SANTA FE – Even if the door isn’t wide open, it was still open, and the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team marched right through it.
Los Alamos was in need of a win to keep its hopes of a District 2-4A title alive, and it was able to do just that Friday night against the Capital Jaguars. The Hilltoppers rushed for better than 10 yards per carry in the second half, blowing open what had been a tight game in the third quarter.
Fullback Xavier Dennison rushed for 126 yards in one of the biggest nights of his season as the Hilltoppers thumped Capital 42-0 at Jaguar Field.
Friday’s game was the season finale for the Hilltoppers (3-6), who, going into this week’s play, have a half-game lead over the Santa Fe Demons. The Demons, however, play those same Jaguars at Ivan Head Stadium and, if they prevail, will win the district by virtue of the tiebreaker.
Bernalillo, which is in line to finish 3-1 in district along with Santa Fe and Los Alamos, was effectively eliminated from advancing to the state tournament with the Hilltoppers’ win.
It was Bernalillo that kept Los Alamos’ hopes of a 2-4A crown alive Thursday night, upsetting Santa Fe 43-42 and setting up a likely 3-way tie scenario at the top of the 2-4A standings.