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The Northern Rio Grande League will wrap up regular season play Thursday night in Pojoaque.
The league, which is made up of four prep football teams in the area, including the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, has been playing at various locations this month. Following Thursday’s games the teams will move into the playoffs.
The other three teams taking part in the 7-on-7 league are Española Valley, Santa Fe and Pojoaque. Española Valley, grouped in the Red Zia Division along with Los Alamos, clinched the division title last week with a 7-5 record. Santa Fe and Pojoaque are tied at 8-4 in the Green Division.
Los Alamos hasn’t fared as well in the league, going 1-11 through 12 games so far.
The non-contact league pits the teams against one another on a field 45 yards long. Teams get possession of the ball on the 5-yard line and have four downs to pick up a first down or score. Fixed first-down markers are 15 yards apart. Should one team make it close to the second first down marker — such as on a 29-yard pass play, for example — it would need to pick up the remaining distance to earn another first down.
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