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Logan’s 7 TDs power Soroco to season opening win

Soroco junior running back Jace Logan cuts through the Caliche defense Saturday. He ran for seven touchdowns in the 48-36 win.
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — At times, Saturday, things just got absurd, like one play late in the second quarter, when Jace Logan dropped the jaws of even those who’d watched his every run last year, when, as a sophomore for the Soroco High School football team, he led the state in rushing.
Facing 4th and 10 from Caliche’s 20-yard line, things started out decidedly poorly for the Rams. A handoff to Logan went awry, and the ball was fumbled, bouncing to the grass.
One Ram and a pair of Caliche Buffalo dove after it, batting the ball across the field. Then, Logan swooped in, picked it up, charged 20 yards and scored yet another touchdown.
That was one of seven times Logan scored Saturday for the Rams. He ran in from 8 yards on fourth down another time and from 50 yards early in the fourth quarter. Late in the second half, he cut up the field and went 97 yards.
It built up to a 48-36 win for the Rams against Caliche in their season opener.
“I woke up this morning with a 102-degree fever, so all the touchdowns were tough,” Logan said. “Thank God for my team. They really blocked for me.”
Logan racked up 302 yards on 26 carries, helping start what Soroco is hoping will be a season to remember.
The team has bigger tests coming. It travels Friday to play at Norwood, for instance. The Mavericks are ranked No. 8 in the state in the chsaanow.com preseason poll. West Grand, No. 6, waits in October, and games against league rivals Rangely, Hayden, Plateau Valley and Gilpin County fill in the gaps.
Still, Saturday was a sweet start, and the team was able to do several of the things it’s hoping to emphasize this fall.
It blocked well, freeing up Logan for those runs. And, it got some production from elsewhere, including sophomore running back Jesse Koler, who scored the first touchdown of his varsity career.
The defense had its moments, as well, though several lapses kept the game close early and again late.
The Rams took a 42-12 lead at one point in the second half, but Caliche continued to cut into that, especially once Soroco subbed in its junior varsity, scoring 18 unanswered points.
The Buffalos had the ball with a chance to make it a one-score game after a Soroco fumble, but the Rams woke their starters from the bench and finished the game.
“Our defense, we have to tighten some stuff up,” Soroco coach Dick Dudas said. “We have the players. We just have to get the mentality.”

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

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