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Soroco football hopeful

Rams look to build on positives for homecoming game

— It’s not how the Soroco Rams finish games that concerns football coach Andy Reust – it’s how they start them.

Last week, before the Rams (1-3 overall, 0-2 in league) could blink, West Grand completed a 65-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage to go up 7-0. Twenty more first-half points left the Rams with an insurmountable deficit heading into halftime.

In the second half, the Rams finished strong, outscoring West Grand, 8-7, but the damage had been done.

“We just can’t let an early score happen quick,” Reust said. “If somebody drives on us and takes time off the clock, then so be it. We just can’t give up that big play.”

The Rams will need their young defense to step up and their ball control offense to be in full effect tonight when they take on last year’s league champion, Paonia (3-1, 0-1), at 7:30 p.m. in Soroco’s homecoming game.

“Paonia is quite a ways away,” Reust said. “That’s always tough on kids to have to get off the bus and then go play.”

Paonia is coming off a 34-6 loss at the hands of Hayden. The team spreads out its offense and throws the ball often. The Rams have struggled defending the pass.

In the loss against West Grand, the Rams’ pass defense gave up 247 yards passing and three touchdowns.

Still, Reust is confident that his youthful secondary will learn from its mistakes and take advantage of a Paonia team that threw four interceptions last week.

“They’re learning,” he said. “Each week, we look at film and show them the things they did wrong. We’ll go from there and just get better.”

Reust said he’s also confident the Rams will be able to move the ball more effectively than they did against West Grand. Soroco had only 140 yards of combined offense, including just 72 yards on the ground. Reust said part of the problem was the game against West Grand marked only the second time the offensive line had played together all season.

“We didn’t have to switch any linemen around this week,” Reust said. “They’re getting to know each other better.”

Reust said the game might hinge on turnovers and field position. He also said the home crowd and homecoming atmosphere will help the Rams.

“It’s been good,” Reust said about the intensity of his team during homecoming week. “Sometimes it can be a distraction, but we’ve had some really good practices this week.”

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