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Toppers feel prepared heading into first round

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Football: LA and Los Lunas employ similar styles

By Mike Cote

Few teams in the state are as hot as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers heading into the state Class 4A football playoffs.
To stay there, the Hilltoppers will have to remain just as hot.
Los Alamos will get its chance to prove its mettle Friday night when it takes on a tough Los Lunas Tigers squad. The two teams will meet in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs at Willie Chavez Stadium in Los Lunas.
The Tigers (8-2) would’ve surely been a top-four seeded team this season had they been able to knock off cross-county rival Valencia in their final game of 2011. Instead, Valencia’s Jaguars won the 13-7 defensive struggle and earned the No. 3 seed.
There wasn’t a lot of doubt in Los Lunas head coach James Newton’s mind what the difference was between his team and Valencia’s in that contest: his team’s six turnovers.
Newton said despite the disappointing finish to the regular season, his team should be more than ready for the playoffs.
“All our district games were a lot like a playoff atmosphere,” he said. “A lot of teams wanted to get in and they were on the playoff bubble.”


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