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Soroco Rams open season showing depth on offense

Jesse Koler proved to be another key weapon for the Rams' game against South Park. He'd run a kickoff back for the opening touchdown in the Rams' season opener at Soroco High School on Aug. 24.
Leah Vann

OAK CREEK — While senior running back Jace Logan is often the name that comes to mind for the Soroco High School football team, the Rams showed there was more to their offense this year at their opener home game.

Just as head coach Dick Dudas predicted, the team’s athleticism took center stage on the opening kickoff with a 60-38 victory against South Park High School.

Junior Jesse Koler drove the opening kickoff for an 80-yard touchdown run. He’d set up the next drive nicely with a 10-yard punt return to put  Logan in position for a 55-yard touchdown run to make it 12-0.

The Burros responded on their second possession with a 60-yard touchdown pass and conversion, bringing the score within four, 12-8.

From there, that’s the closest they would get. Logan faked to the left, then ran down the right sideline for another 50-yard touchdown run. South Park High School senior Daigen Springer would miss his tackle on the sideline swinging around Logan’s body before being thrust out of bounds. He nodded his head, knowing it would be a long night of chasing Logan.

While the Burros continued to struggle with a good passing game, the Rams would capitalize on its multiple weapons.

Soroco sophomore Tyler Wixom had his drive in the spotlight, converting a 4th and 5 to keep the ball in possession. The Rams would use Logan as a decoy runner to the left as Wixom drove towards the red zone. Wixom would throw his first successful pass for a touchdown to Koler to make it 26-8.

While South Park started to find its groove with the pass, the Rams continued to score on every possession, earning an extra with a fumble at the 50 yard line. Logan poured on the touchdowns with the next three possessions, while the Burros would only score on two, bringing it to a halftime score of 54-22.

The newness of the season started to show on both sides in the third quarter as the penalties piled up.

But then, after a holding call on the Rams, with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, sophomore Cody Logan bursted up the middle for a 60-yard touchdown run, making him the third offensive weapon to score on the night, 60-22.

As the fourth quarter drew on, the Rams displayed more youth talent. Freshman Joey Mclaughlin took the snaps and Cody Logan grabbed more handoffs.

Illuminated under the first Friday night lights of the season were the Rams of the future, and it was bright indeed.

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports.


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