It was a scenario that, just a few days ago, seemed improbable.
Now, after its first win of the season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team has a chance to put itself in a position to play for a District 2-5A title.
Followings its win last Friday over the Española Valley Sundevils, the Hilltoppers have a very winnable game this Friday, taking on the Bernalillo Spartans. A win over the Spartans would put the Hilltoppers at 2-1 on the season and only Del Norte standing in their way of a potential district championship.
While that’s easier said than done, it wasn’t a situation Los Alamos fans would’ve expected the team to be in after a 0-7 start to the season.
Los Alamos finally broke into the win column at Española Valley Friday night. The offense scored on its first two possessions of the game — prior to that, Los Alamos hadn’t scored in the first quarter of any game or scored twice in the same game, let alone on back-to-back drives — to jump out to a 14-0 lead.
Española Valley, which was playing for its playoff life, got back into the game by halftime, but the Hilltopper defense came up with stops on two crucial drives, as well as what might have been a game-changing 2-point conversion try, to help preserve the win.