Late swoon sinks Soroco football |

Late swoon sinks Soroco football

Plateau Valley scores 21 in fourth quarter to upend Rams

— The Soroco High School football team's explosive offense was defused Saturday, and Plateau Valley came up with enough big plays of its own, shocking the Rams in Oak Creek by beating them, 34-20.

The Cowboys seized control late, scoring the final three touchdowns of the game, all in the fourth quarter, and dealing Soroco its first league loss of the season.

"It's pretty disappointing," Soroco senior Isaac Jonas said. "What defines good teams is how you come back from a loss, and now, that's our goal."

The result seriously complicates the race to win Colorado's 8-man Northwest league, though it doesn't eliminate the Rams.

Soroco travels to play West Grand, 3-0 in the league, next week, and if it can win there, three teams would potentially have one loss, 2-1 Gilpin County, which Soroco did beat, being the third.

The Rams will need a better performance if they're to make anyone dig up the league tiebreaker rules, however.

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Saturday, they couldn't stop the Cowboys when it mattered most, especially after the Rams seemed in control with a 20-13 lead late in the third quarter.

Plateau Valley scored four second-half touchdowns, and all left the Rams bewildered.

Layne Christensen needed seven yards on fourth down in the third quarter, and that's precisely all he got, diving and clipping the pylon for a key touchdown.

Marlon Castillo later broke four tackles as he zigged and zagged his way 60 yards to a touchdown while facing a 2nd-and-21. A fourth-quarter pass from Christensen to Castillo went for 46 yards and bailed the team out of a 3rd-and-9 situation.

"We studied film on them, and we knew exactly what they were doing. We had a defense ready to go against them, and they just outplayed us," Jonas said. "They found our weak spots and outplayed us."

Castillo, with 234 yards on 19 carries, and Christensen, with 170 on 27 carries — they also combined for 81 yards passing — certainly earned some respect.

Soroco's offense wasn't quite stopped. Sophomore Jace Logan erupted for two big touchdown runs in the second half, one for 56 yards and the other for 43. He finished with 140 yards on 15 carries.

A fumble helped blunt the Rams' ability to respond in the fourth quarter and helped Plateau Valley capitalize on its momentum. Soroco couldn't move the ball in a hurry-up setting and, in the end, couldn't answer the final Cowboy surge.

"We never could win the line of scrimmage. Neutral is about as good as it got," Soroco coach Dick Dudas said. "

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Plateau Valley 34, Soroco 20

Soroco (5-2) 6-0-14-0—20

Plateau Valley (3-3) 6-0-7-21—34

1st quarter

7:36: SHS Isaac Jonas 40-yard interception return. (Run failed.)

2nd quarter

4:07: PVHS Marlon Castillo 35-yard run. (Kick failed.)

3rd quarter

8:51: SHS Jace Logan 43-yard run. (Pass failed.)

3:41: PVHS Layne Christensen 7-yard run. (Castillo kick.)

2:09: SHS Logan 56-yard run. (Logan run.)

4th quarter

9:51: PVHS Castillo 2-yard run. (Castillo kick.)

8:08: PVHS Castillo 46-yard pass from Christensen. (Castillo kick.)

5:08: PVHS Castillo 60-yard run. (Castillo kick.)