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Rams win Chile Bowl to finish year 10-0

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By Special to the Monitor

With over 80 players in the Los Alamos Youth Football program, ranging from 6 to 12 years of age, the future looks bright for prep football in Los Alamos. The Los Alamos Rams (9-10 year olds), one of five Los Alamos Youth Football teams that compete in the Santa Fe Youth American Football League (YAFL), capped off an undefeated regular season with a Chile Bowl Championship Nov. 3-4. After going 8-0, against teams from Pecos, Pojoaque, Santa Fe and Los Alamos during the regular season, the Rams defeated the Los Alamos Wolves 13-0 in the first round of the Chile Bowl playoffs at Capital High School in Santa Fe. The win set up a rematch against the Santa Fe Lobos, who the Rams beat 6-0 during the regular season, in what was the Rams toughest game of the year. The championship game would not be as close. The Rams’ stingy defense and high-powered offense (they outscored opponents 190-12) dismantled the Lobos 25-0 in the championship game. The Rams, led by team captains, Jared Mang, Zack Sturgeon and Elliot Hersman finished the season with a perfect record of 10-0. Other Los Alamos teams that competed in the Chile Bowl playoffs were the second-place 6-8 year old Lightening (8-2), the fourth-place Wolves (4-5), and the third-place 11-12 year old Mad Dogs (4-4). The 6-8 year old LA Thunder just missed the playoffs this year after losing a few close games. Participation in the Los Alamos Youth Football program has grown steadily over the past few years and this year was thought to be its finest showing in the Santa Fe YAFL.