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Santa Fe tops Capital, knocks LA out of district football race

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The big break the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team needed didn’t happen Friday night.

Los Alamos was hoping the Capital Jaguars could pull off what would’ve been the biggest upset of the District 2-4A season against the Santa Fe Demons, but the Demons prevailed handily at Ivan Head Stadium over the Jaguars, 46-22.

The win over their cross-town rival gives the Demons (4-6 overall, 3-1 in 2-4A) their second straight district title. The Demons topped the Hilltoppers 28-9 in their meeting Oct. 18 in Santa Fe.

This is the second year in a row Santa Fe and Los Alamos were the last two teams standing for a potential district championship. Santa Fe’s big win over Los Alamos in 2012 was also the deciding game for that 2-4A crown.

On Halloween night, the Demons lost to Bernalillo 43-42 to breathe life into the Hilltoppers’ chances of making the playoffs – the Demons would’ve clinched had they won that contest, but the Spartans prevailed in two overtimes. Bernalillo also gave Los Alamos a scare in the teams’ meeting Oct. 11, but Los Alamos held on for a 39-35 win at Sullivan Field.

Santa Fe will move on to the Class 4A playoffs with its 2-4A championship. Los Alamos will likely be left out of the playoff picture for the third time in the four years.

The selections for the football postseason will be released today by the New Mexico Activities Association.

Los Alamos, like Santa Fe, finishes the regular season with a mark of 4-6 and went 3-1 in 2-4A play. Los Alamos was idle this weekend, the final weekend of the regular season.