Two seasons ago, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a rough start to the season, but a better-than-expected showing against a top-ranked Belen team helped turn the team’s fortunes around.
Now, the Hilltoppers are hoping that particular lightning bolt will strike twice.
The Hilltoppers (1-4) will host their homecoming game Friday night when they take on the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Heading into last week’s game at Belen, Los Alamos was reeling from three straight losses to Class 4A teams, only one of which was not a lopsided loss.
But the Hilltoppers were able to slow down what has been for most of the 2013 season a devastating Belen Eagles’ running game — it had averaged 275 yards per contest heading in — and forced the Eagles to put the ball in the air for much of the second half.
“That second half, the way they played, we had a lot of confidence,” Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said. “We’re really excited about the things they did.”
While Belen still had a very good showing on the ground, it was also hampered by some big turnovers in Los Alamos territory when the Hilltopper defense stiffened.