Los Alamos’ football team headed into Friday night’s game against Del Norte with an opportunity to force the playoff selection committee to take a good, hard look at it.
A win would have given Los Alamos a second-place finish in District 2-5A, ahead of the 9-1 Española Valley Sundevils. That would have meant if the selection committee wanted Española in the playoffs, it would have had to take Los Alamos as well.
Del Norte, however, ended any chance Los Alamos had. The Knights stacked the box to squash Los Alamos’ running attack and went on to win the game, 42-0.
After sitting out against Bernalillo with a concussion, Lane Saunders returned to the lineup against Del Norte. Running back Derek Selvage, however, got hurt early against Del Norte and did not return.
While Del Norte stifled Los Alamos’ run, it ran for several big plays to successfully end Los Alamos’ season.
With the Del Norte win, Española Valley (9-1, 3-1 2-5A) claimed the District 2-5A championship, Capital (7-3, 3-1) finished second followed by Del Norte (4-6, 2-2), Los Alamos (4-6, 2-2) and Bernalillo (0-10, 0-4).
Española and Capital will now represent the district in the Class 5A state playoffs.