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Early this season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s defense struggled to slow down opposing offenses.
Friday, however, the Hilltoppers came up with the big plays when they were needed in pitching a shutout against the Farmington Scorpions.
Los Alamos forced two turnovers and stopped Farmington on four fourth-down attempts in a 12-0 nondistrict win at Sullivan Field.
The first turnover of the game, a fumble recovery by linebacker Blaine Lattin forced by tackle Erin McMath on the Scorpions’ first possession, ended up being the most important play of the contest.
Farmington moved the ball on the opening possession 51 yards to the Los Alamos 14 before McMath stripped fullback Allan McGee at the 12.
“At the beginning, we had to figure out what they were doing,” Lattin said. “But we got into the rhythm of the game. We woke up.”
Meanwhile, the Hilltopper offense scored twice in the second quarter. Quarterback Zach Mang dove into the end zone from a yard out midway through the quarter, then running back David Brock broke off a 63-yard touchdown run with just 2:04 remaining for the other score.
Beyond the two Los Alamos scoring drives and the first Farmington drive, the two offenses struggled to move the ball. In the second half, the two teams gained just 105 yards put together.
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