Sargent slams Rams in 8-man playoffs
Steamboat Springs — One thought stood at the top of the mind of Soroco High School football coach Dick Dudas on Friday after the No. 15 Rams faced off against No. 2 Sargent in the first round of the Colorado 8-man playoffs.
“They’re deserving of their ranking,” he said.
Sargent, the only undefeated 8-man team in the state, showed how it achieved that status, blasting Soroco 60-20 to end the Rams season.
Soroco finished with a 6-4 record.
“They took our running game away,” Dudas said. “They won the line of scrimmage, and when they run, their backs hit the line running hard.”
Sargent scored early, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and racking up a 32-6 lead in the first quarter. It was 48-6 by halftime, which lead to a running clock for the second half.
Soroco got its first touchdown in the first quarter on a 45-yard pass from senior quarterback Isaac Jonas to junior Kendall Hood.
Sophomore running back Jace Logan, one of the state’s leading rushers during the regular season, was thoroughly bottled up Friday, tailed nearly everywhere he went by two Sargent defenders. He did squeeze through on two short touchdown runs in the second half, however.
Brandon Veilleux also grabbed a two-point conversion pass from Jonas.
Logan finished with 20 yards on seven carries. Jonas had 17 yards, and the team finished with only 43 total yards on the ground.
Jonas did have 175 yards passing, completing six of his 10 attempts.
The playoff appearance was Soroco’s first since 2003 and its first as an 8-man program.
“We didn’t quite do what we wanted, but we took a step in upgrading the program,” Dudas said. “That’s what we wanted to do, upgrade what we do, how we play and how we are perceived. What we need to do next year is get stronger, get quicker in the feet and find a defense that’s a little bit nasty.”
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