Football: Toppers impressive in opener

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By Mike Cote

SANTA FE — Corey Clark made the announcement that he’s back in New Mexico.

No word yet if the rest of the state’s prep football teams heard, but St. Michael’s certainly did Saturday.

Clark scored three touchdowns on his return to the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team in its opener against the Horsemen of St. Michael’s.

The senior, who played football in Colorado Springs, Colo., last season after spending his sophomore season with the Hilltoppers, caught a pair of first-half touchdown passes from quarterback Zach Mang, then broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown scamper in the second half to seal Los Alamos’ 28-6 win at Brother Abdon Field.

In his two previous seasons, Clark became a feared defensive back in both states, picking off nine passes in 2006 and 11 in Colorado in 2007.

There was some question about exactly how many interceptions he had in 2006. While head coach Bob Scott insists the figure of nine is correct, Clark recollects 10 picks.

“I counted it as 10, but nine is alright with me, I guess,” Clark said. “Coach has them on tape.”

While Clark turned in a big performance, it was hardly the only one turned in by a Hilltopper Saturday. Both the Hilltopper offense and defense had big days in the team’s season opening victory.

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