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LA saddled with No. 12 seed, will play Los Lunas on Friday

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By Mike Cote

While it appeared in the final weeks of the regular season the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team made a case why it should not be the No. 12 seed in the state Class 4A tournament, the seeding and selection committee didn’t agree.
Los Alamos picked up the 12th and final seed for the Class 4A playoffs, which get going this weekend with four games. Los Alamos will face fifth-seeded Los Lunas Friday night on the road.
The Hilltoppers were relegated to the bottom of the 4A bracket, the same way the Bernalillo Spartans were a year earlier. While based on early season play, a No. 12 seed wasn’t unjustifiable for the Hilltoppers, the team pulled things together at the end of the season, considerably better than did the Spartans a year ago.
Los Alamos starting offensive and defensive lineman John Gibson said that a No. 12 seeding might seem disrespectful to his squad, but it was more than fine with him.
“For me, I love that,” Gibson said. “I love that we’re the 12 seed. Everyone tends to overlook the lower seeds, but it’s the playoffs. Anything can happen...it’s how you show up in the playoffs games.”


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