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After a tough week on many levels, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team fell to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers 18-2 Friday afternoon.
Los Alamos, which had to plug several new players in several key positions on both sides of the ball this week, made some plays Friday against the Class AAA Chargers, but not enough of them.
“We just didn’t have the speed to get outside,” Los Alamos head coach Bob Scott said. “Had we had a couple of extra people (for the game), it would’ve been different.”
Among those missing was Raul Rodriguez, Los Alamos’ star running back, who injured his ankle during practice this week.
Los Alamos had to fill holes not only for Rodriguez, but at most of their skill offensive positions, as well as defensive back positions.
Junior Ryan Schleft, the backup quarterback, got his first start of the season Friday. Scott said Schleft generally ran the offense well.
When Los Alamos tried to pass against Academy, however, Schleft was under some heavy pressure from the Charger defense all afternoon long.
The offense was able to move the ball effectively between the 30-yard lines but didn’t get many sniffs at the Academy end zone. Its furthest penetration of the day was to the Academy 3, but the Charger defense held Los Alamos on a fourth-down play late in the fourth quarter.
Academy (3-2) surrendered the late safety on the ensuing possession.
For the contest, Los Alamos had 245 yards on the ground with Schleft, David Brock and Zak Wilde doing a fair share of the running.
Defensively, Los Alamos was solid most of the afternoon. It allowed just one offensive touchdown, that coming on Academy’s first possession after the halftime break.
Academy ran back a punt in the second quarter, then had a pick-6 on a desperation pass by Schleft late in the fourth quarter.
Los Alamos (2-3) opens district play Friday when it travels to Taos.