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Hilltoppers fall to Moriarty in rout

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By Phil Scherer

Coming into Friday’s home opener, the Los Alamos High School varsity football team was riding high, winning their opener 37-0 over Pojoaque High School and showing flashes of brilliance on offense and defense.

When Moriarty High School came onto Sullivan Field, they made sure those feelings wouldn’t last long after the opening kickoff, picking apart the Hilltopper defense and wreaking havoc on the offense en route to a 46-0 blowout.

The game was delayed by over an hour at the start because of heavy rain and lightning in the area, which caused the players on both teams to clear the field twice during warm-ups.

When the game was finally able to get underway, Moriarty wasted no time picking apart the LAHS defense. They gained yardage in large chunks on their first drive to get inside the 20-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs after an ill-timed illegal block in the back penalty, giving the Hilltoppers the ball and reason to believe they could stop Moriarty.

That feeling didn’t last long, however, as Hilltopper running back Jack Stewart fumbled the ball on their second play of the game, giving possession right back to Moriarty.

The Pintos were able to take advantage, scoring a touchdown on a run to the left side just three plays later.

Immediately after getting the ball back, the Hilltoppers fumbled once again, giving the ball right back to Moriarty. Five plays later, the Pintos took advantage of the opportunity, scoring a touchdown as their quarterback waltzed into the end zone untouched. In the blink of an eye, Moriarty led 12-0.

After extending the lead to 18-0 on a run straight up the middle on their next drive, Hilltopper quarterback Dylan Irish gave the ball right back to Moriarty with an interception, once again setting the Pintos up in prime scoring position.

Moriarty took advantage of this turnover the same way they had taken advantage of the others, punching the ball straight into the end zone, extending their lead to 26-0.

They would score two more times before the end of the half, heading into the intermission with a 40-0 lead.

The Hilltoppers had just one offensive play in the first half that went for positive yardage, while they turned the ball over five times.

Although they were able to get a good drive going offensively to begin the second half, they wasted the opportunity as

Irish threw his third interception of the game deep in Moriarty defensive territory.

On the interception, Irish was hit hard and had to go through concussion protocol on the sidelines. He did not return to the game, but was able to freely walk around the sidelines by the end of the contest.

Right after getting possession back, Moriarty ran the ball 85 yards for their final touchdown of the game, extending their lead to 46-0, which ended up being the final score. In the game, the Hilltoppers turned the ball over seven times, with four fumbles and three interceptions.

Moriarty was able to score off of every one of the turnovers as LAHS continued to give them the ball inside socring areas.

With the loss, LAHS drops its record to 1-1. They will play on the road at Grants High School Friday at 7 p.m.

Grants enters the game with a record of 0-2, having been outscored 100-7 so far this season. Last year, Grants defeated LAHS 21-20 at Sullivan Field.