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Rams’ spirits high

Soroco seniors anticipate good season

Carrying the ball, Soroco's Johnny Decosta breaks tackles during an Oklahoma tackle drill. Soroco football practices were held at Decker Park last week from 8 a.m. to noon. The practices focused on conditioning players for the 2006 football season. See below for the Soroco Rams' game schedule.
Tyler Arroyo

— Ask first-year Soroco High School football coach Andy Reust about his expectations for the season, and he’ll tell you he isn’t sure.

Ask his 12 seniors, and they’ll say this is the year they’ve been waiting for.

It’s not that Reust isn’t confident in his team, it’s just that he doesn’t want his players to get caught up in any hype.

“(Coach Reust) wants no mistakes,” offensive lineman Jake Wofford said Wednesday. “He wants perfection. He doesn’t care how we get there, but he wants us to get there.”

Not a whole lot has changed since Reust’s arrival. The offense is still run-oriented. The defense, despite having a new coordinator – David Bruner of Oklahoma, will pretty much stay the same. The only thing that seems to have changed is the offensive line’s technique – a change Reust says will be vital to his team’s success.

“If you’re going to have success, you’ve got to have a line,” said Reust, who served as an assistant coach for three years at Soroco. “You win games in the trenches. We got a couple of new guys on the line, and I hope they can come around.”

With only 28 players on the team, Reust said injuries are a concern.

“The players are going to have to work hard. We’re also going to have to stay healthy,” Reust said. “We can’t afford to lose one soul.”

Although Reust said he “has no idea where we fit into the league,” he figures the Rams will find out pretty quickly how good they are. Their first game of the year is against Hotchkiss, which plays in a higher classification.

Reust said his transition to head coach has been smooth. He’s been with most of the seniors since they were freshmen, so they have taken to his intense approach.

“It’s been fine. It’s been good,” Reust said. “I’ve got great coaches, and that always makes it run smoother. It also helps that the kids really respect them, too.”

Although the Rams return only three of its All-league players from last season -defensive lineman Dennis Morgan, running back Brian Spaeth and defensive back Joel Schlegel – most of the seniors on the team have been playing together since middle school. It’s that sense of camaraderie that makes players believe this season will be special.

“We’re more like a family than a team,” wide receiver David Roberts said. “We have high hopes this year. This has been the year we’ve been looking forward to.”

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