Soroco dismantles Rangely 54-0 for homecoming victory
Oak Creek — Round two goes to Soroco by knockout.
In their second meeting in as many weeks, the Soroco High School football team dismantled Rangely on Friday, decisively dominating the visiting Panthers on the way to a 54-0 homecoming win.
As in the first game — played Sept. 16 in Rangely — sophomore Jace Logan led the Rams on offense, scoring five of the team’s seven touchdowns, three of them inside the opening quarter.
The Ram’s defense, meanwhile, held the Panthers to fewer than 100 yards total offense.
Soroco head football coach Dick Dudas said the win should be seen as a message to the rest of the A-8 Northwest League, which the Rams — 4-1 overall and 1-0 in league play — currently stand atop.
“We sent a message again tonight,” Dudas said. “We’re not backing up, we’re coming forward, and that’s going to be our modus operandi.”
The Rams drew first blood early on and kept it flowing throughout the one-sided match.
Following an early turnover by the Panthers, the Rams opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run from Logan, followed by a successful two-point conversion run by senior quarterback Isaac Jonas for an 8-0 lead with only three-and-a-half minutes missing from the first quarter clock.
After that, the Rams settled into a comfortable pattern, and soon, they were scoring almost at will.
Two-and-a-half minutes later, it was Logan in the end zone again, this time on a 55-yard punt return. Jonas again ran the conversion for a 16-0 Soroco advantage.
And as the first quarter was expiring, Jonas picked up 25 yards and a first down on a keeper play, then hit Logan with a 25-yard touchdown pass. Another successful conversion gave Soroco a 24-0 lead as the first quarter buzzer sounded.
Going into the second quarter, Rangely — following another Soroco touchdown and successful two-point conversion — finally put together a promising drive, moving to within 25 yards of the end zone. But a fourth-down fumble, recovered by Soroco, put the Rams back in charge.
Three plays later, Soroco had scored again, this time, on a short series of strong runs from Jonah Jonas and Nick Jonas, capped by a 20-yard touchdown run by Logan, which he followed up by running the successful two-point conversion for a 40-0 Soroco advantage, a lead that would hold through halftime.
That score also put the game on a running clock.
Soroco opened the second half with a beautiful 55-yard pass completion from Isaac Jonas to junior wideout Kendall Hood that would have been another touchdown, but the score was called back on an illegal receiver downfield penalty, which cost the Rams five yards.
It proved only a momentary setback, however. The Rams erased the penalty with a 30-yard pass completion from Isaac Jonas to Hood. Aided by a 10-yard procedure penalty against the Panthers, the Rams again set up their machine-like offense, covering the final 33 yards to the end zone in five plays, capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by senior Lane Martindale with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter.
This time, the Rams missed the two-point conversion attempt, but by that time, it didn’t make much difference.
The final score came early in the fourth quarter on a short touchdown pass from Isaac Jonas to Sarvis Anarella. Martindale carried the conversion run in for a final score of 54-0.
Despite the one-sided victory, Dudas still gave Rangely plenty of credit.
“That’s a good team. It’s a well-coached team,” Dudas said. “But they were just undermanned.”
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