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Soroco falls to top-5 team

— The Soroco High School football team was up for the challenge Friday, but Norwood High School still ran away with a 36-6 victory.

“When you play a good team like this, you just can’t make mistakes, and we made mistakes,” Soroco coach Dick Dudas said.

Injuries earlier in the week had Dudas nervous. Six starters were out on Wednesday, not a comforting fact going up against a team that had won the two previous matchups against Soroco by a combined score of 104-13.

Still, the Rams kept it close, especially early.

“In the first half it was a ballgame,” Dudas said. “I wasn’t sure if it would be.”

Norwood, a top-five team in the state, had a 12-6 lead going into the second quarter.

A 90-yard pass play for a touchdown to Schuyler Carlson gave the Rams hope during the second quarter, but the ball was brought back because of an illegal procedure penalty.

Norwood scored again, but still just had an 18-6 lead going into the half.

“It was still a ballgame at halftime, but they just took over the line of scrimmage,” Dudas said. “They didn’t do anything fancy. Once they were on the line of scrimmage, we were playing from our heels. When you play from your heels, that’s when you start to dive off a block and make a tackle with your arms, and good running backs run right through those.”

In the third quarter, Norwood was penalized for roughing the passer during a long toss to Soroco’s Brandon Veilleux, but the Rams couldn’t capitalize. What started as a promising drive ended with an interception and the Mavericks quickly cashed that in for a touchdown.

It was 30-6 at the end of the third quarter, and Norwood scored a quick touchdown at the beginning of the final quarter.

Again, Soroco made progress down the field with a 36-yard run by Jace Logan, but it was followed by a fumble.

Soroco left Friday’s game with a 1-1 record, and will play Sanford next week, which has an 0-2 record.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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