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While it wasn’t precisely a do-or-die situation Friday night at Sullivan Field, it wasn’t too far off, either.
And both the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans played like it.
Los Alamos and Bernalillo went blow-for-blow in a thriller in the District 2-4A opening football game for both schools. But it would be Los Alamos winning a tight decision in the final round.
Hilltopper fullback Xavier Dennison plunged in for a touchdown from a yard out to give Los Alamos a 39-35 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
The Spartans weren’t done yet, though. They drove the ball down to the Hilltopper 9 yard line with about 25 seconds left to play, but couldn’t procure the game-winning score.
With three shots at the end zone – Bernalillo had to spike the ball on first down to stop the clock – the Hilltoppers forced three straight incompletions to pick up the victory.
“We were trying to stay in the game, stay cool, stay calm,” Los Alamos lineback Elliot Hersman said of the Spartans’ final possession. “I was telling my teammates to be strong. We worked so hard for this. It’s an amazing feeling.”
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