Football: Hilltoppers take to the road for first time this season

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Longtime assistant coach Don Reid offered a nugget of advice to one of the younger players on the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team prior to Monday’s practice.
“It’s much more fun to give big hits than to take them.”
It was a lesson that the Hilltoppers (1-1) may have learned all too well last week and one they’re hoping not to have to relearn as they head into their first road trip of the 2010 season.
Los Alamos will take on its second-straight ranked opponent this week when it heads northeast to play Farmington.
Going into Friday’s game at Hutchison Stadium — game time is set for 7 p.m. –— the Hilltoppers are coming off a 52-0 drubbing at the hands of Aztec.
Aztec’s Tigers, who boast one of the most powerful passing attacks in New Mexico and a defense that’s as stingy as any in Class AAAA, were in the driver’s seat the entire night last Friday. They failed to score on just one of their offensive drives and racked up more than 400 yards total offense in about 3-1/2 quarters.
The game ended early, with Los Alamos becoming one of the first teams in the state to be on the short end of a newly-instituted mercy rule, whereby games end as soon as one team grabs a 50-point lead.

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