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No. 8 Farmington takes on LA tonight

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Football: Toppers head into home opener off two tough losses to start season

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will make its debut on its new turf at Sullivan Field tonight.
The Hilltoppers will take on the Farmington Scorpions at the newly refurbished Sullivan Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Farmington will go into tonight’s game as the eighth-ranked team in Class 4A. It also heads into the game off a big victory last Thursday against the Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rival, Bernalillo.
Bernalillo, the two-time defending district champs, got waxed by the Scorpions 40-0 in the Four Corners last week, one night before Los Alamos took a 60-0 defeat against the Aztec Tigers, a game that lasted only until halftime.
It has been a rough start to the 2011 season for Los Alamos, which has allowed 119 points in just six quarters.
Things got particularly ugly against Aztec, the third-ranked team in 4A. At one stretch in the first quarter, the Tigers scored four touchdowns in a span of 1 minute, 41 seconds, owing mostly to Los Alamos turnovers. Los Alamos was in negative territory in total offense and could barely slow down the Tigers’ high-octane offense, even after it sat starting quarterback Adam Lucero.
Things aren’t likely to get a lot easier tonight against the Scorpions (2-0) who have outscored their two opponents 88-8 to start the season. Nor are they likely to get much easier for the Hilltoppers (0-2) through the nondistrict season, as they will face two more highly-rated opponents — Belen and Albuquerque Academy — before their district opener Oct. 7 against Bernalillo.
Los Alamos isn’t alone in the ranks of the unvictorious, however. None of District 2-4A’s teams have won a game through the first two weeks of the season and none of those teams have even been within three touchdowns of any of their opponents to date.
The Hilltoppers, Bernalillo’s Spartans, Santa Fe’s Demons and Española Valley’s Sundevils have been outscored by a combined 368-90 in their seven games of 2011.