Football: Toppers get blanked by Scorpions Friday, 35-0

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team couldn’t keep up with the Farmington Scorpions in a nondistrict game Friday night in the Four Corners area.

The suddenly-resurgent Scorpions rolled up seven touchdowns in the first half and cruised to a 35-0 victory Friday night over the visiting Hilltoppers.

Farmington, which has been up and down the dial during the 2009 regular season, is playing as well as just about any team in Class AAAA right now.

Following a bumpy start to the season, in which it won just one of four games, that a 1-point victory against a so-so Gallup squad, has now won three straight in impressive fashion.

For the Hilltoppers (2-5), it was their third sizeable loss to a AAAA team this season.

Los Alamos was able to move the ball fairly well for a good portion of Friday’s contest, but was hampered by penalties, something that has plagued it all season.

Los Alamos also struggled to slow down Farmington fullback Kamrun Bowen, who rumbled 66 yards for the first score of the game on Farmington’s first possession.

For the Scorpions (4-3), it was their second victory in three weeks over a District 2AAAA opponent. The Scorpions, from District 1AAAA, thumped Capital two weeks earlier 42-6, then pulled off one of the biggest upsets in AAAA this season by downing Silver High School 26-14 just a week earlier in Farmington.

Los Alamos won’t have a lot of time to regroup from Friday’s loss. This Friday, it will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in a district contest, the biggest contest of the season for the Hilltoppers to date.

Bernalillo (4-3 overall, 1-0 in 2AAAA), with its 40-20 drubbing of Capital (2-6 overall, 1-1 in 2AAAA) Friday in Santa Fe, is tied with Los Alamos (1-0 in 2AAAA) atop the district standings. Bernalillo is the only team in the district that is currently posting a winning record — all other district teams are at least two games under .500.

Friday night’s game is at Bernalillo. It will be the first time since 2006 the Hilltoppers have visited the Spartans.