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´Toppers thumped by Elks in opener

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Football: Pojoaque rolls up 428 yards en route to big win

By John Severance

Head coach Garett Williams knew the Los Alamos Hilltoppers football team was young and lacked varsity experience.
But after a 59-22 drubbing at the hands of the Pojoaque Elks Saturday afternoon, Williams has to hope his team matures in a hurry.
The Hilltoppers faced plenty of adversity from the onset. Dressing only 25 players, Los Alamos tried to deal with the heat, injuries and expulsions to its top players, but it had no way of stopping Pojoaque’s offense, which rolled up a whopping 428 yards.
“These young kids are going to have to grow up fast,” Williams said. “The older guys we have have to get healthy and we also have older guys getting their first chance at varsity football. They have to step up.”
Meanwhile, the victory was sweet for the Elks.
“This was huge,” Pojoaque head coach Patrick Rodriguez said. “It was a great way to start the year. We lost to them big last year, so this was great.”
Los Alamos pounded Pojoaque 40-0 in the season opener in 2010. But Saturday, things just went from bad to worse for Los Alamos (0-1).
The Hilltoppers lost fullback David Knapp, who scored two touchdowns in the first half, early in the third quarter because of a groin strain. Williams said Knapp will be OK.


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