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Football: LA opens up its district season with shutout win

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team took its first step toward defending its District 2AAAA title at home Friday night.

The Hilltoppers scored three times in the first half of Friday night’s game and cruised to a 38-0 win over the Taos Tigers at Sullivan Field.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Alamos, which had three rough outings prior to the big victory Friday night.

“When you’re winning, it makes things a lot more fun,” Hilltopper head coach Bob Scott said. “Everybody got into the game and everyone contributed.”

Hilltopper running back David Brock scored three times in Friday’s contest. Brock broke four tackles to get into the end zone in the second quarter for his first score of the game.

Friday night’s win was the sixth-straight district victory for the Hilltoppers and their fourth straight lopsided win against Taos in as many years.

Taos went into Friday’s game coming off a big victory over Questa a week earlier. Los Alamos was ready for a dogfight but an 80-yard touchdown run by wingback Ryan Schleft in the first quarter, followed by a 14-yard touchdown run by Schleft in the second quarter and a 12-yard completion from Kory Balog to Brock helped ease the tension.

Brock’s effort to get into the end zone was among the highlights of the night for a team looking for a boost.

The 38 points scored by Los Alamos (2-4 overall, 1-0 in 2AAAA) against Taos (2-5 overall, 0-1 in 2AAAA) was more than it had scored in its previous five games of the season put together.

Meanwhile, the Hilltopper defense stymied Taos’ running game. Taos was able to complete a few passes in the contest, but the effect was minimal.

“The kids played pretty well,” Scott said. “We had well over 300 yards on offense. The defense played really tough. It was just a good team effort. That’s something we’ve been stressing.”

Heading into the week, Los Alamos wanted to put its rough nondistrict schedule behind it – it has one more nondistrict contest, this Friday at Farmington. With a district race that is wide open in 2009, Los Alamos knew it had a chance to make a fresh start with a good effort against the Tigers.

To open the second half, Brock returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for his second score of the game. Later in that same quarter, Kyle Stephens got into the end zone from a yard out to up the Hilltoppers’ edge to 32-0.

Brock would get into the end zone again in the fourth quarter, going in from nine yards out to cap the game.

Defensively, Hilltopper Kirk Webber was moved to the go-tackle route. That move paid dividends with Webber earning 1-1/2 sacks and contributing to the effort to hold down Taos’ rushers.

Los Alamos has shut out Taos each of the last four seasons. The 38-point spread in 2009 was actually the closest the Tigers have been to the Hilltoppers during that streak, while the Hilltoppers have rolled up 201 points.

NOTES: Capital, the 2007 District 2AAAA champion, opened up its district season with a big 42-13 victory over Española Valley ... The district’s other team, Bernalillo, had a nondistrict game with Class AAAA Shiprock, earning a 41-7 victory. Bernalillo, Capital and Los Alamos are considered the front-runners for the district title ... Farmington, Los Alamos’ next opponent, pulled off a stunning 26-14 upset over Silver. Silver topped Los Alamos 53-0 Sept. 18.