SANTA FE – In the first half of Friday’s game, it was the Santa Fe Demons who couldn’t do anything right.
But those miscues were corrected at halftime and after the break it was all Santa Fe.
The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team had a chance to take a big step toward regaining the District 2-4A title it lost in 2012, but had no answer for the power rushing game of the Demons in the second half.
Los Alamos took a 9-0 lead into the locker room at the break, but the Demons scored on four straight possessions in the second half to win going away, 28-9, at Ivan Head Stadium.
Santa Fe, which features a huge offensive line, wore the Hilltopper defensive front seven down throughout the contest and in the second half its rushing game was a model of efficiency.
That was in stark contrast to the first half, when Santa Fe put the ball on the ground five times and Los Alamos’ defense stopped the Demon offense on two big possessions deep in Hilltopper territory.
Now, with the loss, the Hilltoppers’ chances to advance to the postseason are tenuous at best. The Hilltoppers (2-6 overall, 1-1 in 2-4A) now must beat both Española Valley and Capital and hope the Demons trip up in one of their last two district games.