In its season opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was able to do a lot of different things offensively to win.
Friday night, it became clear early in the ballgame the Farmington Scorpions had no intention of letting the Hilltoppers do at least one of those things.
Farmington’s defense keyed in early and often on Hilltopper fullback Xavier Dennison, often rotating two linebackers and a safety to wherever it was Dennison happened to be going on that particular play.
With one key weapon neutralized, Los Alamos struggled to sustain drives Friday.
Farmington’s offense, however, had no such problem as it scored two touchdowns in the both the second and third quarters to win 41-6 at Sullivan Field.
Los Alamos’ offense, which rolled up 448 yards in its season-opening win a week earlier, had three 3-and-out drives in the first half and turned the ball over twice – the second of which was a desperation heave as the half came to an end.
In stark contrast to a week earlier, the Hilltoppers managed just 48 yards total offense in the opening half as the Scorpions (2-0) held Dennison in check. Dennison managed just 26 yards on 9 carries in the first half and 38 for the game, that coming a week after a monster 230-yard performance.