Lopsided win leaves Rams plenty to work on
September 8, 2017
OAK CREEK — Seven turnovers helped grease the wheels Friday as the Soroco High School football ran over Sanford with a 52-32 victory.
The Indians turned the ball over three times in the first quarter, two of which were passes intercepted by Rams' sophomore Nick Estes. That helped Soroco build a 20-0 lead.
That was enough to walk away with a comfortable victory, but Soroco looked back on the game as one it couldn't quite finish. A spotty pass defense stood out as the team's most glaring issue, and that's what the Rams are focused on repairing as they head into the weekend.
Sanford's early turnovers, combined with Soroco's efficiency in cashing them in for touchdowns, kept the game from ever being in doubt, but the Indians did play their best game of the season. They came into the night having not scored in their first two games. Friday, they found room passing the ball and also got some big runs from running back Dalton Gartrell.
It was the pass defense that drew the most attention from coaches.
"We preach to the guys to use their brains back there in the secondary, and it works, until hey get between the white lines," Soroco coach Dick Dudas said. "Then it's out the window."
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Another to thing to focus on: finishing blocks, at least, that's what stood out to senior lineman Sky Carlson.
"It's a W, and we needed that, for sure, but we have some things to work on," he said. "Blocking up front, we didn't do very well tonight. We would pop and kind of just stand there. It's a mentality thing."
"If we can maintain our blocks, we can double our score," Dudas added.
The Rams still complied some gaudy stats. Jace Logan scored five touchdowns, including one 85-yard dash in the second quarter. He finished with 318 yards rushing.
That helped Soroco pull away, but other Rams got into the scoring, as well.
Sophomore tailback Jesse Koler drove in for a touchdown in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Truman Anarella connected with senior wide receiver Colton Stroup in the second quarter for a touchdown, then ran one in on his own in the second half.
The Rams improved to 2-1 on the season with the win. Next up is a 7 p.m. Friday game at home against Rangely.
"We need to change our mentality in practice and be willing to work hard in the games," Carlson said.