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The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is the learning curve on either side of the ball isn’t going to be very steep.
Los Alamos opens its 2013 season Friday night and has several veterans on its roster heading into opening night when the Hilltoppers head down the hill to take on the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
The only big loss on the offensive side of the ball is bruising fullback Arnoldo Ortiz, a three-year starter in the Hilltopper backfield. Beyond that, the skill position players are back, along with some athletic newcomers.
Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams knows his team and his team knows their jobs.
“We’re way ahead of where we’d normally be at this time of year,” said Williams. “Before, it would’ve taken three or four games to hit our stride. But these guys, with the experience they have, we’re looking good right now.”
Friday’s game could be an interesting test. Pojoaque Valley was humbled 55-14 in the 2012 opener at Sullivan Field, but the Elks have upgraded on the offensive line — three players are at or near the 300-pound mark — and have promising athletes in the backfield.
That game could be the first of a salty nondistrict season for the Hilltoppers.
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