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Friday will be the first chance of the 2013 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to show off in front of the home crowd.
But it has a tall order to fill this week.
Los Alamos will take on the Farmington Scorpions Friday at Sullivan Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Scorpions crushed the Gallup Bengals on the road last week, 48-0, to start their 2013 season.
Farmington, which has thumped Los Alamos in their recent meetings, including a 28-0 victory last season in the Four Corners, has some size upfront, with six linemen listed near or above the 240-pound mark. The Farmington offensive line had an impressive showing against Gallup, helping the Scorpions to four first-half touchdowns.
But Los Alamos should enter Friday’s game with some momentum coming off a big season-opening win over the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
The Hilltoppers had 448 yards total offense and scored five offensive touchdowns as they topped the Elks 43-14. The game’s outcome was still somewhat in doubt until the fourth quarter, but the Hilltoppers scored three times, including a 64-yard pick-6 by defensive back Simon Heath, to roll to the win.
Los Alamos’ win over Pojoaque Valley didn’t seem to impress anyone at MaxPreps, however.
The Hilltoppers actually dropped three spots in the Class 4A rankings this week. They were ranked No. 13 heading into the season, but now sit at No. 16, although their power rating did tick up slightly, from zero to .4.
Goddard, despite being idle last week, is still atop the Class 4A rankings this week, followed by Los Lunas and Artesia. Belen, Los Alamos’ opponent Sept. 27, is in the No. 4 slot.
Despite its drop, the Hilltoppers are still the top-ranked team in District 2-4A. Santa Fe is next at No. 18 and Bernalillo sits at No. 20.
To win Friday, Los Alamos will need both another big performance by its offense and to keep the Scorpions out of the end zone on the other end.
Hilltopper quarterback Brice Van Etten got off to a solid start last week, completing 8 of 12 passing attempts for 88 yards and a touchdown.
The star of the contest, however, was fullback Xavier Dennison, who ran for 230 yards and a touchdown, ripping off seven runs of 18 yards or more, including a 48-yarder in the second half that was one of the backbreaking plays of the game.