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The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football squad led for much of the way Monday against the Santa Fe Demons but some costly late turnovers helped the Demons get on track.
In the fourth quarter, the Hilltoppers had a snap go over the punter’s head into the end zone, which was recovered by Santa Fe.
On the next offensive series for the Hilltoppers, the Demons intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown, giving it a four-point advantage.
The quick two scores by Santa Fe helped it come back to win Monday’s game 26-22 at Sullivan Field.
“Our team has a lot of talent and needs to prevent making those costly errors,” Los Alamos C team coach Marco Lucero said. “With hard practice and maturity they will get there.”
Los Alamos trailed Santa Fe early, but came back in the first half to score on a 63-yard run to the outside from Clay Adams. A 2-point conversion by Wes Skidmore gave the Hilltoppers their first lead of the game.
Later in the first quarter, Skyler Veenis hit Sidney Ellis for a 12-yard touchdown pass, giving Los Alamos a 14-6 edge.
Defensively, Los Alamos made a goal-line stop of Santa Fe. Santa Fe had the ball inside the 1, but the Hilltopper defense stopped them on four straight attempts to get in to maintain the lead heading into the second half.
Veenis went 44 yards in the third quarter to put the Hilltoppers up big before the miscues in the fourth quarter.
With time winding down in the contest, Los Alamos’ offense drove the ball 70 yards down the field to the Santa Fe 5 but couldn’t find the go-ahead score.