Soroco football to open season today vs. South Park |

Soroco football to open season today vs. South Park

— Defensively, the Soroco High School football team seems to have little to worry about.

In a season-opening 16-12 win at Springer, N.M., Soroco displayed the type of defense that should keep it in nearly every game.

The Rams got six tackles or more from nine players and registered seven sacks. But if the Rams are serious about contending this season, it will be the development and play of the offense that should dictate the season.

The maturation of the offense continues at 7 p.m. today when Soroco hosts South Park.

Eric Cartman and Towelie jokes aside, Soroco should have the clear advantage going into today’s game.

Against Springer, a top-five 8-man team in New Mexico, Soroco relied heavily on its defense before getting a Tristan Palyo blocked punt for a touchdown to get the win.

The offense struggled at times with the running game doing most the work. Sophomore quarterback Nick Paxton made his first career start, completing 5 of 14 passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.

“We learned a lot last week,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “Nick learned a lot, but he got better throughout the game. We’re just making minor adjustments.”

South Park is coming off of an opening-game 61-14 loss to West Grand. The Burros have gone 3-13 the past two seasons.

Offensively, South Park runs out of the double wing formation with its halfbacks doing most of the passing. Defensively, the Burros are strong up front but inexperienced in the secondary, which should spur the Rams passing game.

“It sets up good for us offensively,” Bruner said. “Hopefully, we can come out and get a quick start.”

Bruner said he expects some nerves with it being the first home game of the year. But with multiple experienced seniors, Bruner said he doesn’t think that will be a huge factor.

The biggest key, he said, will be getting off to a fast start. If the Rams can come out and establish their defense and score quickly on offense, Soroco could have the game sealed by halftime.

“If we start out quick, we’ll have a good shot to do that,” Bruner said. “A lot of that depends on how our offense comes together, because our defense is good enough to keep us in all the games.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail

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