Soroco stomps Caliche in opener |

Soroco stomps Caliche in opener

Soroco High School Rams

Game 1

Soroco (1-0) — 54

Caliche (0-1) — 28

— Soroco High School football coach Dick Dudas acknowledged things could have gone better Saturday as his team opened its season on the road against Caliche.

Game 1

Soroco (1-0) — 54

Caliche (0-1) — 28

The Rams had 180 yards of offense called back by penalties, and that was mostly during the first half alone.

The team’s defense also struggled, surrendering what Dudas termed too many points, 28.

But all that appears to be minor details when considering the big picture.

Things could have gone better for Soroco on Saturday, but not much. The team overcame those penalties and rode an offensive explosion to a 54-28 victory.

“We still have some work to do, but it’s good to get the first one under our belt,” Dudas said. “Caliche, they were a little undermanned, but they’re a well-coached team and one of the plains teams, so big and strong. Any time a Western Slope team can go over there and take a victory, it’s a pretty big deal.”

Soroco certainly took it Saturday.

The Rams got tremendous performances from running back Jace Logan and quarterback Isaac Jonas.

Logan racked up 324 yards rushing on just 16 carries, averaging more than 20 yards per attempt. He scored four touchdowns, three on the ground and one through the air.

Jonas had 136 yards rushing on just six rushes, more than 22 yards per carry. He also threw for two touchdowns, one to Logan and one to Kendall Hood.

“Our skill people are pretty good this year,” Dudas said. “If you give them a crack, they’re pretty good.”

Those big numbers all came despite a series of mistakes in the first half that called back 180 yards, and that helped keep the game close.

The score was 16-6 at halftime, but Soroco cleaned up its game in the second half to run away with it.

The Rams will need to stay as clean as they were in the second half if they’re to improve to 2-0. They next play at 6 p.m. — an early game time — at home Friday against Norwood.

The Mavericks were a state semifinalist last year and thumped Soroco when the two teams met, 51-13. They shared a league at the time, but don’t this season.

“We’re going to smooth off a few little rough spots on our offense and work on defense this week,” Dudas said.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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