Football: Toppers fall in shootout to Belen 43-37

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By Mike Cote

Bob Scott pointed right at the departing Belen Eagles.

“You see that? That right there?” Scott, the head coach, told his Los Alamos Hilltopper football team following its homecoming game Friday night. “That’s playoff football. That’s a playoff football team.”

And although it was a finish worthy of a playoff game, the Hilltoppers came up on the short end Friday, losing the 2008 homecoming contest 43-37 at Sullivan Field.

It was a game that looked all but over on several occasions, but Los Alamos made the big home crowd hold its collective breath more than once. Belen posted big leads throughout the night only to see them all but disappear courtesy of Los Alamos’ quick-strike offensive capability.

The Hilltoppers trailed by as many as 15 early in the third quarter and 14 points with just 96 seconds remaining.

But Los Alamos quarterback Zach Mang led an impressive drive down the field, hooking up with wide out Brad Picard on two big plays before finding Corey Clark at the goal line from 25 yards out.

The drive, which put the Hilltoppers back within one score, took all of 27 seconds.

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