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The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will look to bounce back from its first loss of the District 2-4A season and has the right matchup to bounce back with.
Los Alamos will be at home Friday night to take on the Española Valley Sundevils. Game time at Sullivan Field is 7 p.m.
With its loss last week at Santa Fe, Los Alamos will need some help from the other teams in 2-4A to keep its chances for a district title alive. It is very likely only one team, the district champion, will advance to the Class 4A playoffs from District 2.
The only hope for the Hilltoppers (2-6 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) to make the playoff cut is for either Bernalillo or Capital to knock off Santa Fe’s Demons (3-4 overall, 2-0) in district play and force a three-way tie at the top of the district standings.
Interestingly, there is a possibility, however unlikely, that Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Capital and Bernalillo could all finish their district schedules with a 2-2 record.
For now, the Hilltoppers need to be concerned with the Sundevils.
This season has been another struggle for the Sundevils, who have won just one game in eight outings, that coming against Santa Fe Indian School, a struggling Class 3A squad.
Española Valley took it on the chin last week at Capital. The Jaguars, who themselves have been roughed up much of the season, took their frustrations out on the Sundevils, winning 49-0 in the Jaguars’ 2-4A opener.
Española Valley has been outscored 256-33 in its seven losses this year.
Los Alamos, meanwhile, has won just one of its last seven contests, including last week’s 28-9 loss to Santa Fe.
The Hilltoppers actually led 9-0 at halftime and had a chance to build on that lead with the first possession of the second half. That drive, consisting entirely of three consecutive vanilla runs by fullback Xavier Dennison, went absolutely nowhere and the Demons punched the ball into the end zone on their ensuing possession.
The Demons scored four unanswered touchodwns in the second half to win going away.