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The Los Alamos X-Treme football team capped a perfect regular season with a big win in the annual Chile Bowl Oct. 20 in Santa Fe.
Los Alamos, which went a spotless 7-0 on the season, took on the 6-2 Santa Fe Bears in the Chile Bowl.
Both teams had chances toward the end of the game, but the X-Treme defense held on a big fourth down play and scored late to earn a 20-6 win and this year’s title in YAFL Division I (6-8 year olds).
The Chile Bowl was played at St. Michael’s.
Los Alamos’ Jeremiah Hartzol scored all three touchdowns against the Bears, including a 35-yard run on the final play of the game to help give his team the victory.
To get to the championship game, the X-Treme knocked off the Santa Fe Trojans in the semifinal.
The X-Treme defense had a huge showing against the Trojans, allowing just one first down.
On the other side of the ball, the X-Treme’s offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage as the X-Treme scored four rushing touchdowns.
Luke Gonzales scored twice on the ground in the tournament semifinal, while both Jeremiah and Isaiah Hartzol got into the end zone for Los Alamos as well. Jack Fisher went 4-for-4 in PAT attempts.
In the final, Jeremiah Hartzol scored from 20 yards out to give the X-Treme a 6-0 advantage, but the Bears came right back to tie the score on a 50-yard run. The X-Treme defense held firm at the goal line for the Bears’ 2-pont conversion attempt, however, to preserve the tie.
The score remained knotted at 6-6 until midway through the third quarter when Hartzol powered his way into the end zone again, this time from 5 yards out. Hartzol also earned the conversion to give Los Alamos a 14-6 lead at that point.
In the fourth quarter, the Bears had the ball and drove into X-Treme territory twice, getting to the 35 and 30-yard lines on straight possessions, but the X-Treme defense forced turnovers on downs on both of the Bears’ chances.
The final X-Treme drive killed the remaining time off the clock. Hartzol’s third and final touchdown came at the final horn.
In its nine games this season, Los Alamos outscored its opponents 246-40.