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The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team breezed to victory Friday night at Sullivan Field and is now just one step away from clinching the District 2-4A title.
The Hilltoppers pummeled the Española Valley Sundevils Friday night. The Hilltoppers scored 40 points in the first quarter and closed out the contest at halftime, winning 58-0.
Scoring came early and often for Los Alamos, which picked up its fourth consecutive win Friday in its final 2011 home game. Los Alamos scored a pair of touchdowns just 2:01 into the game then tacked on a third with 7:22 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Hilltoppers, who at 5-4 are now above .500 for the first time since the opening game of the 2010 season, handed the undersized, undermanned Sundevils a shellacking.
The Sundevils, who dressed only 22 players for the contest, including a handful of eighth graders, could get next-to-nothing going on the offensive side and struggled mightily to slow the Hilltoppers down on the defensive side.
For the two quarters of play, Española Valley netted just 24 yards total offense and two offensive first downs — it got a third on a Hilltopper penalty when it punted. Quarterback Mike Aragon completed four passes for 37 yards, but was sacked five times.
For the Hilltoppers, Xavier Dennison, who entered the game in the second quarter after Los Alamos pulled most of its offensive starters, ran for 106 yards on five carries (a 21.2-yard average) and scored a pair of touchdowns. Dennison ran in from 10 and 11 yards out in the second quarter, the second coming with just 31 seconds remaining before halftime.
Hilltopper quarterback Danny Finn threw for a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter, one to Jake Downs and one to Arnoldo Ortiz, before giving way to Bryce Van Etten early in the second quarter.
Ortiz, who had rushed for nearly 600 yards in his previous three games, had 135 yards on six carries as well as a pair of rushing touchdowns.
David Knapp, who relieved Ortiz, ran in from 15 yards out in the second quarter in his only tote of the game. Seth Drop also scored on a 15-yard run in just one carry.
Los Alamos rolled up 326 yards total offense.
With the win, Los Alamos (3-0 in 2-4A) must only top the Capital Jaguars Friday in Santa Fe to clinch its first district title since 2008. Capital (1-7, 1-1) was pounded by Bernalillo’s Spartans — who lost to Los Alamos 38-0 two weeks earlier — 53-0.