”

It took Norwood less than 30 seconds to get on the scoreboard Friday, a 67-yard touchdown run by quarterback Trenton Armintrout leading to the 8-0 lead. Next possession, Armintrout connected with receiver Hunter Brier for a 21-yard score and a 16-0 Norwood lead. The Mavericks made it 24-0 before the end of the first quarter on a short Caden Colson run.

By halftime, it was 38-0 in favor of Norwood.

“I’m disappointed with our defense,” Dudas said. “Against a good team, the defense has got to come. You just got to attack. For some reason, we just can’t seem to get it through our defense’s mind that you got to attack.”

Norwood scored on a 16-yard TD run by Devyn Rummel midway through the third quarter, pushing the lead to 44-0 and starting the running clock.

Soroco finally found some offense in the fourth quarter when senior Eric Logan went 80 yards on two consecutive runs — 59 yards and 21 yards — the latter resulting in the first points for the Rams. Norwood took the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown, but Soroco came back with another quick scoring drive. Junior quarterback Issac Jonas found receiver Chance Beaty for 49 yards, and Jonas broke free for a 21-yard TD run on the next play.

“We’ve got an offense that can do things just given a little bit of time,” Dudas said. “We’ll prepare for Rangley next week. I think that game will be more of what, at this point, we are capable of going against.”

Soroco (1-4) will host Rangely next Friday in Oak Creek. Rangely (2-4) defeated Hayden High School on Friday, 32-8.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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